2 Souls, 1 Love

With the busy schedule of school and homework (man, sometimes I sure miss working full-time!), it's been hard for me lately to create and scrapbook as much as I did two months ago. Even when there is time, school just really burns a girl out! So with those precious times that I do find myself at my desk - honestly, sometime I have to force myself, but after just ten minutes, I don't regret it - I don't stress about making sure I'm documenting every little moment of my life. Because if it starts giving you more stress, what's the fun in that, right?

For me, scrapbooking is just as much about being creative as it is about documenting memories. The layout I want to share with you today is just that - putting pretty products on a page with some nice photos. And throw in a sappy, corny title, because where else am I ever going to be able to do that??

Two Souls, One Love. Our relationship is far from perfect, which is something that's really been resonating as something to work on recently, but this still rings true to me, 100%. We're not perfect, but we can get through anything together with the love we have for each other and by the grace of God.

The layout is based on a loose grid, but to make it more interesting, I cut out some big, colorful flowers from an Elle's Studio paper, something that I've done previously here and have loved. Most of the other pieces in the grid are in the new collections at Elle's Studio.

Similar to that layout, I added embroidery floss behind and around some of the flower cutouts and other elements. I also machine stitched around many parts of the layout. These two additions give both subtle and bold dimension and texture.

Finished it off with a gold resin flower - because I love them, so why not? ;)

Thanks for stopping by to take a look!

Silly Boy | Elle's Studio Sketch

I've been somewhat of a scrapbooking slump lately. Maybe it's the cold winter, which makes me just want to curl in bed under poofy blankets with a book. Or maybe being back in school just drains all the energy from me. But then I recently received a small order from Elle's Studio with some of their new, gorgeous collections, which really got me right out of this and got me creating again! Woohoo for new scrapbooking goodies!

I thought it appropriate to put all these new goodies to use using a sketch, also from Elle's Studio. Here's a look at what it looks like:

I followed the sketch pretty closely, except that I used an 8.5x11 format, which I am still experimenting with these days. I like the challenge of the smaller space, and it's just so comforting to know that these will be able to store.

I loved that I was able to use this huge chipboard piece from Crate Paper, which I was having trouble thinking of a use for. It had some really girly articles of clothing hanging on the clothesline, so I just covered them up using some of my new pennant tags and clip tags (which I trimmed the clips off of).

Some of you might know how I like to alter items to fit my needs and style. And I'm also really not a fan of pink. There were some tags I got that were a bright pink that I didn't like, but I like the design/sayings. So I just took a red Copic marker and carefully went over the pink parts to make it a red color that matched my layout! Here's a before and after shot of a piece I did this with (that I didn't end up using on this page):

The red version is much better for me!

So many fun tags!

Maybe if you're in a bit of a slump, you can treat yourself to some new scrapbooking goodies too!! You know, as long as you don't go overboard and will actually be inspired ;) I'm definitely on a kick with these new products, so I'll be sharing more projects soon using them!
Until then, I hope you have a great start to your week :)