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Thursday, February 23rd, 2006
4:46 pm
Page 28 - Cutting the Tree

Cutting the Tree

On the left: Cutting the Tree. I wanted colors to match the colors of the pictures: green and white. So I finally settled on dark green paper and white ink for the stamps. This was my first try stamping with craft white, and I ended up buying myself some because I was so pleased with how it turned out. I cut a mat to stamp inside to make a "frame" for the focal photo, then stamped the title and some trees around to complete the theme.

On the right: Christmas Eve 2004. Yet to come...
4:40 pm
Pages 26 & 27 - All Bundled Up

All Bundled Up

I had made this 6x6 "brag book page" at a Stampin' Up party and planned to use it as a photo mat on a scrapbook page with a winter photo. I pulled all my winter photos together and had enough for a two page spread, including the photo we used as our Christmas card. I was going to borrow the Bundle Up stamp set from my demonstrator to finish the page, only she doesn't have it :(

So I was looking through my embellishments and came across this tag in the stuff ignu2kignu2k had sent me. The torn vellum on it gave me an idea. So I tore a piece of vellum in half and used it to give the impression of a snowy slope. I attached it with eyelets, but needed something at the corners. I used a bit of adhesive, then covered it up with snowflake stickers that scenicbeautyJulie sent me :) The snowflakes pull the whole thing together with the flakes on the card and on the photo mat, and the snow in the pictures. The title is silver stickers.

I'm very pleased with the way this spread came out too :)
4:22 pm
Pages 24 & 25 - Balloon Fun / Thanksgiving 2004

Balloon Fun / Thanksgiving 2004

On the left: Balloon Fun. These pictures are from my SIL's birthday. I had this fun paper that's actually stitched (I got it at Walmart) in colors that were bright enough for a birthday party. I still need to stamp "Balloon Fun" in the middle for a title.

On the right: Happy Thanksgiving. I didn't actually get many pictures from Thanksgiving last year. Mostly just some shots of Scott playing with his cousins, but nothing that actually evoked the feel of the holiday. So I filled in with a lot of stickers and used fall colors to give it a Thanksgiving feel.
4:17 pm
Pages 22 & 23 - Little Boys / Rachel's Visit

Little Boys / Rachel's Visit

On the left: Little Boys Pockets. I started with these two pictures of Scott outside that I had rendered in black and white. I hunted and hunted for an idea to do with them, and came across the stack of vellum quotes about boys that ignu2kignu2k had sent me. I liked this quote about little boys pockets, and there was a matching title quote that said Little Boys. And I had this paper with denim edges that looks like it's been stitched. The "rivets" holding on the vellum quote came from Lisa too, and add to the denim look of the page. The page turners and brads on the photos are from the SU hodgepodge kit because they are the same color as the rivets and just add something to the page.

On the right: Rachel's Visit. Experimenting with tearing paper again. Perhaps soon I'll get brave enough to just tear it without using my tearing ruler. I think that would have looked better on this page. The stickers are cardstock "boy" stickers from Paper Wishes and the title is stamped.
4:08 pm
Pages 20 & 21 - Camping Out

Camping Out

ignu2kLisa should recognize this paper, tags, stickers and eyelets ;) This was my first set of pages using something that was coordinated by the manufacturer. It came together in a snap. I tried to balance the spread with mostly square and rectangular elements on the left, and circular elements on the right, but some of each on each page for balance. The journaling on the left-hand page was done using a spiral template.
4:03 pm
Pages 18 & 19 - Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkin Patch

On the left: I'm getting a little bolder about tearing paper, so I made a "torn" title and stamped Pumpkin Patch on it with two pumpkins. The top photo is matted with some pumpkin patterned paper, but for the bottom half I kind of wanted to make my own background, so I stamped and sponged pumpkins all over the bottom. The stickers are cardstock stickers I got specifically for a pumpkin patch page.

On the right: Down the left I ran a strip of the same pumpkin paper for the three small photos. On the right is the focal photo, with pumpkins stamped onto the bottom of the mat and plenty of room for journaling.
3:57 pm
Pages 16 & 17 - School


On the left: Pictures from our ECFE class on Thursday mornings. Pretty simple page. I matted the photos on lavender alphabet paper and accented with school-themed die cuts.

On the right: I matted the whole page in a lavender to match the photo mats on the opposite page, then mounted the certificate of attendance that Scott received at the end of the year last year, as well as one of the "projects" he did at school - his hand print.
3:54 pm
Pages 14 & 15 - Fall / Ren Fest

Fall / Ren Fest

On the left: Fall puddle stomping pictures. I totally copied the idea for this page from the Scrapbooking show I my dad taped for me from the DIY channel. Sherri from Stampin' Up! did something very similar with the same stamp set. I used the Fall Whimsy set, stamped onto white cardstock with Old Olive, More Mustard and Really Rust. Then take a sponge and sponge the same color over each one to fill in the outlines. I did a few extras onto a scrap of cardstock and cut them out to use like die cuts on the page. For the tag I used VersaMark to stamp the background of leaves from the Itty Bitty Backgrounds set, and then stamped the word FALL onto green cardstock for the "title" of the page and tied on a piece of yellow hemp twine. I think this is one of my favorite pages that I've ever done! Unfortunately, it didn't scan all that well.

On the right: Ren Fest. I copied the layout for this page from something in one of the SU idea books. I like the little pictures down the side accenting the larger focal picture, with plenty of room for journaling and a title.
Tuesday, November 8th, 2005
3:33 pm
Pages 12 & 13 - Nature Walk / Hunting Season

Nature Walk / Hunting Season

On the left: Pictures from one of the "Children of the Forest" walks that we went on that summer. I matted the pictures with brown cardstock and cut the corners off. The embellishments came from these tag cutout things that my MIL bought me at Ben Franklin. I had to cut them out, then I added brass brads to some of them, and to the corners of each photo mat to tie it together.

On the right: Hunting pictures. Dave loves to have Scott touch or hold the birds that he shoots every year, so I had lots of these pictures. I cut the backgrounds out of a couple of them and trimmed the others down to make a lot fit on the page. It still needed something, so I found a hunting poem on a quote book and took the first verse, titled it "Hunting Season" and printed it on orange paper. I trimmed the corners with my CM scallop corner rounder, then matted it on hunting-themed paper. The stickers came from sydb42. And the whole thing is mounted on black paper to make the pictures pop.
3:13 pm
Pages 10 & 11 - County Fair 2004

Day at the County Fair.

Two page spread: Across the top of both pages I cut tan paper with a decorative scissors, then I stamped my title in blue (can't remember which blue). I alternated matting the pictures in tan and blue (from a JoAnn 1lb scrap pack). Then I decorated with farm animal stamps from SU On The Farm set. But Scott's favorite part of the fair was the golf cart, so I had to add the truck stamp too ;)
3:03 pm
Pages 8 & 9 - Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous pictures.

On the left page, I wanted to do a page to commemorate when Scott finally started walking. He was so hard to get good pictures of that I didn't have enough for a whole page from those first few weeks of walking, but I had a bunch of other miscellaneous pictures. So I ended up with a cute "misc" themed page.

On the right page, I have pictures from another trip to the grandparents' house. There was another family visiting that day, so I just embellished with some kid-themed die cuts. I still have to add journaling to that page.
Thursday, October 20th, 2005
3:33 pm
Pages 6 & 7 - Cousins

A visit with Scott's cousins.

On the left page, I chose a tannish paper for the background, and a mint-colored paper for the border at the right-hand side. I cut the border piece with a decorative scissors. I stamped the title at the top with my Stampin' Up contemporary alphabet set in Close to Cocoa, and colored in the outline with a marker same green as the paper (can't remember what the color is called). Then I just rounded the corners of the pictures, and the journaling is in black pen. I felt bad calling this page "cousins" as Scott's third cousin isn't even in any of the pictures. But he never wants to play with the other kids, so, his loss I guess.

On the right page, I realized I had enough more "cousins" pictures to turn this into a two-page spread. So I duplicated the background and border. I got the pictures on there, and realized the whole thing was missing something. So I looked around for some embellishments to go with the pictures. The kids were doing a variety of activities, so no one activity embellishment seemed to fit. Finally I found this SU stamp set: Kids At Play. Perfect! There's even two boys and two girls, so Scott's cousin JP is on the page by default. I swear I don't have a single picture of that kid :P
3:24 pm
Pages 4 & 5 - Gardening & Family

Images from the garden; images with family.

On the left page, I used goldenrod cardstock for the whole page background. I cut the pictures into shapes using the Fiskars cutting templates (except the left bottom corner, which I just rounded the corners on). I matted the center picture with a patterned paper, blue with white and yellow daisies, to tie into the garden theme. The page is accented with garden-themed stickers, and the journaling is done in green pen.

On the right page, I used a patterned paper for the background of the whole page, kind of a crackled blue with gold filigree down the sides. The photos are individually matted on tan or blue paper. The "Family" title at the top is a CM sticker, as is the rocking chair at the bottom. The twine heart in the middle is a card stock tag that I cut out.
3:10 pm
Pages 2 & 3 - Fun in the Water

Two-page spread of water fun photos.

This was a fun spread to do. At the bottom of both pages I tore the paper to resemble waves and used it as a border on the bottom. Across the top of both pages I punched water-patterned paper with a hexagonal punch in two sizes, using stickers to create the title. I rounded the corners of all the photos, and added some water-fun-themed stickers.
3:04 pm
Page 1 - Scott's 2nd Year

Pictures from June 2004.

For the first page of Scott's 2nd year scrapbook, I chose three photos that were typical of him at age one (standing, but not walking, and one of him signing "cat"). I matted them with blue and green to match the border at the top (a blue strip topped with a green triangle), and cut the corners with my CM scallop corner rounder. All the embellishments are stickers, including the title at the top of the page.
11:31 am
Page 54 - Last page!

More pictures from Scott's birthday party.

I had some black and white images that my sister-in-law took that didn't really look right mixed in with the color pictures on the other pages. So I decided to use them on their own page. I got creative with matting, making a green diamond shape in the center of the page, and a goldenrod square inside that. I cut the pictures into fun shapes using both the Fiskars template, and the Creative Memories cutting system. But I didn't like the edges of the pictures hanging into the white space at the edges, so I used a sponge and tapped some yellow or green ink onto the page behind each picture to kind of mat it. At the bottom of the page I cut wave shapes with the Fiskars template to make a nice large area for journaling about Scott's party.

And that's the last page in his baby album! The next album will span from age one through two.
11:26 am
Pages 52 & 53 - Scott's birthday!

Pictures from Scott's birthday party.

I finally have a flat-bed scanner, so I can scan my pages instead of having to take pictures of them. Much nicer, although the whole page doesn't fit on the scanner bed and I have to scan half at a time and then stitch them together. I'll have to go back and scan all the previously posted pages at some point.

On the left page, the borders are colored paper. Happy 1st Birthday is done with stickers, as is the cake in the bottom right. The balloons are die cuts, and I drew the strings with colored markers. In the middle of the page is one of the invitations I sent out for Scott's party, matted with yellow and green to match the rest of the page. The photos were cut using the Fiskars cutter templates so I could get more pictures on the page.

On the right page, I used the same brightly colored papers for the background. I cut the pictures into shapes to fit more onto the page, and accented the page with balloon stickers.
Sunday, March 20th, 2005
3:14 pm
Page 50 & 51 - Spring!

More pictures from May 2004.

On the left page, I stamped the title using Stampin' Up's alphabuilders set. I cut it out with a decorative scissors called the "ladybug" that I actually found with the kids scissors at Walmart. The small pictures were cropped with the Fiskars template and cutter. The border is edged by the same decorative scissors. I stamped it with the new stamp set I got free from the Sell-a-bration promotion (Fun Filled). I colored the flowers with markers to get the different colors. Then I stamped butterflies and bugs and a few more flowers on to different colored card stock, cut them out and used them like die cuts to complete the page.

On the right page, the checkered border down the side is decorated with various "baby" stickers. The photos are matted with contrasting paper, solid blue for two and stiped blue for the other two. At the bottom of the page is a cardstock sticker that says: "that's what being young is all about."
3:09 pm
Pages 48 & 49 - Pictures from May

Pictures from May 2004.

On the right, the graphic in the upper left is preprinted on the CM boy pages. Since the pictures are from May I chose some springy colors, and since there was a butterfly on the page already I added some butterfly stickers. I cut some of the mats with decorative scissors. The flower/vine in the bottom right corner is a die cut. And the letters for "MAY" are punched out of the same yellow paper I used for the photo mats and glued on to the border, for which I used the same blue paper and decorative scissors. There was a gal at the crop that had these letter punches and she let me borrow them. I think it really makes the word pop on the dark border.

On the left, I stamped the title on patterned paper using two different alphabet stamp sets and my new Stampin' Up Stamp-a-ma-jig to position the letters. I cut the decorative edge on the title and the border using a Fiskars template and cutter. For the journal box I used a Journaling Genie template to trace the wavy lines with a pencil, then I wrote on the paper and erased the lines. The pail and shovel are stickers.
3:01 pm
Pages 46 & 47 - Pictures from April

Pictures from Easter and April 2004.

On the right, I didn't have enough Easter pictures to do a whole spread, so those two are at the top. I used my new Creative Memories scallop corner rounder on the top left mat. The circle and oval shapes are cut from either the Fiskars template or the Creative Memories shape cutters. The CM cutter has a larger oval than the Fiskars one, so I had to use both. And a couple of Easter-ey die cuts from a random package of die cuts. On the left, nothing spectacular. The patterned paper is from a neat pack of paper I bought at a scrapbooking store. It's Sizzix paper for die cutting or matting and it comes in a 4x6 pack. The "wonder" is a sticker that I thought filled the space well, even if it's not the right color.
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