Hello everyone! This is Deb with another summer daily. I want to share with you how I spent part of my summer. July was a busy month of scrapbooking for me. I decided to challenge myself to make a layout every day for a month. I ended up with 20 scrapbook layouts and 8 Project Life pages. Okay... so maybe 20+8 doesn't exactly equal 31, but it was a great experience... lots of fun and I learned a little about my scrapbooking self. You see, I'm in my third year of Project Life, but I just started getting back into scrapping regular layouts earlier this year. I think I'll be able to scrap a little faster now after figuring out what works for me, what I like, and what I don't like.
It just makes me happy to see them all together in a collage. :)
Want to know what I learned from this fun experiment? Here's what I concluded after my month of focusing on scrapbooking--
- Computer journaling takes too long so I'd rather just write it by hand.
- I like to use labels especially for noting the date with my date stamp.
- The 8.5x11 size is fun and a little easier to work with, but I like 12x12 too. Variety is good.
- The verdict is still out on whether or not I like misting.
- I like scrapping the same season I’m currently in even if I’m scrapping photos from prior years.
- I love scrapping really old photos (I only did one this month, but I will definitely be doing more).
- A layout isn't complete without at least a bit of stamping.
- I enjoy plain white backgrounds, just not every time.
- Lots of little embellishments are a good thing.
Before I go I'll share one of my favorites from the month. I scrapped a photo from 1961 of my mother bringing home her baby boy from the hospital in their '56 Ford Fairlane.
It just so happens that this layout contradicts with some of what I just listed above. There's no stamping, no label with a date stamp and I printed my journaling on the computer this time, but that's okay. It reminds me of one more thing I learned. Exceptions to the rule can be a good thing too.