Yesterday afternoon my husband came in from the shop with a smirk on his face. When I asked him what was wrong or weird, he said “we’re getting old.” Please remember, I mean no disrespect here. I know some of my reading audience is quite a lot older than we are. I have great respect for those who have already ventured this stage in the journey of life. I’m not sure if it’s just that now in our mid-30s we are more mature or what. But you see, yesterday, he heard a song on the radio that referenced Joe Diffie (early 90s) as a classic. Wait…what? Music we were listening to in High School is now considered classic? When did that happen?
After making comments about “getting old” I always say “I wonder what it will be like when we’re 50?” Seriously, I do wonder.
I have to say though, I am happier than I have ever been. I would trade nothing to go back to what the world tells us are the glory days, the early 20s. Nope, nope. I’m so very happy to be where I am. I’m finally happy with myself – and let me tell you – what a difference that makes in your perspective!
Along with being happy with myself, I’ve learned how little stuff matters. Stuff isn’t what makes me happy. Now I have to say, I never was very materialistic. And while I do like my stuff, I know it’s not what brings happiness. I don’t have an unquenchable thirst for more.
I’m not sure if this progression of maturing or something else is causing the recent shift to simplicity in my scrapbook pages. I’ve always been a simple scrapper, but lately, I’ve been feeling like I’m pushing the line more toward minimalism. I’m okay with that. Wish I could do it better, but I’m loving the ultra simplicity in elements.
This page does feel a little busier because of the paper, but the use of elements is ultra simple. Just twine and the title sticker. I used some dimensional foam to pop it up and add a little more interest.
With the use of simple pages, it’s especially important to make sure that your photos are looking into the page. If the subject of your photos is looking off the page, it leads your eye off the page. One can sometimes get away with it on busier pages because there is enough other distraction, but on simple pages, it is especially important.
Supplies: Echo Park (For the Record 2), The Twinery, Misc (cardstock & dimensional foam), Tim Holtz tiny attacher