Dear Whoever asked me to post copies of the layouts I got done at my scrapper's retreat last weekend (and don't worry those of you who aren't interested, there is no way I have enough time to turn this into a scrapbooking blog, so this is most likely a one-time shot ....)
A few things I feel I should disclaim before posting photos of my scrapbook layouts from last weekend, both for those of you who do scrapbook and might notice, and for those of you who don't scrapbook, wouldn't notice, and quite frankly couldn't give two shits about it.
1. My name is Kristie, and I am a scraplifter. That means that absolutely none of the layouts, ideas, color schemes, designs, or embellishments you will see here today are original. They are all directly copied (with perhaps *some* improvisation, but for the most part, blatantly stolen just as they are) from magazines, idea books, and friends. I am not ashamed of the fact that I have not one creative bone in my body. I’ll say it loud, and I’ll say it proud --- I’m a SCRAPLIFTER! (Do you think they have a 12-step program for stealers like me?)
2. My style, for the most part, is simplistic. Simplistic to the point of boring. I don’t like a lot of frou-frou on my pages, and (for those of you to whom this might mean something) it is my goal in life to meet Cathy Zleiske because she totally rocks and some day I want to grow up and scrap just like her. For those of you who don’t scrapbook, just know that my style (or lack thereof) probably doesn’t accurately represent the scrapbooking world at large.
3. Taking pictures of layouts to share can be tricky. If you leave your flash on, you’ll get a glare on the photos. If you turn the flash off, the lighting can be too dark and your pages might look blurry. In my office, I have a window to the left of the table, therefore on these layouts, the page on the left-hand side looks lighter than the page on the right side. (sigh) Which should I take first? A "Photography for Dummies" course, or a "How to Add Bling to Your Pages 101"??
4. Lastly, lest you think this is ALL I accomplished the entire weekend, there were also a few more layouts that I didn’t share for personal reasons. I didn’t think anyone reading wanted to see the naked “Before the Tummy Tuck” pictures of me ….. kidding! I’m just kidding!!! (Wow, look at how many of you just jumped up from your computer and ran away screaming..... you guys are fast.)
Besides the additional layouts, I also completed about five dozen hand-made notecards, read four People magazines, caught up with my girlfriends, and ate chocolate for at least twelve of the forty-eight hours I was there. Alas, no naps. But still, all told, an extremely successful weekend.
**Dear Jan, tips on how to get started scrapbooking coming up ....