So, where were we? At this point in My Creative Journey, I have done some themed shopping, learned the basics of the inks and die cutting, and have found the wealth of videos on YouTube, specifically Shimelle's.
I should also mention that we have welcomed our third child into our family at this point and this affords me a large amount of time at home, cuddling and feeding my sweet newborn. And what is better to do while sitting for countless hours than watch scrapbooking tutorials? Well, probably a few things...but I digress.
Now, I had watched many a Shimelle video, but for some reason the Scrapbook Sketch of the Week below is THE one that made me scour my hand-me-down supplies and scrap along with her. Perhaps it was timing. I had finally watched all of her videos and happened upon this one when it was actually posted. And, that meant I could play along and link-up! FUN!
That also meant I would have to "go public." Oh my. Was I ready for that? What would people say? Did I even know how to photograph my project? How on earth would I upload it?
But, I was pumped! Shimelle's enthusiasm and love for scrapbooking is contagious. I couldn't resist. So, I dove right in. I found some papers that Joy had given me and went to town. I improvised as best I could, even using watered down house paint for the misting.
I somehow managed to photograph it, edit the image with a bit of iPhoto magic, upload it and link it too! Whoot!
And to top it off, someone at Two Peas even left me a nice comment! I was on top of the world! It's funny...for some reason it didn't even occur to me that I was actually supposed to use photos on this layout, although she makes it quite clear in the video - LOL! All I knew is that I had these cute post it notes that my daughter had written and they kind of matched the paper I had. I went with it!
And, you know what? Something clicked. It actually dawned on me while doing this layout that all of those years in art school and all of the graphic training was actually related to this fun new hobby of mine. I know what you are thinking... really? That hadn't occurred to you before Ashli? No, indeed it did not! Crazy? YES! True? You betcha!
With this new realization, I watched even more videos. And it really started to come together. The rule of thirds, the visual triangle, pointing the eye to your feature element, trapped white space, the importance of typography. All of those things that I payed a whole lot of money to study, were things that I could use while recording my family's memories! YAY!!!! This was so thrilling to me! It was as if I had unlocked a part of myself that I had put away so many years ago. I know mom and dad, if you are reading this, you are thrilled that my fancy art school degree is coming in so handy on a scrapbook page. LOL!
So, I forged ahead with gusto! What happened next? I will share soon. But, before I do... I thought it would be fun to revisit that initial challenge that made me go "public." So just a few days ago, I grabbed a set of supplies, and even remembered some photos this time. I scrapped along with Shimelle and here is what I came up with:It's so fun to compare the two. I find it interesting that there are some similarities to what I would still do and yet some big differences.
I think the most notable similarity is my love for tiny little bits and patterns. It really did take me back as I worked with this video and sketch again. It's fun to think about where we have been and where we are headed!
See you again soon with more of My Creative Journey.