Are you a picture taker? Do you try to capture life's little moments in still shots to hold on to for just a while longer? I sure am and I sure do! Always having my phone in my hand makes that so much easier to do now too! I try to photograph not just the big main events, but also those sweet little moments that would otherwise just fade away. I consider the picture below to be exactly one of those life moments. This makes my heart feel so full! This is a picture of my husband and our Granddaughter. We had the privilege of keeping her for a weekend recently, so we tried to make the most of our time. First stop was the zoo and I was able to snap this shot of the two of them walking and having a fun conversation! (On a side note, this kid is soooo smart and so much fun to talk to!) I want to remember this always and this page will help with that!
It was a beautiful day and the colors were so vibrant! I wanted to pull that feeling and those colors into my page! I decided to make some flowers and toss in a few butterflies. I made the strip of grass by simply cutting into it all the way across and fluffing it up a bit. I fussy cut the butterflies from a sheet of patterned paper and adhered them down, but only in the middle so they had some lift to them. I also added a date along the right hand side of the picture, but did that after I snapped this picture!
I had the best time making the flowers. I wanted something playful and fun feeling. I have included a picture tutorial below in case you would like to make some of your own.
I used scraps to make all of these! Using up scraps always feels like win win to me.
I added some subtle stamping around each butterfly. This both helps to give them a look of movement and helps to fill in some of the white space on the page.
I used my Cricut to cut the title! It was a bear gluing it in place, because the letters were so thin, but I was happy with the end result. This was a really fun page to make!!
Ah, good times!
Would you like to make some of those flowers for your pages? Here's how:
Start with some strips of paper and a circle. I used 1/2" x 4" which gave me about a 4" flower. You can make your flower smaller or larger depending on the length of strips you use. Longer will give you a bigger flower and shorter will give you a smaller flower.
Fold each strip in half and secure at the ends.
Do this with all of them. You can also use as many or as few as you'd like. For a fuller flower use more and for a more sparse flower use fewer strips.
Begin gluing them in place behind your circle.
The back will look like this.
Here is a finished flower.
For the next flower cut out a heart shape. You can do this by folding a piece of paper in half and drawing half a heart on the fold. Cut that out.
Once you unfold your heart will will have a perfectly proportioned heart to use as a template.
Cut out a pile of hearts. I used 2 different patterns. You will also need a circle to glue them to. Fold each one in half.
Start gluing them on top of the circle with the point touching the middle.
Continue adding and gluing them open side towards the fold each time.
Keep working your way around the circle.
Once they are all in place add a center to your flower.
On to the last one:
You will need 2 large circles and 1 small one. They can be scalloped edged or plain or a combination of both.
Cut about halfway in and move over slightly and cut again. Repeat, moving all the way around the circle.
It should look like this once you are done.
Layer them on top of each other and glue in the centers. You can fluff them up by scruching them a little! Be gentle though, because they will rip!
Add a center to your flower!
Here they are all together.
Add some scrappy stems and leaves and you have yourself a garden!
Here is my finished page using a few of these types of flowers one more time.
I have a dinner date with the Hubs tonight, so I am off to go get cute! I hope you have a great night!
Remember to snap those pictures of the little things! They are so important and you will love being able to look back and remember all those special little non-event moments!
I'll be back soonest with more to share!