Last week daughter was on fall break from school and husband took some time off work so we decided to take a little car ride up to Evergreen to walk around the lake. We’ve been to the lake a few times (our family Christmas photo was taken there last year) but never walked around it. This was our first time. It was really nice. I had no idea is was a man-made lake with a dam. Always thought it was natural.
Happy New Year! I can’t believe it’s already February and Valentine’s Day is this Friday. All this technology leaves us no time to enjoy the mundane. Who would ever think we’d get to the point where mundane is actually a positive word?
I’m trying to keep digital scrapbooking in my life. Looking back, it was therapeutic. It was something I did because I loved playing with photos and embellishments and Photoshop. Putting pieces of different things together to create something visually pleasing gave me joy, or like my 12-year-old would say, increase my dopamine.
Here’s a layout I put together from our trip to Las Vegas, Nevada this past December.
Credits: Template by CZ Design; background paper by Anita Designs.
The kids don’t trick-or-treat anymore. My oldest just started a part-time job so she’s working today. It’s going to be busy so I hope she handles it well. My youngest is trying to finish all her homework so she could help hand out candy. This year, the family decided to all dress up as pirates. My oldest can’t dress up so it’s just going to be the three of us. However, we took photos a week ago and I’ve started to create a concept piece using a couple of digital scrapbooking kits. Here’s the initial layout, still in the rough stages, trying to figure out background, props, etc.
This is the most I’ve digi-scrapped in my life. Even when I was designing I never went as far as doing a layout a day. I can tell you that I’m wearing out though. Twelve more after this then I’m done. I’ve got another challenge up my sleeve. I just signed up for a sketching and watercolor art class through Studio Calico. I’m hoping that class will help me with a project I’m working on for a friend. I need the motivation right now.
Just for the month of January, I’m going to give some of my time to digi-scrapping. It’s been a very long time (it feels that way) since I’ve done any digi-scrapping. I’ve been purchasing digital kits since 2010 but within the last year or two I’ve slowly tapered down to creating nothing, but still buying the kits! So, to start off the year, I’m going full force with putting these kits to good use. Then, come February, I will stop and move on to other things. A part of me really just want to put some of these kits to good use. I have goals of making stickers with the embellishments (elements) to use in my planners and maybe other crafts but I honestly don’t think I can digi-scrap like I used to. I am also continuing with Project Life (PL) but I won’t be doing weekly anymore. I am pretty far behind by…3 years? I’m going to try doing more of the app PL than paper PL, although I do have quite a few paper PL kits and I don’t think I can ever give up paper PL.
This challenge I’m doing is at the Lilypad digital scrapbooking forum. The challenge is called Month of Challenges or MOC and what you do is create a digital layout each day for 31 days straight. Admins will give the requirements for each layout per day and you just have to follow the requirements. You don’t have to create one a day but you have to have 31 completed layouts by the end of January. If you complete this challenge, you get a $20 credit toward the shop. I’m always looking for deals and I love the designs at the Lilypad so that’s what hooked me. I also wanted some motivation to keep at this hobby because I still do enjoy digi-scrapping. Here are the first four layouts I’ve done:
I used Photoshop CS6 to create the first two layouts and the Project Life App to create the last two (which I have made smaller and put them side by side). The kits used in creating these layouts are: Project52, Kraft Edition, Plus One Mini Kit by Amy Tangerine, and Once Upon A Poppy by Sarah H. Graphics.