Monday, October 12, 2015

Call me Ms. Sentimental

A couple of weeks back I had pulled out a big stack of scrapbook layouts to show one of the girls who was over for a visit. There was one in particular she wanted to see and it was buried in an album and it took me a little while to find it even though it's not one of my older layouts.
After she left for home I was left with a pile of albums scattered across the bed waiting to be returned to their home on the shelf. Of course, I sat down and started flipping through them and I can't even express the feels I got just looking through some of the older layouts...several of which I don't even remember doing, lol. But it was the memories they evoked that had me smiling all the way to the last page. Not that I needed the reminder but when I closed the last album I was reminded of exactly why I continue to scrapbook after all these years.
I love the creativity involved in scrapbooking but it's the memories preserved that keeps me going. I can only hope that my children, their families and so on, will someday look through those very albums with smiles on their faces as they say "Oh, I forgot about that!" They aren't going to wonder if the paper was "outdated" or if I used the "latest" techniques...they are only going to see the love and the memories.
So yes, I am Ms. Sentimental and I honestly wouldn't want it any other way :)

We are actually on Fall Break this week and I am going to hopefully get at least one scrapbook page completed. I encourage you to also get scrappy :)  Preserve those memories, guys!! I promise you it is time and money well spent!

And now, if you aren't tired of reading just yet, then have a look at these 3 layouts I have to share today. You'll probably notice a line through the photos and I apologize in advance. Apparently, a sensor needs to be replaced in my camera and I need to send it in to Canon and I haven't done that yet.Hopefullythe line isn't too distracting and you are still able to enjoy the layouts and get inspired.

Our grandson on his first Halloween in 2013. I wish you could see
how vibrant the colors are on this layout. It really just looks washed out
in the photos.
The yellow cardstock piece is hand sewn to form a pocket to hold
all the extra photos as well as the journaling tag.
The "monster" paper piecing is a file I downloaded from
Miss Kate Cuttable. It originally had only one eye but I modified
it to match the costume he was wearing. Some large googly eyes was the
perfect touch. I also used Doodlebug flock to make the monster feel
More close up view of the monster...I am proud of the way
he turned out and he's the perfect accent for this layout.
I also used some blue acrylic paint and a toothbrush to make the

simple title formed with alphabet stickers

Layout #2
Pictures of our granddaughter Cadence playing in the snow with her
daddy last winter. Love the photos cut into circles and layered
down the page...perfect for these snow pictures I think.
This layout also doesn't show the vibrancy of the layout.
I used a Martha Stewart border punch. I used 3 separate files from
the Silhouette design store--the title
  the snowflake border along the bottom right
the large snowflake swirl you see above the photos on the left.
I used homemade mists to color the snowflake swirl before
adhering it to the page.
Absolutely love my little snowman!! He is just too adorable, right??
I used some liquid applique for the swirls on the bottom circle. I used the
heat gun to "puff them up" and then added some diamond stickles.

I used 2 different circle punches for the body. The hat, scarf and arms
were cut freehand by me. The small green snowflakes are an
old mini snowflake punch I believe I got at WalMart about 12 years ago.
The sequins are from
the trim I also picked up from Walmart.

I fixed that snowflake after I took the of the
"petals" had gotten caught in the Xyron when I ran it through and
I didn't notice it at first.
I hand sewed the white ball trim onto the page and also onto the
journaling envelope.

Martha Stewart medium snowflake punch was used for the snowflakes.
I then took some diamond glaze and placed it in the center of each flake and
added some Stampendous Shaved Ice flakes.

Snowflakes are popdotted onto the page for added dimension.
Layout #3

I used a Crafters Workshop stencil for the dotted outline around the
photos. The title "brothers" was created using some chipboard letters
from my stash. I mixed a couple different colors of acrylic paint together
to get the color I wanted.
I used a punch for the 3D star and used my Martha Stewart mini scoreboard to
score the lines and create the 3d effect. I then popdotted it onto the brown cardstock which
I had run through the paper crimper.
The 4 stars on the bottom right are covered with Tim Holtz Fragments.
closer up view of the chipboard title.

the "man" is a stamp, the clock hand is Tim Holtz I think...could
be Paper Studio. I ran the brown cardstock through the crimper as I stated above.
Then I added just a few touches of texture paste and then the accents.

The filmstrip is a punch...If I'm not mistaken it's EK Success.

I hope you guys enjoy the layouts and if you have any questions at all concerning products or techniques be sure and leave me a comment and I'll get right back to you.
Thanks for stopping by and come back soon.