Gina: Sunshine - a scrapbook layout and... following my own advice

National Scrapbooking Day came and went and I finished three layouts. I know, I know, you’ve only seen one. I’m working on it. I promise. The past four weekends have been insane and as I travel during the week for work, often gone from Monday night through Thursday, I don’t have a lot of time during the week to craft. I’m going to try to change that by finding things I can do on the road – like learning how to knit or doing voiceovers or something that will keep my creative energy engaged while I’m hopping from one hotel to another. When I noticed that Stew and I had nothing on the calendar for this weekend, I blocked it off. I told him, he’s having Xbox time and I’m going to spend the weekend in my craft room. There was that little issue of the mess I left on National Scrapbooking Day and the piles that had been amassed since I was last in this space….

messy craft room 900

So after a bit of cleaning…

clean craft room 900

I found an unfinished layout on my desk. I wish I had taken a picture of what it looked like when I found it, but I wasn’t thinking about that. I was thinking about just getting the layout done so that I could clean up the space and move forward. I’m not the type of scrapper that has many layouts going at once. I start one, finish it, and then start another. What that means is sometimes, if I get stuck on a layout, it sits on the desk for a few days, and in this case, a few weeks. But, I have to say, sometimes that works to your advantage. Without the camera on, with just the materials that were sitting on the desk, I was able to finish this layout in minutes rather than stressing over where every little piece should go. And here’s the final product:

Sunshing layout 900

There’s no video for this layout. I did record the first part of it, but not the second, so what would be the point of posting it? The real lesson I learned this morning was to stop thinking so much. Go back to doing my layouts based on only what looks good to me. It’s like my scrapbooking motto and I’ve lost sight of it. DO WHAT YOU LIKE. No one else opinion of it matters, it’s your memories. If you’ve followed me for any amount of time, you’ve read that or heard me say that more than once and I’m sorry to admit that I didn’t heed my own advice. So, no more. Now, I forget that the camera is rolling, pull out my adhesive (Tombow – my favorite) and start pasting down what is pleasant to my eye. They’re my memories after all.

 

~ Gina