hmmmm, how on earth did Christine find time to scrapbook while away in California? I bet you're sort of wondering what I was really up to this weekend..well, I didn't quite make the flight to San Diego..I'm still very much in Minnesota. I decided to cancel my trip at the last minute after awaking from a brief afternoon nap and finding myself more tired than I'd been prior to taking the nap. I was absolutely exhausted last Thursday. My flight was scheduled to leave Friday morning and I simply couldn't find the energy to pack my bags and leave again. I hadn't seen, nor predicted, that my body would come to a halt just prior to another out-of-state trip. Actually, I was sooo looking forward to going to Camp Widow. I had made it my top priority last week to prepare for the event as I scrambled here and there in search of last minute items to take with me to CA. I arranged the sitter and the whole nine yards..I was oh-so-close to going, but it appears my health had different plans for me. Good thing I followed it's lead because I ended up feeling pretty crummy both Thursday & Friday. I wallowed around with a two-day migraine and was sulked in fatigue. By the time Saturday rolled around, I was raring to go again. Sigh. I woke up Saturday morning secretly wishing I was in San Diego with the rest of the widow crowd, though I wasn't. I quickly realized there was still vast potential for me to make the weekend a good one though. Unbelievably, I finished a layout during my time home. I also cozied with the little guy lots and lots because I missed him a whole bunch last week while away at CHA. The weekend actually turned out to be a great opportunity for me to reconnect "at home". I always feel semi-detached after returning home from a trip. I think my plan for next year will be skip CHA all together and head straight way to Camp Widow instead...I'd like to be fully onboard for the gathering without having to worry about scheduling conflicts. I've learned that I'm not one capable of traveling thousands of miles within a week's time. Nope, it's just not for me...no siree.
It felt only appropriate that I should sneak in a wee bit of scrapbooking this weekend. After all, I was home and relaxation was at the top on my priority list. I recently received an invite to guest design for Webster's Pages for the month of September. Without question, I said "Yes!!" I'm a long-time fan of Webster's Pages and to prove it, all one simply has to do is review my previous kits. They're mini paper pads are some of the cutest mini's out there and are a convenient, economical means of hoarding every single pattern paper that Webster's Pages has ever produced. Their vintage ornate style products are a dream to create with as they're a near perfect match with my overly ornate scrapbook style. It's extremely easy for me to play with their collections. So, I thought it an ideal way to spend the weekend - enjoying scrapbook goodies I love and creating a layout all my own. It was wonderfully refreshing & liberating...above are a couple of peeks at the layout. The full reveal won't be 'til September. I know, such a long ways away!! I promise, it will go by quickly!! I'll have other WP layouts to share as well in September..still worken' on them of course!
Speaking of which, this is the beautiful photo montage I used on my first WP's layout. Lately, I've been highly intrigued by photo collages - I'm attempting to include more photos on my layouts! Usually, I'm a one/two photo kind of scrapbooker because I'm easily overwhelmed by multiple images. I'm known to focus more of my effort on paper, embellishments, pretty flowers and other knick-knacks rather than photos while I scrapbook because collage is a favorite technique of mine. Well, I'm learning that collage can be just as well a component of photo formatting as it is a part of my everyday scrapbooking. It turns out that the technique of collage is easily transferable to photography! There's a whole 'nother world out there in reference to photos and how one goes about resizing & combining them. Photo templates are a dime a dozen these days and they've become a huge resource of inspiration for me lately - because I'm really starting to feel it's important to include more than two photos on a project, I'm turning to photo templates for unique & fun ways to coordinate multiple photos on a layout. In doing so, I'm recognizing that there's a wide span of uncharted territory I've yet to discovery in terms of scrapbooking, which means you'll see more multi-photo layouts from me in the future.
I'm going to end it here..already the evening has caught up with me. It always does, especially Sunday evenings. Laugh. I imagine you understand the feeling. Nighty - Night you guys! See you in a couple days!!