It's been a while since I've had time to complete anything with the end of the school year. Most of the IEP's I need to write and hold meetings for were in the last two months of school and with four sets of exams to give, most of my time and energy were spent on school. I offered to do a scrapbook for my great neice, one of them, and my great nephew and have been worrying over taking so long to get into them. My brother-in-law and his wife, Alan and Pat, gave me the Cricut cartridge, The First Few Years and Southwest. I'm saving the Southwest cartridge to use for some gourd design later. I've made my first layout with The First Few Years. I love this cartridge.
One of the hardest parts of doing scrapbooking is designing a layout. This makes it so easy. It has tons of whole page designs to use. I did change the one called Sweet Pea a little, but that is the fun part of it. I'm also taking an online course through My Creative Classroom called Scrapbooking 101: Back to the Basics by Johanna Peterson. One of the things she talks about is scrapping what is current. She is so right with this. My sister sent pictures of her grandson, my great nephew, Nick, gardening with his grandfather, Steve. It was so precious, I wanted to do this page right away. I will go back and pick up the newborn pictures as well, but there was a more sense of immediacy about the gardening picts.
Another thing I've found that works for me is buying packs of 8.5 x 11 sheets of cardstock when they go on sale. I'd love to be able to buy coordinating 12 x 12 packs of solids to go with each patterned pack I buy, but it's not economically feasible. I watch for sales at Michael's to pick up a pack here and there. With this layout, I used a pack of shades of green that went on sale around St. Patrick's day. They worked great with the patterned paper to give that nature touch. I'll post some other pictures this summer as I use the cartridges more. I have one I started for our great neice. Can't wait to get back upstairs to scrap.