every once in a while, i find myself in this "get-er-done" mood. where i pull out things i've been putting off taking care of, and dig out things that i just never got around to finishing. sometimes, this applies to things around the house. and sometimes, it applies to scrapbooking stuff.
when i got back from CHA two weeks ago, i was feeling super inspired and really wanted to scrap and be creative. then i realized that i was creatively drained at the same time, from all of the projects, blogging, etc, that i had done leading up to CHA. so i went into my "get-er-done" zone, and decided it was a good time to tackle some of my half finished layouts.
winter CHA 2010 was the first CHA i had attended, a full two years ago. and i started a layout about it shortly after the trip. i was all gung-ho, and wanted to get these photos scrapped and in the album. originally, i had the top 2/3 of what you see here on my two pages. white cardstock background. new dear lizzy pattern papers across the top (new at the time, since that show was when she released her first collection). all the photos were just like you see them here. then i had a transparency across the bottom of the pages, along with some thickers for my title. i never did like the letter stickers i choose for my title, the transparency didn't look right, and i had a ribbon on there that just wasn't doing anything for me. that's how i left it. never finished it.
then about a year ago (probably after CHA last year), i pulled it back out to re-work it. i ended up taking off the transparencies from the bottom of the pages, and replaced them with the aqua polka dot paper. and then i left it again. never finished it. no title, no nothing.
another year later, and i decided that it was about time to actually finish this poor, neglected layout. i'm sure if i was starting all over, from scratch, this layout would look totally different. but i worked with what i had going, since i really did like the arrangement of the photos and the patterned papers. and truthfully, i really didn't stress over anything i added. just grabbed stuff and went with it.
kind of like how when i look at the placement of these glittered chipboard flowers and the flair buttons now (only hours after having added them to the layout), i'm not sure i love where i decided to adhere them all. but it's all good. every now and then, it's nice to NOT have to worry about making every layout perfect or trying to make it live up to what someone else thinks it should look like. i deal with that in assignments and "work" layouts. so i enjoyed these "just for me" layouts.
for my title, i wanted to find some chunky chipboard letters, since "CHA" is such a short word. i came across these super old glittered chipboard letters from making memories, and decided to use them. i like the mix of lowercase/uppercase, and fonts. the little wooden letters were in a bag next to the glittered letters, so i just went with it and used them for "winter". once again, i was just grabbing whatever i came across first.
my intention was to put "2010" under "winter". the number stickers were the last thing i added to this layout. once i picked the peachy thicker numbers (to match the peachy ribbons), they didn't fit next to my title. so i just adhered them at the top of the page.
not sure that wooden letters and glittered letters really go together. but they're both brown, and that's all i cared about at the moment ;)
for my journaling, i typed up three seperate text boxes, and then printed them on a grid patterened paper. i wanted to trim them into tag shapes. i made a few of my cuts a bit too close, so that when i cut the corners off the tops, i came super close to cutting off a letter or two. that bugs me a little. but i wasn't about to waste good grid paper to re-print it. lol! just went with it.
i even cut a bit too much off the bottoms, and they looked too short. so i dug some scrap pieces out of my garbage, and adhered a strip to the bottom of each tag, to make it appear longer. i'm sure no one would have noticed that. but now that i pointed it out, you can totally see it on this one, right? lol! i finished the tags by stapling some dear lizzy ribbons to the top of each tag.
and there you go. my winter CHA 2010 layout is finally done!!! two years after i started it. i love how working on something like this, and finishing it, makes me feel SOOOOO accomplished. silly, i know. but it does. and i have two more of these "get-er-done" layouts that i'll be sharing soon. a layout about THIS trip. and one about THIS trip. both layouts were started forever ago, and then pushed to the side. feels good to have them all done finally.