We are a group of women who all post on Splitcoaststampers and this post is the start of our first blog hop! You're in for a treat; we've got a very talented, diverse group of women in our blog roll.
The Fall Girls is something I started as a result of seeing numerous blog groups on the blogging groups subforum. I intended to join an already active group, but there were none open that seemed to describe 'me.' The name was chosen because our group was put together in the fall.
I love the idea of having a group of people who commit to reading my blog and commenting on my posts. As much as I make cards, scrapbook, and take photographs for myself, it is rewarding to get feedback from others, too. I admit it - I enjoy seeing an increase in the number of followers I my blog has. I love the potential for immediate feedback that blogging provides. I also love having a set place to write down stories that go with pictures.... I've noticed lately that my journalling on older scrapbook pages can be rather, well... dull. I just don't always remember all the funny things my family members say six months later.
I began scrapbooking in 2004. I started because I wanted to make a gift for my brother, who was graduating from university at the time. I had thought the project would be my only foray into scrapbooking, but I fell in love with the craft. I particularly love the sense of being part of a community. I've made incredible, hopefully lifetime friends through scrapbooking. In so many ways cropping groups remind me of the quilting bees of days gone by. If you have seen the movie How To Make An American Quilt, you'll know what I mean. If you haven't seen it, rent it.
It was through such friendships that I discovered cardmaking. Someone in my group introduced me to a Stampin' Up demo and I also fell in love with cardmaking. While I do have some acrylic stamps for journalling and titles, , I've generally stayed loyal to SU! for images and such.
I can't say which craft I prefer.... they each have unique aspects that I enjoy. I like the fact that making a card can be relatively quick, and it's a very finite process. With scrapbooking, there is the sense of not ever being 'done' or 'caught up'. Despite that, I so value the memory keeping aspects of scrapbooking that I could never give it up.
And, ok, in both cases the fact that I love the products and I may have a slight shopping addiction doesn't hurt!
A little about me... I just hit the Big '4-0' two weeks ago. Not married, no kids. I am making my albums for my cousin J, who is 12, and for any children my brother and his wife may have at some point. I want future generations to have a sense of their history. lI want them to remember fun times, history and traditions.
In keeping with that idea, here's a 3 page layout of my cousin J. at the Pumpkin Festival in 2005. The first two pages were made at the Scrapbookin Adventures as part of their All Day Layout Workshop on their fouth anniversary. I love this workshop, and I am so happy that Jennifer offers it more than once a year. This year we did 20 layouts! -In my next blog post I will tell you more about the workshop and the planning process.
You can see the original designs here in the idea gallery. The pages I am posting today are based on layout numbers 18 and 19, originally designed by Naomi and Deanyne, respectively.
The blank spot on this page will eventually contain journalling. I want to type it on the computer and I didn't have time right now to have the inevitable battle with my printer.
PP: Basic Grey, Crate, Bo Bunny
Felt Border: Queen & Co.
Stickers: Bo Bunny, 7 Gypsies
Rub ons: Karen Foster, possibly some DCWV
Buttons: Jesse James
Please follow along and check out all the blogs in this blog hop. Your next stop is Jess's blog,
Here's the list of participants, in order, in case you get lost.
Tania (You are here!)