Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Scrapbooking What March Means To Me


What does March mean to me?  When I started out to scrapbook this month's page, I didn't know if I had anything to say at all. I thought March always slipped past me - or I past it - with a St. Patrick's side step. to Spring and beyond.

Amy Tangerine Stitched layout Sian Fair


But I woke up at the beginning of this week and the sun was splitting the trees, as we say round here, and it showed me what there is to be found in a March which plays nicely. A clear blue sky, a fresh breeze, a host of golden daffodils: way to make the morning seem more full of possibility than at any other time since the start of the year.

For most of my life I've taken that new March light for granted. I've relished autumn's evening creep and the nights curled on the sofa with my reading and my making: because of course spring was only a Christmas away. This year? Feels like there's a lot of energy in that light. 

I know what that boy of mine would say at this point : "Stop it, Mum. You're showing your age."  Maybe I am. Maybe I am. So here's a little more about my page:

Details, details


1. I started out with a sheet of white cardstock, then started to veer towards Kraft, which I like for any photo with black and gold . BUT then I found

2.  A piece of patterned paper from Amy Tangerine's Stitched collection and discovered that it pulled all the colours together, encouraging me to keep the red in my photo. I had deliberately not cropped it out, because it's the shop window frame and I wanted to remember that I had taken the photo through the glass.

3. So that led me to the pack of Stitched "Bits" diecuts and that "lucky" card. If you have any St Patrick's day scrapbooking left to finish up, Stitched might work for you too. I also pulled out some journaling cards by Pink Paislee and "Up In the Clouds" dots by Pinkfresh. The cards I used to layer up behind my photo

4. This one had a printed paper clip, so I cut round it and slipped my photo underneath. My final touch was the big red clothes peg to echo the red window. Oh, and a couple of rub ons from MME: more green for March.

Onwards to April, then? I have a little wood veneer Easter Bunny to find a place for..

20 comments:

Fiona@Staring at the Sea said...

What a great sheet of patterned paper. I thought you'd punched out lots of colourful circles and added them to the white card stock. My favourite detail is that cut out paper clip. Clever.

Cheri said...

Couldn't agree more about the light! The extra evening hours and the glow in the morning - puts a "spring" in my step and makes my heart feel lighter too!

Ruth said...

"Spring was only a Christmas away" ... love that line! My dad used to refer to the sun "splitting the flags" (as in paving flags, I think), but splitting the trees has a poetry all of its own as well.

Jennie Hart said...

Gorgeous page. It's lovely to see the light. I have had lunch outside 3 times this week!

Barbara Eads said...

I don't think I really pay much attention to March other than to notice the warmer days. Then suddenly, the early spring flowers start to bloom and I'm ready! I always love the details of your layout. Those paper scissors are the best!

iwillbloom said...

What a beautiful LO, Sian....beautiful....

JO SOWERBY said...

I love this layout Sian and also your process of making the age. You tell The Boy he's cheeky lol
Jo xxxx

Maggie said...

I have never heard the expression that the sun is splitting the trees. Love it!

Karen said...

I enjoyed reading about your process---love that patterned paper and the collection of embellishments in alternate corners.

Jo said...

It's a great page and it's lovely to see your process. I feel that this March is showing us that summer will soon be here but it keeps stalling :)

Beverly said...

I thought you had created the circles with inks and paint :) Love the scissors and heart clip overlapping the photo!

Maria Ontiveros said...

A lot of great energy on that page Sian! March is my birthday month and (usually) spring break from school.
Rinda

Susanne said...

What fun that you treated us to the in-process pics! Pretty page, as always. My kids know better and would never dare say that I'm showing my age. Their go-to analysis of my off or confusing behavior - "it must be a Mom thing".

Louise said...

its good to see some of your process...a super layout!

Jennifer Shaw said...

A beautiful page and I love the corners of that paper! I'm with you on the light thing! I've noticed it for many years and I love the energy that comes with it. Bring on Spring after the dark winter months. :)

Missus Wookie said...

Lovely page and I like Photo journalling too. March here is all about birthdays, planting seeds and yes rejoicing in the light.

alexa said...

Nice to see how it came together and a lovely look as always. This March up here has been very cool and grey and what with my mum' s birthday in it has not felt very cheerful. Do send some of that light my way!

Lizzy Hill said...

I like your final choice - works perfectly! Scrapped a photo today that if normally crop .... But I remember your post about bg's---- & it had my long -gone kitchen dresser in it.... So it stayed! Thank you:):)

Gail said...

It's looking terrific! Love how you gave us the background of what you did. Ok splitting the trees??? That's definitely a new one on me.

Rachel B said...

I love these layouts, they are going to make a lovely edition to your album :)

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