It’s time for Beginner’s Basics from Adornit editor Debbie Raymond. Debbie writes: “This month I want to share the layout I made for Big Picture Scrapbooking’s free summer promotion called Summer Fun. The sub-theme is: Busy Women: Out of Time, On a Budget, But Still Inspired. Each teacher* was asked submit a page about something that inspires them, an everyday photo, and a product that they use to help to stretch their budget. Also to create a layout that incorporated their inspiration. Below is what I submitted.
*Note: Georgana and I are teaching Cut the Crazy out of Christmas on BPS again – starting Sept. 24! Be sure to join us!
Something that inspires me, especially during the summer months
when I have a chance to read on the beach, is a book that speaks to women in
every stage of life,
Anne Morrow Lindbergh's Gift from the Sea. If you only have a few moments to read
(if you're chasing kids rather than relaxing with a book), start with chapter
seven -- A Few Shells. Oh, and, be sure to control your budget by going to the library
for this book! This link takes you to the Charles
Lindbergh website (Anne's husband) and a little about her life which is
very inspiring to me.
A product I use to help stretch my budget is any of the inexpensive alphabet sets from Adornit scrapbook company. Adornit has alphabet stickers in every size and color. I especially like using the tiny alphabets to spell out sub-titles in my layouts. (I'll do anything to avoid my own handwriting.) At 80 cents per sheet, these sticker sets are cheap cheap cheap! Easy to use and cute, too.
For a shabby typewriter look, which I used for the title of my layout "inspired," I used Adornit's Love Letters. Everyone seems to love using these twill letters - they come in five different colors with two of each letter and four of each vowel per package.
My layout reminds me of a favorite concept in Lindbergh's book - that of simplifying our lives. The photo of me collecting shells was taken on Sanibel Island in Florida, the next-door-neighbor island to Captiva Island where the book was written. You'll love reading about the essential needs, aspirations, obligations, and gifts of women by a woman who knew much of suffering and of joy. You'll love learning the importance of taking time to focus on yourself. Here are the author's precepts for living: "Simplicity of living. Balance of physical, intellectual, and spiritual. Work without pressure. Space for significance and beauty. Time for solitude and sharing. Closeness to nature and human relationships. A creative life." For me, that's a summer's worth of scrapping, journaling, and striving!