Saturday, July 4, 2015

Summer Inspiration is on the Rise in July!

Are you a productive scrapbooker during the summer? In the islands the temperatures and the humidity are on the rise which means that I find that the cool shade of my creative space is ever so appealing. I tend to create as much, if not more than other seasons. Some might feel a twinge of guilt at the thought of not having time to create layouts. It's time to let that go.  The question of whether or not we are productive as memory keepers during the summer has varied answers which have a lot to do with what we regard as productive.

Producing lots of layouts is a form of productivity while many people see time spent with family as a time to relax. It is very relaxing, especially if you get to travel or do something out of the ordinary. I would venture to say that this time can also be seen as its own form of productivity. Time spent with family without the hindrance of chores is an investment.You are simultaneously practicing self care, providing quality time with your loved ones and building a bank of memories. All of which will make you a better memory keeper when you do have time to sit down and scrapbook.

Whether or not you are creating a lot of pages right now or just a few, there is always a bit of time to take a peek at some inspiration. Let's get to it!

Thomas the Tank Engine Rolling Along by Christy Strickler |Supplies Patterned Paper, Letters, Die Cuts: We R Memory Keepers; Buttons: American Crafts, Jillibean Soup; Enamel Dots: My Mind's Eye;Inspired by a Sketch and Story Starter from Simple Scrapper Premium Membership

My layouts for Simple Scrapper this month are not really summer themed. Rather, they take a look back at my son and his relationship with his toys over the years.Thomas the Tank Engine was a large part of his life when he was a toddler. I didn't have any train related supplies. Instead, I chose to go with print of a cityscape. After all, he was imagining little cities and towns as he built the train tracks across the floor.

He Likes to Take Toys on the Go by Christy Strickler |Supplies Carstock: Bazzill; Patterned Paper, Die Cuts, Wood Veneer: Crate Paper; Letters: American Crafts, Basic Grey; Stickers: October Afternoon;Inspired by a Sketch and Story Starter from Simple Scrapper Premium Membership

I used a photo of my son in the past to compare how he is today. When my son was small, he couldn't go anywhere without at least one toy. Over time, this need to have a toy with him faded. I could have used a photo of him now to document the change, but I feel as though a photo of the past is much more poignant.

Just because it is summer doesn't mean you necessarily have to document summer memories( unless they are really inspiring you right now). Keep things simple by scrapbooking what inspires you at this moment right now. Don't waste precious creative time trying to decided on supplies or photos. 

Summer can also be a great time to catch up with your reading or podcasts. If you haven't been around My Scrapbook Evolution during June, you can get a quick recap on the top articles and blog posts as well as this month's shows from the DigiScrap Geek Podcast.

There is a big announcement coming up! So stay tuned to MSE because Summer Inspiration is on the Rise!

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Is your stash a mess? Whether it is digital or physical product, you can always benefit by taking stock of what you have. Join in the Stash Bash Challenge this month at Simple Scrapper to get your self organized and using more of what you already own.

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