One of things that Shimelle mentioned was trying to use those papers that you love but just don't want to use - come on people, what did we buy them for? So I grabbed on this for inspiration and chose these Papermania Secret Garden papers and acetates as a starting point. I am totally in love with little owls at the moment, I made an owl cushion for my friend for xmas (see here) and my little girl loves them too - calling them twit-twoos and shouting it out with a smile whenever she sees a pic of one. So this collection is very 'now' for me though I bought it a while ago:
I then made myself up a 'kit' which I had never thought of doing until I read Sarah Youde's article in issue 42 of Scrapbook Magazine. I always go through my stash to find colour / theme co-ordinating products, but not until I already have photos and a layout in mind. It was quite fun to get it all together pre-project, I have always wanted to buy a 'scrapbook kit' but haven't been able to justify it when I have so much stuff! So I've put together some owl / woodland / brown / green / beige / scrapbooking loving stash. Here's my stickers, buttons and other embellishments:
Some alpha stickers:
Some plain background papers:
8x8 patterned papers inc lots of 'Once upon a Time' by DCWV which is another collection I love but hardly ever use:
And some 12 x 12's:
And I've crammed it all into this Pizza box to keep it all together. Now I just need to start the project:
I put this together at the weekend, but then I was feeling ill and started to question whether I should be doing something like this when I still have so many 'normal' pages to catch up on after not doing hardly any last year. Then my friend Rosie said perhaps I should do it because it got me excited and that's the whole point isn't it? To have a passion and enjoy what you're doing? And then I read Sian's post about horsey which is totally unrelated to this project but made me laugh (read it here) and it re-itterated the 'lighten up Jennifer' message, so I've got my enthusiasm back now! Check back to see the finished project!