I haven't given up scrapbooking altogether. This year, for the first time, I've begun a "Project Life" or "Day in the Life" type of scrapbooking. I have successfully kept a daily journal, and have managed to complete almost ten weeks of the album. I will post some pages when I get them photographed. The book is a pretty cool cross section of life.
Last weekend, upon looking at Shimelle Laine's website, I discovered she was doing a "Best of both world's" challenge weekend. I was inspired to pull some papers using her August kit as inspiration, and participating in a few of the challenges. The two layouts I completed were the first traditional pages all year!! I guess I should be happy I accomplished that much.
Here is a photo of Shimelle's August "Best of both worlds" kit:
I like how she embraced the turquoise and other blues in her kit. I tried to find similar papers in my stash, and this is what I came up with. I was able to pull some things that I've been meaning to use, but which have been collecting dust. This pleased me very much!
I decided to allow myself to use any embellishments I wanted with the papers. Using up anything I have laying around is an accomplishment, as far as I'm concerned.
Here is the first layout I completed. The challenge was to use the "flexible template" concept to create a page. This is Noelle Hyman's version of a free form sketch. I have to admit to feeling a little rusty, although I'm not unhappy with the results.
This next layout was completed for Shimelle's challenge to use 3 3X4 cards. I struggled a bit with this one, and had to redo the card with the journaling. I also used a bunch of stickers on the upper right corner, so it could work for Shimelle's challenge to use stickers, as well. Another way I challenged myself was to use the printed background paper by cutting a portion of one of the fish on the background and placing my cardstock behind it. I also cut one of the fish that was covered completely out, and popped it up on another part of the page.
I will post some pics of my Project Life as soon as I get them photographed.