Monday, February 16, 2009

still have some cha pics to post, but...

I've been busy scrapping, so I'm going to take a break from the CHA pics and post a couple of recent layouts.

I think I mentioned a few posts back that 2009 is the Year of the Layout for me. For the past couple of years I wasn't doing a whole lot of personal scrapping in favor of some more important family/household/personal stuff that needed attention. The only scrapping I was doing was meeting deadlines --finishing store and class samples.

So, for 2009 every time I sit down at my work table, I'm trying to put at least one SB page or layout ahead of the other "required" stuff. I was surprised to find that I've gotten a bit rusty at working with my own with-photos-pages. To try and describe that a bit more specifically - last week when I sat down to scrap, it felt completely alien. As if it was something I'd never done before. I think that is a phenomenon known as losing your "mojo". In any case, I've joined a bunch of online challenges to help me get my SBing groove back.

One of the challenges was a "Use a Kit" challenge at Willow Traders, the idea being to dig in to one of your kits and actually USE it! I chose to work with the December Studio Calico kit that I had won at WT. I really loved working with this kit! It had yummy Crate Paper, Pink Paislee and Making Memories, with other fun stuff from CI's Creative Cafe, Maya Road and of course exclusive Studio Calico products. I added some Thickers and MM alpha stickers for my titles.

Here are a few of my layouts (featuring some pics by the fabulous Shawn from our family session last summer). This first one is based on a layout sketch by a DIFFERENT Shawn, and was featured at The Scrapping Spot (the week 42 sketch).

The second layout was my own design, but those last two are basically from the same sketch - a scraplift of a layout by Sandi Minchuk (at Scrapperie). I didn't realize until after I'd finished that last one that I'd even lifted her title (sorry, Sandi --must have been subliminal, oops!)

This week, I have to switch gears to get my class kits finished for the coming weekend, but I'm also working on a couple of altered projects that I hope I'll be able to finish soon. More on those later. And, btw, if you're local there are just a few open spots in my back-to-back layout classes this Saturday. Call SGT to reserve your spot.


Trisha said...

Cindy those are beautiful layouts! Sounds like alot of us got some scrpapin done this past weekend!!!

And yes, my little girlfriend is getting big super duper fast!!! TOO FAST!!!
Have a wonderful week!

Jojo said...

it feels good to do lo's that aren't "required" huh? love them.

Christie said...

What fun layouts! I'm glad you're making time for your personal stuff. I need to do that too!
Thanks for sharing your beautiful work!

girlonthewing said...

These are gorgeous pages Cindy! You had some awesome photographs to work with. Look forward to seeing a lot more of your pages this year!

Thanks for your thoughts and prayers too - they are very much appreciated!

Kimberly said...

Hi, I found you from Trisha's blog and glad I did! Your work is amazing and I have to say you have a very beautiful smile!! I hope u dont mind me stopping by, I am bookmarking :)

Tammy said...

They're great layouts Cindy!! I completely understand the fear of making a layout after working on other projects. I've done so many chipboard albums that I'm not sure I can do a page ~ it scares me!!
Beautiful work as always ;-)