Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Get It Scrapped: Stencils and Changes

Life is moving at a fast pace these days.My ideas for a simple summer have been replaced with a flurry of activity and anticipation. So many upcoming possibilities have my family abuzz with excitement. It would be so easy to become completely encased in the rush of life. Scrapbooking allows me a moment to stop and think about how some things are changing while other remain the same.

Recently, both my husband and I have noticed how much our son is maturing. It was especially noticeable on some of our recent outings. My son used to have a toy in hand wherever he went. Now he doesn't take a whole lot with him. He still has a lot in common with his dad, but I believe our days of shopping at the toy store are approaching an end.

Mature by Christy Strickler | Supplies Cardstock: Colorbok; Patterned Paper: JBS Mercantile, October Afternoon, My Mind’s Eye; Letters: Basic Grey; Pen: Signo, Sharpie; Stencil: Jillibean Soup

I experimented with a full page stencil on a recent assignment for Get It Scrapped. I have always loved the look of large stencils, however, I don't often use them. That may be something I need to remedy. I loved being able to hide bits and pieces of scraps under the stencil. 

This particular stencil came in one of my recent JBS Mercantile kits. I do plan to cut more stencils using my Silhouette Portrait. I might not be able to cut full 12x12 images, but I can still make good use of the positive and negative portions of the image. I really enjoy using tone on tone background that add texture. The stencil achieves that here. If I had cut this on my Portrait, I would have used the circles on another sheet of cardstock to create a canvas for another layout or an art journal page.

I chose the circle pattern to match the circle shape of the pie chart. It represents the different stages of life. The colors and the chevron pattern all feel tense to me. They represent the mixed feeling I have about my son growing up.

There are times when life slows down and other times in which it moves at a fast pace that can come quite close to knocking you off your feet. Whatever life throws at you, memory keeping can provide you with a quiet moment to slow down. It's important to capture the memories. It's also very important to capture our feelings and reflect on those moments.

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1 comment:

  1. The die cut background looks awesome, Christy! Love the White on White, and the way you added patterned papers to the backs of some of the circles!