I know.  I have been MIA for months.  It has been a busy time.  The holidays always are.  My itty bitty family was also dealing with a sick pet that sadly crossed over the rainbow bridge.  So when you put together holiday stress, pet stress, and just everyday stress… you just don’t get much scrapbooking done.

It appears we are mostly beyond the chaos, and I feel like getting my crafting on again.  So much time has passed that I am at a bit of a loss on where to start with a new project.  My own creativity isn’t really flowing right now.  When in doubt, I turn to a sketch.  For me, it is a nice little map that doesn’t require much thought from me.  In this case,  I cased my Pinterest boards and found the perfect sketch here.  I love it because it allowed me to pull from my scrap bin.

The Marina

Once I had the sketch, I chose that incredible floral by Carta Bella.  I’m loving the peach and teal combination on a butter yellow.  From there I went through my 12×12 papers that are ancient.  Seriously.  I have a stack of papers on the floor (please don’t judge) of really old papers that I need to use.  This one fit the bill perfectly.  It was the right color, and the pattern reminds me of flower stems.  At that point I pulled scraps from my bin.  I was excited to find both the dark and light pink/peach color found in the floral.  The navy and brown scraps were added to match the photos.

I will be honest.  At first I placed the rectangles of paper in the exact order and position as the sketch.  Something wasn’t quite right.  I let it sit for a day and then did just a minor reorganization the next morning.  It’s amazing how much a tiny change can make a page come together.  Let the gluing begin!  I always feel better once the papers are down and I can no longer fiddle with them.

For embellishment, I went with some floral die cuts that matched fairly well.  The light pink wasn’t quite the right shade, but sometimes you just have to go with what you have.  A few puffy hearts from Shimelle, a smattering of enamel dots, and a stitched navy circle finished off my decorating.  I am just never going to be an elaborate embellisher.  I have tried.  It just isn’t me.

There you have it.  I am back in the saddle again.  Hopefully it won’t be another 3 months before I can glue some paper again.