For the Record

Everything I do is a balancing act. Work and Free time. Appointments and Creative time. Alone time and time with my friends. I can tell when I'm not doing a good job keeping all of that balanced. My energy level plummets, I get moody and relationships feel strained or distant. While I know I will never have life perfectly balanced, there are things I can do to be better at it.

One are of that is my creative time. I have to have time at my craft table. With that creative time comes another type of balance and that is balancing deadline creating with free time creating. Part of this balance is also allowing myself a fun trip to CHA each year. I've got to be around "my people". It seems, now, when that week to leave arrives, I am so desperate and in need to be around ladies who speak "patterned paper". Plus, there's just something special that happens when you get around others who share the same passion as you do.

It seemed fitting to create a layout about CHA and spending time with my scrapbooking friends for a Balance theme.  That is the topic with Scrapbooking from the Inside Out's September kit. I was so excited to see that Echo Park was part of the kit. I've never seen it up close and I've never had the opportunity to play with it before! That's what happens when you don't have an LSS nearby and refuse to order online because shipping is so expensive!

Check out that cute scale stamp by Maya Road? I love the texture from stamping on the cardstock. Adds a vintage look to it which mixes nice with the colors and patterns.

When you look closely you'll see these cool graph transparencies from Maya Road. Think balancing a checkbook or closing out a register.

So how you do balance your "regular" life and your "creative" life?

- Melissa