And So It Begins…

I told myself that I would not start a blog.  Working 50-60 hours a week and scrapbooking on the side does not make for a blog friendly life.  I don’t have any adorable children, cooking skills, or DIY tips to write about on a weekly basis.

What I do have to offer is a ride along on my scrapbooking escapades.  Let’s be honest.  My pages are happily imperfect.  Every page is a chance to explore, be bold, and make mistakes… lots and lots of mistakes.  Too often we hide our scrappy imperfections and only show those projects that turn out exactly as we envisioned.  I’m willing to show the good, the bad, and the occasional somewhat ugly paper project.  Grab yourself a cup of coffee and join me for the triumphs and the trainwrecks.  (Coffee is optional.)  Let’s learn together.

Today’s excursion features a page I did in the middle of the night.  Somehow that is the time I seem to do my best scrapping.  Sleep deprived me = Creative me!

My sister-in-law sent me these beautiful photos of my brother-in-law and niece at the beach.  They needed to be scrapped… at midnight… in winter.

Surf's Up

When I started this page, I was going in a completely different direction.  I had placed a hot pink matte behind that polka dot paper.  Try as I might, I just couldn’t get it to work.  So I scrapped that idea. (Pun totally not intended.)

I found the turquoise and pink cardstock as well as the yellow striped pattern paper in my scraps bin.  The turquoise sheet was a tad too plain, so I pulled out the chicken wire rubber stamp by Darcie’s Heart & Home to spruce it up a bit.  My stamping isn’t perfect, but hey, either am I!  Once I cut the banner pieces, things started falling together.

I am not a heavy embellisher, though I do love me some die-cuts.  This layout features some Fancy Pants Beach Babe die-cuts that I’ve had since 2010.  Then I sprinkled in a few MME enamel dots.  I love mixing newer and older materials!

In case your are interested, the background paper as well as the polka dot paper are from the Simple Stories DIY Boutique.