Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Back in the Saddle Again

For those of you that know me, I once was an avid scrapper (averaging about 3o layouts a month). Due to some personal issues, I decided a little over a year ago to quit scrapping- cold turkey! Now that I'm trying to get "back in the saddle" so to speak, I'm finding my "mojo" is lacking. So I thought I would share with you today some things that have jumpstarted my inspiration.

First off, the June kit- Au Revoir- that Michelle and Dolores put together was FABULOUS! The papers from The Girls' Paperie were a real "mojo" booster! The mixture of reds, blues, and yellows were a delight to work with. I love building my page with patterned paper as the base. This sheet of ledger patterned paper in the kit was perfect to use for this layout I did of my son and I.

I knew right away when I saw this paper in the kit I wanted to try one of the new trendy banners I've seen around on other scrappers' layouts. I dug out my trusty X-acto knife and sewing machine that had been collecting dust for this layout of my grandfather. I hand cut the pennants, secured them with a small glue dot, and then did a simple machine stitch along the top. I'm very pleased with the results. I think the banner adds a nice touch and adds to the sea/naval theme of the layout.

I always find that when I'm lacking inspiration, a sketch helps get me started. I've been enjoying participating in some sketch challenge blogs. Both my Sea Scout layout and the following Hammerhead in Training were based off of a sketch. I thought I would share a few sketch sites....some I'm sure you've heard of, others maybe not.

Today ends my Guest DT month at Timeless Daydreams. I want to take this opportunity to thank Dolores and Michelle for choosing me. It's been a long time since I've done any "DT" work with a kit. It was a refreshing step back into the scrapping world. If you've not gotten yourself one of the Au Revoir kits, I encourage you to hurry up and grab one before they're gone!

Peace out,


  1. You got your mojo back. these are great. Please stop by my blog hop this weekend if you can.

  2. Fantastic blog post Amanda! It's been such a treat having you showcase your beautiful work!! LOVE the pennants on that layout, and so happy you told us how you achieved that look.

  3. Amanda you did an awesome job with the kit! I am hoping you continue to find your mojo!

  4. wow, these are great! i especially love the colors and words colors of the first one.

  5. gorgeous pages Amanda - glad you're back sharing again

  6. they are still lovely Amanda, and I always love your pages!