I finally kicked the flu! Huzzah! We’re looking forward to finally getting out on a hike this weekend even though it will most likely feel horrible after weeks of lardy sofa spudness.
Anyway, until anything more interesting happens, here is the first of my layouts for week two of Design Your Life. I have to say, I have never spent this much time on a layout before. All that cropping and aligning (all in vain; my paper trimmer is officially crooked as one of Bobby’s hind legs) took forever. Not to mention the fact that a double 12×12 spread is freakin’ huge.
It looks better in real life since the silvery shimmer in the cardstock reflected weirdly in the photo and you can’t really see the transparent embellishments (I love those things, they’re from the September CK Kit of the Month). Oh, and I had a brain fart and forgot that it is called a reception in English, not a party. Bah. Alright, enough excuses:
A clarification about fixing older layouts, like I mentioned in my last post: I’m talking about the layouts I made quite a few of when I was just starting out, following what was in style back then…one photo of something random, a bunch of paper flowers and no journaling or anything that would tell the person looking through the album what the page was about. I’m either adding something (mostly journaling that would help the page make sense), removing something (embellishments that take the focus away from the photos – this sometimes happened when I was on product-specific design teams), or, in the really grim cases, moving the entire layout into an album in my closet that I’m calling a crapbook. Hah.
The designing part of scrapbooking is just for me, to enjoy it right now. Just because it’s fun. Otherwise I would just use a regular photo album. But I want to be able to look back on my albums when I’m old and grey and rather have fewer albums with more substance than shelves full of layouts that don’t mean anything to me.
Oh, and the hiking pages? I’ve decided that since it is such an important hobby *cough*obsession*cough* for us, it should permeate all the album categories. Easy dayhikes and trails we do over and over again = things we do. Backpacking trips = places we go. Pages about overcoming some sort of hiking-related challenge or why we love doing it = all about us.
Alright, enough about that already. Sorry that I’m rambling on about this again, but when I’m down in the dumps and feel like I can’t control what’s going on in my life, I tend to react by microorganizing something like this. It makes me feel much, much better. :)