You may have heard me mention that I began scrapbooking back in 1996. At that time, there weren't many options for supplies, and any community that was around, I wasn't aware of it. The lack of outside inspiration, coupled with my neat and tidy personality meant that my pages looked very formal, with everything lined up perfectly, and very little to no embellishment.
I scrapbooked regularly for a couple of years and then it was very sporadic from 1998 through 2008. In 2008 I tried to get back into it and managed a little bit, but mostly my supplies just sat on the shelf, traveling with me through each move.
I believe I made this layout somewhere between 2006-2008 during a spurt of creativity from a trip that was taken in 2002. I used to have a lot of DCWV solid cardstock, which now I only make it a point to buy white and kraft.
In 2007 and 2008, 2 friends and I went to Guatemala to visit my sister while she served her term in the Peace Corps. In 2007 I began working on my album, but didn't finish it. After we came back from the second trip I eventually completed the first part and began the second. I finally completed it around 2010-2011. Look at me using square photos before they were hip! Both albums have primarily paper from K&Co. I had a lot of their paper as well.
I think this layout was made around 2012 as I was just beginning to really get back into creating. That is some old, old Basic Grey patterned paper and even older snowflake brads!
So there you have it, a nice stroll down my memory lane. There are definitely constants to my style, but I think I'm most thankful for learning how to use the embellishments I'd amassed over the years. How do you feel when you look back at your early pages?