I made this layout for T for Father’s Day. It took me a couple of days while I cooked dinner–I’d set something to simmering, or nuke something in the microwave, or set the timer as the pasta boiled, and slip back to my scrapbook room to do one part of the layout before going back to check in on dinner. And I didn’t burn anything! Not more than usual, anyway. ;-)
A sheet of kraft served as my base, topped with a stretch of navy blue (one of my current fave colors in sbing) cardstock that I distressed so it would match the feel of the plaid patterned paper that I used. I used clay and white Mr. Huey sprays, then roughed up the edges with my scissors. I dipped in my sticker box, a rarity for me, but something I need to do more often so I can use up my stash, and used several ancient epoxy stickers. I think they’re MAMBI, and I’m not even sure they’re still around anymore? Certainly those stickers aren’t. I was pleased they hadn’t yellowed and were still super sticky. I used some warm calico Mr. Huey spray on the type paper, as the bright white didn’t go with the cream tone underlying the plaid. Speaking of that plaid paper–I received it in a PIF from a friend YEARS ago… this layout was apparently all about busting my stash! The cream cardstock that looks like beadboard? One of my very first purchases as a scrapbooker, at least 8 years ago. I used my Silhouette and a free design by Kerri Bradford to create the title.
Some staples to reinforce the grungy, masculine feel, and some handstitching to finish the tiny-touches-of-orange visual triangle. The journaling reads, “Thank you for loving me, snuggling me, feeding me, cleaning me, playing with me, singing to me, rocking me, teaching me…” These pictures are some of my favorites, from last year when he was just over 2 months old. Love those little hands.
So in my quest to finish the unfinished, I am keeping it simple. We are having an amazing, but busy summer, and I am trying to declutter and clean up my scrappy space by finishing some of these layouts that have been laying around for FAR too long… so I just figured simplifying my already pretty straightforward style was probably a good idea. Here’s the original UFO:
And the finished layout:
I found some simple clipart of a tornado online and traced it in my Silhouette Studio software to cut it out. Then I misted it with some silver Mr. Huey to give it a litle distressed, grungy texture. I chopped up an 8.5 x 5.5″ orange file folder to create a pocket for some hidden journaling (which discussed how T rode for 110 miles through three states, and how this ride will probably never happen again, as it was in July 2008, 3 years before the devastating tornado went through Joplin, where the ride was based.). A little handstitching on the corners to bring a bit more blue and orange in, and…DONE. Check one off the list!
I hated the color of that background piece. But in a small dose, it was quite lovely on a fall layout. I found a complementary piece of patterned paper and put a nice, fat, 10″ square chunk over the expanse of too-much-burnt-orange. And I like the result. Best part? That cardstock is out of my stash forever! I don’t have to think of a way to try and use it ever again! (Can you tell it’s been haunting me for far too long?)
YAWYK Count: 635/2010
590-592) Patterned paper & cardstock
593-596) Brads (they were ‘ribbon loop’ brads, I just snapped them off with heavy-duty scissors.)
597-602) Chipboard & grungeboard pieces
603) journaling tag
604-629) MORE Christmas cards. Dude.
630-632) Oogly cards
633-635) Christmas card envies
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I thought I’d share one of the b-day cards I made for T this year. I actually made him 7, and gave him one each day leading up to his birthday. Each one had a little gift–like a coupon for cooking on his week, or a pack of nerds for my nerd.
With textured cardstock and manly ledger and stripe patterns in bold colors, accented with some ‘studly’ brads, I had a fun, festive, masculine card.
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