studio calico's july kit, documentary, is online folks!
when i was looking at the kit previews that april posts for the DT, i saw the hambly animal rubons and this little book came to mind, it wouldn't go away. so i got the add on director's cut and this is the first thing i put together. my kids are a little too old for it, so it's going to be a gift. i laminated it. warning** laminating and heat embossing don't mix too well.** oh well, you live and you learn. but all in all, i was happy with how it turned out, the skunk page is my favorite.
my next endeavor was the 2 pager we were supposed to do for the 2nd anniversary celebration. this was HARD. i knew what i wanted to do, but when i had all the pictures, and all the journaling, and all the embellishments, i had WAY too much going on, it felt claustrophobic. having taken pictures of a day in our lives (a challenge posted by my friend little ducky a while back), i knew i needed to comment on nearly every picture. with that much journaling, i really had to work the design to stay balanced. once i started taking stuff off, it started to work and i could breathe again. i don't think i've stressed over a layout that much in a while. ok, maybe a few months :) i ended up being really happy with how it turned out, not so much because it was a genius design, but because it really captured our lives right now and that is the goal of every scrapbooker.
this little card was made for a friend who was just blessed with a sweet little girlie. i have been playing with a technique of using water to scrunch your paper up and make it look crinkly. i thought it might work to make a ruffle. i wet a strip of the jenni bowlin paper and ripped the bottom edge off then started gathering the ruffle. i used the basic grey magnetic board to hold the ruffle in place as i would add to it. i let it dry overnight and this is how it turned out. very cool.
i do not like phrases like this. they seem too in your face, and whatever [roll your eyes here]. i just don't like them. but this is the phrase on the back of my son's swim team shirt and when i saw this picture, i just knew it was exactly what i needed to title the layout. so i went a little crazy with the hand cutting and the machine stitching, but i do like the effect. my son has never loved to do any kind of sport, so when i told him i was going to sign him up for swim team, i expected a miserable summer. i was so wrong. i'm glad.
loved the camera paper in the main kit. so much fun! i was showing my parents our family pictures from the past year and noticed a lot of pictures of my friends taking pictures like this. i thought it would be fun thing to document. bonus points if you can name all the photographers in these pictures. and i found one more picture, so i think i'll add it at a later date, or make a mini :)
at this point, i was sick of seeing kraft and brown. i over used it in this kit. i felt drained of creative energy. i hate to admit that. i love kraft. but apparently, you can use it too much :) so i put this one together, the MM metal numbers totally reminded me of address numbers, i think i'll do more layouts of all the houses i've lived in using this idea. i'm going to add more to this on the back, all the memories i can think of...
so there you have it. thanks for reading my blog :)