What is Scrapbooking?

What is a scrapbook to you?

I got a comment on a post recently that prompted me to think about the art of scrapbooking. 

scrap·book
noun
1. : a book with blank pages to which you attach photographs, letters, newspaper stories, etc., that help you remember a person or time.
verb
1. create scrapbooks as a hobby.

It's a book for photos, drawings or clippings. How, why or what you put in it is totally up to you. It's such a personal preference. It can be a mini album, a big traditional album, a Project Life album, a notebook from Target. It can have lots of words or no words, painting, stickers, paper...

For some it's a strict preservation of memories and for others it's simply an artistic outlet with no other purpose than to let off a little steam with paint + ink. 

It can be trendy or traditional, colorful or monochromatic, thick or thin, digital or heaped with paper. A toddler can make one or a great great great grandmother can make one. There are no rules. 

Some of us choose to share our personal scrapbooks online for artistic inspiration. What we share is OUR take on scrapbooking. You might love it, you might hate it and that's ok because a scrapbook as a definition is a book of blank pages. What you put in it is up to you. You may not even like scrapbooks and that's ok too!

Here are some of the things I've been working on lately - Studio Calico sneaks

Studio Calico Sneak
Studio Calico Sneak
Start to finish layout video
Lunch Box Notes

What is a scrapbook to YOU? I'd love to know! Share your thoughts or link to your work in the comments so I can appreciate how different this art form is to all of us!

Lately...

It's amazing how one day you're on top of it all and the next you're completely under your to do list! Instead of freaking out about what needs to get done I thought a lately post was in order! Lately I've been: planning a super fun blogger party for an awesome coffee company (can't wait to share) / planning a kitchen upgrade (counters, sink, faucets, cabinets - because the holidays are the best time to re-do a kitchen /sarcasm) / coveting or needing a new camera / planning homemade holiday gifts / loving the boys' new hobbies (hip hop and football) / deciding how I'm going to tackle December Daily (if at all) / getting rid of a TON of unneeded craft stuff / loving this reasonably priced sectional / still loving our new floors / wanting a heater for the patio / already bought a planner for next year because I had a deadline to write in January...

How's that for a jumbled mess for you? Here are some fun "lately" photos too

Lately

Lately

Our AC went out last week which really put a damper in some things I was working on. Apparently I get cranky and unmotivated when my house is above 85 degrees. I only finished up 1 spread with the November Studio Calico kits (which are available now for subscribers and tonight for everyone else) but I have another already in the works!

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Apple Picking

Apple picking

We decided to pretend it was Fall this weekend and headed up to Date Creek Ranch in Wickenburg for some apple picking. It was hot and we were sweating, but it was fun and fairly quick. Fall around here is pretty up and down in weather but we won't be cooling off for a while. 

Apple picking

Date Creek Ranch sells portions of grass fed beef so I think we're going to try them out! We've purchased a 1/4 of a cow/bull (I have no idea) before and loved having the freezer full.

I have lots of apples to bake with. I tried a new gluten free/dairy free apple pie last night. The filling was paleo but the crust just didn't meet the mark. We'll have to try again I guess ;)

Backyard Lake

It had rained a bit on Sunday, Jared and I woke up at 3am to what sounded like a hurricane outside and around 8am this is what our backyard looked like.

Luckily, the way our house was built, it is several inches higher than the patio so we were able to get most of the water off the patio before it pooled high enough to get into the house. All the kids sure enjoyed their water playground though!