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[W] on Wednedsay | Alicia Barry

by Alicia Barry | April 23, 2014

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Our new [W] on Wednesday feature is all about us designers sharing some of the thinking behind what we create. It's all about what we do and why we do it. Of course that answer will be different for everyone. Some people have some very important and inspiring reasons for scrapping. For many it is all about documenting their family history. While that is a happy by product of what I do, the reason I started scrapping is far less interesting, and probably a little selfish.

I scrap for me! I scrap because I like to be creative. I scrap because I like to create with my hands. I scrap because it's something that I get to do, on my own, just for myself. I like to make pretty things. Simple as that, and if my kids end up with beautiful photo albums of their childhood, then that's great too.

For this particular page, I started with the paper range, and searched for photos to fit, but had trouble. Instead I went to my iPhone for inspiration. I have hundreds of photos there documenting all parts of our lives, that rarely make it off the screen. I found these of my sons receiving school awards recently, and decided that they fit the papers perfectly.

iPhone photos may not always be the best quality, but we all have phones all the time, taking candid snapshots of everyday life, and for me they are photos that often get missed, so flick through your phone to see what great moments you could document (and make pretty).

I started with these cute pics: 

March 4

Then I added papers, cut elements, stickers and flowers and voila! See how I used a date strip as both my title and journaling.

March 1

Some close ups of the details:

March 2

March 3

Supplies used:

Bella! Year in review paper collection

YRS67 Year in Review seals c/stock sticker

YRS50 Year in Review Labels C/stock sticker

 

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