maybe it's just me, but the title of this kit kind of sums up what i feel like my scrapbooking has been all about lately. and i'll openly admit...i had a hard time with this kit. i feel like i kept reaching for the same papers/products over and over, lol...but in the end i ended up with a few pages that i really love.
that's what counts, right?
case in point...this one here. while we were at Put-in-Bay for the day a few weeks ago, we ventured up to the top of the Perry Monument to see the view from 300+ feet high and catch a quick history lesson (Mike being the history freak that he is, lol). we were wandering around the balcony looking around at the other nearby islands and i turned around to look for Allie and found her just like this...perched on the edge, deep in thought about who knows what. when i printed it out, she just looked so contemplative...and it for some reason made me think about a conversation we had had with her recently about decision making and choices. LOVE these big metal numbers from Making Memories...love them! this one is about the journaling as well...i apologize for what seems like a theme...i scrapbook alot lately about talks/words/thoughts i have with/about her and her behavior/attitude/demeanor. but it's what is happening right now with us, and kind of where we're at today. tween life is pretty dang awesome most of the time...but it's also given me more grey hairs than i care to admit, lol.
since i'm going the honest route...i had NO idea what to do with this frame stamp when it showed up. i mean, zero. so i just framed Allie's smiley face with it here...i like how it turned out, but (as usual) after seeing how the rest of the design team used it seven gajillion different ways i am now inspired! this page makes me happy though...i used that darn ledger paper to the bits, lol.
just a very simple one that came about while i was flipping through some old pics of Mike & i...i noticed that we both had that crazy toddler scream on our faces in more than one photo from when we were kids and set them aside for some reason. then it clicked...i knew Allie had done the same exact thing while we were on vacation years ago, lol. i know we didn't tell her to scream like that...it had to be genetics, right?!
this one was that one layout you have that just kind of falls together on it's own, if that makes sense. i started with this old photo of my family and i on vacation back in 1978, and just started adding tidbits here and there. i traced around one of those big Making Memories metal numbers with a slick writer just to do something different, and ended up really liking how it turned out. thank you to whoever the stranger from the boardwalk was that my Dad handed the camera over to...i love that you left me room to see the ocean, the lifeguard stand AND still have room for my title, lol.
i haven't done a 2-pager since probably 2006. i always like when others do them...i do. and originally i started with WAY more photos from our day on the island, and i had intended to line them all up in a nice neat row across both pages...but that didn't look right. and while i am embarassed to admit to anyone how long this page took to reach completion, suffice it to say that part of that delay was waiting for the chest pain to go away. (haha...didn't really have chest pain, but i was indeed stressed.) most of us accepted the challenge to do a 2-pager in honor of SC's 2nd birthday...so i couldn't back out, lol. in the end, i like how it turned out...but am still seriously relieved that i am done with it.
i can't believe that Studio Calico is 2 years old already.
they have come so far...and have really only just begun.
and in those 2 years, i have been lucky enough to make some amazing friends and be a part of a community that continues to be the best place to hang around, talk shop and wax poetic about this crazy hobby that brings us all together.
thanks April & Scarlet for providing us with a place to call home.