Saturday, July 18, 2015

#Look - and a challenge (and a prize)

I haven't been scrapping as much lately and I certainly haven't been spending my 30 minutes a day in my scrap room.  But for the last couple of days I have been thinking about scrapbooking and what it means to me.

While I scrapbooked (is that a word?) on and off starting in high school, I got serious when my children were little.  I've been playing with paper pretty seriously for more than fifteen years now.  Somewhere along the line, almost all the pictures from my childhood got lost or thrown away.  It was important to me that I preserved those memories for my children so that the same thing didn't happen to them.

When I started scrapbooking it was all about the event and big moments in their lives - birthdays, holidays, the big game, the first day of school.....But over time, and especially in the last few years, my focus has shifted to more of the moments and things that make up everyday.  And the act of creating became way more important to me.  In fact, I know - and my family knows - I am a much happier person if I find at least 30 minutes to create every day.

That focus on the everyday little things is the biggest gift I have received from scrapbooking.  It makes me much more aware of the world I live in and helps me look at things differently.  So last night I decided to try and capture that in a layout.

I found a black and white photo of a tree trunk in box of random photos.  I took it during the Snapshot class at Studio Calico last September.  I think the prompt was "Texture."

I used a grid design that allowed me to use a lot of small details that seem unrelated but really went with my theme.  Plus it was a great way to use up lots of bits sitting on my desk. I really like all the bright papers and embellishments with the black and white photo too!

So I am going to focus on the things I love about scrapbooking and hope my urge to create comes roaring back.  In the meantime, I am going to try to remember to look at the everyday things. I thought maybe you all could help me too.  So here's the challenge:

Pay attention to the things you see everyday (you probably already do this if you are a scrapbooker).  Take a photo, make a layout and link me up.  I will pick one person at random to receive a $10 gift certificate at their choice of Paper Issues, Studio Calico, Citrus Twist or My Scraps and More.  All entries have to be posted by August 1 at midnight. Your layout should be a new project.

I can't wait to see what you come up with.  And I can't wait to be inspired by you.

Thanks for stopping by. 


  1. Wow. Great challenge! Love this. Having followed Ali Edwards for well over a year and participating in Week In The Life and most recently Day In The Life, and my kids growing up so fast, I've been paying attention. Those projects have been my favorites. I'm sorry to go on, I can't enter, I don't have a place to put anything, I'm not tech savvy, but I will certainly do this, just for me. Thanks for the idea. Michelle t

  2. I'm in + I think I'll make a LO about how I came to be a scrapbooker. TY Juliee.

    Here's mine! Thanks, Julie!

  4. Love your layout and the challenge Julie! Hoping to find time to play along.

  5. What a beautiful idea! I love scrapbooking about all sorts of things, but those small everyday things I am leaning more and more to myself. Thanks for sharing your story with us! Love your page!

  6. Here is my take on the challenge! I never scrap pictures of nature alone. Thanks for the inspiration. I hope that I didn't post this twice...

  7. I scraped my grandmother instead of nature. I loved your story so when I read it I thought of her. she passed away 4 years ago this October. she was like a mother to us as well

    1. here is my challenge thanks so much

    2. I found a black and white photo of me and my grandmother when she was living... She helped raise us when we were younger... She always told us to be good so we could all be together in Heaven together. I love her and miss her so much.... Thanks for this awesome challenge and a chance to scrap a page of my grandmother