There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think about how far behind I am. When I started this blog 2 years ago, that is what I did. I would scrapbook and make cards. At least weekly. But because of this blog, I my scrapbooking got pushed back to the back burner. I discovered that there was much more to crafts than just scrapbooking. I learned how to sew and make home decor. And the best part of those crafts, once I finished them, I was done. I didn’t have to make something unless I really wanted to (and of course I wanted to make more). I’m funny with crafts, when I want to make something, I can do it super quick. But the second I “have” to make something, I struggle with it. That is what happened with scrapbooking, it turned into a have to instead of a want to. And so, I got further and further behind.
Back in the day, I used to be one top of it and would only be one or two months behind at a time and would easily get caught up. Not this time, I was 1 1/2 years behind, on four different scrapbooks (because each of my children have their own). And more than 3 years behind on mine. So on my birthday weekend, I finally just sat down and scrapbooked. And you know what, I enjoyed it. I have missed it. I love being able to look at the pictures in a book. I was so shocked by how small my boys all looked in these pictures 1 1/2 years ago.
In the two days of scrapbooking, I was able to make 52 pages (26 2-page layouts). They are VERY simple. I didn’t care. I just wanted to get them done because they look a lot cuter in a book than in a file on the computer (because I don’t even print out pictures until I plan on scrapbooking them). I made sure that what was important was on the page, the pictures and journaling. That’s all that I cared about with these pages. Some actually turned out cute, others just look like I put them on the paper and added a strip of color here and there :). The best part, I’m now caught up to August of 2011! So now I’m only 6 months behind!
For this one, I just cut out some orange circles and drew lines on them. Then I used black vinyl from Expressions Vinyl for my title.
I love packets of decorative paper that go together!! Just a couple of strips of paper for some colors, some stars and then white vinyl cut out with my CAMEO. I like simple 🙂
One thing I did a lot with these pages is cut the pictures the same size. I had a lot of pictures and I really didn’t want to have to do more pages. So the pictures that are cut to 4×4 are great 🙂
And this one, super easy. Used white vinyl. I love using the vinyl because it’s so much easier to apply than card stock plus I was running out of my taper runner anyway. And it’s so much quicker because it’s already lined up. I got the pumpkin image from the Silhouette store. I also added a little ribbon on the middle pictures, just to have them stand out a little bit.