I find scrapbooking to be one of those crafts that is seasonal in nature. Oh, I enjoy the occasional crop or girl's scrapbook night during the summer months, but if the weather is fine, I'm probably not going to sit still at a table for hours with my trimmers, papers, and adhesives. But come Fall and Winter, nothing contents me more than sitting at the drafting table in my craft room, a cup of tea (or wine) by my side, carefully piecing together a memory.
The last year I had gone through a scrapbook "dry spell" of sorts. I had made a few mini-albums for Christmas gifts, and of course I made lots and lots of cards, but as far as taking on a new album (or even finishing old ones) I hadn't been doing much. This week, though, I found the perfect project to "kick start" me into scrapping again. While browsing around a scrapbook store, I saw an adorable mini album adorned with pumpkins sitting on the counter. A conversation with the sales associate revealed it to be the Fall CD Tin Accordion Album kit by Bo Bunny. It was a project for a crop night that was going to held at the store, but they were also selling the kits (a smart move in a town that people often travel hours to shop in). After a few short minutes of consideration, I decided to put back the mish-mash of items in my basket and instead purchase the kit.
It was everything I needed to motivate me! For the next few evenings, I measured (twice, and cut once!), glued, tied, trimmed, and assembled. I tend to "freestyle" a lot when I scrapbook, but sometimes, it's good to go back to basics with a structured project. I had been trying to figure out on my own how an accordion album went together and now I had instructions. As well, I had forgotten how a little ink brushed along the edges of a page can really complete the look. I had to get creative with this effect. The instructions called for "brown ink chalk," which I didn't have, but I did have a set of Stampin' Up! Stampin' Write markers including one in Suede. Using the brush end of the marker, I liberally applied ink to a cotton swab, blotted the swab on a piece of scrap paper, and then brushed the diluted colour onto the edges of my project. Perfect! I felt so creative, and my finished project looked beautiful without having to purchase an extra item.
I finished my project with the happy, delighted feeling that comes with completing something. Well, almost completed, that is. I still have to add some pictures! The title of the album is "Pickin' Pumpkins," and it essentially gives you a themed album with spaces for pictures of your pumpkin picking adventures. It even includes a cute poem:
Gotta love a pumpkin poem! There was no doubt about it, this album requires pumpkin pickin' pics! Well, no worries, pumpkin pickin' is a favorite activity of ours, we do it every year. Except, come to think of it, last year. Last year we got our pumpkins at the local grocery store. But surely that was because we were new to town, and hadn't yet discovered the local pumpkin patch. Right? Unfortunately, no. Pumpkins apparently require a much longer growing season that our northern climate can guarantee, and it seems there is no farm to visit for pumpkin pickin'.
So, I'm going to have to be creative. You're not allowed to take pictures at the grocery store, but I have plans. There's no rule that says we can't take pictures in the parking lot of me and my dogs excitedly going to pick our pumpkin out of a bin! Or of us walking back to the car, triumphantly holding our pumpkins aloft! (OK, I'll admit the dogs may have trouble with that one. Also with getting into the grocery store. Hmmm, looks like I'll be alone in a few of these pictures....) Of course we'll take lots of pictures of the pumpkins once we free them from the confines of the supermarket...maybe I could take them around town and photograph them, in the tradition of the travelling garden gnome. Maybe I could take a picture of the pumpkins with a garden gnome!
And there, my friends, is the magic of scrapbooking; you complete one project and your imagination is off to the races! I can't wait to finish this album and add it to my collection of Fall decorations. Luckily, I won't have to wait until the album is finished to display it; the reverse side proclaims "I Heart Fall" and will look just perfect on my mantel.
Having completed one adorable project, I'm itching to start another. Hmmm, there was a cute Halloween Treat Bag album kit at the scrapbook store that I just may have to have!
Have a wonderful week! See you on Wednesday!
NB - Of course, I promise to post pictures of my pumpkin pickin' adventure, provided I don't get committed in the process!
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