National Scrapbooking Day… A Day Late

Yes, I am aware that NSD was yesterday.  I promise that I really did celebrate on time!  Okay, I celebrated after I got through with being an adult for the day.  My husband seemed to be blissfully unaware of the importance of NSD when he scheduled appointments for us.  The nerve!

Once home, I ran up into the crafting room and looked at my supplies.  With Mother’s Day quickly approaching, making a card was my first priority.  I happened to have some Simple Stories Posh die cuts sitting out on my desk from a previous project.  I chose two to use for cards.  The florals and soft colors were perfect for this particular occasion.

It didn’t take very long to dig through my scrap bin to find some matching papers.  I have a plethora of aquas, teals, pinks, and yellows.  At that point it was just a matter of stacking up a few rectangles and positioning the die cuts.  Each card has a smattering of enamel dots, pearls, or sequins to finish it off.  In all, I made 3 cards in under an hour.  (The 3rd is super simple in a fall color palette.)  I think that is a record for me.

The bicycle feels like an appropriate motif for my papercrafting lately.  I need to keep pedaling on and creating.  Though I am not doing anything that is cutting edge, I feel the momentum going in the right direction.  And hey, it is so much fun playing with the pretty products!  That is the important part.

 

 

 

 

When Obsessions Collide

By now you should have figured out that I am obsessed with scrapbooking.  I am not satisfied with just making pages.  I follow trends and stalk the new products available.  (I still wish I could get paid for scrappy shopping.  It would be the best career ever.)  I spend every weekend creating something with paper and glue.  Really, there is an entire room of my house dedicated to this folly.  How crazy is that?

It was only a matter of time before my other fixation became the subject of a layout.  Ladies and gentlemen, I have a nail polish addiction.  The photos in this layout don’t reveal how deep the problem runs.  You see, shortly after taking the photograph of my new nail polish rack, I obtained about 50 more bottles.  Fifty!  There is no longer any space between the bottles on the top 4 shelves.

I specifically have a Zoya problem.  I have around 70 bottles of polish now.  I believe that 65 of those 70 are Zoya.  (For you math people, that is approximately 93 percent of the bottles.)  Out of all of my polishes, Sunshine is my favorite.  It is a lovely denim colored matte texture polish that has a bit of sparkly glitter thrown in for good measure.  Oh how I love that polish!  It makes me happy year round.

sparkle-nails

It just so happens that I recently received a scrappy order that included the Posh collection from Simple Stories.  If you love pretty papers, please take a look at it.  There is a lovely mix of colors, with bits of gold for an extra glittery punch.  I am also a little bit in love with the icons you will find among the embellishments.  There are birds, hearts, dogs, arrows, flowers, and feathers.  It’s a nice mix for everyday use.  The chipboard pieces are amazing!  They pop right out of the package and aren’t too clunky.

I began with the navy and white stripe paper from Posh and then chose the peachy pink background paper from another collection.  The embellishments are Posh die cuts and chipboard pieces.  I just loved sitting those birds on top of the word “sparkle.”  They just fit perfectly.  It needed a little more color, so I punched the scallop border in that pop of green.  Overall, I like the composition.

If you know me, you know I’m not completely happy.  The border below the photos is too blue.  It doesn’t look quite so blue in person, but in this photo I can tell it doesn’t quite match.  I am also not happy with the area below “Nails.”  It needed some gold to balance it off, but nothing quite worked.  I wound up using a thin gold washi.  It isn’t bad.  I just wish I had not written my journaling there.  Oh well.  I’ve learned not to do that again.

Now that I have documented the insanity that is my nail obsession, I can move on.  What should I scrap next?  My love of coconut water?  Maybe I should actually decorate my house (of 8 years) and scrap the process.  Most likely I will return to the hundreds of pictures of my cats.  Yes, I am certainly captivated by my cats.