Spending freeze

Hi all!

I haven’t got a new layout for you today, but I thought I would tell you about my second consecutive self imposed spending freeze this year.

The first spending freeze was at the beginning of the summer. We were going on holiday in July and I wanted to make sure to have plenty of spare cash for the holiday, so I decided to not spend much if anything at all in June. It went quite well, actually. Apart from my Lottie Loves Paper kit, I didn’t buy anything! And because I was on a spending freeze, I tried to save on postage of my kit and I didn’t actually get it delivered until recently! So it felt like I didn’t have anything new to play with.

I didn’t count how many layouts I made during this freeze. A friend of mine told me that she has self imposed freezes quite often too, to make sure that she actually uses the stuff she’s bought, and she sets herself goals, like 20 layouts before buying anything new. I think this is a great idea, however I have completely forgotten to carry it out myself this second time!

My second self imposed spending freeze started at the end of July. Unfortunately, things happened in our household that have made us tighten our belts, and whilst we are sorting things out, no spending it is! But this is a good thing, actually. I have so much stash to go through! If I manage to use even a third of my paper, for example, then I’m doing it right!

Sadly, this means that I’ve had to cancel my Lottie Loves Paper kit for the moment. And I’m gutted as the August kit was really gorgeous. But I need to get my priorities right!

So at the moment all the layouts that I am creating are using old collections. But that’s ok! I can still make them work!

In other news, this scrappy blog and my YouTube channel just turned one year old! To celebrate, I am planning a Q&A video on my channel. I asked for help with the questions on For the Love of Pretty Paper, and I have a list of approximately 20 questions. I just need a free day at home to film it and process it! Making videos takes so much time! I wonder how people manage to create and upload daily!! Kudos to them!

Read you very soon!

Scrapbook layout – Love actually

Hello all!

Today’s layout I made for a challenge over at the Mercy Tiara group. It was a tough challenge, I tell you!

The “recipe” was:

1. A theme of music and/or movies. This can be about a favourite song or movie or just a song or movie title as the title for the layout or even song lyrics or a quote from a movie
2. A grid style in part or all of the layout
3. Something black & white
4. Stripes
5. A simple outline or sillouhette image, this can be stamped, stencilled or hand drawn
6. I’m scared to say it, but …. No letter stickers!

In addition to this list, there was also a tic tac toe challenge to go with it, and I also incorporated a line from the tic tac toe: Use a frame, stitching and use a list on your journalling.

And here it is! Unfortunately, these colours are hard to photograph!

Love actually | crafts by marialachica | Scrapbook layout made for a challenge over at the Mercy Tiara facebook group

Thanks for popping by and see you very soon!

Scrapbooking Layout – A letter to my father

Hello everyone!

This is a very small Throw Back Thursday, since the layout is only two weeks old! But I completely forgot to blog about it when I finished it, so here it finally is!

I started this page ages ago, in May… I applied gesso to the patterned paper background and then smeared some gold paint. Unfortunately, I hated the final result. Some people said to not give up and keep adding layers of mixed media. And that’s what I did. I wanted to make a layout about my dad, and because of the content of the letter, I knew I wanted the layout to be messy… hence I rescued the page.

So I added lots of ink sprays, modelling paste, more paint, splatters, stamping… And now I actually love how it’s turned out!

Here it is:

A letter to my father | crafts by marialachica | mixed media scrapbooking layout

I know this is not my usual style, but I love getting messy with mixed media from time to time!

Here’s another close up:

A letter to my father | crafts by marialachica | mixed media scrapbooking layout

Scrapbook Layout – My boy

Hello all!

Today I have a new layout that I scraplifted from the talented Raquel Bowman. I found it on Pinterest and I thought the style was so “me”, plus I have been loving circles lately, so it was perfect! You can see the original here.

And this is my layout:

My Boy | crafts by marialachica | scrapbook layout scraplifted from Raquel Bowman, using Cocoa Vanilla Studio You Rock collection

I used Cocoa Vanilla Studio “You Rock” collection. It is such a gorgeous collection and I still have plenty! I think I can manage at least another 4 layouts (or even more if I maximise my scraps!)

I did some hand stitching in two of the circles, but the piercing guide that I used was only so big, so the stitching is not very near the edge as I would have normally done it, but I think it looks quite good anyway 🙂

Here are two more close ups:

My Boy | crafts by marialachica | scrapbook layout scraplifted from Raquel Bowman, using Cocoa Vanilla Studio You Rock collection

My Boy | crafts by marialachica | scrapbook layout scraplifted from Raquel Bowman, using Cocoa Vanilla Studio You Rock collection

 

Thanks for visiting today and I hope I’ll see you soon!