Once a year, I reflect back and choose my favourite ten layouts of the year. They may be favourites because of the photo, the journaling or the design. This year I found the task difficult, but here are my final ten:
The Uncooperative Carrot.
This layout is one of the Masters challenge projects in Scrapbooking Memories this year. I just love the story that the pictures tell, and it's made all the more precious by that funny ol' expression on Jamie's face. This was one of those "he's growing up" layouts.
A rare layout about me. I want to try to do more of them next year. Love this t-shirt. Love the design of this layout. Did you know that I am circle challenged? I don't know how many times this year I have gone to create a circle design on a layout and ditched it... because IT JUST WOULD NOT WORK!
Another Masters challenge layout from Scrapbooking Memories. When we were challenged to create a project using the Xyron, I decided to use it to adhere fabric on my layout. I had found some quilting fabric featuring vintage pictures of children at the beach, and based my page on that. I also love the photos on here... Jamie running into the ocean with glee, carrying his little plastic shovel.
I adore this photo of my mother and will probably scrapbook it several more times before I'm finished! Love also the mushroom, which is from Tia Bennett's Grove digital kit - I've used it a number of times now. This year I also developed a love of sillhouetted photos. Not all the time. Just when I want to create a 'scene' on my page. I expect that this will also continue into the new year :).
My very first Masters challenge in Scrapbooking Memories, so naturally it falls into a "milestone" layout category :). I also love this because of the story. It's one of my monthly letters to Jamie documenting his growth and all the cute things he's being doing. Love the photos too!
JML - The Cutest Tigger
Talking of loving photos.... love, love, love this one! This layout was created for Pencil Lines sketch blog when I was guest designer there this year. Love that little tree! Love the colours and whimsy on this. Loved having the opportunity (as scrapbooking so often affords) to look back and reflect on what a cutie Jamie was, and how fleeting his baby hood also was. It was also a bit bitter sweet, as I scrapped this just after we discovered that it would be pretty much impossible to ever have another child. I guess that's what prompted the journaling - the thought that I'd never again get to experience a child at that age. Sob.
Love this one! A rare page about our four legged family member. It was done for ScrapzBiz, when I was guest designer for them earlier this year. It contains lots of hand-stitching, painting; lots of eclectic little bits and pieces. Suns, clouds, grass (can you tell they're my favourite design motifs yet ;) - well if you can put a flower on every single girly page you make, I figure I'm quite entitled to use clouds, trees and grass on every single boy page I make. Right?) I am aiming to do more painting, stamping and stitching on my pages next year :)
[oops, sorry, no 9 is actually out for publication! It'll be back soon]
Love the whimsy of this page. It featured in an article I wrote for Scrapbooking Memories about double page layouts. It's just quintessential Kathie Link. Don't you think? I think that's why I love it. Because it's different and so very me.
Let them Talk
Aaah. What's not to love about this layout? It was done for the German Scrap the Music blog, when I was honoured to be guest designer for them earlier this year. The journaling is about our journey this year with speech pathology. I almost cry when I read this piece of journaling, because Jamie has truly come so far since this page was created. And it reminds me to have a thankful heart. Love the photo too. I am truly thankful for this gorgeous, handsome little boy who we are lucky enough to have in our family.
Well, that's it! My top 10. It's a great exercise to reflect back on your projects you made during the year. Do you have a favourite? I'd love to hear about it, and why.