Friday, August 25, 2017

"Perfectly imperfect"!

Welvome to the weekly Blog Lovers Blog Hop!

We are a small (but dedicated and mighty!) group today. The stops on the hop are:

  1. Barb Prendergast-- (you are here)
  2. Bev Code -
  3. Camille Short -
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. 

I almost forgot to post this layout featuring sketch 309 from Creative Scrappers. I used the June kit from Citrus Twist:

 Thanks for stopping by; and please be sure to visit Bev and Camille's blogs for some awecome inspiration! Have a wonderful day 💟


Grandma Bonnie said...

I love all 3 layouts, Barb! I think the splatters are fun!!

Sandy Ross said...

All three layouts are fabulous. Great take on the Stuck?! sketch. Perfect paper choices and embellishing! Thanks for playing along with Stuck?! Sketches!!!

Bev Code said...

super pages... super cute themes, great colour combos... great details

Number 1 said...

Wow! All three layouts are gorgeous! Fabulous job with all of the sketches! Thanks for playing along with us at Creative Scrappers!

Denise Donald said...

Beautiful layouts. Looks like you had lots of fun making those.

Laura Whitaker said...

Wow you have been so buys, your pages are all stunning! Thanks for playing along at Stuck?! Sketches!

LisaM said...

Loving all 3 of those layouts! Thanks for joining us at Stuck?! Sketches!

Camille Short said...

Oh, these are just BEAUTIFUL! You did a fabulous job with each layout! Lovely, lovely creations.

blbabe1234 said...

Fabulous layouts. Thanks for joining us at Sketches in Thyme


These are all beautiful!I love all of them!Thank you for joining us at Stuck?!Sketches:)

Sandra said...

Great layouts. I love your interpretation of the Stuck?! Sketches! sketch, with Circus Day, just fabulous. Thanks for joining us.

Eli said...

Big job: all interesting!
Eli (Sketches in Thyme)