Hi Hodge Podgers! It's Rachel here announcing a new week and a new letter! Bring on your letter S layouts! Remember this is all about YOU. You and the letter S. Wanting some inspiration? We're happy to oblige!
Layout by Pamela
Journaling: I've always felt a need for a creative outlet, which is why I suppose I was first drawn to scrapbooking when pregnant with Ryan. I loved the idea of documenting my new baby's life, all while layering brilliant patterned papers and ribbons, arranging flowers, buttons, and felt elements, and then painting, glueing, doodling, inking, embossing, sewing, stapling, or stamping.
If I wasn't scrapbooking, I was usually devouring layout magazines, taking pictures, or journaling in preparation for my anticipated creative play.
Looking back on my life as a new mom I think I must have had post-partum depression. While I adored my baby who had come to us after a difficult four-year struggle with infertility and miscarriage, and greatly appreciated my opportunity to be a mother, I was sad and lonely. A lot.
Scrapbooking during naptimes became a therapy for me as I adjusted from well-respected career woman to under-appreciated stay-at-home mommy. It gave me the energy I needed to get through the next round of breastfeeding and poopy diapers by helping me notice the moments I knew I'd want to remember. It helped me see the good in my new stay-at-home life and gave me the creative outlet I needed to express these feelings. As I experimented with different styles and techniques, my confidence and knowledge of myself grew.
Now that we have three kids I have a lot less time to scrapbook but it's still a passion and even if I can't get to the creating part, I still try to jot down notes or sketch out an idea for a future page before the memory is lost.
Credits: Papers from You Make Me Smile TLP Collab; Playful Alphas by Lili; Art Notes Alpha, Suzy Q Alpha, Wet Paint Alpha, Paint Splatz, Wax Werx, Artist Paint Tape, and Tiny Type Alpha by CD Muckosky; In My Backpack by Kate Hadfield
Layout by Nikki
Credits: Smart Chic by Julie Billingsley, Gimme Space Font by Darcy Baldwin and Lauren Reid, Lickety Split: Rocky Road Template by Tiny Toes Designs
Layout by Rachel
Journaling: Sometimes I wonder if I'll ever sleep well again...
Credits: Spell It Simply Alphabet, Good Foundations - White by Rachel Young, Shadow Like Me by One Little Bird Designs, Pajama Party by Kay Weniecki and Ju Kneipp, Template by Sahlin Studios, Font arsenal white
Layout by Traci
CREDITS: Everything is from my scrap stash: papers and buttons by Gina Miller, alpha by Kate Hadfield, various buttons by Michelle Coleman, Cori Gammon, Corina Nielsen, Kate Hadfield, circle stitches by Dani Brath, Crayon doodles by Ida, painted purple circle by Amy Martin, glitter border by Traci Murphy.
Layout by Lauren
Journaling: Everyone is all grown up now and living lives of their own. Even my husband has his own degree it's kinda scary, kinda thrilling, kinda giving myself a pat on the back. I don't really know what my whole future will hold but I am back in school to finish my own degree.
Credits: Pixel Works Varsity Alpha, Teen Scene Girls, Funky Junky Old School math splat, Kate Hadfield Messy Staples, Journal Tapes, Doodle Tape, Kaye Winiecki House of Love doodled heart, Shabby Miss Jenn Art Class pencil, Nina glasses and tea stain, Jenna Desai Doodle Frame
Layout by Jacque
CREDITS: Doodled border by Karah Federicks, Alpha Scraps by Jacque Larsen, Everything else by CD Muckosky.
Remember to post your layouts in the My Scrapbook Art Hodge Podge Art Gallery. Your playing for 10$ to my shop and 10$ to One Little Bird. Have fun and get us your S layouts ASAP!
We have a winner for the Favorite Season Challenge! Congrats to Bush Girl who won with her beautiful layout explaining why she came back to the UK. I loved reading about it! Congrats girl! Email me at rachelyoungdesigns at gmail dot com to get your prizes!