Saturday, May 17, 2014

Tool Time with Daddy!

I've been working on a series of pages about Levi's first visit to the Children's Museum, it's been fun to relive the experience, but gosh the photos were a little hard to work with! In this particular set, the background was LIME GREEN...I had a choice to either embrace it or try to contrast it. I decided to embrace it, using a lime green border in the attempt to tone down the green and bring the focus to my husband and son in the photos. Did I succeed? I have no idea, but I think the pages turned out pretty cute! 

The border is cut with my Cameo, it's a compilation of shapes that I resized and welded together, then created and offset for the darker paper behind the lime green. 

Except for the border, the rest of the patterned papers are from My Mind's Eye Boy Crazy. I find it a very easy line to work with, with fun, bright playful patterns and often have a hard time choosing between the A sides and B sides of the paper! The little green journaling card on the left side is from a Pebbles collection and was blank for me to customize, I used some tiny alpha stamps and a little eyeglass stamp, and the journaling cards in the upper right hand page were stamped using a Hero Arts ledger stamp. Here is where I admit I've had this stamp for a year and am just now using it. 

I also used a scrapbooking sketch to put this layout together. Previously, I would have thought this was...sacrilege. Seriously. I felt like sketches slowed me down, and I also put a pressure on myself to create an individual, original work of art for each page. At that rate, my child would be about 95 by the time I finished up the first year of his baby book. So, a fun group of scrappy ladies steered me in the direction of some sketches put out by Scrapbook Generation, you can see a sampling of their free sketches here. You can see immediately how well designed the sketches are, and they really use a variety of photo sizes. I have made myself use sketches for the last several layouts, and yes, it initially slowed me down, but I think I'm starting to get the hang of it. The particular sketch I used for this layout is from Allison Davis's 6x6 Class, in which she has a ton of sketches to help use 6x6 pads/papers in scrapbook layouts. This is awesome for me, as I love those pads, and use them ALL the time for cards, but haven't been great about using them in my scrapping. Oooooh am I about to fly through them!! 

Until next time! 

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