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Monday, 24 August 2015

Good Enough

Two mantras I've adopted through my scrapping journey:

1. Done is better than perfect.

2. Good Enough is Good Enough.

Lately, between working at Riddle Used Store and running a direct sales business with Thrity-One Gifts (and helping the beautiful women in my downline) there is little time/energy for the scrappy part of life. The best way to keep actively scrapping (atm) is to not be as intense about it as I might have been previously.

So here is a "lazy" post from me.

August Counterfeit Kit Challenge kit is from Scrappy Canary.

Introducing "Good Enough"

 Those two on the bottom (angle stripe and navy) snuck into the photo. Not part of the kit but wanted to hang out with their friends.
And the details:

Arrows, I forget. It is from S&CT Summer 2014 kit; Floral, CM

Arrow, CM; Stripe|MME

Wood, Glitz; Plaid unknown
There is a lot of grey in this kit. Not too sure
 if I like that or not.
Frames, MME; Pink CTMH

Lattice, Recollections; Chevron CM

Mini Dot, MME; Written on Red, Carolees Creations
 Chevron paper made with Washi tape and CM paper ribbon.
Chevron Breezy's own; Dot circles, unknown.

The "B" sides (of those papers that have one.) They look so good together, they could be their own kit.
Alphas: Wood veneer from Prima and the dredges of two sets of Thickers.
 Corky itemes. I cut the "HELLO" and the >>> with a craft knife, from a cork placemat,
 Words and frames. Mini envelopes made from a patterned paper. No fancy pattern used. Just cut and fold with a few dots of glue.
 MME, Now and Then, Mixed Bag, ephemera package.
 Fancy Pants, As You Wish, Decorative Bags.
CTMH, Washi. They make the best washi patterns and colours. I can't resist buying them.
Once more, the whole kit'n'kaboodle.
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Saturday, 22 August 2015

What a difference a decade makes.

Ten years. One decade. More than fifty albums. Over two thousand layouts. And still counting.

This summer marks the 10 year anniversary of when I said I was going to make AN album.

Having always been one to flit around through different crafting capabilities, no one could have foreseen how big a role scrapping would play in our lives. Or how much money it would consume. Besides scrapping supplies, there is furniture, lighting, paint, cameras, printers, and let's not forget retreats. I am fond of the quote, "Most of my money is spent on scrap supplies and good wine. The rest is just wasted."

Around the five year mark, darling daughter commented to me that I had not, as I would normally do, moved on to something else. She was surprised I was still doing this. "So am I." I replied. "So am I."

It is interesting to note how this discipline slowly reveals your inner self. One small layer at a time is pulled back and every once in a while you get a glimpse or insight to what really makes you tick.

Lately I am wondering about "to what end do I do this?" I like to play with paper and make a page that supports the photo. Sometime taking a rather dodgy shot and turning it into something quite special. As I keep doing it, the layouts pile up, the albums fill the shelves. I wonder, how many albums is enough? How many is too much?

When I started, I used to have  six or eight ideas each day. Now I have a couple of ideas a month. Am I moving towards the end of my love affair with scrapping?

Recently I came to the conclusion that I really like to collect paper and alphabets. And the rest I can pretty well live without. Had I figured this out sooner, we might have save hundreds or even thousands on such peripherals as cricuts and copics and way too many embellishments.

I have to thank Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog and the master forgers for the help they have been over the past three years. As I move into my second decade of this craft, I hope they will continue to be there to assist me with inspiration and motivation. I have come a long way. Yet I have so much further to go.

A layout from 2008,

and a more current layout.
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