Hello and frantic waving, especially if you've stopped by on today's blog hop! Just to explain, Mel organised a group-class-undertaking called All About Me. We all downloaded the class information and now you can jump from blog to blog to see our scrappings and interpretations.
So, without further ado, this is all about me.
I decided to take on this project in 12x12 format because single 12x12 LOs are my favourite. This first page is a self-portrait and the journalling explains how I actually like having my photo taken, and love doing those silly self-portraits with the camera stuck out at arm's length.
Page two is all about my addiction to tea. Addiction as in 8-15 cups a day, withdrawal headaches if I don't get my caffeine, makes me feel and better and I love love love it. Throughout this project, I've stuck pretty much to October Afternoon's Fly A Kite patterned papers, Bazzill cardstock and Thickers. Border and Flower punches make regular appearances as do buttons, brads, ribbons and little pearls.
As this project's aim was to explore the items around me, my third page is about books. This is a layout featuring a slice of my book collection. Most of these pages feature lots of journalling as that's where the About Me bit really comes into play, but this one has the most. It explains my relationship with reading and books from bedtime stories when I was little right up to my favourite reads on the tube now that I'm an independent twenty-something!
No project about me would be complete without some reference to music (classical for preference) and so this is a page about my violin. My poor fiddle has been a little neglected in recent years as my first study instrument is really singing. But that's hard to photograph and I think it was time for my violin to get some airtime. The journalling recalls some of the experiences playing the violin has brought.
Page the fifth features my button collection (because buttons are so pretty and coordinated) while the journalling mentions my current loves in the world of scrapbooking supplies. I know of no scrapper who doesn't adore choosing stash and I am not exception. Currently, I am all about October afternoon, hence my decision to use one of their new lines on this project. I'm saving the Thrift Shop collection for the next project. However, it's virtually all gone so I may have to order some more. How simply dreadful...
The sixth and (currently) final page of this project is about my self-designation as a Filofax girl. I rarely go anywhere without it and that's how I like things. I really get a kick out of making lists, planning, organising and crossing things off lists. I enjoy the process of planning, the anticipation of the things planned and then when it arrives, I can enjoy it without worrying about what I'm going to do because it's all been organised. I know there are people who hate living to a schedule but I love it (hello, teacher=timetable) and get a smug feeling from going to bed with everything ticked off and ready for the approaching more. I even converted some friends to the cult of the Filofax.
What I love about this project is its potential for extension. The original guidelines were for a minibook in a tin, but to me, this project seemed much bigger. My list (yes, I know) of possible pages is still growing - I want to document my love of maths, Doctor Who, the theatre, mac and cheese, baking, London, Yorkshire, teaching, The West Wing, Gilmore Girls, my patchwork quilt, my satchel, my charm bracelet.... and I fully intend to. The great thing I've found is that these layouts can be done any time because I can take pictures of the objects at any time - they're right here. Then off I go, inspiration in seconds. And just because I've done a topic, doesn't mean I can't come back to it. I really loved doing the journalling and have loads more to say about books, my violin and music, my love of tea.... And these are the kinds of things that I'm going to love looking back on in years to come.
So go for it - look up the project and scrap All About You!
Next in the blog hop is A Roof Of One's Own where you'll be able to see another fab interpretation of this idea. And in case that's not enough, all these lovelies have posted even more delicious ideas. In blog hop order we have:
Enjoy the rest of the day, and happy scrapping!