Sunday, November 20, 2011

Take A Picture

Happy Sunday before Thanksgiving everyone! Today is my day to guest design on TheThe Bugbytes.  If you have some time, please go check out the blog.  Pam as assembled a rock star lineup of guest designers and I am never disappointed with the projects over there and neither will you! This week I have more scrapbook pages for you.  I don't know if any of you spend any time perusing the gallery over at Two Peas.  I am always intrigued by scrapbook pages that have this teeny, tiny photo sitting alone, a few small embellishments, and then, well, nothing else.  I think this new stream lined look is definitely *in* to some degree. While it doesn't feel like my style, I can't help but be intrigued by pages that don't have much on them, but still turn out very pretty.  So I decided I was going to attempt a more stripped down look for these next pages.  I also wanted to try a technique I saw in one my my crafting magazines (can't remember which one sorry!) which was to frame out part of a picture.  I've had this photograph of my boys and I from a Mini Golf trip we took last year.   We are in the corner of the photo so it sort of lends itself to this technique.

The frames are from the Cricut cartridges Sophie and Cindy Lou respectfully.  I think I ultimatley like the second one better.  After inking it with chocolate chip (Stampin' Up), I still felt like it was lacking something so I decided to add some bling to the corners, and it just grew from there.  I've had those pearls in my stash for almost a year and I'm always giddy when I get to use something that I really liked but just couldn't *work in* any other project.

Something else new that I tried was stamping on a layout.  The picture is a 6 x 6 photo that I trimmed down to 5.75 x 5.75.  I stamped, in Craft ink on the top page, and then Old Olive on the bottom page the floral stamp from Stampin' Up's Elements of Style.  I then cut the mat out from Elegant Edges and the result is a custom designer paper.  More stamping can be seen on the tags, flower pot and leaves.  I also used Waltzingmouse stamps that coordinate with Spellbinders Labels 18 to create the journaling tag and mat you see at the top.  Again, I used the flourish stamp to give the paper a bit more interest. 

The last  major element on this page worth mentioning are the flowers coming out of the flower pot.  I was inspired by my friend over at Cool Beans by L.B. who created this really cute card with flowers and stems coming out of a pot. This is my attempt at a more 3D version.  The flower pot is from the Make The Cut gallery.  I used baker's twine from the Twinery for stems and finally, the flowers are a mixture of flowers cut and quilled from Flower Shoppe (the leaves are also on the Flower Shoppe cartridge) and from my stash.  I wasn't terribly happy with the flowers overall.  I think this might have been the one time it would have been better to make them less 3D. But I don't hate them and I will remember that for next time.

Here are a few more pictures of the pages.

Paper:  My Mind's Eye Lost & Found
Cartridges:  Sophie, Elegant Edges, Cindy Lou, Flower Shoppe
Spellbinders:  Labels 18, Scallop Hearts
Make The Cut - flower pot
Misc:   Twine - The Twinery, Pins - Maya Road, Pearls and Bling - my stash

 Thanks for stopping by!!


  1. All I can say is wow! And yours do not look stripped down. It is fabulous! TFS

  2. Wowzers...this is just FABULOUS!!!! Your work is just gorgeous and I LOVE your attention to details. I love everything about this page!! Your paper selection, the cuts, the flowers, the stitching...Wow, it is all just so beautiful-it belongs in a frame:) TFS!
    Nice work my friend!
    Sherrie K

  3. Simply stunning - I love the frames around the photos, and the flowers WOW! I am so scraplifting this. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I think your layouts are inspires me to get back into scrapbooking. Thanks for visiting my blog!

  5. Wow! Beautiful pages! So many interesting things to look at.....

  6. I too have noted the single picture on a page seems to be popular. Not really my style either, but I really like how your layout turned out!!

  7. adorable LOs! I can't decide which one I like more ;)


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