Hello there! Woooooo! Is it super, duper warm where you are today? My goodness is it ever toasty here!! I am talking hawt!! Like melting a little bit hot!! Days like these do their darndest
to try and bring out the lazy in me, but I am pushing through!! I have spent the last few hours in my scrap room working on a new page! I took a break today from the Starburst pattern technique to mix it up a bit!
This page features my oldest daughter! This kid has kept us hopping since my 19 hour labor with her!! She is a little trying at times and can be fussy and just a wee bit exasperating! She is also, however, beautiful and funny and smart and sweet and strong. She has a very big heart and she is such a hard worker! She and I are very good friends and I feel really lucky to have her. Take a look at this beauty:
This picture was taken near Christmas, but I intentionally tried to avoid making it into a Christmas page. Don't get me wrong! I loooove all things Christmas, but I wanted this picture to stand on it's own. In looking though my stash of red paper I discovered that most of it was Christmas related, so I knew I was going to have to get creative! I looked through every piece (which took up a significant piece of my life time minutes! LOL) and pulled out a few that I thought would work nicely together without jingling your bells! I did quite a lot of layering and paper mixing here, but was pretty pleased with how everything mingled. As usual, there is quite a lot going on here! Allow me to explain!
Lots of layering! I layered patterned paper, plain card stock, punched pieces, and a doily! I used rub ons for the mini title and created my own heart embellishments by punching several and stacking them. I stapled the large heart and the banner in place. I also distressed the edges of both my plain red card stock and my white photo mat layers using a very sophisticated tool....my fingernail!
I made the flowers by first punching them out and then running them through a polka dotted embossing folder. I glued them one on top of another and gently bent up the petals. I created flower centers by punching circles. I wanted to add leaves and twigs, but since I was working so hard to avoid the look of Christmas I punched them from white and gold patterned paper and sponged the edges green.......happy compromise!
I created this cluster by matching and layering papers. I ran the whole thing though my sewing machine to add some visual interest. I stamped the sentiment and layered it on a few circles in coordinating colors. I made another layered and stacked heart and added a tiny rhinestone to it and all of my other hearts. It is the details that really make a page special I do believe!
I added a circle and heart to the top corner tucked neatly behind the photo to help balance out the whole layout. I also filled in some of the background by stamping a few little stamps in red and black to just pull the whole layout together.
I really enjoyed making this layout and I sure do love this kid! She makes my heart happy!
Your turn! I hope that you will find the time to scrapbook a page or two soon!
If you are looking for some inspiration I have started a new Facebook group and we would love to have you join us! You can find it here:
Have a wonderful day and I will see you soonest!