Tuesday, October 10, 2017

October at Elle's Studio

It's the tenth of the month, which means that over at Elle's Studio,  it's new release day! Check out the new kit...
new stamps and extras,
and even some Halloween-themed and fall-themed goodies.
The following layout was created with much of what you see above, plus items from the Family Fun collection:
One of my students snapped this photo to accompany an interview, and as soon as I saw it, I knew I had to use it on a layout. With her permission, I included it here, along with a "thankful for" list that shares just a few of the many things for which I am grateful as a teacher. 
The days of the week stamps came in handy here, as did the die-cut labels and the "Favorites" journaling card from the kit, which I cut to create additional labels. The background includes a green grid pattern from the Family Fun collection as well as a sheet ripped from an old gradebook. 
Thanks for stopping by today! 

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Soccer Snapshot

While moving about half of the one thousand icons on my desktop into the trash bin this afternoon, I realized that I had never shared this Elle's Studio layout here: 
Though "athletic" is one of the last words you'd ever use to describe me today, once upon a time, I was actually one of the sports-playing kind of humans. This layout reflects on that era. My memories of my years on various teams are somewhat fragmented, which is why I chose a similar approach to the journaling. 

For a time as a teenager, I regretted not sticking with the sport, but in observing my friends who continued to play, I realized that though I am a competitive person in some ways, I lack a certain killer instinct. At some point the game became less about playing, and more about winning. 

I still play soccer from time to time with my dog, who always breaks the rules by sinking his teeth into the ball and running into the bushes with it. Clearly I have much to learn from him.  

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Scrapping Vicarious Travels

With very few exceptions, our family vacations are staycations, involving the couch, Netflix, and take-out. It's great, because the pets can join us, and we don't have to brush our hair for days. 

Of course I'd love for us to be able to take real vacations, but plane fair and accommodations for our entire family aren't exactly in our budget. However, both my husband and I really don't mind foregoing opportunities to travel in order to allow our daughter the chance to see the world. Her current location? She's in Italy for the semester, that lucky bugger!  

I may never get to Europe, but scrapbooking helps me to travel vicariously with her.
This past week on the Elle's Studio blog, a few of the DT members were challenged to use the new Foodie stamp set. I used a bunch of the words and phrases from the stamp on this layout, creating a border around the page. 
I had no idea how the layout would turn out when I started stamping, but I have to say, I love its busyness and energy, not to mention those scrumptious photos of Italian eats. 
You're as jealous of her as I am, right? 

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Elle's Studio September Release

Every 10th of the month, Elle's Studio releases a new kit plus lots of extras, and this month's release is a BIG one, in that it includes the new Family Fun collection and a foodie mini-collection. 
Be sure to check out the site, as there are lots of sweet deals today, including 20% off a special Family Fun bundle and a related freebie -- including free shipping for those who check out during the bundling period.

I'm loving the September kit, with its back-to-school vibes and journaling cards that contain graphic organizers -- which teachers and scrapbookers alike can appreciate.
The kit features prominently on a layout that I recently created, documenting my return to school for my twentieth (!) year of teaching. It also includes some items from the Family Fun collection. 
Thanks for stopping by today! 

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Stash-busting Challenge 2017: We Have a Winner!

Thank you to everyone who played along with this summer's stash-busting challenge. People posted on Instagram, on Facebook, in galleries, and on blogs (as well as in the comments here), adding some much-needed color to my online world.

I did my best to keep track of everyone who was participating (tagging me or mentioning the challenge in hashtags was helpful -- thanks!), and after compiling all of the names and drawing one, we have a winner: Debbie Stember!

The challenge was refreshing, and even though I didn't use every bit of the kit that I compiled, I did get some extra mileage out of my supplies, and I finally opened and started using supplies that I had been hoarding for far too long.

Let's do this again soon!

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Take Heart

My daughter leaves tomorrow to study abroad in Europe for a semester. She's a brave one.
In layouts (like the one above), I've often reflected on how awed I am by her, and how, despite how scary letting go can be, I know that she needs to be out in the world, because the world needs people like her.
"The world isn't always kind, but if you approach it with kindness, you will change that world. You came into my life, a gift, and in turn, I did my best to raise you to be a gift to the world. 
So take heart, my love, knowing that you've already transformed one life. 
And take heart, my girl, as you live your own life in such a way that it transforms you..." 

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Stash-Busting Challenge: Layouts #2 and #3

After surviving the first week back to school -- which turned out to be a pretty fantastic week, albeit an exhausting one that left me nursing a cold this weekend -- I treated myself to a scrappy Sunday. I'm pleased to report that I finished my second and third projects for the Stash-Busting Challenge, and that I enjoyed every minute of the process.

Here's layout #2, a page idea that I've been thinking about since April, when my daughter and I visited the Bishop Museum and her prehistoric fangirl instincts emerged. The girl loves her dinosaurs.

I purchased the Crate Paper rubber accents with a dinosaur layout in mind, and I finally got around to using the dinosaur accent here, along with a triceratops sticker that I likely would never have used had it not been for this layout. I worked in one item that wasn't in the original kit -- the dinosaur clip, which came in a set my daughter discovered last weekend when we were wandering through stores in Kaka'ako. She relinquished it for use on this page since, as she often reminds me, "The brontosaurus never actually existed." 

Layout #3 documents a trip my daughter took earlier this summer (while I was recovering from my oh-so-fun sinus surgery and living vicariously through her photos from the living room couch). 
The page forced me to scour the kit for travel-themed items. Initially, I'd overlooked some of the stickers on the sticker set I'd chosen, like the a U.S. map and "Explore" stickers used here.  One of the benefits of working with limited items in a kit is the way that it forces you to really pay attention to what is before you.

When I printed the pictures, I was set on a grid layout with four quadrants, but when I started working on the page, I ended up liking the design more after I pulled the two columns of the grid in different directions, one higher on the page, and one lower. It opened up room for the title block and garland. 

At this point, I still have more left in my kit, so it's likely that I'll revisit it again. In pulling together items that I love and bringing together old and new, I found that the process of creating the pages was always a creative thrill for me.  If you're playing along with the challenge, I hope your experience is the same!