Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Back from visiting these three



My husband's brother lives in Southern France and we are lucky enough to be able to visit him, his wife, and his three kids just about every year.  These photos were taken from our visit last July.  I wanted to create a layout of each of our nephews and our niece - I want to see how they change from year to year.  We just got back from our trip this year, and I plan on doing the same.  

The first two layouts were both created from Studio Calico kits.  I still have to do the journaling down the center of the layout of Anton.  I better do that soon before I forget what I want to write about!  Paul's layout was from my very first kit ever, Whodunnit. (The first is always so special!)  The layout of Elisabeth was the first layout I ever submitted and it appeared in the March 2011 issue of Scrapbook Trends.  She was thrilled to see her face in a magazine!

Back to work tomorrow.  Have a great day everyone!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Passport Photos

I wanted to document how our procrastination of renewing our passports led to these horrible pictures that will be on our passports for the next 10 years.  The only place in our house that has a white wall is our downstairs bathroom, so we took the photos there.  Craig was wearing his pajama top and wouldn't change for the photo.  I had planned on re-doing them, but we suddenly realized that the only time we could go to France was going to be in five weeks.  We paid $60 extra each for the expedited service, sent in the photos, and got our passports back in plenty of time.
I used Studio Calico's April 2011 kit for this layout except for the three clock faces, which were from a previous kit.  I thought I'd share my initial sketch of the layout:
I sometimes sketch out my initial vision of a layout and work from there.  Most of the time, by the time the layout is done, it doesn't look anything like the sketch.  I also write down ideas as they come to me so that I don't forget them.  Some of the things that I wrote down for this layout were:

- stitch across clouds
-journaling on tag (typed!)
-yellow gingham on sun
-arrow sticker
-bits of red
-button in middle

You can see that some of the ideas made it to the final page and some of them didn't.  That is usually the way it ends up with me.

We will be using those passports this Thursday (yay!)  We are flying to Nice, France and picking up our nephew Paul and bringing him to Paris for four days.  Then we will head back to Southern France and visit my husband's brother, his wife and three kids for another six days.  I can't wait!  

Well, I have packing to do!  Have a great Sunday everyone!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Happy National Scrapbooking Day!

I hope you are enjoying you day, whatever you may be doing - especially if you are having fun with National Scrapbooking Day!  I really hadn't planned on joining in, but Studio Calico had so many fun things going on that I had to join in.  I actually combined two challenges and came up with a layout that I love - and in less than 24 hours!  I am generally a super slow scrapper.  I started with this challenge from Waleska - "outside inspiration."
The challenge was to use this magazine advertisement as inspiration for a scrapbook page using the theme, the list, the design, the colors or whatever inspired you.  I was inspired by the colors, especially the charcoal, the pinks and the yellow.  I pulled out my latest Studio Calico kit and found pretty much everything I needed.  I wanted to combine this challenge with a sketch challenge, so I looked through the choices and found the one that worked best with the photo I had chosen.  It just happened to be from Waleska also.
Here is my finished layout:

I used patterned paper from Crate Paper, Cosmo Cricket and The Girl's Paperie.  I used my Slice to cut out the flowers that replaced the circles from the sketch and I also cut the butterfly out from it.  I added a little stitching and a few buttons to finish off the page.  The photo is my niece, Elisabeth who lives in France.  I am excited that I get to go visit her in two weeks, so that is what made me think of creating a layout of her.

Have a great Saturday everyone!