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When you scrap (or when you create any form of artwork), do you feel pressure to make it "perfect"? Or do you feel that "good enough is good enough?" I've been scrapbooking about 12 years now (my first pages were of my youngest daughter's prom in 2005), and I've let go of my need for perfection. Of course I try to make every layout, card or other project special, but I forgive myself for the imperfections, bloopers and bobbles. The important elements, to me, are: 1)preserving memories 2) having a creative outlet in which to express myself and 3) enjoying the process from start to finish. Recently I've begun playing more with mixed media, making a joyful mess in the process.
This layout may be the messiest thing I've done in ages! Following a tutorial by design team member Gina Rodgers on the Citrus Twist Kits blog, I used gesso, soft pastels, stencils and ink, and a squirt or two of spray ink for this layout. I used a sketch from the Citrus Twist Kits blog and the fabulous CTK August main kit. The photo of my dad and two oldest children is from 1981:
I've never been a big fan of spray inks and paints, but this layout with two of my nine grandchildren (- -- their Mom is the pretty clown in last week's post) seemed to call for a few spatters here and there. I started with sketch 289 from Sketches in Thyme and the July main kit from Citrus Twist Kits, then added photos of the kids with their back-to-school-ready haircuts:
Overall I was happy with the spatters. There were a couple areas that weren't great, but the papers and a few strategically placed embellishments made those go away.
I always look forward each month on the 1st and 15th for the new Stuck?! Sketches to be posted. The August 15 sketch was something a bit different and I had fun trying it out. The background papers are from my stash; the other elements mostly came from the Citrus Twist August kit. The photo is my oldest daughter in 1983 (she was 5). No mixed media on this one.
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