//2015 Scrapbook Album / February Edition

Better late than never, as they always say. Here is the video for my February album. I kind of cheated because I basically made February and March together, but they managed to turn out with several differences. I think a large part of that has to do with the products used, but I'll take whatever I can get!

Here is the video for the February run-through.

Some things I've learned after February:

  • Stay organized! It's so much simpler to put together a month's worth of "stuff" for an album when you keep your photos and ephemera sorted. I talk about it a little more on the video, but starting with just folders on your computer is a great way to go!
  • Keeping the same elements throughout the month is a wonderful to use up supplies AND keep your month looking cohesive. In February I kept a similar color scheme and used the same supplies on almost each page--it helped me work through my stash!
  • In need of background papers? MAKE THEM! I took Ashley Goldberg's art journaling class through Studio Calico and applied those techniques to makes simple (but effective!) background papers for my album. They were the perfect size and worked absolutely fine.

//Where Has All My Time Gone? + Sneak Peek Into My February Album

Hi there, folks! Its seems like the majority of my posts lately have been me lamenting how little time I actually have for life these days. I'm so busy with school and with weekend visits to family or to wedding vendors. If I stop to worry about it too much, I would probably power down and just lie on the floor all day. Because when you have a ton going on, your natural reaction is to take a nap, right? Or is that just me? Anyway...

This past weekend Josh and I took our engagement photos in Millennium Park (Downtown Chicago) and we had a great time! We just got the link to view our gallery last night and we're planning on buying the whole lot, so I'll be sure to post them all when that happens. For now, here is one of the photos.

Like most women, I'm always finding something to be unhappy about in a lot of these pictures. My face looks weird, my hands look funny, why am I standing that way, etc etc etc. But there were a lot that I loved and I'm trying to focus on that. Our photographer was Steve with Eivan's Photography and he made the entire experience fun and loose any playful--and that made the entire process easy!

After the shoot, we headed out to Madison, Wisconsin for the weekend. We got stuck in some (okay, a lot!) of traffic just outside of Chicago, but once we got past that it was smooth sailing. Madison was a wonderful time, full of tons of walking around and visiting little shops and STEAK at the Tornado Club. My favorite steak ever, probably. Sunday saw us visiting Josh's family for Easter. It was a delicious dinner with some great folks! It was fun seeing Josh's three nieces again because I love those girls. AND we brought Chewie with--so he kind of stole the show there for a bit.

Monday was study, study, study and classes. Today promises to be more of the same. BUT I am planning on finishing up my February/March album and perhaps even some more creative projects. I always go through such long periods of time between working on my art journaling or scrapbooking or whatnot, and I find myself really craving some of that creative time. So I'm going to do it. I hope.

In the meantime, here is a sneak peek at my February album. I used a die cut piece of wood that came in my Cirque Kit by Studio Calico as a base for my photos and embellishments, instead of using a piece of paper like I normally would. I'm so happy with how it turned out because I honestly had no idea how I was going to use this embellishment on a traditional layout. Small wood veneer pieces I can handle, but the bigger pieces just stump me. So yeah, here it is!