I signed up for two of Karen Grunberg's classes in the first part of this year - Embrace Imperfection and Finding Your Way. Embrace Imperfection was a two week, free class from Big Picture Classes. Finding Your Way is a four week class and we're a little more than half-way through. As any reader of this blog knows - my crafting cycles pretty hard. And I've been in the rut of all ruts for going on 9 months. That's not to say I haven't crafted here and there, but I haven't had the feeling of being in the zone in ages. Let me tell you it blows hard. I was hoping Finding Your Way would be the jumpstart I've needed and in some ways it has - I've made seven layouts since February 24th - but I'm still struggling. Scrapbooking seems forced and it's really starting the piss me the eff off. So - I'm going to share a few of my new layouts. These are the few I'm crazy about. Sorry for the lousy pictures - they're from my iPhone. Can't find my friggin digital camera battery charger.
These first two layouts are a bit of a departure from me. I usually don't "do" multiple photos on a one page layout. Nevertheless, I love the way these two layouts turned out. I love the layering of patterned paper. I love the use of a paper grid as the foundation. I love the embellishments put into a visual triangle. I love love love these layouts!
The last layout has me written all over it. It's a pretty typical layout for me nowadays. One picture, patterned paper, flowers, and buttons. I love the grid background (more on that later) and the egg drop soup paper from jillibean soup. I would eat that paper up if I could. This color scheme is also one of my favorites. I've really been embracing the gray lately.
So here's the big question - am I really finding my way? Part of finding your way is defining your scrapbooking voice. But...despite lots of time thinking about my voice (see this post from last summer) - I'm not sure I'm actually finding my way. I have a lot of pictures from Christmas and plenty of stories to tell - but when I sit down at that table I feel...nothing. Not sure where to go from here. I do know a few things for sure:
*I love one photo layouts - but feel comfortable putting more than one photo on the page when it's a portrait orientation.
*I love using grids as a foundation. I prefer it over cardstock or other types of patterned paper.
*I gravitate towards clean lines but will rock the tilt in a pinch (and love it).
*I love flowers, buttons, and brads. I also love flair buttons. I need more embellishments that I like!
*I'm a story-based scrapbooker. Event scrapbooking scares me to my core - can't seem to do it.
*I like clean journaling - grid foundations facilitate this in a big way.
*I like using bold letters (especially American Crafts Thickers as titles).
*I'm also learning to love longer titles. Need more letters to continue this practice.
Where does this leave me - almost in a good place (I think). It's given me a little more clarity and hope. I'm going to totally focus my crafting energy on kicking this latest "hiatus" in the junk. I know I can push through this. I miss my crafty life. I miss my blogging life. I miss so much. And I'm just done waiting for it to come back. I'm just done.