Hi All! I am sooo loving working with a kit. I've already complete two layouts & two cards! I used to subscribe to Self-Addressed back in the day, LOVED that kit club. Unfortunately they aren't around any more.
I once served on a design team for another kit club, sadly the owner had so many issues with receiving materials in a timely manner, her business folded too. She had some great kits!
After that I stopped receiving kits because unfortunately the scrapbook industry tends to cater to girls. It just seemed like all the kit clubs were offering flowery, glittery, kits. There are some designers who can work wonders with those types of materials & themes to create some awesome masculine pages. I was not one of them! LOL The industry has gotten much better in recent years, masculine & gender neutral patterned papers and embellishments are much more accessible compared to 5+ years ago. I may consider joining another kit club again in the future, but for now I'm going to enjoy creating my own kits.
Which leads to today's layout that I put together using inspiration from this month's Counterfit Kit.
I've been challenging myself to use items on my layouts that I typically don't use. I use glitter a lot on cards, and occasionally on layouts. If I use it on a layout it usually has a Christmas or winter theme, but I really wanted to find other ways to use it that would keep the masculine feel of the layout. I think this one is a winner :) You can click each photo to enlarge them.
Over the last year or so there have been several deaths in my family, and it really has made me think more about why I scrapbook.... to share our story. So I've been making more of an effort to journal better. Normally my journaling consists of a date, place, & title... which is usually enough, but I'm working on digging deeper.
I LOVE history, I love reading about the lives of people. I'm that person who often wonders what happened to the people at the end of a movie or book. I find that thinking about the questions that cross my mind when I look at photos of strangers, especially older photos of people who have passed, helps to guide my journaling... and talking to children. Children seem to have a natural way of asking the most honest and meaningful questions.