Saturday Simple Scrapbook Ideas is a weekly feature sharing a layout and scrapbooking page ideas.
Journaling Reads: I wish I could say that everyday at the deer lease is as beautiful and perfect as the image above. (Not that I can take credit for it since the game camera captured this little moment without any forethought- unlike the images I got when I tried to get a picture of us kissing. Ha!
But there are days that being out there just aren’t all that much fun- or at least moments that I totally lose my cool. Nothing makes me lose it more than when the mud cakes on 20 lbs and you just seem to get stuck walking across a muddy pipeline. A little mud is funny. . . until you try to get it off your boots. Urg! That sticky clay is well, like sticky clay.
But most times I can handle it in stride- you take the good with the bad and most days. It’s so much more good out there in the woods amongst the pines and flowers and big Texas skies. And then I get to spend that time with the love of my life whose pretty darn patient with me whether I wander off exploring, take pictures of flowers, or throw a tantrum in the mud.
Supplies: Faytette Turleows, Roadside Designs, Krystal Hartley, Mari Koegelenberg, Paislee Press, Sugarplum Designs, Viva Artistry
This page has quickly become a favorite for me. It’s one of my most recent pages and I’m just in love with it. It began as I was accumulating mud on my boots once again. . . I hate that! And, I realized I needed to scrapbook it. I didn’t have any pictures of all the mud that gets on my boots- the really bad times when it’s like 20 lbs of gunk- most likely because I was too busy griping at the time. When you’re feet look like they are in red clay astronaut shoes, you are just not thinking about taking pictures and you trudge along the path sinking further and further in the mud. I’ve had the top image forever and have wanted to use it now for a long time- I decided this was the story- the way to contrast life in the woods and bring something positive of the not-so-positive moments.
Simple Scrapbook Ideas:
- Keep a stash of great photos that might not necessarily be perfect for a page about the moment they were taken. This can work for portraits but it also works for pictures you just love but don’t know what to do with. Organize these in some way so that you can browse them when you have a story where you don’t have pictures from the moment.
- Make linear decisions to enhance the story. Notice those colors- I often get tired of using the “camo” colors on my pages. But if I’d chosen purple or pink, this story would have had a totally different disjointed feel.
- Work with the story not against it. The same linear decisions need to be made for elements and embellishments too. No butterflies on this layout. Ask yourself whether each item contributes to the story.
- Don’t shy away from the muck. Literally (because there’s a lot of beautiful scenery and joyful moments with my husband I’d miss if I had) but also figuratively. Scrapbook real life.
- I love the way the bits of paper at the top of this page draw the eye across the page. The design of this is off centered and that brings a bit of interest to this page.
- If the story interests you, scrapbook it. Seriously. I don’t know that anyone else would have said, “I hate getting this mud on my boots, I always start whining- oh I need to scrapbook that”. But, this story interested me and I went for it. And, I’m glad I did. Listen to your own voice and what stories it finds interesting to scrapbook.