Butterfly Wonderland…

Hello friends!  Last year when Kaisercraft released their line called Indigo Skies, I could not wait to get my hands on it!!  I loved the shades of blues and navy and every single one of the patterns are on point!  I had no idea then how perfect that paper would be for a little adventure we had in March when our grandson visited.  We took him to the Butterfly Wonderland exhibit where we walked around and just watched all the 1000’s of butterflies - all different sizes and colors - as they flitted and landed, picked up and fluttered some more.

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Archie was mesmerized!  We enjoyed the butterflies too, but we were far more entertained watching HIM as he took it all in!

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For this layout I used a wide assortment of the patterned papers included in the collection, leaving the boldest piece to tell the story with a 2 inch wide strip along the bottom.  I might not be inclined to used butterflies on a boy page ordinarily, but when the subject is specifically butterflies, then you bet I will!

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I kept the ticket from the excursion, and when the blue edge didn’t quite match the blues in the paper line, I used a Copic marker to color over top and make it match better.  I also decided halfway in, that there was too much blue, and I needed a contrast color to balance the overall layout.  Opposite blue on the color wheel, is orange.  Blue and orange always play nicely together unless you’re mixing paint and then it just turns to mud.  So I looked through my stash for some orange/coral/red accents and found it in a sheet of Dear Lizzy die cut stickers.  And because those stickers also had lime green leaves on them, I was also free to include that color elsewhere.

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I also used some paper and acetate die cuts from Heidi Swapp, some enamel/wood buttons from Pink Fresh and Maggie Holmes, label die cuts from Snap and My Mind’s Eye, as well as the gold “adventure” rub on from My Mind’s Eye, (the Jubilee collection), the green alphabet stickers from Fancy Pants, and a variety of enamel dots from Fancy Pants, We R Memory Keepers and One Canoe Two.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

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Fresh and Juicy….

So here we are, at the end of November;  Christmas carols are playing from every speaker you walk by, the trees and lights are going up all over the land, but there is no Christmas themed layout here for you today!  Instead, I thought I’d share a layout from last summer about the wonderful cherries I enjoyed!  Lol, seems logical, yes??

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You remember the cherries of summer, right?  Nowadays you can get watermelon and Cutie oranges all year ’round, and believe me, I remember that it wasn’t always that way! But you can only get cherries for a few short weeks in the middle of summer.  So when they’re in season, we indulge.  Why is this worth mentioning?  Well, because for me, scrapbooking is about documenting what I love as well as who I love.  And where I go, and with whom.  Y’know? So this layout today is about the cherries I loved last summer and the lovely wooden swing at the lake where I sat, with a book, ALL ALONE enjoying my cherries.  Maybe you had to be there, but it was a memory I love remembering.

I still try to take a photo everyday, a habit I started back in 2008.  Sometimes it’s of the things I’m doing that day, but quite often it will be a photo of something that I saw and just really loved and felt thankful about.  Taking a photo helps me both remember and feel grateful.  As a result, I have many, many photos of things to document, that aren’t about a trip, or an event, or people in my life, but are still significant to me.

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Some other things I’m thankful for is gold Heidi Swapp acetate words, and Kaisercraft ephemera die-cuts (I used a lot of those here!), and puffy stickers by Amy Tangerine, and subtle mixes of patterned papers, also by Kaisercraft.

About that mix of patterned papers.  You see them along the left hand side of the layout?  They are a mix of die cuts and papers from a couple of different Kaisercraft paper lines, as well as a scrap or two from my scrap drawer.  I love patterned paper and would use it all over my layouts if my creative brain would let me.  But it’s usually way too much.  I often find that it’s more effective to patch together, just a few small pieces of the papers that support my creative vision.  Piling them up upon themselves this way, and stitching them to the page gives a visual weight that balances the page and also suggests a playfulness that goes along with photos of bowls of cherries.

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Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope I’ve given you a fresh perspective of what’s photo worthy in this day of digital photography, and of what memory keeping can stretch to include.

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