Well, hello there! Monday already! Are you ready for a new week? Lots of opportunities for getting stuff done! I am all about being productive and getting things accomplished! I have 4 different lists started already today!
So, as I have mentioned I have 4 kids. I have a scrapbook in motion for each of them. These are the books I started many, many moons ago! I have flipped through each of these recently and have decided after much (very, very, very much!!) thought that I am going to re-do each of their albums!! *GASP!!* I know, I know.....that is pretty much a no-no in the wonderful world of scrapping, but I think I am going to be a rebel and do it the heck anyhow! The thought process here is that you created these at a time when things were different in your life and you should embrace those pages for that reason. That in itself tells a part of your story. I do agree with that to a certain extent, but think I am going to plow forward anyhow. I feel like I have grown so much as a crafter over the years and I want to share that with my kids. I want to preserve my creativity in these albums as much as anything else. As many of you know, we are more often than not the picture takers, the moment capture -ers, and the historians and so we spend most of our time behind the camera. This will allow me to be a part of the albums too! Win,win!
For anyone who is currently cringing in their seats at the thought of me re-doing pages (which I can totally understand!), rest assured that I do plan to sprinkle a page or two of the existing pages throughout their new albums. However, despite it being super trendy at the time there are things I feel like I NEED to change!! For instance, I cut some of the photos into weird shapes!!! (Noooooo!) Even worse, I used border edge scissors to do it! *thud!! falls over!* (Ugh!!!) Those may be really difficult to recover from. They are old photos (Like take them to the pharmacy to be developed from a roll of film old photos!) That damage may just be done! LOL
I felt like I needed a starting place for this giant new venture, so making a shiny new title page for each album seemed like a great place to get started! Here is what I came up with:
First one.....first born! I fussy cut the scroll from a piece of printer paper. It was from one of those pre-printed paper packs you can buy from an office supply store. I have had it laying around in a drawer for practically ever! I was tickled to be able to use it! I used letter dies to cut out the name and then my Cricut (which I am still learning to use!) to cut out the numbers. I raised the whole thing up by gluing it to fun foam.
I cut and then tore and then layered some patterned paper under the scroll and used my sewing machine to stitch a few basic lines down each piece. I chose colors that matched the scroll for my background pieces and added some fun bright blue enamel dots.
Second one....second kiddo! I wanted something really feminine and pretty for my girls! I repeated the scroll process, but used soft colors. This kiddo likes purple. This time I used my Cricut for the letters and numbers.
I fussy cut about a ga-zillion of those flowers from one sheet of patterned paper and tucked them behind the scroll.
I sewed around the border of the whole page.
Kiddo #3! Same design, but again used my Cricut for both the letters and numbers. I also used a sponge and a brown stamp pad to grungy up the beige background piece.
I stamped some splatters onto the scroll in different places to make it look a little more worn and tattered.
Kiddo #4! I repeated the whole process with this one, but changed up the colors a bit. I just love all those pink pieces playing off each other!
To make those beautiful butterflies I cut three layers from a die using vellum. I used two white layers and one pink layer. I coated the top layer in glitter using a Wink of Stella glitter pen and then sewed it in place using my sewing machine.
I am pretty pleased with how these title pages turned out and I am ready to get started on the new old album redo's!
My plan is to re-do an old page and share it here with you on Mondays! In most cases, I will share the old and the new pages with you! If any of you are doing the same, please share your pages with me too! I'd love to see them!
I am so happy that you stopped by! I look forward to seeing you again real soon!