I saw a May Photo A Day meme on instagram this morning and decided that instead of taking a photo of the topics, that I'd make double page layouts each day of May based on the prompts.
Also, I added all the bits and embellishments after watching today's Glitter Girl! I keep bins of different types of things (stickers, inks, bling etc) and I try to put stuff from 3-5 bins (out of 10 total bins) on each layout.
So the other bit with the two pagers is that they just don't show up as well online, so here is the left side:
I tried the ombre (hombre is the cowboy?) paint technique and ended up painting all the chipboard within reach!
I had some photos of my daughter with the sun creating the lights like in the new Maggie Holmes papers so I paired them up with a photo collage.
I also used lots of Dear Lizzy and a bit of Glitz Uncharted Waters papers.
The Story: My daughter is growing so fast and I can see her face getting more and more grown up and more and more beautiful - she's almost to that tween stage but not quite yet. We've always loved the Jimmy Buffet song "Little Miss Magic" and we've always sung it to her and the end of the chorus in the song is "Little Miss Magic.... whatcha gonna be?" He wrote the song about his daughter and it is very sweet and just a little heart breaking that little girls grow up. So the little really is magic.
These photos with the sunlight just seemed magic to me and she was dancing around on our dock being silly and it was just kind of awesome that she let me take pictures!
So I tried it and I didn't time myself, but I'm thinking it took the same amount of time as one would have taken. Same design, same patterned papers and embellishments, same photo theme - different kid.
This way the layouts work as a two page spread or I can put them in separate albums. I've got to remember to try this 2 for 1 technique more often. Thanks for the inspiration Simple Scrapper!
My son recently turned 11 and I thought "oh I should make a mini-scrapbook album all about his 10th year"; well, I didn't make the mini-book, but I did make a page that included highlights from his 10th year. I used colorful squares from the paint sample aisle at Home Depot and then I cropped random 4x6 photos down to about 2.5 x 2.5 squares. I also used the cropped parts of the photos to die cut the numbers for the "2012" title. I also added some machine stitching around the photos.
I have been making an effort to scrap a lot of photos on 12x12 pages recently. One easy way is to create 2 page scrapbook layouts - something I haven't done a lot of in a long time - so it is so fun to make these two page layouts again - I love seeing so many photos all together. My family especially loved this layout of our family Every October. I used colored brads to connect the photos to the dates in the upper right corner.
My Aunt Cary came over recently with a big box of old photos from my
Grandparents' house. My Grandparents have been gone for several years
now and we had always intended to go through their photos and get them
scanned etc. but never the time until now! It is so exciting to see
these old photos - some of which I'd never seen before.
What struck me was that most of the photos my Grandfather took were of
my Grandma and of everyday life - so Project Life right? Except he did
this in 1970 something - long before digital cameras and long before
people took photos of the fireplace, the table setting and a person
reading the paper or clipping coupons.
So the Title was best as a LONG TITLE because I wanted to give that
perspective of how my Grandpa was doing in the 1970s what all of us
modern scrapbookers are doing now. I made the big parts of the title
with my Quikutz and had intended to use a smaller font with die cuts for
the rest of the title - but that's a lot of die cutting - so I hunted
around until I found my Jenni Bowlin Studios letter stickers - using
these cute little letter stickers made this long title go together much
more quickly than if I would have die cut the whole thing! And the
Jenni Bowlin tiny alphabets have lots of all the important letters so I
didn't worry about running out of "e"s or "s"s.
TITLE: Grandpa Allen Documented Everyday Life Long Before It Was Trendy: 1970-something
JOURNALING: "I love these photos because they are how I remember my
grandparents' house and how I remember my favorite couple." "Grandpa's
favorite subject was Grandma but he did manage to get a self portrait -
look at the man in the mirror with the camera!" (right under the second
"y" in everyday).
The Century Scrapbook Project is a scrapbook album in which I am making one 8.5x11 page for each year between 1900-1212. Yesterday I found my International Student ID from 1990 and earlier in the week I listened to the PaperClipping Roundtable #131: Learning to Share which was all about scrapbooking your single lady days, so the early 90s were on my mind when I woke up today and I made this page:
This page is all about trusting your gut and I learned that lesson back in the early 1990s.
What to do with those old boyfriend photos? No, don't cut them up - cover them up and put them in a pocket, see how I made this page on ustream:
So here's to trusting your gut & 1991!
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Quote: "Live in the Sunshine, Swim in the Sea, Drink the Wild Air" - Emerson.
One Word Title "Lucky" comes from a quote we have up in the house that goes "If you are lucky enough to live by the sea, you are lucky enough."
Journaling: (after the quotes) "lucky you. lucky us."
This page is about how my son is so lucky to have grown up with the sea in his backyard and I've used photos from different times in his life all of him on our dock or his granparents' dock (they live next door).
Yesterday we were lucky enough to create pirate's treasure and bury it over at the little island for his little sister, even made a treasure map that washed up on our rocks and she found it.
Only catch? Allison developed a half-convenient/half-real fear of sharks (her brother does was a lot of Shark Week on Animal Planet) and now insists she needs a new pink kayak to get over to the island.
The treasure is still there, I'm hoping it still will be by the time we get her over to the island to discover it!
Remember that song from about 10 years ago: Something about Wear Sunscreen?
My husband had a skin treatment that brings out any pre-cancerous cells and he has so many red spots on his face. Growing up in Florida is not so great on the skin; so we try to get out kids to wear sunscreen which is more of a challenge with the boy than with the girl. This layout shows that she understands the "apply and re-apply" routine with the sunscreen at the beach:
This one was fun to make with a square punch, photos and my daughter's drawings.
So totally fun to see my layout and Allison's cute face over at the Get it Scrapped Blog. You can see the whole diagonal grid layout over at Get It Scrapped along with lots and lots AND LOTS of GRID LAYOUTS from scrapbookers including Lisa Dickinson, Debbie Hodge, Paula Gilarde, Sue Althouse, Christy Strickler, Cindy Liebel, Celeste Smith, Meghann Andrew, Doris Sander, Vivian Masket, Lynnette Penacho, and Marie-Pierre Capistran. There are lots of ideas that are super scrap-liftable.
I used a patterned paper with a grid on a diagonal. I used a Marvy 1.5 square punch to punch out photos and drawings and fit them into the grid already on the paper - this made placement easy. Then I just had to arrange the photo and drawing squares into the grid and adhere them down. I decided to use Quickutz letters to punch out the title - the word "She's" are the punched out letters; and the word "crafty" is cut into the background paper with a drawing behind - using the negative space. I also cut a strip from a coloring page for the bottom border and then sewed it down with a machine stitch.
Seems like in the beginning years of modern scrapbooking, there was lots of making mosaics from photos - we don't see that so much any more - but I did include one larger photo within the grid using that technique. There's one other photo in the grid that is bigger than one square (its the photo of my husband, my daughter, and me twoards the bottom of the grid) but cutting it into two would have cut my face in half so i just left it intact.
Subject of Page: The pattern included images of scissors and thread which made me think of being crafty and how my daughter always seems to be crafting something, drawing, painting, telling stories, making Barbie furniture, helping her dad in the workshop, building sandcastles - where ever she goes, she figures out how to do something crafty. For this page I opted to omit journaling - usually I write at least a line or two, but this page will go into an album devoted to my daughter and I thought maybe the pictues on this page would just speak to the subject - since Allison often expresses herself through her art - and chances are I've already made a page or two that have explored that concept. This page could also be used for the title page of an album section about Allison's arts and crafts.
Supplies: Quickutz Blossom die cuts, sewing machine Marvy 1.5 inch square punch, DCWV cardstock weight patterned paper.
Knock knock. Who's There? My "Orange You Glad" layout is over at Get It Scrapped! This was my first assignment for Get It Scrapped and their first post with the creative team layouts. It is so fun to see how everyone interepreted the Pantone Color of the Year "Tangerine Tango. Here's a little peek at my layout:
Want to see the whole thing? And other orange layouts by scrapbookers like Chris Asbury, Kiki Kougioumtzi, Kelly Purkey, Jana Morton, Doris Sander, Christy Strickler, Ashley Horton, Tanyia Deskins, and Tami Taylor...
I created a photo collage in Picasa of all sorts of photos of me and the kids wearing orange - one of us is almost always wearing orange - its one of our favorite colors to wear.
Then I spent some time deciding which color base paper to use, here were my options:
What color would you have chosen?
P.S. When I first got the "Tangerine Tango" assignment from Get It Scrapped, I was playing lifeguard for my kids in the backyard in the evening and I took a bunch of "orange" photos with my iphone in 5 minutes. I had originally intended to use those photos for the project but had printing issues (ahhh technology - I have such a love/hate relationship with all thing tech). Anyway, we seriously have orange everywhere - I was even wearing orange shorts sitting outside of my orange (ok, salmon colored) house (our interior walls are orange too - and no I'm not kidding - I seriously love orange).
I am planning to print up this screen capture of my iphone and I'll do another orange page with these. If you can't tell what the photos are here's the list from the top left "1. fireworks (yes there are always fireworks going off in our backyard because we can see St. Pete Beach from our house & they often do fireworks for weddings etc. so we see fireworks from the backyard all the time); 2. kids in the pool with orange beach ball; 3. my feet in front of the orange cement with our handprints from when we put in the pool in 2005; 4. my son's orange crocs; 5. me in my orange Beatles t-shirt - it is my absolute favorite because it is old and soft; 6. orange hula hoops - yes we each have one; 7. an actual orange growing in an orange tree in front of our orange house; 8. orange "crotans" in my mother-in-law's yard (she lives next door); 9. orange dish soap and Nemo hand soap; 10. collection of my orange books including 4 hour work week, idiot's guide, and linchpin; 11. orange nozzle on garden hose; 12. orange attachment thingees on the new Ikea swings; 13. another orange beach ball photo; 14. orange ocean kayak; 15. orange nemo sprinkler water game thing; 16.orange bouys that floated up to our house and now decorate our "pergola"; 17. orange bird of paradise in full bloom; 18. orange pavers - we actually chose the ones that were called "orange crush"; 19. my legs and orange shorts - my view of the kids while lifeguarding; and 20. orange light on my minivan." And, seriously, I had to edit because I took more orange photos than 20. Saying I love orange is probably an understatement.
P.S. I'm totally copying & pasting this description list for when I do that scrapbook page!
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