The Moments that Matter Most

The other day Kara texted this photo to us.  It spoke to me immediately. I knew I wanted to do a scrapbook page right away.  A weird thing happened when I got the photo copy from Walgreens, I lost it.  Really couldn’t find it anywhere and I know I had left the store with it.  So I ordered another.  This morning, once the page was complete, I found the photo.  Isn’t that how it always is?  I opened the passenger door to my car and there it was, fallen between the seat and door, impossible to be seen without opening the door, which I obviously hadn’t done.  All is good in the end, I still think this is a precious photo and it will likely be used again in something, somewhere.

For the base I used a sheet of beautiful pattern paper from the “Vintage Paris” collection by Fun Stampers Journey.  It is a most dreamy collection of soft colors and delicate patterns.  This page is the product of an inspiration layout for a challenge on Splitcoast Stampers site where we had to choose one from all the past uploads for the Virtual Scrapbook Night challenge.  There were lots and lots of pages to go through.  As soon as I spotted Sharon’s page here: I knew that I wanted to use the photo that I did.  For my background I added some rubber stamping.  I used pink SU embossing powder with the Fun Stampers Journey background Basics stamp.(SS-0008 from rep #96). Moments close up 1



Here is a close up of the background stamp, just soft and  subtle.  Not that this intricate design on the paper really needed it, I still think it adds a bit more charm with it’s texture and color.  You can also see the letters I made with the Cricut cartridge Hello Kitty Fonts.  For my flourish, Sharon has a large one, I cut two from the Tim Holts Elegant Flourishes die from some scraps of Pink SU solid cs.Moments Close up 2

Although Sharon did not do this, I added a smaller strip to the larger gray of pattern paper that I had dry embossed with a Cuddlebug script folder.   Added a bit of interest, I hope.  Each of the edges have been distressed, as well as the delicate floral print under the photo.  I had wrote the sub-title and the journaling.

Tiny Top is now in ballot and gymnastics, and her Gigi is certainly looking forward to more photos to play with in scrapbooking.


Simple Watercolor Background

I have been interested in playing with watercolor and sketching lately.  I decided on this main photo for my theme and make a watercolor to use as a background on the scrapbook page.DSCN9669_WC-SwingWEB

Afterwards I realized how “non-sand” colored the playground really was.  I should have not made my sand so tan. Oh well, there’s contrast.  I kept the layout simple since my focus was on the idea of Tiny Tot on the swing in such a contemplative mood, it seemed.  My base for this page is from my very old pack of “In Colors”, the very first one I bought back in 2006 I think, and a pattern by Pop Culture that goes well.  I used two solid SU card stocks for the title cut from the Hello Kitty Font Cricut cartridge.  Kristy had a piece of turquoise chain that was perfect for accenting the chain of the swing and the color of the outfit in the photos.  I was first going to just use the one photo, but instead add 3 smaller ones, creates a nice balance.  I have been re-reading Ali Edwards book “A Designer’s Eye for Scrapbooking”.  I am reminded to create more journaling.  I used to be a writer and yet II ‘m lucky to have a title on my pages.  I have so many feelings and impressions of this wonderful and precious Tiny Tot, there is no reason I should keep them only in my head.  I create these pages for posterity, and one day my memory may falter.  If I put it down now, she may enjoy the albums more when she is grown.

I used watercolor crayons I bought from Stampin’ Up years ago.  Although I would love to really get into watercoloring on a larger scale, for now my pencils and crayons are enough and so much easier.

Have a happy weekend, leave me a comment about your ideas on watercolor if you care to.  Thanks to stopping by.

Leia’s Summer Daze

This page is for the Frosted Designs Blog.  I followed their sketch and had fun using different techniques from their list.  I think I’m getting better with the Dylusions sprays, I’m going easy, with the option I can always come back and spritz again, rather than get it too dense.  I only had to pick 3 items to use, but I went wild.

I have Flowers, ribbon, Dylusions spray, pattern papers, inks, tearing, masking, layering, misting, stamping, and dry embossing. SummerDaze

Just about all the supplies here are from Stampin’ Up, all the papers, stamps, ink, punches, and eyelets are SU!  The Font is Hello Kitty cartridge, as are the turquoise and yellow flowers.  I used a Cuddlebug ef on the hearts and inked over it a bit for definition.

I hope you like my version of this sketch.  If you want to see some fabulous work check out the blog hop and these other challenges.

Alota Rubber Stamps Challenge #108 – Summer feeling

Crafty Ribbons Challenge #46 – anything with ribbons ( I punched the edge and ran some organza ribbon through, and tied bows at the top corners.

Simon Says Challenge – the letter “S” – Summer and Spritzing