Summer vacation Mondays are oddly quiet and calm, which is really quite different from the harried approach I usually take to this most unfavorite day of the week. It doesn't feel like the start of a week -- it just feels like the continuation of a very long one. The days are beginning to blend, and while that might sound blissful, it's actually disorienting. I've become so accustomed to routines that I find myself wanting to clean and organize just to feel a sense of purpose.
Something that has kept me feeling purposeful is scrapbooking. I admit, I still feel a little twinge of guilt when I start a project. An annoying little voice in my head always asks, "Shouldn't you be doing something more productive with your time?" I have to tell the voice to shove off, and it's not always easy to do so. During the school year, I counter it with a louder voice that insists that scrapbooking is stress relief, but I can't say that during freaking summer vacation, now can I?
Yet getting crafty is purposeful -- it makes me feel good. It makes me happy. Productivity is overrated. Creativity matters.
That said, here's what's been making me happy lately:
kit and add-on, and I love the colors and patterns (not to mention the accents). I couldn't decide which papers I wanted to use first, so I pretty much used most of them here. Lots of layers, lots of happiness.
The layout focuses on my daughter's last days of high school. She, like many members of the class of 2015 nationwide, was struggling with acute senioritis at the time that these photos were taken, so those days were likely a blur to her. I'm glad that I was able to capture some of the highlights for her.
In addition to scrapbooking, I've also been deep into ICAD mania. The Index-Card-a-Day Challenge has supercharged me creatively. I don't even really care what the cards look like -- I care more about what it feels like to create them.
Day 5: Owl.
Things That Shine. To create the background, I sprayed OA Sprinklers in Lagoon and SC Mister Huey's in Inky Black at close range and let the colors mix and meld.
Day 6: Taxi.
Day 7: Periodic Table.
Day 8: Grapefruit and Cherry (Beginning of Week Two).
I still can't believe it's a Monday.