New class – Design Your Life

I did my 6X6 intent title page tonight.  Then, I did my introductory layout.  Interesting idea… do everything you would normally do and get it out of your system so you can change.  My own style has been evolving lately.  Now that I’m basically 100% digi, all my paper habits have disappeared.  I’m still a little tied to patterned paper, and I mean really patterned paper and am trying to moderate that.  I’ve been collecting so stuff from different designers with a different style that I’m really enjoying.  I love Paislee Press and TaylorMade and Ashalee Wall.  I am amazed at the depth of Katie Pertiet’s work, she just does everything and does it all well.  It’s like her well of creativity is bottomless.

I enjoyed the heck out of Tiffany Tillman’s class.  She taught me something new just about every lesson.  Even though it was a scrapbook class, my Christmas photography was SO MUCH BETTER this year.  I love her template style.

I am so glad I took Type + Writer and Type + Writer 2 this fall.  I began rediscovering me during those classes.  My journaling is exponentially better, more robust, than it was before.

Yesterday and Today was a turning point for me, I believe.  I am now just SO excited to be able to back and scrap some more of my childhood photos.  I think that Library of Memories combined with Y&T will really expand the heritage part of my scrapping.  I also plan to be able to show more connections in my layouts as opposed to strictly chronological scrapping.

I am looking forward to scrapping more and better in 2010.

My intro layout is below:

Template and logo – Cathy Zielske, Papers – Cilenia Curtis Xmas 2009, Jeannie Papai Sweet Thang, 3 Paper Peonies – Warm Woolen Mittens, Joanne Brisbois – Moonrise, Malina Design – Christmas, Jesse Edwards – Ornamented, Dana Zarling – Web 22408, Lori Barnhurst – Fall Color, Pink Ribbon – Scrap n Arts Breast Cancer Kit, Flourish – Anna Aspnes Hipster Plumes 16, Katie Pertiet Floral Edgers #2, Word art – Amanda Sok Friends Family wordart, Fonts – Pea Natalie and Myriad Pro

I plan to use my cuttlebug to cut stars for the top center square and I’ll brad down some paper flowers in the bottom center to represent some of the past.  I’ll also include my initials.

Two more down, three to go

Template – Tiffany Tillman, Paper – Em-Ka Designs Ocean, Grass Brush – Kristin Aagard Sea Wonders, Lacrosse brush – Katie Pertiet LAX brushes, Wordart – Theresa Kavouras Volleyball Quote Practice, Tag – Paislee Press, Font – Myriad Pro

Template – Tiffany Tillman, Paper – Theresa Kavouras Secret Santa, Music Notes – Flergs Helter Skelter, Wordart – Angie Briggs Just Be You, Font Myriad Pro

I wanted to scrap about Aida’s other perfect ornament this year.  Santa wearing earbuds… is that Tommy all over or what?  The child amazes me, he always has those things on.

I’ve decided to do a layout on his birthday using a birthday theme.  The other two templates will be used for a two page Christmas day layout.  Then, I’ll reuse some for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

11:30 p.m.  Time for bed!

Day 23 stacks of gifts

One more layout today.  That makes four I finished!

Template – Tiffany Tillman, Papers – Cilenia Curtis Christmas 2009, Word art – Karla Dudley 25 Days, Katie Pertiet – Worth Repeating Expressions #3, Presents – Katie Pertiet Little Packages, Ribbon Tree – Heather Roselli SSD All I want for Christmas, Ribbon – Paislee Press

Christmas Eve layout (templates 22 & 24)

Template – Tiffany Tillman, Paper – Katie Pertiet FaLaLa, Title – Karla Dudley, Jewels – Paislee Press, Ornament – Michelle Coleman Hang Ups Vintage, Fonts – Ma Sexy & Myriad Pro, Wordart – Katie Pertiet Worth Repeating Expressions #3, Flowers – Michelle Godin FJC, Flair – Microferk Designs Holiday Shimmer Collab

I got a lot out of Tiffany’s tutorial about placing thumbnails next to one another to see what would work as a two page spread.  To me, this really worked for what I wanted to showcase which was the photos of the people on Christmas Eve.  I still have photos of food and fellowship but we had so many really good portraits of people that I wanted to do those first.

Day 17

My youngest got his license at 16.

Template – Tiffany Tillman, Paper – solids Brandy Murry High School Edge, Saskia Bokkers – On the Road, Arrows – Sherri Tierney Cruising, Overlays – House of 3 Inked Overlay and Jessica Sprague Scratchy Overlay, Fonts – JI Forgat and Kartika

I plan to add a scan of his actual license to the bottom right corner

Another layout done today.  So much of our December has revolved around Tommy, cars and driving.  They’ve been fun to do though.

Day 14

Finished Day 14.  Chose to do this one on Tommy getting his first car.  I really like how this one turn out.

Template – Tiffany Tillman, Paper – blue Jessica Sprague NWR, stripe Amanda Sok Take Wing, Overlay – Jessica Sprague Scratchy Overlay, Word art – Ariadna Wiczling Fleeting Moments, Keys and Chain – Sherri Tierney Cruising, Fonts – Downcome, VT Portable Remington, Good Times

Day 15 – Visit to the Apopka cemetary

We visited Grandma and Granddaddy Grimes gravesite on December 24th.  We cleaned up around the graves for a while and added new Christmas flowers.  We also added flowers to my great-grandmother Lona’s grave.  It was a happy visit, generally at least one of us cries but I guess we were having happy memories today.

Template – Tiffany Tillman, Papers – Cilenia Curtis Christmas 2009, Twill ribbon and wordart – Ali Edwards, Font – Myriad Pro