There are times in my life, when I actually got some spare time to do some scrapping. These times are rare (unfortunately) and I’d rather live a life and fill it with memories at the moment. Last weekend Mr Evans and I were busy doing nothing. Bliss. And when I came back home on Sunday morning, I was ready for my pretty paper and all the other nice little joys. I scattered everything around my flat; I am a visual person and I need to see what I own to make use of it, only then it lands on my layouts, otherwise I forget what I have!
Money is tight at the moment, that’s why I love shopping in TK Maxx; I am not after the clothes or decoration bargains – I am after the pretty PAPER of course! TK Maxx regularly gets paper collections from American Crafts (and their acquired brands Pebbles, Crate Paper …) and on one of my visits with Mr Evans I snatched the paper collection “Printshop” by Studio Calico – 12 papers, 12 designs for just £2.99. You. Cannot. Beat. This. Price. Really!
Being not up to date with the latest designs in the scrapbooking industry sometimes HAS its benefits – everything you buy, no matter when it has been published, seems brand new to you!
Anyway – where was I? Yes, the layouts of course! As I was really motivated (and my mojo was present), the prospect of another relaxed afternoon with some scrapping and delighted by the fact I finally could share something with YOU out there again, I set up my camera above my all-round table and just started scrappin’!
This was the first layout – “Capture the Beauty” – with a photo of me, which is quite exceptional! My friend Katja took it while she was visiting in February. We spontaneously drove to the coast and had some time left to visit Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. What a treat! By the way, the title of this page refers to the beauty of the landscape we were taking pictures of!
As you can see in the video (at the end of this blogpost), I started off with the photo and thought about a sketch to go with it. Then I flicked through the pretty paper to find the right colours and patterns and after a while everything else came into place.
The second layout “Panorama Love” starts with a similar photo format, but landscape this time. Oh what a surprise – it is ME in the picture again!
Nearly everybody nowadays knows how to take photos with their mobile phone and how to switch to panorama mode. This is just a great thing to do; although the person’s body’s physical distortions are sometimes quite funny. Katja caught me, standing in front of the great Worbarrow Bay, just in the right moment, before I was going to look really awkward!
I always liked the idea of using paper strips on my layouts; a great way to use up scraps anyway. As I wasn’t using up mine this time, I had to cut them first, then layered them into place and finally stuck them down. Even some twine found its way onto the layout – it definitely is a good thing to go “shopping” in your own stash!
Although I wanted to do four layouts when I started around midday, I stopped after the third one “Not to Miss Out”, which shows us three (or better: four!) – Mr Evans, Me, Katja and Obi the Dobi! Can you spot the dog in the picture?
The stone bench on the South West Coast Path, just before you start climbing Tyneham Cap (find it HERE), is an absolute MUST when you visit Tyneham Village and Worbarrow Bay. My opinion. Great evidence photos can be taken there. And – I am really baffled now – I am in the picture AGAIN!
Although the photo here was in the usual 2×3 ratio, it took the longest to scrap this page (you probably won’t see that in the video as I cut out some steps).
And I am honest; I didn’t plan to write the journaling onto those little chalkboard frames. This was just something what happened and fell into place while doing the layout.
I think I am more relaxed now when something changes. I just take it as it is. Like so many things in life! (Am I getting philosophical again?)And that was the last one for now. Three layouts! Not bad for someone, who hasn’t done scrapbooking pages on a regular basis for nearly eighteen months! And hell, what changes these eighteen months have brought to my life… but I’m still here and slowly returning.
For everyone, who’s still with me and hasn’t had enough of me rattling away – here is the video from my creative process for these three layouts. I hope you brought some time with you! x