I have a habit of starting crafty projects in a flurry of excitement and not finishing them. In fact, when I had to pack up my craft room for the big remodel, I had an ENTIRE 66-GALLON BIN of unfinished projects, not to mention both girls' baby books in a half-completed state. I can forgive myself for BabyM's book since she's 18 months and still technically a baby, but I have no excuse for 4.5 yo T.
I started a new 12x12 scrapbook page last month for the monochromatic challenge on my friend A's family blog. Then I got really busy with my two businesses - two scrapbooks to complete for The Papercraft Lab clients, as well as a couple of big rush orders in my metal shop.
I chose pink for the color, since I'm not usually a fan of THAT MUCH pink and it would be a good challenge for me. It also goes well with the two photos of T I had chosen. (It's pretty much impossible to avoid pink if you have a baby girl.)
I had the basic layout already settled when I stopped working on this last month. Fortunately I had also taken a photo with my phone, to remember where I wanted each piece. Yesterday I ended up adding some additional layers to mat photos and add dimension, thanks to my devoted viewings of The Adventures of Glitter Girl on YouTube. I love the layered look and mixing patterns, and I certainly have enough paper to last a lifetime.
The background sheet with the hearts is one I'd been hoarding for a special project. It's from Crate Paper/Maggie Holmes, and I actually paid full price for this sheet, which is rare. And then my friend J gave me one as well because she got it in a kit and it was not her style. So I still have one to hoard.
The glittery paper is the American Crafts POW! paper which I'm not sure they still make. I am hoarding lots of it, and am forcing myself to use it. I love it because it's a different texture from glittered cardstock and it doesn't shed glitter. It also cuts like buttah with punches or in the Silhouette Cameo.
The quote card is from a We R Memory Keepers 4x6 deck, and the string is from the outside wrapping of a Citrus Twist monthly kit. (I love the way she packages her kit!). The tiny glitter stars and the sequin bow are from the Freckled Fawn kit club. Some labels from October Afternoon and My Minds Eye, old Basic Grey and Doodlebug paper and a sheet of paper I got from my friend J's reject pile round out the rest of the supplies. I love being able to use the "old stuff" from my collection. It lets me justify keeping it around for so long!
I usually HATE journaling directly on the layout, but watching so much Glitter Girl gave me courage. I didn't even mess up! I had to staple on some of the Heidi Swapp letters as the adhesive wasn't so good. This was disappointing, but I actually like the way it looks.
I really like straight, aligned layouts. I don't do so well with "messy" or crooked things. I should probably work on getting comfortable with that so my pages don't all start looking the same.
The lovely weather we've been having in Seattle allowed me to work on this while my girls played outside, in full view of my new craft room. This was the first time I let them go out to the yard alone, and it worked really well. So hopefully there will be more crafty sessions like this in the future, and it won't take me a month to finish a layout!