Monday, March 26, 2012

Booth Family Photo Shoot

tQuite a few years ago, I saw a layout in a Creating Keepsakes magazine that had a great idea.  I think it was the 4th of July or some other summer event and they used a flag as a backdrop and took photos of each family member.  That idea stuck in my head and in 2009, I did a similar photo shoot.  My family is usually only all together once or twice a year.  When I went home that summer, I borrowed a quilt from my mom, hung it over a swing-set in my brother's back yard and did a family photo shoot.  I took photos of each individual, each family and then the entire family.  It was a lot of fun and I love that I have these photos!
The layout was created with the March 2012 Studio Calico kit, Story Hour.  I used the Silhouette Cameo for the letters "BOOTH FAMILY"  - the font is Dream Orphans.  I also cut the leaves out with my Sil and then hand-stitched the lines in the center.  The flowers were made by Amy Tan exclusively for the Studio Calico kit.  I really need to make some of these!  
Creating this layout made me realize that we haven't done this the past couple of years.  I really hope that we do a Booth family photo shoot again this summer!  
Have a great week everyone!

Monday, March 19, 2012

black sand beaches of Iceland

Six years ago, we vacationed in Iceland with my in-laws.  I still can't believe that I went there - it was so amazing.  We climbed volcanos, rode Icelandic horses, walked black sand beaches, went to the Blue Lagoon, snowmobiled on the tops of glaciers, saw the most amazing waterfalls.  I've been thinking lately that we need to go again!
I have so many pictures from this trip and this is the first one that I have scrapbooked - I'll have to get on that.  When I saw the gray Crate Paper from the Story Teller Collection in the March Studio Calico kit, I knew this was the picture that I wanted to create a layout with.  The photo is my husband on a black sand beach in Vik, the southernmost village in Iceland.
I started researching about the beach a bit online because I couldn't remember that much about it.  The beach was actually named one of the ten most beautiful beaches in the world one year.  It is pretty amazing that I got to go there.
I used my Silhouette for the title and for the blue doily behind the photo.  Everything on the page was from the Studio Calico March 2012 kit.  The mist is Mr. Huey in Calico White.
Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a great week!


Monday, March 12, 2012

Books Read 2011

This may not be my favorite layout, but I think it is a fun topic to document.  For the last three years, I have created a scrapbook page about the books that I read during the year.  Here is the layout that I created for 2011.
I used the March 2012 Studio Calico kit, Story Teller.  I love to read, I just don't get as much time as I would like to do it.  This year I actually read a lot more than usually because I started using public transportation for the last five months of the year.  I had a good hour and a half on a train every day and if I wasn't napping, I was reading a book or a magazine.
Here are my layouts for 2010 and 2009.

I'm not taking the train as much anymore, so I haven't even finished a book yet this year!  The one I am reading isn't great, so I'm having a hard time finishing it.  Any suggestions of good books that you read recently?
Have a great week!

Monday, March 5, 2012

February 2012 Studio Calico - Daydream Believer

Last month I did a post of all of the layouts and cards that I created with the Studio Calico kit from the time the kit arrived until the day the next kit came.  I think it is fun to see how different all of the layouts from the same kit can look all in one place.  I decided to do it again for February.  This month, I got the main kit, Daydream Believer.  I also was able to buy the ever so popular stamp set from the add-on kit, Stepping Stone.  I had the entire Paper Heart Collection from Crate already (four of the papers were in add-on kits) and some of the embellishments from other add-ons in my stash, so I  used those also.

My first layout "First Day" is of me on my first day of 1st grade way back in 1977.  I have never tried stamping with just Versamark before, but I had always loved the look.  It took me forever to get that alphabet all lined up perfectly, but I'm glad I did!  I think it looks fun for a school page.
This layout "Jean Marie" is a scraplift of a page by Stephanie Baxter from the current issue of the Creating Keepsakes magazine.  The layout didn't make the cut to be featured in the magazine, but it was featured on their blog.  You can see it here.
"Hello Cupcake" is about a new cupcake shop in my town.  The teal and the chocolate colors of the February kit were perfect for this page!
"Great Grandma" is a layout about my nice who lives in France and her Great Grandma who lives in Wisconsin.  The two don't get to see each other very often, but we were lucky enough that Grandma was able to make the trip to France to visit them.  It was a great trip - there were eleven of us from the family there.
This one is my favorite that I created this month.  The photo is a really old photo of my grandparents.  I wear my grandmother's wedding ring and band, and the layout is about the inscription on the wedding band.  I was thrilled to have this layout included on the Member Picks video over at Studio Calico.  You can see the video here.

Here's a close-up o the hidden journaling.

My March kit is due to arrive this Wednesday - I can't wait to open it up!
Have a great week everyone!