Scrapbooking is a great way to remember celebrations, holidays and everyday events that are personally special. Rachel Denbow (Smileandwave) was offering a Scrapbooking ecourse “52 weeks of Art Journaling” and so I impulse bought the course.
I’ve been at a bit of a loose end this month running up to my due date. My son was three weeks early so I’ve been on tender hooks quite far in advance. Firstly, a shopping spree in Paperchase and Tiger to buy my supplies. These included patterned papers, pens, adhesive fabric, washi tape, two sets of lettering and tissue paper.
The course includes 52 prompts and a range of different styles that Rachel and Elsie Larson have used in their journals.
My first page used the prompt “Thankful for…” and was about my early birthday trip up to The Chesterfield in Mayfair for Afternoon Tea. 12 of my friends travelled from all around the country to join me, which was really humbling. Some of them already knew each other, some had last met at my wedding and some only knew me – the great thing was that everyone got on so well. I used hand drawn type on this page as I didn’t want to use up all my new lettering!
“All the feelings” was about my son becoming a big brother. He has been so excited and patient (for a four year old) while I’ve been pregnant. I had a great shot of him with his hand on my stomach for the focal point. Recently he has really loved painting, so much so that we had piles of purple pictures (always purple). These became the background to this page about him.
“Growth” was about the sheer physical size I had become by 37 weeks. I had worked out that I was nearly as wide around the middle as my son was tall! I developed a joined up writing style which I have used in the rest of my scrapbooking.
By this time I had started developing my own style, although I was still using the course as inspiration for new ideas. I’ve always been less confident about typography than imagery but I found that hand drawing my own type gave me the flexibility to do and write whatever I wanted.
The main revelation about scrapbooking is that it really doesn’t matter! As a Graphic Designer, everything needs to be done for a reason and scrapbooking you can do whatever you feel like! Not worrying about the final result has given me an enjoyable freedom with the pages and I think the end result is better for it.
It has also given me the opportunity to note down some of many anxieties about the future. I am a control freak and having a baby is probably the most unpredictable thing you can do! I’m also turning forty, three days before my due date, which seemed a much bigger deal in my second trimester than it does in my third! Most importantly it is giving me something to do while I am stuck in the house, waiting.
Rachel does a number of different E-courses, which can be found on her website, smileandwave.typepad.com/blog/
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