Thank you for all the birthday wishes the other day. I did spend the afternoon in my craft room, being creative (my favorite thing to do!) and I also took some new photos in the mirror. Maybe one of these days I’ll buy a real tripod…
Today I wanted to share the layout I created in honor of my birthday:
Supplies: Paper – Bazzill Kraft, Bazzill Cream Puff, Lily Bee Charm, Crate Paper Peach. Embellishments – American Crafts Thickers Daiquiri (pink) and Rainboots (black), Prima E-line orange flowers, pink bling (unknown), Studio Calico journaling stamp. Tools – Sew Easy with the zig zag attachment, Bic Mark-it Ulta Fine (orange).
The journaling is just a random list of thoughts – no editing, no censoring. Just whatever I was thinking as I typed. I created a similar layout when I turned 30. It’s one of my favorite layouts, so considering how thrilled I was about this birthday (that’s a stretch), I wanted an update with my older and wiser perspective.
Knowing that the journaling was going to take up a good deal of the page, it needed to be the focal point. I knew any photos I included were not going to be full size. I was excited when the idea of this photo strip hit me because it was perfect touch. I left just enough room for the title, a spot for a few flowers and I added my favorite hand stitching to the scalloped border.
I love to do these kinds of layouts. Too often we are scrapbooking and documenting the lives of our families and forget ourselves. If you haven’t done a layout about yourself in awhile, give this idea a try on your next birthday. If you don’t like photos of yourself, these are nice and small (each photo measures 1.5 x 2 inches) so have no fear. You could also use photos from various stages of your life if you don’t have recent photos you love.
The important thing is to get some of thoughts that are running through your head right now down on a page. It’s fun to see how different some of these thoughts are to the one I did eight years ago (and how some are very much the same!). A big thank you to my friend Debbie for sending me a kit for Christmas with papers in a color family I don’t use much. I’m digging these bright colors as we get deeper and deeper into winter.
So who’s got big weekend plans? We are snowed in again in Nashville. While I’m praying for spring, I’ll also be finishing up a few projects and starting on some new ideas I want to bring to life. I hope you have some crafty plans too!