So here's what I came up with today:
It's funny how things happen in scrapbooking. I only had the one photo that I wanted to use on this page. Later pages will have tons of photos and collages of photos, but for this one, I just wanted to highlight Maggie. I also wanted to lay the basic groundwork on the journaling, which meant I needed a bigger space. Boy, everything felt awkward, and I had already cut and mentally committed to the grunge argyle strip. ("Mentally committed to"? I'm keeping that!) No matter where I placed my journaling block (or the rectangle of paper used to represent my journaling block - does anyone else do that?) it was awkward. At first my block was horizontal, which meant that it had to be placed high or low on the page, or else it was going to completely cover the argyle strip. Then I remembered that on my last trip to Hollo's I picked up these glassine envelops. I can't for the life of me remember if I had some purpose in mind for them, so if I can't remember then I think they're fair game. I loved that adding them and slipping the journalin card into the pocket so seamlessly solved my problems. The flow works, I'm not covering my argyle strip. It's functional AND cool. And I *think* I have enough envelops to get through the book, although at this point I don't feel like I have to use them on every page.
Some detail shots. I am really frustrated by these. I pulled out my point and shoot to take these shots only to find my battery was exhausted. Well poop. The one really nice thing about a point and shoot camera is built in macro capability. But that's okay, I can deal - it's not like I don't have a shiny new D7000 to use! So I pull that out and then kind of make faces at my camera bag. Do I use my 105mm macro? It has close focusing capabilities, but it's slow to focus, kinda hard to hand hold, and the working distance is about 5 miles. At one point in time, I L♥VED that lens. But that was on my film camera. It's just not the same with digital. Here's a secret: in the very near future, I am going to splurge and buy this 40mm Micro-Nikkor lens. Hopefully it'll bring the joy back to macro photography. The detail shots above aren't macro, just tightly cropped parts of much bigger pictures. I suppose it doesn't really matter to others, but it kinda bugs me.
What else am I frustrated with? Getting adhesive on those teeny-tiny butterflies! Trying to figure out what ribbon-y type stuff to put in the metal word tag! The way the green star looks - I should have stopped before dumping a third later of glitter on it.
What do I like so far? That I haven't used plain cardstock at all yet (Oh, except for the layers under the titles - but that doesn't count.) I like the way the page looks with the clear title pages on top (the way it will be when it's all done.) I like the envelops and the vertical journaling - I think that's going to work out well. I like that I'm using flowers and butterflies, and that it feels "authentic" - I feel like a poser using that word, but in the past, trying to use them felt forced. But in this case they feel more natural. I think the difference is that this time they really mean something to me - beauty and changes that are taking place.
So that's where I am today. I probably won't have a chance to play again until next week. But it's nice to know it's there where I need it.