I rarely do untitled layouts, but nothing was working this day. Another vintage photo!
For this layout, I used the Simple Stories Hello, Baby collection. I bought the Simply Basics pack (love love LOVE that they do this, a pack of B sides, yes please!) and one cut apart sheet. So for $7, I have the equivalent of a collection pack, as far as I’m concerned. I can get several layouts and cards with the look of the collection, and not shell out the $20+ they want for their collection packs. I did add in a sheet of metallic gold heart vellum from We R Memory Keepers, and of course, my go to white Bazzill cardstock for the foundation.
I stacked a lot of papers, and distressed the edges of every piece for a bit of a shabby chic feel.
I stamped and heat embossed (pale pink and metallic gold) a ton of tiny stars and hearts from Ali Edwards’ baby stamp set, and scattered bling amidst them, too. Some Twinkling H20s along the edge and some jute and heart snaps tied it all together.
A little out of season, but oh, well. This was a UFO I first blogged about here. I finished it a few months ago as I started cleaning out our guest room/my scrap room to turn it into Baby Girl’s nursery. (Ummmm, it’s still a huge mess and not even remotely set up for her yet…)
The title is a Silhouette cut, as is the snowflake flourish. I backed the cutout “YOU” of the title with vellum so you can see bits and pieces of all the fun layers. I used an older BG collection, and layered tags (kind of like Christmas gift tags, I thought) underneath.
Some simple accenting with misting and stamping, brads and tabs, and voila, this UFO was finally finished! And now, finally blogged! LOL TFL!
Not much to say about this LO. Except I love that pic of little man and I love the journaling, though they are separated by 6 months…
My style is changing, becoming more structured and layered. Still pretty minimalist, though. And vellum still rocks. In case you were wondering.
NEW GOODIES: Title from the Silhouette store, hearts made by me in the Sil software, Bella Blvd baby line and some DCWV stacks. OLD STASH: some Love, Elsie paper (orange polka dots), the colored pencils I used to draw hearts into my journaling, vellum, photo corners, heart-embossed white cs, and trim.
This is from 2-3 years ago (wow, I need to lose weight again…) at a friends’ child’s 2nd birthday party. We lobbied long and hard to get invited to these shindigs (not sure why anyone would turn down a free present for their kid… Oh, wait, yeah, I do get that… lol). They kind of dragged their feet on it, maybe because we were having trouble having kids and they thought we wouldn’t enjoy it. But we love all these kids, and wanted to celebrate them, too, so evidence that we were there was hard-won!
I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but I am NOT a vintage gal. I usually do clean, bright layouts. But I love Tim Holtz’s work, and I love vintage items in general, and I keep buying antique-y, distress-y products… I have also always turned up my nose at beginning a layout with product as inspiration. It seemed so… materialistic? shallow? superficial? Not sure. lol But I started with a product this time, and picked everything else to match, including the photo. I have such a stash, it’s time it starts getting used. And since I never think to look at my grungy embellishments when I scrap picture-first, I figured I should start there every so often so they get used, someway, somehow. So the photo corners and bookplates were the starting points for this whole layout.
The balloons on the blue bookplate (trimmed down so it looks like a tag) sparked a memory of this party. T and I were both in grad school. I was working a few part time gigs, and he was full time, but we were hurting financially. So we bought Luke a giant mylar balloon. That’s it, it’s what we could afford at the time. And may I say? He loved it. It was the hit of the party. :-)
This was a blown-up keepsake copy of the birth announcements we sent out. That picture will forever be my very favorite picture, I believe. In the world, ever. Unless there’s a second child, of course, then there may be some competition… But… he’s so tiny. And perfect. And this was taken in the pile of sheets at the foot of my hospital bed. The same bed I gave birth on (!), the same bed I held him in my arms for the very first time, the same bed I slept in for 2 nights and hung over the edge of his bassinet, hand on his chest, gently rocking if he fussed a little in his sleep. Augh. Part of me wants to go back to that time. And then I remember that I do the same exact thing now, except he is in his co-sleeper, and he’s such a sweet, happy baby–a real baby, a big, growing baby boy… ;-) I love this time, too. I’m guessing most of motherhood consists of these conflicting feelings.
I’d also like to point out that I scrapped this with absolutely no baby products. I didn’t have any, but wanted to scrap it (Ali bought me some, and I’ve bought some stamps now, so I’m set for the rest of his layouts!). I attempted a crazy, overwrought, overdone, stamped, layered title, but it competed with the main subject–and who wants that? So I blinged it out and stuck on a photo corner and transparent acrylic letters… And that was plenty. Thanks for looking!
This was our doula, Stefanie, with Bubby about 2.5 weeks after the birth. She was a huge help, I’ll write more about her as I finish up the birth story. :-) She looks just like a doula ought, don’t you think? :-) Scrapped this when I went to Archiver’s for a crop night for my birthday a few weeks ago. Lovely night!!
More of my May Counterfeit Kit. Nothing too special technique-wise, just some fun and colorful layering that I seem to enjoy. As you read the title, hum “Louie Louie” or “Mony Mony.” ;-)