I am currently taking a four-week online scrapbooking class at Big Picture Classes. Each week there are two assignments to make a layout, but each challenge has a "right brain" and "left brain" version. You're supposed to choose the one that's harder, which for me is the "right brain" more "artsy" one. However, if I really push myself, I can make 16 layouts as part of this class by doing both sides of the challenge.
I'm trying to do that, partly to learn how to scrap faster. I'm slow. I'm a perfectionist and will agonize over the placement of elements, lining up letter stickers *just right*, etc for hours. It's hard for me to stop and decide a layout is FINISHED.
Making four layouts a week is no small feat for me and my epic slowness, but one week in, I've definitely gotten faster. I'm actually using my non-scrapping time to let my brain "percolate" on the assignments, and last night as I fell asleep, I came up with the design for the one I'm sharing today.
This assignment was to start with the story I wanted to tell, rather than choosing a photo first, and it was HARD, but this idea popped into my head late last night as I was about to give up and go to bed.
I have a vivid tactile memory from the day T was born - I can still feel the exact texture of those hospital baby blankets when holding her for the first time.
Most of the items I used come from the August 2012 Studio Calico kit. It was the first one I got and I still love it. I added a few embellishments from recent Freckled Fawn OhDeerMe kits and dug into my prodigious supply of wood veneer shapes.
For the first time ever, I printed the text directly on the cardstock I used to mount the photos. I love that this lets me include lots of journaling and I can choose a cool font. This one is "Just Another Hand", and it's free (yay!). I set up the page in Microsoft Publisher, and since my fabulous printer will print on 12x12" paper, it worked perfectly. I'll definitely do this again!
Not only am I proud of getting the first four assignments done "on time", I am *thrilled* to have captured this particular memory on paper. And now, on to the next challenge!