Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Always Behind?

I knew there was a reason I called my blog Always Behind - I can't even keep up with posting my layouts!! The good news, though, is that I have completed a few layouts over the last couple of weeks, even if they are just group layouts that I have put my photos on. I did complete a whole layout of my own - but I did lift the idea from a book - but I really like how it turned out. The even better news is that we went and bought a new printer, so now I can print my pictures at home. It was just too much of a pain to have to go and get them printed. At least I am using that as my excuse to why I haven't done much scrapbooking lately!!

So hopefully I will find some time tonight to upload my latest layouts. And I really hope to find the time to make it to the store this week to get some new supplies!!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Weekly Layout

I have to admit that this has been a fun challenge to get at least a layout done a week. This one is actually for last week, I am just now finding the time to upload. I did another that I will hopefully post tomorrow, and I have another layout in the works. I am caught up now, though - it is the 4th week of the month and I have 4 layouts done. I'm hoping to get a new printer here in the next couple of weeks as well, and that way I can print my own pictures. The printer I have right now just doesn't cut it. Once I don't have to pick out my photos, upload them to Costco, and then go and pick them up, it will be a lot better. And Costco has done a horrible job on the last 2 orders I made, anyway!! I'm also really excited because I bought Photoshop Elements 6 today - it was $30 off at Costco this week. I'm going to try and get familiar with it - and then maybe I can stitch my scans together better so I don't get these layouts that look curved when I upload them. I'll also have this layout for sale in my Scrapifieds store soon - hopefully this week.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

More Layouts

Wow - I really am out of it. I really want to be a good scrapbooker, but looking through scrapbook blogs out there - there is really so much talent!! It makes me feel like I really don't know what I'm doing and that I am stuck in scrapbooking circa 1999. I have a lot to learn and a long way to go, but sitting down and scrapbooking today has reminded me of how much I really love doing it.

So here are two semi-new layouts. I designed this first one myself - no copying from other layouts! - and I'm actually quite happy with it. And these are actually from Halloween of 2007. They might be the only layouts I have done from 2007, but at least it's a start!!Since this is my design, I do have a copy of it for sale on Scrapifieds. You can find it here.

This next layout is from when I was in a scrapbook swap. It's been a few years since I quit, but I thought I'd show just how many finished layouts I have that just need to be gone through, pictures chosen and printed for them, and then I will sell whatever I won't/can't use. I have needed to do this for a long time, so maybe this will be my project for 2008!Ridiculous, isn't it!!

This layout is another Halloween layout from 2007. I didn't take the time to scan this, and just took a picture, and it's really not good. It doesn't help that my pictures were developed really dark. I should have taken them back and had them redone, but I was just eager to get them on a page.

I Have A Lot of Catching Up To Do...

I have spent so much time focusing on my other blog, that I have really been neglecting the scrapbooking that I need to get done. As part of a New Year's resolution, I am promising myself 1 full layout a week. It's a lot to ask of myself, so I am allowing myself to count a layout that is done, but that I get the pictures printed and on the page, along with journaling, that will count as the completed layout for the week. I'm hoping that I will find the time to do my own pages for at least half of the year, though. So I bring you the layout for this last week, and I will be finishing this week's layout today.

I actually made this layout a couple of months back when we had a girl's night out with my sisters and my sister in law. We went to a local scrapbooking store and spent the night scrapping away. It is then that I realized just how out of the scrapbooking scene I am. Although I'm really happy with how this layout turned out, it took me almost all night, and I don't feel like it looks like what you would find in a scrapbook store. But then I realized that this is my type of scrapbooking, and although I know my style will change throughout my life, (and maybe it will change a lot over the year as I get back into scrapbooking), but for right now, this is me.

The title of my blog is "Always Behind" because really, I am always behind. This is the first layout I've scrapbooked with Josh and I, and we have been married for over 2 years, and have been together for over 3!! I am almost finished scrapbooking the whole year of 2004, which will be a milestone, because there is not one year that I have completely finished yet. Hopefully this will change over the next year!!
Anyway, these pictures are from December of 2006. My office has another office in California, and for a couple of years, they flew the Utah office out the California office for the Christmas party. The year before, the company paid for a rental car for two couples to share, but since we wanted to kind of do our own thing and to not have to worry about sharing a car with anyone else, we rented our own car. It was a great decision, because we did a lot of driving, and had a lot of fun. This is from one day that we drove up to Santa Monica and spent hours walking along the beach and taking pictures.And if you are interested, I have this same layout (without the photos, of course) for sale at Scrapifieds. You can find it in my store.

Also, I know that no one reads this right now, but I am trying to find the best way to get my layouts online. I am scanning them right now, but they don't scan the best. If you can see from pictures, the layout looks curved, and the colors are a little bit off. I use a program called autostitch to stitch them together, buy any suggestions to get them online better would be appreciated!!