He Is Totally Awesome | A Scrapbook Layout


I am back to the crafting after a much needed break. I have been so busy lately living life that the crafting has become less of a priority. Which feels strange to me considering it was the one steady thing I could count on during all the years of unemployment. I spent so much time during that period hyper focused on the one thing I could control – crafting.

As much as I love playing with paper and coming up with cool projects to create and share, I have to say I’m loving all the other things I am doing too. I’m taking tons of photos which means there will always be more scrapbook pages and mini albums to make (when I get around to it). But that leads me to admit that the mojo is not exactly flowing right now.

I may need to find some classes to take. Some other way to get the ideas circulating again. I’m not sure what that means in terms of this blog, other than there just aren’t as many projects to share so the posting may be less frequent. I am not going anywhere, but I also have to give myself permission not to create on my super busy weekends when I’m off having fun and creating memories. The last thing I want to do is throw something together just to have something to post here.

Luckily, I do have a layout to share today that I love.

This is my oldest nephew. You may remember me saying that he’s camera shy these days and not interested in having recent photos posted anywhere. I found that out myself after spending time with him last week. I was able to coax him to sit for some photos with me so I will have some new scrapbook material soon. Unfortunately, I will still be blurring his face because he’s still not keen on having photos posted online.

But this photo is several years old and he’s changed so much. I think this one is safe to share.

I love how the torn edge on this layout turned out. After tearing an edge of pattern paper recently, I thought it would be cool to tear an edge of cardstock and have a pattern paper underneath. Here I used Admit One from Echo Park and the striped chevron paper is Top Secret from October Afternoon. The 3×4 cards card are from the Simple Stories Him Snap pack. Most of the banners and the flair came from my March It’s My Life Scraptastic kit. I even dug deep into the stash and found used some work stickers from a Crate Paper sticker sheet from the Toy Box collection.

I also did some hand stitching on this one. I’ve been trying to do that more often because I love the extra touch that it adds. I finally unpacked my sewing machine over the weekend and was shocked that it still worked like a charm. Even after two years in a box. I was able to alter some clothes that were too loose on me. I’ve always wanted to sew on paper with the machine but have never tried it. I worry that the paper will gunk it up and I won’t be able to sew material when I need to. Anyone out there use their sewing machine for paper and to actually sew with material? Any issues doing both?

Well, that is all for today. Thanks for stopping by!


  1. GREAT layout. My son is getting camera shy as he gets older. I’m lucky to get one good photo of him a month.

  2. Great page, Tammy!
    I love the layering.
    I know I have mentioned that my son is the same way!
    Oh well.

    I was thinking about signing up for a Stashbusters Class at BPC to get creativity flowing for me.
    Or breaking out my binder of sketches.

  3. Such a great boy page, Tammy! Love the layering and paper tearing!

  4. What a fun layout, love the flair amidst all the lovely layers! Nothing wrong with just enjoying life, your supplies will all be there when you’re feeling creative! 🙂

  5. Love the torn edges with the stitching. Totally get what you mean about mojo and life affecting crafting. I think when you have to force yourself to find time to do something it becomes are chore rather than a joy.

  6. I love this layout too!! I have never had luck with sewing on paper but I’ve never had luck with sewing on fabric either. Lol!

  7. Great layout. I love the torn paper too. Just taught myself to hand stitch on my layouts with the Sew Easy and a simple back stitch I had to watch over and over. So no experience with a machine. Sounds like you are having a blast living. Awesome. Michelle t

  8. Hi, hi, hi. I just happened upon your blog late last night and just wanted to let you know you helped heal 4 years of hurt and disappointment instantly! Thank God for it and you. How you ask? Like you, I have been unemployed for 4 years in the prime of life. I lost my job as a City Attorney and have been unable to find another. Everything you said is TRUE!!! And sometimes it is so hard to cope. YES, I did scrapbook/craft b/c that is what I could control but now even the joy of it seems gone. Certainly, cannot shop for tools or paper. I thought I had gotten a wonderful new contract opportunity with the post office but after 7 months, I have been paid 3 times. The light at the end of the tunnel has been a train! I don’t want to loose my home I have worked so hard for…….. All in all, in the late hours of the morning your blog gave me comfort and reminded me of the joy of crafting again and for that I thank you so much. Keep doing what you do!!

  9. Oh I love the blues and brights on that page – super cool! I know what you mean about the mojo waning every once in a while. I have been struggling a bit too. I just saw that Kelly Purkey is doing another Sketchbook 2014 class. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed those in the past – I’m sure it will help my mojo.


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