New Goodies, layouts and 31 Things

I was the happy recipient of a trip to a nearby scrapbook shop for my birthday as a gift from my husband. I took the train down to Odder on a day when he was home to care for the children. Here is a look at what I bought:

I don’t shop for scrappy stuff very often, so this was a huge splurge. I even got a few tools that had been on my wishlist for a long time, such as the Ranger ink blending tool and the Corner Chomper. I also got a few EK success edge punches, some adhesive refills, some clear stamps, a sheet of Basic Grey label stickers, a bunch of small alphas and text (love those!), 30 sheets of patterned paper and 8 sheets of cardstock.

I got a chance to play with some of my new stuff over the weekend. I did three layouts in chronological order, which is very unusual for me, however that is what I felt like scrapping. So I did.

About leaving Newcastle (I have no idea when I actually took this photo. I think it might have been on a trip to Canada):


About arriving in Denmark:

And about the efforts of getting settled when we first arrived:
GettingItAllTogether 3

The little story tab pulls out and contains a more complete story about our experience, but I also added a brief list of highights that featured numbers on the layout itself. The tab does stick out beyond the page. Given the orientation of my landscape layouts in the album, it’ll end up sticking out of the top of the page protector, which is just fine by me. (Or at least it will once I order more page protectors. I’m out.)

The story tab looks like this:
GettingItAllTogether 1

And the back:
GettingItAllTogether 2

Speaking of scrappy goodness, I’m also currently take the 31 things with Ali Edwards over at Big Picture Classes. I’m quite enjoying the class and have been doing tons of writing.

She has set up the class with the idea of making a 12×12 album that will contain the 31 stories and 31 photos that resulted from the prompts. Personally, I’m collecting the stories and will likely make stand alone layouts and integrate them into my current LOM system. I’m typing up all my prompts in a single text file, and ending each day with a ‘Thoughts’ section where I list other ideas of potential stories (or ways to expand parts of stories) that might also make great layouts.

I’m really enjoying the class and reading how other people are interpreting the prompts. I’ll admit to being a couple of prompts behind as I’ve had a few nights where I’m been so sore from excessive gardening that I was unable to type. I’ll catch up. It’s all good.