Talking about photo swaps here. I have committed myself to do a photo swap with 5 different people. No. 1 on my to do list is Mandy. We already exchanged photos in April, but so far hadn't started on our layout. Mandy finished her layout last week, and I still had to start. I began with my layout last weekend, but all of a sudden I had to deal with a scrappers block. Mandy is a member of the Memory Lane Scrapbooking DT, and that made me a little nervous. She makes wonderful layouts and mini books, and her style is different from mine. I was "glad" to hear she dealt with the same nervousness. LOL! My first attempt was a failure. I had an idea in mind, but for some reason it didn't work out on paper. I tried to work on the layout this week, but really NOTHING came out of my hands. Last night I started all over again, and this time it all went very well. I just added the final details and now it is ready. I am pretty happy with the result, and hopefully Mandy will be happy with it too. I have to leave you with 2 sneak peeks as Mandy left for her holiday destination early this morning. She will be back about 2 weeks, and we agreed to post our layouts online as soon as she is back.
Now that this one is finished I can finally start on the photo swap for my sister-in-law Lisette. She finished my layout a few weeks ago, but since I had some deadlines to meet for the Design Team call, my work for the quarterly scrap kit and some make & takes I haven't had time yet to work on hers. This one will be quite a challenge too. We agreed to scrap on 8.5x11" - which I have never done before - and like Mandy Lisette also has a great and different style, so this one won't be easy either. I am sure I will manage, but it may cause me some blood, sweat and tears again.