Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Confessions of a Paper Addict

It all started with some recreational online shopping.

One minute, I was happily popping all sorts of lovely new papers and embellishments into my online cart (as you do), and the next, I was staring in horror at the mess that is my craft room, wondering where on earth I was going to put even a single extra sheet of paper.

The fact is, I have more paper than I can poke a stick at. Pretty paper, plain paper, patterned paper,and everything in between. I have A LOT of paper. Single sheets, whole collections, paper pads...often with co-ordinating accessories. Oh yes...I am a paper addict.

So I decided right then and there to clear a space on my desk, stop the insanity, and actually make something.

Making something wasn't too tricky...my desk was covered in supplies that I'd been using for Project Life, and it all looked pretty good together. This particular layout started with the background paper and "our beautiful life" sticker by Echo Park and came together from there. The photo wasn't a particularly good one of Merryn, but supported the theme of the layout perfectly :)

While looking for the beach photo, I came across this one of Riley from Easter 2013, and decided to pop it onto some chalkboard paper by Fancy Pants. Funnily enough, chalkboard paper and embellishments were filling my online cart not an hour earlier...I had forgotten that I even owned some!

I kept this one VERY simple so that the focus would be on the photo, but couldn't resist the red polkadot background ( everything looks better with polkadots, right?) The embellishments are Sweet Pea by Kaisercraft...I'd used the banner before I realised that there was a "hoppy times" cutout in the pack...hello Easter!

I then challenged myself to put more than one large photo onto a page, and managed five!

Some Basic Grey Basics paper for the background, some more embellishments from the Echo Park sticker sheet that I used in the top layout and Thickers for the title...too easy! There is nothing ground breaking or technique based in these layouts, but sometimes quick-and-easy is the way I roll ;)

I'm finding that now I'm documenting so much in my Project Life album, I'm not feeling the need to journal quite so much on my layouts...not sure if that's a positive or a negative?

Thanks for making it to the end...it got a bit long today! LOL

Have a great day

TTFN xxx


Hope said...

Wow, you were on a roll! The middle one is my favourite, I just love that colour against the chalkboard background. And the polkadots of course :)

Tracey said...

Polkadots, where would the world be without them??
Well you have been busy and the journalling thing... well as long as you are journalling it shouldn't matter where it is along as the story is being told.
Great layouts.
Love me :-)

Sandi said...

Out of all the addictions there are in the world - I don't think a paper addiction is something you need to deal with...just enjoy - at the end of the day if your not hurting anyone, who cares how many pretty papers you own...so do you feel like shopping some more...lol

Nicky said...

Lovely! So would that make you a Paper addict as well as a Fabric addict...lol...?

Noela said...

I love all your pages, you are very clever. Hugs.....

Anthea said...

Ha Ha Suzi, your paper overload sounds like my fabric overload!!
You are very clever with your papers, I love the recent works... x

dawn said...

I must have missed your posts somehow, can't believe that. So nice to catch up here again.

LOVE LOVE that you made yourself sit and create something, such a good feeling.
These are so awesome, great use of pattern papers too, that is my weak point. I LOVE THEM!!

I agree any craft addiction we ladies can have is a good thing!!