Dreams vs Reality + RAK

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Fresh off my post about Simple Scrapper's owner Jennifer Wilson, I thought I'd share my latest Simple Scrapper layout. It ended up being on the cover of this month's Spark Magazine!! You have no idea how excited that made me.

I've been published in a few different magazines. But getting the opportunity to share my work in Spark Magazine every month is such an honor. And on top of that, being on the cover! Let me telling you, I'm living some scrapbooking dreams y'all.

There may not be as many "traditional" scrapbook magazines out there, but if you join as a Simple Scrapper Premium Member you get a digital one chalk full of inspiration every month. And that's just one part of what it means to be part of Simple Scrapper. Y'all know I'm the biggest advocate for this community and it's no secret why. It's just that good. There's also an awesome new class coming up soon. You'll want to read to the end of this post find out more. **Hint: Giveaway info below**

Now on to the page, I used a Story Starter from February 2013 as well as a sketch from this month. If you've been following this blog for any length of time, you know how much I love circles! And this sketch called for a bunch 'o circles.
The layout is all about the hopes and dreams I had at twenty vs. my reality at thirty. I also share my hopes for forty. It was such fun journaling! I loved the little bullet points and making the lists.

I like making these big picture type pages. I like pulling together a grouping of unrelated photos, to illustrate the story. I also had fun printing a few of these photos in black and white and others in color.
I used tons of Studio Calico stuff on this page -- a lot of the embellishments came from the very beautiful Walden Add-on Baker Bridge. The background paper is from their Color Theory paper pack. I bought two packs because I thought they were such awesome neutral backgrounds.
I also had so much fun just putting this page together! It was the first time I had my new scrapbook space up and running and I was testing out how well I'd organized. I think I've finally figured out something that works for me! I'll be sharing my completed space later this month.
I can't tell you (clearly I can and do, quite often too!) how much I love being part of Simple Scrapper.  Creative team or not, I've always be inspired by the content and the community--and really, it just keeps getting better.

In March, Jennifer is putting on a brand new workshop called The Finishing Project. It's purpose is to help us tackle an unfinished project in just 4 weeks and also, to make a plan to tackle the rest. Having been a student of Jennifer's in the past, I'll bet that it's going to be amazing! You can read more about the class here.

Jennifer has generously allowed me to give away one spot in the class! 

For the chance to win, simply leave a comment below: I'd love to hear how many unfinished projects you have (Please also leave contact information so I can reach you if you win). The giveaway closes 11:59pm CST Wednesday, February 25th. I will randomly choose one winner and make the announcement on my blog Thursday, February 26th.  Best of luck!

cheers & besos,
Please note I am an affiliate of Simple Scrapper/Create More Media. All opinions, words and photos are my own.


  1. I would not hesitate to recommend this membership. If you have a ton of supplies Jennifer and the awesome design team will provide you with everything you need to create in a way that works best for you. I only wished I'd have been smart enough in the beginning of my membership to truly appreciate the breadth of inspiration and guidance shared each month. But I did learn as I went along and that is the best thing the membership offers. A rich learning experience. And an awesome monthly magazine full of layouts. No ads.

  2. Love this idea for a page! I have many unfinished projects and this year is the year I finish them - my word is "Complete"! I am planning to complete 40 projects (big and small) for my 40th birthday this year. I think I've done about 3 so far ;)

  3. I have 5 boxes of class kits, a box of my own made-up kits with photos, an album I started 8 years ago for my brothers 40th (he's 47 next birthday) and