• Elizabeth Garcia

Reflections

A new year calls for new reflections. This year I began to reflect on what my doodlemama blog is about.  I’d abandoned it for a bit at the end of last year, wanting to rethink its look and purpose.  My reflections resulted in the new things you’ll find.  For those of you who have visited this site before you’ll notice a new look, softer, more in tune with what this blog is about, me and my paper crafting explorations.  Along the side bar you’ll also notice a link to my Etsy shop.  There you will find my latest creations available for purchase or just to browse and get your own creative juices flowing.  On this site I will share scrap booking pages that not only talk about the materials and techniques used, but also the story behind the page and how the photographs inspired the materials and techniques used.  I will also share updates on my hand made greeting cards which will also be available over at the Etsy shop.  I hope that you enjoy my stories and techniques and that you are inspired to share your own.



Going with the theme of reflections, this page tells the story of my 38th birthday.  The photo was taken by my husband as I sat at the beach looking out into the horizon thinking about what I wanted my next year to be about.  I always try to make it to the beach on my birthday since I was almost born on the beach one July 4th weekend.  Feeling the sand on my toes, the setting sun on my face, and watching my 10 year old daughter doing cartwheels along the shore, I realized just how blessed I truly am.  I rarely like photos of myself and so most of my scrapbook albums are filled with pictures of my daughter.  This time though I wanted to scrapbook a page about me.  I’m also not a very girly type of girl.  But I wanted to do something different, to capture myself in a different light.  So  I selected these gorgeous foil board papers with the pink hues.  I hand cut the wavy shape to emulate the waves of the ocean.



I also cut around the shells which are from another sheet of patterned paper by Creative Imaginations as another way to bring in the beach feel onto the page.  I stamped the filigree imageonto the glassine envelope to tie into the background paper and meticulously placed the blue self-adhesive pearls.  I think I found a way to create an elegant beach page.



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