Saturday, January 7, 2012

new year:new scrap rules

So. the album challenge.

Around 6 months ago, I bought some coupons for photo books. Three coupons actually. For 100 page books. In A4 format. Gave myself a pat on the back for being so forward-thinking. Knowing that I had heaps of time to get all those pages I'd been doing together, and print them.

Then I realised, as the new year dawned, that the coupons expire on the 22nd January. This year. And I had a little moment. I quickly panicked and looked through my folders. What I (repeatedly) found prompted me to make some new scrapping rules for myself (after I repeatedly hit my forehead with my mouse).

1. Put the

2. Journal. Everything. Even just a little bit, to say where the pictures were taken, or what we were doing.

3. Heavily embellished, layered pages are not what I want for my albums. I love making these kind of pages- lurve the pretty- but it often distracts me from my main aim of documenting. Also, turns out my family aren't so interested in looking at those either. Hubby tells me he prefers simple pages, where the photos are the star. Yes, he said that.

4. Keep a consistency in design. And in keeping with the simple thing, I'm going to stick with plain backgrounds, perhaps a little solid colour or print for pop, and one or two embellishments. I don't care that I can hear you yawning. In years to come, I want my eyes to wander through my albums and be overtaken with memories, not think wow, chevron was so in back in 2011. Document in double pages as much as possible.

5. Document as I go. I'd like to say I'll get my album pages done at the end of each month. Considering however, that I am currently staring down the barrel of three years of pages, I know that I'm kidding myself there. Although, you never know!

So there we have it. Now, I need to stop belting myself in the head with the keyboard, and get back to photoshop. Oh, before I go, want to see some pages, following the golden rules?

I used some delicious Three Paper Peonies gear for these. Check out the store, perfection. I'd love to know your thoughts on documenting. How do you keep on track?
s. little bird collab

Something a little magic happens when Peppermint (one little bird) gets her design on with Ms Paislee Press. Chuck in Traci Murphy, and we have this gorgeous little lovechild: Generations. Such a beautiful kit, in classy neutrals, for your family and heritage photos.

It was perfect for recording a get-together of my family:


What a good-looking bunch (never mind the reel of 24 awkwards. we are getting better). That's my Poppi, on the right, holding my little girl. I can hear him singing "Pop goes the weasel". He had a stroke yesterday.

The work on the album extravaganza continues!
Have a happy day,

Friday, January 6, 2012

count your artistry

Isn't this just gorgeous? What a lovely way to document the things you are grateful for.

I used ViVa's new kit to document the Blessingway I had to prepare for my little one's birth, back in May last year:   

I am loving streamlined, magazine style documenting right now. Probably because I am super focused on getting the documenting done for some albums before the end of the month- more on that later.

In the meantime, have a happy day!

Friday, December 2, 2011

heart of the artistry

A lovely vintage nautical kit from my favourite duo.
I made a special two-pager for my album (only 98 pages to go!), about the day we went to the Whale Dreaming festival.

Have a happy day!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

found art-a boy artistry

Those ViVa girls have yet again nailed a grungy, vintagey kit, this time for all things little and masculine.

It's part of their guest run at Scrapmatters. I made a classic "mummy guilt" page with this one...
Enjoy! Have a happy day,

Friday, October 21, 2011

sweater weather. one little bird

Just look how lovely and golden this kit is. I love the vintage feel, so warm and cozy!
Not so long ago, we visited our lagoon to feed the ducks. Lots of them. A couple of them big guys, as my little guy found out.
Have a happy day,
S. artistry

A kit with exquisite balance.
I took up yoga during my final pregnancy, what an amazing experience!
Have a happy day!