When life is crazy, creative team work is a blessing for me. I find this is when I’m scrapbooking simple stories because I am obligated to document my memories. (terrible, huh?) There aren’t always huge amounts of journaling- just enough to capture the synopsis of what happened and what I feel. Since yesterday was Thanksgiving here in the states and today is Black Friday, I’m sure most of you are making memories right now (or at the Get It Scrapped Live Crop going on RIGHT NOW), so I thought I’d do a quickie post to share what’s come off my canvas recently:
Just Jaimee put out Our House for the November BYOC. I love how the kit captures the fall light. I told a changing season story… and how my lovely mother in law surprised me with the most gorgeous mums ever.
Amy Wolf id the Featured Designer over at My Scrapbook Art. You’ll find she has a great kit for a low price in the MSA Store AND there’s a coupon for her shop at MSA’s blog post about her. My kiddo made this relief map from clay in school… he was super proud of his work. I decided to make an Earth shaped design around the photo (and showing circles who is boss…me!).
I have an odd fascination with little feet. Kids, cats, it doesn’t matter. I created this page for Get It Scrapped’s piece on Mid Century Modern looks. I used an old kit that is probably not available anymore (sorry) because I was shopping my stash. These feet belong to my Haitian niece… and every time I see her, those feet are bigger. The larger story on this page is really about my feelings on being an aunt… which I’ve been since I was 13. My eldest niece is 25 years old; I consider myself blessed that I still have baby nieces.
When I saw the JBS Haven kit and the number cards, I knew I had to combine the house paper with the cat number cards. It’d been awhile since I’d made a James Q Arick page (my cat)… so it the page was started! I went for a cozy, homespun feel to tell the story of how much adore this unique kitty… He really is the cat in charge.
I am not a morning person, but this scene occurred at 6ish in the morning… and it looked exactly like it does on this page. So breathtaking that even my kiddo, who hardly marvels at anything in the sky, was in awe. Our planet is really something! More JBS products (the number cards again) and the Haven solid papers (I used the black and blended in the photo).
Now we’ll transition from early November sorta pages to getting ready for the holiday sorta pages…
Just Jaimee & Mommyish put out the holiday installment of Real Life in Pockets called Elf Shelf. It’s a hilarious kit, but we don’t do Elf on the Shelf (because we have Gnomes we don’t want to offend). Because I’ve been on a heritage kick, I decided to document where our tradition of hanging pantyhose for Santa Claus originated.
Just Jaimee also released her December Storyteller Collection. I love her take on holiday colors, mixing the traditional with the modern. I can’t believe I didn’t scrap this photo of Butters the cat before now! The story is about our cat help when we decorate for Christmas.
Finally, we have a page made with Sara Gleason’s Monthly Memory Pockets December Add Ons (papers, elements), which you can get a la carte if you don’t want to subscribe to a monthly kit club. This is our new Christmas tree after we put it up Wednesday. The story? Well, we usually have some sort of disaster strike on Christmas that just pulls the carpet out from under us. Illness, death, financial crisis… you name it, we’ve been through it during the holiday season. Yet we still try to make as much merry as we can. This is the first year in the past 10 that we’ve had the tree up when we planned, so this year may be disaster free… and if not, we’ll be festive anyway.
Scrapbooking simple stories is about what comes to you when sit down with a photo or kit and just want to get a page done. For these pages, I didn’t stress over finding the right words, I just put words down. Looking back at all these pages together, I’m glad I did. I hope these pages inspire you to your own stories.
If you’re looking for a story idea, I wrote a post on My Scrapbook Art earlier this week about why you should tell your food stories. We all eat, so there’s always a story there.