Happy National Scrapbook Day!

Happy National Scrapbook Day 2016! Technically, it's tomorrow. But as far as I'm concerned, everyone should make a 3-day weekend of it. At least. All month long is even better! As part of my National Scrapbook Day celebrating, I've joined up with some talented scrapbookers and bloggers to bring you lots of NSD inspiration. The complete list of stops is at the end of my post.

For me, a big part of NSD is working outside my comfort zone. I love doing as many challenges as I can squeeze in and pushing myself creatively. Normally I'm a slow scrapper with a pretty distinctive style. But on NSD, you can count on me to pull out paints, inks, stamps, and embellishments that rarely see the light of day. I work quickly. I (try to) embrace imperfection. My layouts don't necessarily have my usual look. It's all part of the fun.

The layout I'm sharing today is very different from my usual style, starting with the fact that there is only one photo. I've combined a true black with a black that looks almost brown. (That bugs me a bit, to be honest. I'm normally much more picky about my neutrals matching better. The creams don't quite match either, but that bugs me less, probably because they're not touching each other the way the black-brown journaling card is touching the true-black photo mat.) Another obvious difference from my usual style is that there's no journaling beyond our names and the date. My title (Amazing 24/7) is far more subtle than usual and I made it by dipping the back of an ink dauber in off-white paint to circle the 24 and the 7. I almost never use paint on pages, especially with no back-up journaling card on hand! Finally, the chipboard arrow and heart add bulk that I normally avoid on layouts. Different in many ways, but still clean, simple and me. I like it. 

I snapped this selfie of Trevor and me while we were watching Steve cook our Valentine's Day dinner and it's one of my favorites. I like taking arm-stretched-out selfies. Not on a phone where you can actually see if you're in the frame, but with a point-and-shoot camera. For some reason, the reach-smile-hope process is a lot of fun for me. It's a nice surprise when the picture actually comes out looking ok.


Now hop along to the next stop! Happy National Scrapbook Day!
Hydrangea Hippo
They Call Me Tatar Salad
My Time To Play
My Scrapbook Evolution
Just JP
Smiling Colors
My Creative Life ----------- YOU ARE HERE
Pink Zebra Paper Creations
Scraps of Reflection
Lynda Creates


  1. How fun! LOVING that page! Loving how the 24 7 is highlighted!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Precious page! I love the sweet photo and the color palette! Happy NSD! :)

  3. Happy NSD! Since the NSD annual weekend crop I attend isn't happening until next weekend, I am happy to follow along and celebrate along with others in the meantime. :) I, too, use the NSD challenges to step out of my comfort zone and try something new. Even better when we are happy with the results!

  4. Lovely layout,
    nice and simple.
    Carla from Utah

  5. Pretty layout! Simple and pretty!

  6. Stepping outside your style and trying something new is a great way to learn. It's part of why I love challenges so much.

  7. Nice layout! Great job stepping out of your comfort zone! I prefer a "selfie" I can see before taking the photo so I can make sure it looks good before snapping it!

  8. Love this layout! Great photo and memory!

  9. Sweet! I'd end up with just hair or noses, for sure! lol!

  10. I love your enthusiasm at this time of the year. Looks good!

  11. I too love trying new things and stretching myself. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Yes! I always enjoy your NSD posts. Off to read the others that are up and looking forward to seeing what else you finished up!


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