|The Starting Point|
There's a new Dear Lizzy coming out, quite soon actually, that I saw at this most recent CHA. And whether I can actually afford to get it or not, I still have two collections languishing around in my paper stash. I like to keep my paper stash small. Very small. And to do that I need to make sure that I use things up sufficiently before I bring more in. Following this I decided to mush my remnants of the first Dear Lizzy collection "Spring" with the most recent Neapolitan (which I still cannot spell correctly without spell check) and see what all I could make with them.
This is the first layout I made. Originally it was going to be about my thoughts on just turning 29, but then I realized I'd already done that layout... using this exact photo, just in 4x6. So I shifted gears and talked about the presents that Mike got me for my birthday. I've been watching a lot of Shimelle Laine videos and decided to go with the "lots of little bits" idea. It's a lot more crowded than my usual style, but we ARE trying to use things up here!
The second is the 5x7 version of the photo I'm using as my profile pic here. A lot less crowded as I was now running out of little bits, but I've added in more chipboard pieces. I briefly talk about having little Sirius as my buddy, finally. Cats are aloof and Viggo is too big, but Sirius is my little shadow.
Seeing I was down to just a few scraps I shifted gears to cards. After each layout having taken me a bit under an hour to futz with (along with internet surfing and a snack of a very ripe peach) I was a bit frustrated when the colouring/making of this card took me a full 28 minutes to do. I like it, but I wasn't in the mood for something so involved anymore. I used Photo Kaylee by Some Odd Girl for this card.
So I switched to more simple cards. From top left to bottom right that's the order I did them in. I'd run out of nearly everything and so the last two were a bit difficult to put together and are kinda crap.
The point of the whole exercise however is that my stash is now two collections lighter and I've now room for MOAR PAPER! Which, really, isn't that what it's all about?