I took these photos of Mason when he got home from the 100th day of first grade. After they were printed, they were sitting on my desk and I noticed that they kind of looked like the number 100. My original idea was the cut the actual photos into the numbers…but I just couldn’t do it, so I cut the numbers out of a sheet of vellum and layered that over the photos. I love how it turned out! You can see the idea I was going for but it’s subtle. On the other hand, the banners are very bright and bold. The day was a celebration and I wanted the banners to portray the fun atmosphere of a party. I used the entire sheet of Dear Lizzy Flutterbys from the Neapolitan collection and added some hole punched confetti to contribute to the party theme as well as bring some of the blue into this area.
I had seen a tree made out of hexagons on Pinterest and knew it was something I wanted to try on a scrap page. I borrowed my sister-in-law’s hexagon punch (thanks Jen!) and punched away on all different scraps of green paper. The large hexagon was the exact same size as some Pink Paislee chipboard hexagons I had so some of the hexagons on the tree are raised. I then used the empty packaging as a mask on the background. I drew the trunk on wood grain patterned paper then stamped on it for more texture.I added gems and even a little bit of stitching in the arrows on the title strip. To finish it off, I painted the border with purple Tattered Angels glimmer paint. I love how this page turned out–it’s my new favorite!
I’ve been seeing lots of cool ideas on scrapbook pages lately with people using the negative of whatever they cut on their digital die cutting machines and backing it with patterned paper. I don’t have a digital die cutter and don’t see getting one anytime soon so I thought I’d try the same technique just by cutting by hand. (I DO have a Slice but cutting this by hand was way easier than trying to line up the Slice.) I traced the letters on to the back of the blue patterned paper, cut them out and backed each letter with a scrap of fabric. I then hand stitched around each letter so the fabric would stay in place. I also got carried away and stitched a border around the entire layout.
I really like how this turned out! It definitely makes a big bold statement!
Let me start off by saying I never know what to do with my hair. So I end up doing nothing to it and it just grows and grows. Seriously, it grows like a weed. And then about every four or five years or so, my hair gets so long that I get totally sick of it. I get tired of combing it out and taking care of it and end up wearing a ponytail every. single. day. That’s when I start thinking about cutting it super short and donating the length of it to an organization like Locks of Love or Wigs for Kids. I’ve done this so many times, I’ve lost count and now it’s time to start the process all over again.
I didn’t show the front–I also got bangs! I like my short hair A LOT!! Maybe I’ll keep it short for a while before I start growing it out again!
For Teacher Appreciation, I found these adorable light bulb containers at Hobby Lobby’s online store for $1.50 each. Seriously, I just could not resist the cuteness of this little container! I filled it up with yellow m&ms and made a little tag.
I wrote his teacher’s name on the back of the tag and also had Mason sign his name. He said she liked it when he gave it to her.
This next gift was a Mother’s Day present from baby Owen to his mom. She had mentioned to me that they didn’t have a height chart for him. I told her to just mark it on the wall or a door and she explained that their current house was only temporary and eventually they will move. So I got her a 6 foot tall ruler that could easily be mounted to the wall but could also be removed and go with them when they move. I even included a Sharpie so she could mark Owen’s height–NO EXCUSES!!! I made what is probably the easiest card in the world with just a piece of patterned paper on a folded piece of cardstock and baby Owen colored the inside. When we gave it to her, she said it was perfect!
I am so excited that Creating Keepsakes’ newest idea book, “Scrapbooking Boys & Men” has just been released!! I have three layouts in this book and they are some of my favorites!
On pages 14 and 15 are two of my layouts. I love that they each got their own page and they both got a detail shot, too! AND check this out—-
On page 11 is the chapter opener and that’s my layout that you’ll see on page 15!!!
My third layout in this book is at the top of page 67 and guess what!!?? This layout was featured on the Creating Keepsakes blog here.
Make sure you pick up a copy of this awesome book!