Inspired by Ingunn's post, I stopped Kon-Mari-ing my craft stuff for a hot minute and sat down to make a layout.
I leave my newest paper purchases out on my desk and look to those first - in the pile was a handful of things from My Minds Eye "My Story" collection. I fell in love when I saw it at Ben Franklin a few weeks ago and bought the pieces I liked even though I probably could have found the "collection pack" cheaper online.
I decided I'd rather support my local store - it's super close to home and has a great selection of new scrapbooking supplies. I love online shopping, but sometimes it's nice to see things in person before buying them. The other great thing is that I could buy just the few pieces of paper from the collection that I liked, rather than getting stuck with the whole pack which would guarantee I'd get things I wouldn't use.
After Kon-Mari-ing 1800+ pieces of paper out of my craft space, I don't ever want to do that again. So my new M.O. is to buy only the sheets I like. It might be more expensive per sheet, but it is surely less costly in total.
I woke up last night in a cold-medicine fueled haze, wanting to make a layout about a joke my 3-year-old told me before I forget her exact wording. So this morning I wrote it down and found the perfect opportunity while my 6 year old was putting the finishing touches on a banner she made for her birthday party tomorrow.
A few months ago, I decided that 8.5x11 is the right size for me. 12x12 is just too big, and the resulting albums are too huge to look at comfortably. I also realized that while I love the "stuff" of scrapbooking, I like my pages best when they are simple, with lots of journaling.
I'm happy with how this page turned out, and even happier with how quickly it came together. I used *one* piece of patterned paper, *one* piece of cardstock, and one gold chipboard heart. I used my trusty Microsoft Publisher to print the journaling on the background cardstock directly. The font is a free one from dafont.com called "My First Crush".
Easy and fun, and I still have plenty of time today to prep for that birthday party tomorrow!