Every year, usually the first weekend in May, the scrapping community gathers together – physically and virtually – to celebrate National Scrapbooking Day.
I have been scrapbooking since 2004 and used to participate in NSD crops with my good friend Julie Graff, who was a Creative Memories consultant at the time and was the one who got me started putting pictures on pages with words and embellishments. Her philosophy? Simple is done.
Julie has since moved on to other things, but the need to preserve pics and memories stuck with me. It led to my discovery of Project Life and that led me to Studio Calico. I signed up for their PL kit club back in 2013 and have enjoyed getting my little boxes of ‘happy mail’ ever since.
My Scrap Space
For the past two years I have participated in SC’s online NSD events, trapping myself in the office where my scrap space is and knocking out PL layouts and cards and even some traditional scrapbook pages. I also interact with others from the SC community (and to a lesser extent the BIg Picture Classes community), entering contests and challenges as I am able.
This year, I completed 2 weekly PL spreads (Week 15 & Week 16) , 2 traditional layouts (Beautiful Birthday Girl and Together, both featured in my previous blog post PL 2015 – Week 16) , two PL cards and won BPC’s NSD kit giveway on FB (scored one for Julie as well) and a prize for entering one of SC’s #NSDSC15 challenges. It was a great day!
April’s OLW task was to find or take pictures that showed your word in action in your everyday life.
Since I have been struggling with my word pretty much since the beginning, I chose to spin it as what I want being INCANDESCENT to mean right now. Simple things I can do each day to bring more incandescent-ness, if you will, into my daily life and the interactions with the things I do and those I love.
My page ended up turning into a inpromptu manifesto and something that I can pull out when I most need a little reminder that I do indeed shine even when I think I don’t.
It was Sophie’s bithday week this week and we had quite a grand time celebrating with Scratch cupcakes and an impromptu photo session. I managed to get some phenomenal shots of Sophie standing above her as she lay on the floor in the sunlight.
The week started off with the Annual Viking Pump bowling party at Cadillac Lanes. Ella and Sophie are very competitive with each other, which means they get crazy upset when the other beats them. Jason and I let them know that we were there to have fun as a family and would have leave immediately if there were any tantrums. Luckily, there were no incidents and we had a fabulous time blacklight bowling and munching on snack bar french fries. We even won a door prize – a DVD of Annie (the 2014 version) which the girls had been wanting to see. The girls also had fun taking goofy pics with my iPhone.
The week ended with Sophie’s birthday party at Young Arena. We invited her cousins and all of the girls in her class and everyone seemed to have a blast. I made a point to get pics of Sophie with all of her guests so I could include them in her scrapbook. I also enjoyed not having to deep clean my house so people could come over. We arrived 15 minutes early to set up and stayed 10 minutes after to tear down and the mess all stayed there!!
Other noteable things this week: receiving my quilted Moleskine cover from Sonya Benson Quilts and Earth Day which I honored with a photo of an Elspeth McLean dotillism painting.
PL 2015 – Beautiful Birthday Girl
PL 2015 – Together
PL 2015 – Sophie’s Birthday Party
PL 2015 – Week 16
Page Construction Notes
Beautiful Birthday Girl was scraplifted from an Ali Edwards spread in the 2013 Studio Calico Jubilee e-book. I used a piece of white watercolor paper as the base and all the elements are from the Jubilee kit that accompanied the e-book.
Together has a white watercolor paper base with Crayola watercolors and Heidi Swapp stamps and Color Magic ephemera.
Sophie’s Birthday Party and Week 16 are both done with Studio Calico’s Lisse Street PL kit in Becky Higgins Design A Page protectors.