So, I resisted all some of the distractions on Wednesday, and, after I'd done everything I had to do, I wandered upstairs. A year ago, if you had asked me how often I scrapbooked I would have said - every day, if I can. These days? Mmm, not so much. It's not that I don't want to - it's more that I don't want to make a start. Maybe changing things up a bit might help?
Recently I've been making pages with big blocks of colour or pattern Museum, for example, or King of his Castle. what I've liked is the best of both worlds feeling: plenty of the patterned paper I love combined with enough clear white for journaling, or resting the eyes. When I looked again at those layouts, it suddenly came to me that they might look interesting smaller. On a neater canvas. On 8.5x11.
I thought about it. I turned to Pinterest, of course, and I very quickly realised that this smaller size seems to be having a bit of a moment. The galleries are full of it. All of my favourite, inspiring scrapbookers have been trying it over the last couple of kit releases. And I think I can see why.
I've been scrapbooking long enough now to have filled several big, bulky albums. I'm going to run out of shelf space if I don't take evasive action soon. Going small sounds good. Neater sized albums and a differently shaped canvas? Sounds like a challenge!
So I cut a 12x12 down to size and I looked at it and I realised it has one other big advantage: if I shave another little slice of the edge it will fit in my typewriter. So -
What if I did my journaling first and then fitted the photo and embellishments around it afterwards? What if I found it easier to think of what to say before I thought about what I was going to stick? And what if, any time I remembered a story, I stuck a page in the typewriter, knocked it out and then set it to one side, without any idea of what else I wanted to add? Then the hard bit would be done
I tried it. As it turned out, I tried an ink splat over my typing and din't like what happened, so I actually ended up re-doing the words and sticking it over my original. But I had to start somewhere and starting by going wrong has just made me more determined to make another page this way. It's (Inter)National Scrapbook day tomorrow. Scrapbookers right across the record keeping world are getting ready with page kits and sketches and challenges> here's my suggestion: open a diary, click on an old blog post, find a story and copy it onto your canvas first. If I could print onto 12x12 I would, but I can't, so I'm going small (some of the time), and I'm going to see where it takes me. I'll let you know how it goes.
Looking for more National Scrapbook day challenges? Get It Scrapped have an all day crop planned, with guests. Have a great day whatever you are up to