Missed Deadlines

I scrapped with the best of intentions but didn’t get to posting them up for the sketch challenges for January. You know what they say about the road to hell… Part of the delay in posting is I was busy living life. And part of it was when I started to evaluate if I was taking on too many sketch challenges and just not loving what I was crafting – maybe the end product some, but not so much the process, or the reason.

Where do we go from here? Well, I’m going to take part in less challenges, and give more of a try towards pocket page scrapping for starters. Pocket pages (aka Project Life) totally suit my love of mini albums, and taking and printing far too many pictures, as well as keeping a multitude of ephemera, and I can still use my sizeable stash of paper. Onto that – I was scrapping and also buying a lot of new product when I have shelves full of old. I found myself getting caught up in wanting to use solely current, and stick within as few manufacturers as possible per layout and that doesn’t help both my hoarding and buying problem. I’m not going to stress about getting “perfect” pictures of my layouts. Heck, the ones I’ve posted today are quite imperfect, and that’s ok. I’m not going to stress about keeping a list of manufacturers and materials used. And at the end of the day, I embrace that these pages are first and foremost for me, and my enjoyment – both in the process and the end result. I’ve made great strides in actually being willing to post and share, and that’s just fine.

So, even though they can’t be put in for draws, or ezine pubs or whatever else, they’re still getting posted. Two of the sketches are ScrapMuch? sketches, and two are Let’s Get Sketchy. The LGS ones are first followed by the ScrapMuch? ones.

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February Stuck?! Sketches

Just a quick post for now to get my two February layouts for Stuck?! Sketches submitted just under the wire. There isn’t much time left to play along with these, but a good night of creativity like I had last night and you can get in on it too! I’ve taken a new look at how I approach these challenges and it’s making me personally feel good. I’ve also streamlined which sketch sites I will play along with, and to quote Ali Edwards, “It is ok”.

So here is the February 1st sketch:

And here is my take on the sketch:

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Most of this layout is from Simple Stories 24/7 line. Wood hearts are Studio Calico; flower and feather are Bella Blvd.; button is American Crafts; heart pin is Little Yellow Bicycle; playing card was from a Williams Sonoma Christmas cracker (yes, really!); stamp is Tattered Angels and ink is Stampin’ UP! Chocolate Chip.

And here is the February 15th sketch:

And here is my take on the sketch:

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I returned to my stash for the bulk of this layout and it felt great to use papers I’d been hoarding for the “perfect” picture/sketch/whatever. The patterned paper is all Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante (circa 2010); title stickers are Basic Grey with a Pink Paislee @; washi tape is both Tim Holtz and Bella Blvd; flower is Bella Blvd.; chipboard medallion, quote and sequins are all Teresa Collins; brad is Amy Tangerine; pearls are Melissa Francis; white pen is Signo roller ball. What I love about this layout is how I was totally comfortable to mix lines, manufacturers, old, new, essentially everything. I was scrapping for so long trying to keep in same line/manufacturer/new.

It felt good to be in my room playing again. I even finally threaded my sewing machine and stitched on my second layout! And now I want to sew on EVERYTHING!!!! I do have some layouts to post that I didn’t get uploaded in time for old challenges, but I still like them, so I’m still going to post them. They were all created in the last month while I was re-evaluating just what I wanted to do with my craft. I’m pretty satisfied with the answers I came up with.

Thank you Laura for 2 great sketches and the opportunity to play along! I’ll be around to catch up on blogs and comments soon!