We have been taking a trip down memory lane and looking back at My Creative Journey. When we last left off, I had just discovered video tutorials and Two Peas in a Bucket. A whole new world had opened to me! So, what did this do to my scrapping?
Well, I was still working my way through some hand-me down supplies and putting a dent into my very specific and themed shopping trip.
But, as you can see here, I did start to attempt a bit more with design. Thanks to watching many a Shimelle video, blocks of pretty patterned paper were cut and used simply as a design element. I began playing more with brads, ribbons and stickers. But, one thing was missing... Journaling!
Now, let me just say here that often there are pages that may not need a whole lot of journaling. I know there are many scrappers who aren't journalers, and that is totally OK. But, it had actually never even crossed my mind for consideration! I hadn't even thought of it long enough to decide if I wanted to be a journaler or not!
You would think that would have dawned on me while watching so many videos online, but it really didn't!
One evening, my next door neighbor who used to be a scrapbooker, stopped by. I proudly showed her this page, to which she promptly replied, "That's great, where is your journaling going?"
"My what?" I said. Then we had a little chat about how that is her favorite part of the page and I thought that if I wrote it all down, I wouldn't get to tell her about it. I assumed that would take the joy out of showing off my pages... that there would be nothing for me to say while people looked at my scrapbook. I clearly wasn't convinced.
I thought I ought to put that to the test on my next layout. After all, I had picked up some SMASH pads on my shopping adventure, so I might as well put those to use. As you can see, I also lost a bit of my sanity in the Fourth of July isle! HAHA!
After I journaled out that simple list, I realized the importance of it. The importance of telling more than meets the eye, the importance of recording my thoughts. This really hit home when I showed this page to my parents and after reading the journaling they giggled. I am not sure they would have had the same experience had I simple told them these things! And with that, the journaling piece of the puzzle had been added to my scrapping repertoire.
So there I was, watching videos and scrapping away. It was fun! Really fun! But, I also began to realize how much I didn't know. What was with all the die cutting? Manual or electronic? what kind of ink should I be stamping with? Why are there two different kinds of embossing? Do I really need a heat gun? Oh My! Time to call Joy again!
Of course, she came to the rescue and promptly had me over for an emergency training session. She was amazing! I had my very own personalized worksop, complete with ink tutorials, embossing and die cutting. Oh goodness! I was so excited to take my new knowledge to the page!
Off I went for some more shopping. A came home with a Sizzix, a heat gun, embossing powders and various inks. I quickly put all of my new toys to use. And made pages like this:
I tell you what, I was so proud of all the techniques I used here! I had embossed card stock to look like water, Inked edges and collaged photos!
So, I kept on playing with my new goodies, watching videos, and scrapping up a storm!
What happened next? Did this get me closer to "my style?"How did I progress beyond themed elements and hand-me down supplies? Stay tuned...