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When to stop and when not to? by Christy Riopel

January always makes me a little introspective and I tend to scrapbook more interpersonal stuff this time of year. I created this layout about dealing with the old(er) girl in the mirror these days.


SUPPLIES: FabScraps pattened paper and chipboard, Aladine Izink inks distributed by Clearsnap, May Arts ribbon, Impression Obsession stamps, ColorBox Surfacez ink by Clearsnap, Spellbinders dies and Grand Calibur die cutting machine, Dymo Label Maker, Ranger Industries gel pen, Beacon Adhesives.

It ended up being an exploration in not just one hard question ( when did I get this old?) but in another unrelated question I often face….. When do I stop? When is enough on a layout?

Here is a picture of what It looked like when I first thought it was done.


 Not that I was unhappy with it but I just felt it needed more.

I loved the Spelbinders die cut flowers I cut out using the NEW teal Grand Calibur

Teal Grand Calibur - Spellbinders

And layered with FabScraps Oh Sew Beautiful collection of patterned paper and chipboard.

#1 FabScraps

I used a beautiful mix of Impression Obsession stamps including my favourite leafy branch stamp to create background textures!

Leafy stamp Impression Obsession

Yet it needed colour! So I pulled out my Aladine Izink inks distributed by Clearsnap .


 I put a dab of two of my favourite colours on my palate and sprayed them with a little water.


This let me use them as a watercolour and with a brush I was able to add bits of colour around and under my elements. I loved the result!

All of this fabulous texture stuck together using some of my favourite adhesive from – Beacon Adhesives

 Beacon Adhesives

How do you know when your layouts are finished?


Happy Scrapping!



To see more of Christy’s work visit her blog – Creating a Life I love to Share


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  1. barb macaskill Reply

    I LOVE the finished piece!!! I think the addition of the colors really makes it POP! A definite WOW creation! TFS!
    BTW: I ask myself that same question on a daily basis. I am 47 but my body is that of an 80 year old. So hard to accept how much my life has changed in the last 9 years but I still put my smile on and wake up each morning ready to face whatever the day throws at me with gratitude that I am still able to wake up each day!
    Have a great day!

  2. robin mowat Reply

    Don’t feel you are getting old, you are very young compared to those of us, Christy, who are lucky enough to be here and more than twice your age. LOL
    Life is rather like your layout, very balanced and nice when you are young. Added years (or layers of colour) make it more beautiful.
    And it is beautiful, Christy.

  3. thanks guys!!! Your words touched my heart! Robin I truly feel blessed to have the life I have…. Just some days I surprise myself 😉

  4. It is lovely and so are you. This LO is about getting your feelings down. I too remember the day I looked in the mirror and really noticed the changes. {can’t see close up anymore, and that is a blessing} Every LO doesn’t have to be a masterpiece of embellishments. I think you shine a light on something we all tussle with at times. Some day’s I look back to where I started scrapbooking and have to resist the urge to redo the ones I know I would do so differently now….and some day’s I do re do a favorite photo LOL Lately I have delved into the ‘art journals’ and find them very satisfying and they help me realign inside. On a personal note: I find I pay more attention to the people I love, and I know despite what is going on, on the outside, They love my face, my smile, and all the wrinkles, and that beautiful Christy is enough.

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