In the last post about My Creative Journey, we took a look at my three ring revelation and how I was starting to have a little bit of fun with all of this paper and glue.
So, what happened next? Well, I was having so much fun, I decided I might actually start calling myself a scrapbooker! I had been busy working my way through the hand-me down supplies from Joy and had about used them all up. And, since I had finally broken down and actually labeled myself a scrapbooker, I decided I best get some supplies.
I made a very detailed and themed list based upon what remained from my scrap boxes. The list included things like: monkey stickers, letter stamps, paper trimmer, glue, ink and pumpkin paper. List in hand, I headed off to scrappy wonderland. With Joy as my tour guide, we hit Michael's, Jo-Anne, Hobby Lobby, and Archivers. I learned about paper, trimmers, punches, stickers and more! Over lunch I picked her brain to no extent and asked question after question about all things scrappy. It was an unbelievable day!
I came home with a complete arsenal fit for a beginning scrapbooker. Armed with my themed papers, stamps and card stock, I got down to business!
And scrapped this:And this:
There was not much consideration to design, as you can see. However, I find it interesting to look back and see some shadows of things that I now consider "my style." Things like, small repeated patterns, linear elements and pops of black.
This next layout, although I didn't realize it at the time, was a bit of a milestone for me. I began to take some risks here. I stamped a pattern, punched random holes and used the arrows in some unexpected ways.
I considered this a two page layout, but had the second page on the backside. It didn't occur to me to put them side by side! Another one of my now favorite techniques shows up here too... fussy cutting. Oh, I was so proud of my handcut alphabet cards, hole punched with a hand drawn pen line. Look, even back then I was using pen lines :)
This page truly is where I went from having fun to being super excited and pumped up about all of the possibilities!
Possibilities like mini books and different techniques using inks, die-cuts and embossing...