Happy New Year, everyone! I've been busy "winter cleaning" and purging this week. It is my last week of "vacation" and I wanted to feel like I accomplished a lot while I was off. The result? A cleaner house and TONS of things to donate to Goodwill!
I've also been busy scrapping. I set my layout goal for the year as 52 again. Even though it seemed as though I did a lot of scrapping and creating in 2013, I did not meet my goal. Enter sad face here. However, there is no doubt in my mind that I will exceed my goal this year. All I have to do is commit to doing a minimum of 1 layout a week and I am in there! Now that I am on 2 design teams, that is going to be a breeze for me.
In the meantime, I've been sharpening my sketch skills. Not creating sketches (which I must admit, I'm becoming more and more interested in that,) but following them to produce layouts like this:
Here is a layout of my son and I on my wedding day. He is walking me down to the cart that whisked us away to the wedding destination. I absolutely love this picture, so when I came across the perfect sketch, I jumped at the opportunity to use it...along with this paper from MAMBI. It's perfect!
As you can see, I had a little bit of the circle fever this week. LOL...banners as well, apparently. I was too excited to be able to use my "old school" Creative Memories circle punches, blades, self healing mat and templates to make these circles! That just goes to show, a combination of "old" and "new" techniques can definitely manifest into masterpieces! OH, and a great sketch is just the beginning! Like this one:
This is my first layout for 2014. It is a layout of my son and my husband's best friend at the reception. He had obviously had enough! He slept through the final 2 hours of the reception on two chair put together and a suit jacket over him. That is one of the things I love about this child...when he is sleepy, he goes to sleep AND he can sleep through anything! The sketch had just one circle and one banner, but as you see, I went nuts with it! I also accidently tore my paper when I was distressing it, but fixed it easily by tearing it all the way out and adding little "peeks" of lighter color there. I absolutely LOVE how it turned out.
Look for more circles and banners in my layouts as I follow more sketches to create. It does seem to be the craze, doesn't it? Be sure to catch on!