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Last Saturday was (Inter)National Scrapbooking Day, and I participated by taking part in the Creative Crop over at Big Picture Classes, which included 12 challenges. That means I’ve got 12 layouts to share! I’m going to only post one a day, however, so that I have time to write a bit about each of them.

This page was inspired by May Flaum‘s challenge to use kraft paper two ways on a layout. I ended up using it in more than two ways: as a background for my photos, as a journaling spot, as a title, and as a sub-title.

I’m loving kraft more and more. It’s a great neutral, but doesn’t seem as intimidating and blank as white.

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For this layout, I chose photos of Eliza and her Uncle Nick (Jake’s older brother) playing. It’s from 2010, and it shows off their relationship perfectly: Nick is awesome with her and will do the goofiest things (like put on 3D glasses and my vintage faux fur coat) to entertain her. I’m pretty sure they were practicing being rock stars this time around.

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To save myself time, I went with papers that I had pulled as possibilities for this layout.

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I’ve also been working on using up my stash, and I had saved the 1/2 of a purple journaling spot sticker from another page. I have a bit of trouble using products that have pre-written sentiments, so I used the word “pretty” for a statement that’s more me: “pretty awesome!”.

Also, I love that you can see our teeny tiny loft kitchen in the background. We don’t have a lot of photos of the loft (it was never really photo worthy), so I love that it is documented in backgrounds.

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Here’s the journaling:

Nick is such a great Uncle. He’s not afraid to get super goofy with Eliza, even in crazy play clothes! She loves it when he somes over. Feb 2012

During my scrapbook reorganization last year, I got a good look at my scrapbooking habits. It changed the way I scrapbook (I definitely want more words–otherwise scrapbooking is really no more than a really expensive way to display photos). Other than a move toward looking at scrapbooking as memory keeping and story telling, I also realized that I need to do a lot more to document relationships. We spend a LOT of time with our friends and extended family members, so that needs to be documented too! Consider this a good move in the right direction.

Have you ever reassessed something you did and completely changed your perspective?