Scrap happy

So this is what happens to me when I'm off school and have a bit of time for some blog hopping:

1. Find a blog I'm relatively new to and read backwards through some of the posts. Generally be amazed at the creativity and stunning photography.

2. Follow that blog's links to other blogs and repeat step 1 several times over, jealousy at new and fun photo processing techniques building all the time.

3. Progress from the blogs to the flickr photostreams of bloggers I am now practically stalking.

4. Lose countless hours of my life looking through photos, joining flickr groups, checking out new techniques.

5. Begin to feel like my own photography is rubbish in comparison. Who wants a timeless photo of a newborn with his smitten parents when you can have a lovely polaroid of cupcakes or a still life of vintage notions?

6. Spend more hours on Photoshop trying out techniques to make my photos look like the ones I've seen online, wondering constantly why photos of lego and grubby boys don't have the same vintage vibe.

7. Wander away from the computer for a few days, enjoying the days with my boys and feeling no pressure to blog or take pictures for anyone but me.

8. Potter around my study during which time I am alerted to bits and pieces of scrap stash I had forgotten about (don't tell Michael or he might hijack the parcel of goodies I ordered earlier hehe!) Enjoy the newly organised space and newly discovered stash and make some layouts.

9. Run around texting photos of said layouts to my scrap chums and finally remember why I started my blog in the first place – to share silly stories from our lives and the layouts I made to document them.

10. Promise myself not to be so silly next time we're on school holiday, all the while realising that it will happen all over again in approximately 12 weeks!

It's always a bit of a surprise to me just how happy a couple of photographs, some patterned paper and pretty bits and pieces can make me. I must write it down on a sticky note somewhere I can see it and then do it more often.

Spring 09

Just beachy

Game boy 
So I am entering my weekend feeling scrap happy and, with any luck, I might just make a few more of these. What about you?  

  • April 10, 2010 - 1:28 am

    Maegan - While I thank you for the flattering shout out, I must tell you that I do that same thing when looking at blogs of talented scrapbookers! Oh, an also those who are able to capture timeless photos of newborns with their smitten parents!
    I love your pages…they look awesome!

  • April 10, 2010 - 11:06 am

    Sheila - Love your Spring layout, gorgeous – and so much (subtle) patterned paper – love it! (Also has buttons my favourite)!
    Do not dis you photos – my house is full of them & I love them! 2 days left till school, weather great, lets party!!

  • April 10, 2010 - 12:28 pm

    Jo - Hey love your scrap happy post. It is truly amazing how much time can be spent going from one blog to another – I do it daily! I love your layouts, especially your spring layout with the lovely photo of flapping washing. Ooh that reminds me I need to put the washing on! Hmm maybe I could take my very own ‘flapping washing’ shot later! Have a lovely weekend, hope you get more layouts done and do please continue to text me photos, makes me feel closer than I really am which is too darn far away! xxx

  • April 10, 2010 - 5:29 pm

    nannisandi - great summery pics, I too have flapping washing on the line…love to get that “fresh-air” smell.heres hoping for more sunny days!!

  • April 13, 2010 - 2:26 pm - Hello hello my arty farty inspirational friend!
    Thank you for your comment on my blog. I love when people comment..but they never seem to…
    As for this blog, I am so with you on point 5! I always lose myself in flickr photos (some taken by flipping teenagers!!)and wonder how will I ever achieve that stricking crisp ray of sunshine, or the vinatge feel of the red buttons on someone’s cardigan..but it keeps us ticking and it keeps us trying eh!?
    I hope that the new games are settling into the Boyd’s house well. Our house hunt contines to be varied and we are making the most of the ‘cash buyers’ nonsense by making cheeky offers on very large houses!! What else would you expect from me Janine!? As I said to Adele yesterday, my life is one big bargain so why should I expect anything less when it comes to buying property!!
    Must fly. Love to you all. We are in Bangor until tomorrow but out this evening so maybe next tuesday eve I could drop in to see you?
    As always, i miss you

  • April 15, 2010 - 8:58 am

    Judith - Feeling inspired having read your latest post, love the colours of your spring layout….and the subject matter! Seriously hoping the weather man is wrong about winter making a brief appearance again next week!!!

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