Blog Goals Broken

I knew this day would come.  I set out to publish 2 regularly scheduled blog posts a week.  That’s right.  No matter what, I was going to grace the internet with my words of scrappy wisdom twice weekly.  I was going to be the blogger you could count on to produce new content like clockwork!  At one point, I even had my posts written 2 weeks in advance.  This was going to be a piece of cake.

Somehow I had forgotten that creating projects, photographing them, and writing takes time.  Time I had during the summer.  Then work started back up for me.  Suddenly I was investing 50 hours a week away from home.  Some nights I got home at 6:00, and others at 9:00.  Even though I did try to scrap each night, it wasn’t much.  This last week I managed a card and a quick layout.  Since they were completed this evening, I haven’t had a chance to photograph them.

So instead of a new project, I am going to share with you what arrived on my doorstep this afternoon.  A few scrappy goodies showed up in time to get me working in the scraproom today.


After telling myself that the last thing I need is more paper, I ordered 3 new collections.  The Simple Stories “Posh” is right up my color scheme alley.  I know I have enough pink and teal to scrap into 2018, but I just couldn’t help myself.  Honestly, I think the dog icon sent me over the edge to buy this one.  Bella Blvd. put out the “Oh My Stars” collection.  It appeals to my need for bright colors.  Did I mention I am addicted to stars as well?  This was a must have for me.  I also decided on MME’s seasonal “Sugar Plum.”  Yes, I know.  More pink and teal was probably not what I needed in my stash.  The papers are so beautiful!  I even like the dreaded glitter that gets everywhere.


I purchased some matching embellishments along with odds and ends that I couldn’t resist.  I absolutely needed the matching die-cuts and chipboard elements for the collections I purchased.  Look!  There’s the cute little “Posh” dog!  I also had to have the chipboard leaves from Jen Hadfield.  I have not a single project in mind for them.  They just needed to be mine.  There’s a bit of Shimelle’s collection as well including the word Thickers, enamel shapes, and puffy hearts.  I love each and every piece.

I hope you will accept the photos of my new toys as an apology for a late post.  I also hope you forgive me if I begin posting once a week.  Of course, if anyone could clone me, I would be happy to send the clone to work while I play with paper and glue.

Simply on a Roll

Do you go through phases when you are scrapping?  It seems that I am currently in the mood to use very few products.  To be fair, I have rarely used a ton of product.  (Though I can remember at least one occasion where I ran wild.  I guess the lighthouse layout found here was just begging me to throw everything I owned on it.)  Lately I am finding that less is more.

There are some definite advantages to going with a simple style.  One of the most obvious advantages is the cost of supplies.  The fewer supplies used, the more money you save.  (Okay, maybe you aren’t saving money.  You just aren’t spending as much.)  Supplies are expensive.  Sometimes we need to scrapbook on a budget.

For me, a simple design also equates to more pages scrapped.  I’m a sloooooooooooooooow scrapbooker.  Generally a page takes me an hour and a half or longer to create.  Today’s layout took me 30-45 minutes.  That means I got to work on 2 pages in one day.  That almost never happens.

By going with fewer products on a page, I am also able to better draw the focus where I want it.  In my layout below, I wanted to highlight 2 things.  First and foremost, I wanted to draw the viewer’s eye to the photo.  (Yes, please look at that adorable girl!)  There aren’t a lot of embellishments to distract you from the photo.  Secondly, I wanted that beautiful tree paper to be on show.  I made sure not to cover it up or use competing patterns.  (Btw, that blue dot paper behind the photo is the reverse side of that tree print.)

Autumn Girl

One other thing that helped me put together a simple page is that I scrapped using a collection.  The papers and stickers come from Bella Blvd. in their Thankful collection.  (Which I evidently purchased in 2012 and NEVER OPENED.)  I didn’t have to try to find papers that worked together because that work was already done for me.  (Okay, so I did pull the green dot paper from a 6×6 pad, but only because I didn’t want to cut into another 12×12 paper.)  The alpha stickers were guaranteed to be a perfect match because they came with the papers.

So now I challenge you to go simple.  Limit your papers and embellishments.  Make that frugal scrapbook page!  I know you can create something simply elegant.