This month, the Creative Life Scrapbooking team decided to take Creative Scrapbooker magazine’s Sketchy Challenge and make layouts based on this circle layout sketch, but with a twist: stash busting only! All of us have lots of older scrapbooking supplies, and sometimes we need some motivation to use that instead of the brand-newest stuff. 🙂
TBH, when I first saw this sketch I was like, “What am I going to do with this?!?” It was way outside my normal scrappy comfort zone! I tried one layout that I totally hated (maybe I’ll post that as a blooper sometime), and I almost gave up.
But then I was struck with inspiration one day as I gathered a bunch of wedding announcements off my fridge and realized that the three photos from those announcements would be perfect for this layout! Once I had that thought, I LOVED the process of creating this page! (And while I was journaling on the page, I even got teary-eyed because the people on this page are so special to me, so clearly this was an important story for me.)
I wasn’t always a great fan of predesigned album pages. When I’m scrapbooking, I enjoy the creative process.
But because I AM a fan of finished albums I love how speedy it is to make an album using Fast2Fab (F2F) predesigned pages!
For my honeymoon album, I decided to use the Be Bold and Flourish F2F pages, plus a few other things. I wanted to get this album DONE (my honeymoon happened over a year ago), but I also wanted to be creative and flexible with the predesigned pages. And I found that there are actually lots of ways to use F2F pages in the album without necessarily following the “prescribed” page order and combinations!
- 22 pages (front and back=44)
- 94 photos (plus LOTS of memorabilia)
- 10-12 hours spent on the album over the course of a month (including organizing photos, arranging all my pages, embellishing, and journaling)
- $100 retail cost for ALL consumable supplies (including all embellishments and about half a Tape Runner refill; not including other tools)