Dog Days of Summer

When its as hot as it is here in Atlanta, its hard to be motivated to do more than lay on the couch with fans blowing on you. This past weekend Shane and I went to park. It was so ridiculously hot even at 930AM it felt like I was running on a treadmill. We ran into one of his little friends from school and stayed far longer than I'd intended with the heat.

I cant believe its August 1st. I desperately need to finish started layouts. I've got ones going for Crate Paper Toy Box, a Sassafrass page for mothers day, one using 100 days of summer, and a school one. I don't know what my problem is. I have quite a few new summer pics that will be great w the new summer lines: 100 days of summer, Beach Bum and Yacht Club. And I just got some of Studio Calico's state fair including papers, die cut tags and stickers. Worst of all the new product lines I haven't touched yet like October Afternoon's Rocket Age just don't feel that inspiring. Even leftovers from lines I loved like Basic Grey's Life of the Party no longer excite me. I know it's not because I just want new CHA stuff. I look at my supplies and think I have so much stuff I haven't touched.

I spent a good bit of time last night organizing and putting finishing touches on 2 layouts. Afterwards my scrap area looked like a tornado came through.

What you can't see the papers strewn on the floor, pages waiting to be photographed, IRIS boxes with mini books and projects and various states of completeness, and drawers crammed full of new collections and embellishments.

My friend Peggy assures me I'm not alone in this ebb of inspiration, motivation and productivity. The summer always brings that for scrapbookers. In a few weeks I'm going to a scrap retreat weekend. Last time I had all these grand plans for projects. This time my plan is just trying to do a bunch of layouts and use my stash. I get stressed out when I see all the product going unused. It's such great stuff, I can't stand to waste it. How do you deal with summer slow down? Do you ever feel guilty for not using everything you buy?

Thanks for the moral support!