Welcome to a day in my life. I can't guarantee that this will be an exciting read for anyone. My life is filled with all the mundane activities of a stay-at-home-mom just trying to raise her three sons to be the best men they can be.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

I think I might be stuck in a scrapbooking time warp. It seems that the whole scrapbooking industry has moved on and left me behind.

What ever happened to two-paged layouts (and multi photo layouts)? It seems that no one does them anymore. I have waaaaay too many pictures to only put one picture on a page. I guess I still look at my scrapbook albums as my photo albums. I still scrap almost everything (there are a lot of pictures that don't make it to the printer ... but the event still gets scrapbooked).

The other thing that I'm so behind the times in is mini-books. I love the look of them, but I don't do them. It seems that I'm alone in this. I have actually purchased a couple, and they never get done. my question to those who do them, is what do you do with them when they are done? Do you have a house full of mini albums that are floating around? I did do one chipboard book for Cameron a couple of years ago with pictures of him and my sweet Oliver (the cat) because he just adores him.

OK, for all my scrap buddies who come here, have you seen the new Maya Road Sheer Journaling Cards??? Ohhhhh! I think I've found a new addiction! They are awesome and I seem to be building quite a collection of them! Check these out. You get a lot of them in the box ... and there are more styles to choose from!

Well, it's another very busy weekend in the Clayton household. Today we have two boys who need to be in two different cities. I have to take Cameron to Mississauga where he has a band practise with the Divisional Young People's Band this afternoon, and then a concert tonight. They will be sharing the stage with the Canadian Staff Band so I think it will be exciting for them.

John will be taking Spencer to his High Rendition Jazz band practise this afternoon, and then to dinner and bowling with the band tonight.

Tomorrow will be a busy day for me as right after Church we need to rush back home as there is a Scrapbooking Retreat prep meeting tomorrow afternoon and evening here for the retreat that is next weekend. Yikes! Talk about last minute.

Anyway, I will leave you with a couple of recent layouts.

These pictures are of Cameron's graduation from the D.A.R.E. programme (which is the drug abuse resistance education programme.) I think I posted these pictures earlier on my blog.


  1. Your layouts are amazing as they stand! Going to a single photo per page sounds ridiculous to me - you're right - what do you do with all those photos that keep piling up? Sounds like a waste of time and energy to focus always on one photo.
    This comes from the peanut gallery from Calgary.

  2. I, too, have a difficult time with just one page layouts. You are not alone!

  3. Thanks for the two wonderful layouts. Going in multiple directions on the same day is all part of having active teens. I'm glad those days are behind me. LOL

  4. That journaling stuff looks interesting. Do you have a link?

  5. Anonymous9:38 PM

    I love your pages... your multi-photo pages... the two-page spreads. And no, you're not the only one who scraps this way still. I do too. I have a number of one page LOs on my blog right now because I'm in gift album mode... my 8x8 albums tend to have more one-photo LOs than my 12x12s do, but when I scrap for my own albums, most of my LOs have more than one photo on them.

    As for the Maya Road journalling tags, Nathalie gave me part of her pack at the NSD crop, and I've used one on a page... couldn't get any of my pens to write on it properly though, so I used a bunch of little letter stickers. Fun, funky... and yes, it was a two-page, multi-photo LO. *grin*

    Mini books. I love the idea of them... I don't have the patience for them. Ali Edwards suggests having them displayed in a pretty basket on your coffee table. Someday, I might actually use the HUGE pile of empty mini books I've accumulated. (I've done about 10 in my scrappy life... all of them gifts. :))

  6. Anonymous1:34 PM

    Love your new pages Barbara and I've always been a fan of your two-pagers. :)

    I hear you on the multi pic-two pagers though even if I don't do as many as I used to. I usually find it easier to come up with one pagers, either with one or a few pictures on them for my DT assignments.

    As for mini albums, I don't have that many myself. I've done a couple for the girls and so far they are in my scrap room. I might do like Ali does and put them in something on my coffee table (when I get it in a couple of weeks ;P) to showcase them and let people look at them. I had to do one as an assignment for October and I actually had a lot of fun doing it. It's a great format for someone, like me, who doesn't scrap most of her "events" pictures even if I take tons of them.

    Have fun at your scrap retreat next week. :)


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