Hello there! So, when I said in yesterday's post that I was a scrapbooker what I actually meant was that I got my scrapping start 20-some (*mumbles some indistinguishable number!*) years ago! See I had this absolutely gorgeous little boy and I just knew that every single thing he did was going to be earth shattering and scrapbook worthy, so I started taking pictures! I took pictures of him awake and asleep and falling asleep and eating and playing and bathing and saying his first words and crawling an....I guess you get the gist! I knew I needed to do something with all of these photos, but had no idea what! So, as you can imagine, I was super excited when a friend invited me to a Creative Memories scrapbook party! Honestly, I had no idea what to expect, but man oh man was I hooked from the very beginning! Not only were those folks going to sell me albums to put my ga-zillions of pictures in, but stickers and brightly colored papers and punches and stencils and oh my!! I discovered that not only could I safely compile my photos into a single place, but that I could pretty them up too!! Be still my creative heart!! I was a goner!! I scrapbooked like a mad woman! I glued, I cut (my pictures into strange shapes....noooooo!!! More on that in another post!!) I punched and I stenciled!! I wrote my heart out on those pages!! I loved the process and I loved the end result! A scrapbooker was born!
Then....I had baby #2! She was absolutely beautiful and now I was Mommy to two, which meant much less free time! Then baby #3 and #4!! (both stunningly beautiful as well!). I had exactly zero time to myself at this point and therefore no time to scrapbook. I was lucky if I could even muster up the strength to pull out a camera (no cell phone camera convenience then!) let alone take 50 of the best shots ever! Sadly, my scrapbooking journey came to a screeching halt and the pictures just started to pile up in drawers and in boxes. Over the years, I dabbled here and there, but nothing too consistent and certainly nothing that I was as excited about. I made peace with it though, because I knew that one day I would have the time to get caught up!
Guess what...it is one day! My sweet babies are grown now and most days my time is my own! I have decided that I am going to tackle the enormous project of catching up those albums! Now though, not only are we lucky enough to have those 4 beautiful kids, but we also have 3 amazing grands too! Lots and lots of work ahead of me, but I do love a good challenge!
So, it was time and I was feeling ready to give scrapbooking another go. I decided to get my scrapping feet wet again by starting with a fairly current set of photos of one of our grandchildren. I gathered up a ton of supplies and set out to make my first page in many years! Here is the lovely little lady in question and here is what I came up with:
She totally rocks my world!
I have decided to scrap in the 12 x 12 format. I tend to take a lot of pictures and like to use several on a page, so that seems like the best fit for me. I feel like more pictures help to tell the story. I went with a pale purple background and did all of the artsy goodness on a plain white piece of card stock. I stamped, I fussy cut, I water colored, I sewed...oh my!
Lots of details went into making this page! I started by stamping my blank page with a flower stamp. Then I hand stitched each flower using cross stitch thread and then water colored inside of the stitching. I stamped the little clusters of dots in the background to fill some of the white space. I punched the butterflies from a beautiful piece of patterned paper and scattered them throughout.
I pulled the purple gingham from the shirt my grand was wearing and found some patterned paper that matched. I backed a couple of the photos with it, but also tucked it under this ripped and tattered corner piece.
I distressed all of the edges to add some extra visual interest. I stamped and fussy cut one additional flower to layer on top of the photo collage.
Here are some more details about the how to's for this page:
I stamped flowers randomly on the page in a pale pink color.
Next I poked holes in every stamped image.
Using different colors of cross stitch thread I hand stitched each flower. It was a bit time consuming, but kind of therapeutic!
After all of my stitching was done I water colored the insides of the flowers and stems. Once dried I added some glittery shine to the centers using Stickles.
This is the watercolor set I used. I got it from Amazon. Fun stuff!
Here is my finished page one more time:
So, in making this page I discovered a few things!
1) It was harder than I thought it would be. A 12 x 12 canvas is more challenging to fill than a standard sized card.
2) It took longer to make than I expected! I am a slow crafter! I am definitely going to have to pick up the pace if I have any plans of getting caught up!! LOL
3) I loved every minute of the whole process!! I felt so accomplished to finish that page and tuck it into her album.
4) I am already excited about starting my next page!
Are you ready to haul out some supplies and a couple of pictures and start or work in your album?! Let's do it!
I so appreciate you stopping by! Come back soon, because I have lots more to share! Have a wonderful day!