Let’s be real. Scrapbooking guys can be hard — especially if you are a bright colored whimsical loving paper crafter. Don’t despair — it can be done. When you have paper you absolutely love, but it is made up of lots of bright colors and almost childlike balance it with black and white.
For this layout I primarily used the sides of paper from Clique Kits that were black and white. I backed it on a solid and added just a pop of colors with strips of paper. I had to throw some rainbows on it because I am just into them! By using a solid alphabet for a title in different fonts it pulls it all together.
For the next layout I still stuck to black and white as the primary color scheme. However, I used pictures that were a little goofy. I mean, it is all about a weird Al concert! You really can’t get more goofy in that in adult life. From there I was able to venture out and add some whimsical elements.
By using a sketchy black and white title it grounded it.
Masculine layouts have gotten challenging for me because I am a colorful whimsical crafter, but the challenge is super fun! Trying to make my style and masculine pictures work is flexing my creative muscle.
During the last few months the world had had a lot of time to reflect. I think we can all say in one united voice that “Together is the best place to be”. This has been heavy on my heart and I have recently taken a liking to rainbows because of the message it portrays. After the storm there is a rainbow. I have been picking up rainbow themed items for my home and craft room for several months. Clique Kits had a ton of rainbow themed products. The following layouts were created with kits I found on Clique Kits.
Nieghborhood Sidewalk and Street Art
Every morning I run 2 miles in my neighborhood. Ever since we have all been staying home chalk art has been popping up on walls and sidewalks. I am so moved and warmed by the positive vibes from my nieghbors — most of them I have never met IRL. I had to document this rare time in history focusing on the GOOD.
When was the last time you got to see your extended family? I created this layout reflecting on that. We were all together for Thanksgiving. This kind of makes me sad. My kids live in the same area as their grandparents, but yet the last time we were all together was in the Fall. This has to change once it is safe to get out again.
You Are My Happy
Though it is unfortunate that my children can not see their grandparents and their great grandma I am so very grateful that they all still live at home and I get to spend this time with them. They also are all teenagers and young adults which means I am not needing to be hands on with their school. I kinda lucked out! I am not alone during this time and I am not pulling my hair because I have little ones.
For the record, I am not a short woman. My sons are tall! I am 5’9. My daughter is about 5’5 and my boys are 6’1 and 6’5! As you can tell from the look on my youngest son he is super happy he is finally taller than me!
These puffy stickers are so much fun! I feel like they give a nod to the 1980’s!
In Memory Of…
Of course it is important to remember our past and where we came from during this time. By doing so it gives hope and knowing things will get better. I created this layout in memory of my Grandpa who was a war veteran. My Mom has had his flag for about 15 years, but it wasn’t protected. I made her this case to safely keep it.
Here is a tutorial on how I created the glass shadow box for his flag.
Of course we are all getting the “get out of the house” itch. This was one of the last big meet and greet I attended before we went into quarantine.
Hope For You
I know this time may be harder on others than it is on me and it may be easier. We each are dealing with our own situations and every one of us has valid concerns. My hope for you is that you stay optimistic during this time. Easier said than done, right? I get that! It is just the only thing we really have any control over is what runs through our heads and our actions. Let’s make an effort to focus on the good and know that there is still hope in our future. We will get through this together!
What is one thing you are grateful for? Tell me in the comments.\