Baby Girl Scrapbook Page

Slowly but surely trying to find the motivation and inspiration to tackle the mound of pictures I need to scrapbook.  It’s been years since I’ve done any!  I’m definitely rusty and most of the pictures just ended up going into a regular photo album because I just didn’t have the time.

I mostly want to take the time to get all of  Giuliana and Gabriella’s pictures done.  I know how it sucks to not have any pics from childhood so I want to make sure they have memories.

The last few times I’ve tried to sit down and scrapbook, it’s been so hard to find inspiration.  I either didn’t have any cardstock or embellishments to work with, too indecisive, or mostly I was just unable to be creative.

I think hitting a creative block has got to be one of the hardest and most frustrating feelings.  Ever notice that it always happens when you finally have a moment to sit down and actually devote a day to working on a project?!

I pretty much forced myself to sit down and not get up until I finished at least a page.  I didn’t care if I ended up loving or hating it.  I knew I just needed to at least get something in the page!  It’s the only way to get better, and it’s the only way to start getting out of the creative block.

Overall, it’s OKAY.  I wish I had some more cardstock with neat prints and designs rather than just plain colors.  



I gave away so much of my scrapbook stuff when I did a clean sweep a couple of years ago so now I wish I still had some!  I look forward to improving again and complete both of their scrapbooks this year!

Monsters Inc. Scrapbook Prep using Cricut

Trying to tackle a few scrapbook pages this month.  My pictures have piled up so much over the years so I want to take advantage of having a little (a lot!) more free time.  It’s also so nice to have a Cricut now (thanks boo!ūüėė) so I can actually make die cuts and embellishments.  After all, that stuff costs way too much to buy all the time!

I’m loving all of the different images and cartridges available!  I decided to start with a Monsters Inc. page.  I was trying to put off purchasing any extra Cricut tools, but I’ve realized the spatula really helps keep the cardstock from breaking/curling when removing from the cutting mat.

I’m also waaaay too lazy to replace the different colors after each layer is cut!  I’m sure most experienced users already do this, but a nice tip is to arrange the layers on the mat so that you can fit as many different colors on a single mat.


You’ll still need to unload/load after each color is cut, but it saves time and energy to already have the different cardstocks positioned on the map.

I love seeing the assembled die cuts!  So cute!  Can’t wait to start on the scrapbook page and cross some more crafts off the to do list.


Till next time!

Nikki

The Journey Begins…or continues…

For as long as I can remember, I have always had this undying love for making things. ¬†As a kid, I was always the one staying inside coloring in her new coloring book while the other kids chased each other. ¬†Now, don’t get me wrong. ¬†I spent my fair share of freeze tag, playing softball and such, but there was nothing so satisfying as quietly perfecting my shading and outlining techniques with a fresh box of Crayolas.

Obviously, just about any child loves drawing and coloring (which is evident from the one-of-a-kind masterpieces covering the walls¬†around the house from my nieces), but for some, it becomes so much more. ¬†I very soon realized how fascinating it is to see an image completely unfold right before your¬†eyes. ¬†To be able to create something from nothing…to create a tangible expression of the vision in your head is nothing short of exhilarating. ¬†For me, drawing was only the beginning of the creative outlets I would adopt. ¬†Although it still remains my most beloved hobby, I have long since put aside those¬†childhood dreams of working as a Disney animation artist. ¬†Sometimes, life pulls you in directions you never saw and pretty soon, you’re a full-time college student, working nearly full-time at a lousy pizza joint with no time for the things you once loved. ¬†Unfortunately, all too often this is the reality for a lot of us. ¬†It’s okay though, I wouldn’t have it any other way. ¬†Every moment has led to wonderful memories and opportunities that have shaped who I am. ¬†I digress.

My first true¬†experience with the handmade world began fairly early. ¬†I can remember watching my mom sit for hours surrounded by various colors of half-used yarn balls, and the clanking together of her aluminum crochet hooks. ¬†I remember all of the dainty little doilies and reusable dishcloths throughout the years. ¬†I’ll never forget how instantly I grew obsessed with practicing. ¬†The¬†repetitive action of stitching, unraveling, stitching, unraveling, there’s something almost therapeutic and meditative in the process. ¬†Although this remained my mom’s preferred craft of choice, I craved to expand further. ¬†I figured, if I can crochet, why can’t I knit? ¬†I made a trip to the craft store and picked up my first set of knitting needles, 1 skein of cheap yarn, and a good ol’ copy of Knitting for Dummies. ¬†Jokes aside, the Dummies series are a great start up tool for those unable to attend any formal lessons/classes. ¬†I was also amazed at the incredible amount of online tutorials and guides that make learning a cinch!

The interest I would later develop for sewing sort of happened by accident. ¬†It wasn’t until some time¬†later (in my mid-20’s) that I realized how cool and how possible it could be to learn. ¬†I think for most of us that aren’t raised learning a specific craft, or have no previous introduction, it appears much more intimidating than it actually is. ¬†I remember having a pair of jeans that were, like most are for us 5’2″ ladies, too long. ¬†Sure, I had previously attempted (successfully) to hem a pair by hand but I thought, “What if I had a machine, could I do it and nobody would tell the difference?” and “What else could I possibly make with it??” ¬†Combine that crafty impulse with an amazing almost 50% off Amazon discount and I became the proud owner of a Brother computerized sewing machine. ¬†Here I was, a brand new fancy-shmancy machine and no idea what I was doing. ¬†Sewing for Dummies to the rescue! ¬†After all, it worked for my knitting, right? ¬†Countless YouTube videos, craft blogs, hours of reading various techniques, project after project and I still have so much more to learn!

It would be impossible to bring this post to a close without touching on my most recent endeavor: paper crafting. ¬†I remember I had first been exposed to the awesomeness that is scrapbooking sometime around my freshman year in college. ¬†I made a few basic attempts but believe me, NOTHING to rave about and certainly should not pop up in a portfolio. ¬†Nevertheless, it sparked this feeling of joy and contentment and that’s when I knew I needed to continue to learn more. ¬†I couldn’t believe the endless possibilities that existed and the variety of ways people could manipulate paper!

Perhaps as equally thrilling as seeing your creation come to life, is the sense that you’re creating something that is one-of-a-kind. ¬†Even with some similarities, there will always be some subtle differences that make each item or piece unique. ¬†That is the beauty of handmade. ¬†It represents passion, sweat, love, drive, and a desire put one’s¬†own individual twist into every project. ¬†Each item¬†carries a small piece of the crafter, a small story that is¬†expressed in every color, every stitch, every aspect.