Saturday, February 24, 2018


Lately, I have been...

...reading Veronica Roth's Carve the Mark.  You might recall her as the author of the Divergent series.
I'm about halfway through. During the school year, it's tough for me to tear through books the way I do during breaks, so it takes me a few weeks to finish a single book (unless it really grabs me and forces me to block out the rest of the world, which is, alas, kind of rare).

,,,welcoming the return of John Oliver's LastWeekTonight. Finally!

...loving these rainy days we've been having, especially when those days occur on weekends, when the sleeping is goooood.

...getting crafty with the Hip Kit Club kits. This week's HKC sketch was the kind I love -- lots of room for bits and pieces:
I used the February kits above, but because the January kit was still calling to me, I combined both kits to create the layout below: 
And yes, that is a cut file -- I am so happy to finally have a Silhouette again!

...contributing to the latest class at Get It Scrapped. This one stretched me creatively:
It kind of reminds me of a challenge blog that I was a part of years ago (headed by Lana Rapette). We sought inspiration from items around us -- coffee cups, curtains, computers -- and found ways to translate that to the page. For this class, the challenge was to draw inspiration not just from one object, but from a vignette -- a gathering of objects. You can see a peek of my project on the right side of the image above.  

...getting ready for Calvinball! I am so excited! 
This year, Get It Scrapped is bringing back the annual month-long challenge, which runs from March 1-31.  There is a Calvinball section on the GIS forum, where you can read the rules (and suggest new ones), chat with others who are participating this year, and keep track of the points that you earn (including a freebie point for signing up in February) -- it's free, and anyone can join in! 

Monday, February 19, 2018

Very Punny

My daughter is a connoisseur of puns, appreciating wholly the little witticisms that make weaker people cringe and beg for mercy. My most recent page using the Hip Kit Club January kits celebrates this trait.
Seriously, though -- what else could I have done with a pic that features a large lobster in the background?  

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Hidden Treasures

I don't mean to be a Judgy McJudgerson, but I must confess that layouts without any journaling (or with vague titles like "Best Day Ever!" and no explanation whatsoever for what made that day the best on record in all of human history) make me reach for my figurative gavel. As eye-catching as they can be, I inevitably find myself searching for the story.  

And yes, I know that photos can tell a story all on their own, and that sometimes people create pages that are all about art for art's sake, but by and large, for me, when it comes to the business of documenting one's memories in scrapbook form, without journaling, something


Thus, I was understandably a little self-conscious about sharing this layout.  Where's the story? 
Lest we venture into pot and kettle territory here, let me assure you that the journaling does indeed exist on this page -- it's just hidden! 
Tasked with creating a layout with hidden journaling, I tucked the journaling into the layers of the page, stitching on a tab to call attention to this particular layer. 

It feels strange to me to look at the page and not see the words jump out right away.  

There is something to be said about hiding one's journaling, not just for privacy's sake or to surprise someone who comes upon that page someday, but also because some designs don't easily open themselves up to the inclusion of journaling. Sometimes they do feel visually complete without additional text, and finding a home for one's story, spatially speaking, can be a challenge. 

I actually liked doing this so much that I did it again on another recent Hip Kit Club layout, this one also using the January 2018 kits. 
Maybe hidden journaling offers a compromise -- though storytelling is as important as it has always been, a layout need not have visible journaling on it in order to feel complete (though I admit, a stubborn part of me is still reluctant to go hunting for it -- ha).