I've been perusing a lot of blogs and galleries and have been noticing how many talented scrappers there are out there who make the process of creating layouts and using products imaginatively look so easy. How do they do it? This has made me wonder if people ever look at my layouts and think something similar. If so, I need to confess -- I definitely have some scrappy "brick walls" that are tough for me to break through when I face a layout.
I struggle with large shapes on layouts. I am large-circle challenged. I've worked with them before but I just don't "feel" the large circle.
I can't do clean and simple any more. My desk is proof enough of this. I must have layers. I must have accents. I must have details. I have such appreciation for those who can show restraint and pull off clean and simple so elegantly; in comparison to these sages, I am a scrappy hedonist.
I freeze when faced with a plaid pattern. I love plaid, but I have trouble making it work on a layout, likely because I love to cut everything into smaller bits and pieces, and plaid is a take-me-as-I-am kind of pattern. I also have trouble making it work on shirts in my wardrobe. What looks like a cute boyfriend's shirt on one woman makes me look like the boyfriend. The lumberjack boyfriend.
I've decided that the metal prongs on brads have outlived their usefulness to me. I've taken to prying them off of the base of brads and just gluing the base directly to the layout. Just give me faux brads, por favor. Plus, I've noticed that the realization that I have to hammer a hole into my layout in order to place a brad corresponds with the simultaneous realization that the entire neighborhood, but for me, is sleeping.
I love clouds, but I have trouble placing them on layouts. They always feel awkward on my pages. I need cloud placement lessons.
I have no idea what to do with ric-rac or pom-poms. I want to love them, but they make it so hard.
I neglect my chipboard stash. One might think, judging by my collection of it, that I am hoarding chipboard and that I own stock in Maya Road. In truth, I just neglect it. I don't really think about adding it to my layouts while I'm creating them, and thus, it just sits there, unopened, unloved. Chip-bored.
How about you? Anything to confess?
I must also confess: I can't believe it's CHA week! I so wish I could be a part of the paper-loving frenzy this year. I'll be there in spirit, though. I'll have a few items in the October Afternoon booth. I've been working with the new Farmhouse line, which is one of my all-time favorite lines (and not just OA lines) ever. It's really just perfect. I wish I could share more details, but trust me, when you see this line in person, you will know what I mean.
It kind of makes me feel bad for Boarding Pass, which was my favorite OA line until Farmhouse unseated it. I've still got MUCH love for it, though. Isn't it awesome?
It's a terrific travel line. I love that the colors work with practically any photo (such as the photo of my daughter cringing at the thought of SPAM-flavored macadamia nuts).
Thank you, OA, for never forgetting to put Hawaii on the map.
I am going to be needing at least 50 more of these frames.
If you're going to CHA, consider me jealous.
If you're not, then come be jealous with me over at the Two Peas in a Bucket CHA online social. Hope to see you there!