Three Layouts a Week – Can I Do It?
About six weeks ago, Allison Davis (who also recently had a baby) challenged herself to do a layout a day. And with two small boys, she still managed to do so! As a regular reader of her blog, she has inspired me to do something similar, as well as create more two page layouts. (Her work is fabulous if you are not familiar with it.) I don’t think that with working full time and juggling several other commitments I can do a layout a day, but I am going to try to do three layouts a week. And, this blog (and all of you) are going to keep me accountable!
Last night Matthew had a guys night and Elias ended up being pretty mellow, so I was able to do another layout with pictures from my trip to Wisconsin (sorry the scan isn’t the best- click on the layout to make it bigger). Again, I used Becky’s sketch book as a spring board for the layouts skeletal design. I am quite pleased with the result – especially because I used seven photos. It is a big trend in scrapbooking to just use one photo per layout. I know I am guilty of this. Now that my time is more limited and I am taking so many pictures of Elias, this is not practical! Becky’s sketches has been pushing me to use more photos on a layout than I otherwise would.
The owl paper is Sassafrass Lass – isn’t it adorable? When it came out last year (or early this year, I can’t remember) I HAD to have it. Since then, most of it has been sitting in my cropper hopper organizers waiting to be used.
Photo Processing – What Site Do You Use?
This week I started the process of uploading all my photos (since Elias was born) to Shutterfly. I have used Snapfish exclusively for about four years (before that I hopped around – Kodak Gallery, Snapfish, Shutterfly). However, I have recently discovered how much MORE Shutterfly has to offer than the other websites. Their photo books are amazing – especially their CK line. Be still my heart. Seriously, you must check it out. (If you want, email me and I will send you a link, and we will both get free prints!) You can create a website to share photos with family and friends, create awesome montages on any size print and so much more. Plus, if you need your photos quickly, you can pick them up at Target. Shutterfly’s photos are a few pennies more expensive than the other guys, but if you prepay, they are the same. With all the added features they offer though, I think it is totally worth it. I am excited to explore the site further and create our family share site.
Tell Your Story
I challenge you to do something in the next week to get your story down! Your children, grandchildren and extended family and friends will be so grateful you did. It doesn’t have to be much- upload some photos, get some printed, make a scrapbook page, create a photo book, journal – whatever suits you! You CAN do it. Don’t be afraid or think you aren’t talented enough. It is YOUR story. You must tell it. It is that simple. (Okay, I am getting off my soapbox now!)