Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Time for a New Post

 Hi!  really am committed to this twice a month blogging. It's a reasonable goal and it's fun, too. Sure, there is social media and all the message boards I frequent. Still, writing a brief essay about my life or scrapbooking (or is that one and the same, LOL, is a good exercise.
I've been doing LOAD (Lain Ehmann's layout a day) this month.I've been creating but I do not always complete a layout in one day. My goal though is to have 31 layouts done by the end of the month. Since I post my pages on Flickr, I wonder about posting them all here. Not all the same audience, though, so I think I will post them.

As I wrote in the journal portion of one layout, I looked to LOAD to help me find my style. It's often bold and colorful, at least; and, it often features a mix of patterns and textures. My decorators have described my home as full of texture and ethno-contemporary so I guess these are design patterns in my life.
On occasion I have a 10-15 minute layout that I love - my earrings one for example but usually I like to linger with the process. After all, I keep telling folk - for me this is a fun hobby!
Yet I'm pretty productive even when not doing LOAD. Not to the extent of one a day the rest of the time but   often enough that folk say "now that's a lot of scrapbooking" when they see my albums.
Am I getting better at the art of making pages? I think so, yes. Perfection is not really what it's all about. I'm not making these for magazine layouts, nor to promote a manufacturer. I'm doing this as a way to express myself. I'm complicated, sometimes silly, sometimes sad. I love color, photography and design and I'm learning to love writing. Scrapbooking brings this all together for me.

Still, the weather is getting warmer and I vow to spend more time out of doors this summer. I'm hoping a lot of time in the pool. I love the sensation of weightlessness and the joy of mindless drifting in the water as the sun shines down and birds twitter overhead. So, maybe not so much cutting and gluing this summer. I might do a little scrapbook reading though historical romances and real history lessons are more to my liking for those moments out of the pool as I sit in a lounge chair under an umbrella drinking lemonade. Want to join me?


Gail said...

Good job Karen! I'm hoping to whip up a few mini albums for gifts June & August!

Debbie P said...

Great mix of layouts here. Love your pretty product choices.

Ms. Lucie said...

Karen, you have accomplished a lot, just taking on that LOAD challenge. I know I could not do it, because I spend easily, 4-8 hours on one LO alone. And I do that because I enjoy the process. So no LOAD for me, but I love the concept. Your pages are great. I also love your ideas about spending time by the pool this summer. I've had the same goal for years. Maybe this will be the year I do it!

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