Monday, February 4, 2008

One, Twice, Three times a layout

So I started this layout last November. I was so excited when I found the patterned paper at CKC last summer. I knew it would be perfect to scrap the pictures from my cousin's wedding. I was also excited becuase I was actually pleased at how I looked. I really liked my bridesmaids dress. I loved the colors and thought I looked ok which is rare for me in a dress. There is something I love about getting all dressed up like that. I had gotten my nails done the day before and hair done that day. I felt like a lady. I was excited to scrap these pictures and had a really great idea to play up the red/black them. Having a vision prior to actually sitting down to scrap always seems to end in disaster for me. When I think too long about a layout or plan it too far in advanced from the time I will actually scrap it, I always end up dissapointed. I think I spend so much time working up the idea in my head that by the time I try to put it on paper, I've exhausted it. That is exaclty what happened with this layout. I got all excited when I finally sat down to work on it but just couldn't seem to translate it from my brain to the paper. Last night I sat for the third and final attempt. Although I was way less than satisfied with the results, I was at least relieved to call it a complete layout. And I will call it a lesson learned. A lesson that is certainly apllicable to the rest of my life. I have a habit of overthinking/over analyzing things and then end up frustrated or dissapointed.

After I finished the red & black layout, I decided I needed a mental repair. Laura had bought me KC's kit from SiSTV. Now on first glance, I was a little dissapointed. It was not quite my cup of tea. But as no one but Laura knows, I am a KC stalker. For real. I do not think this girl is the greatest scrapper out there, but I full on respect what she does, what she represents and give her mad props. I've been reading her blog religiously pretty much since the begining when I stumbled across her on Two Peas. She just plain rocks. (Plus she is a fellow Long Islander!) OK, enough of that. So the kit was sitting on the bed next to me as I was scrapping the red & black atrocity. I felt like I needed some artistic clarity or something. So I dumped the contents of it on my table and without much thought or deliberation, this is what I came up with:

It took me about 20 minutes and I got much more satisfaction than I did in 3 sittings with the red & black layout. Although, I put the wrong date. I actually said yes on October 20, 2007. Go figure.

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