In the meadow we can build….

Hey, hi!

I’m back today with a couple of layouts to share with you!  Last year (one month ago in early December) when I drove from Winnipeg to Minnesota via Winkler (seems like the logical route, no?) I stopped in at the Love is in the Details store and stocked up on supplies.  Paper, stamps, stencils, watercolor pencils, and more.  And the two paper lines I fell in love with were both winter themed.  Which, if you know me at all, I don’t “do” themes very much or very well.  But these were too cute to pass up.  One is, A Perfect Winter by Echo Park and the other is Carta Bella’s Cabin Fever.  Well, ever since then I’ve been planning the activities we would do when our family was all together in St Paul for New Years.  They would be directly related to both of these scrapbooking lines!  Don’t roll your eyes at me, I’m pretty sure the same thoughts have crossed your mind!  Sadly the insanely frigid temps foiled many of my plans, hopes and dreams, but I’m making it work with what I have anyway!

New Years Eve, we built gingerbread houses.  One house for each couple to work on.  For this layout, I printed the photos in black and white, because they were taken at night, indoors, with incandescent lighting.  Which never makes for great photography.  I used the Cabin Fever line for this page, with it’s dark plaids, knits, greenery, snowflakes and woodgrain.

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I used several stickers from the Cabin Fever sticker sheet, as well as heart die cuts from My Mind’s Eye (Now & Then), a wood veneer word from Jen Hadfield, gold glitter alphabets from Bella Kraftastic, and a white glitter snowflake that I die cut.  A white, Signo Uniball pen made it easy to write on the dark patterned paper and still have it be visible.

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So the next morning I got up and looked outside to see that some jokester (Mr B) had planted our houses in the snow in the yard!  They looked SO cute like that!  Of course we had to take some pictures.  And then we brought them inside and ate them for breakfast.  You think I’m joking.

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It was a bit tricky photographing this layout.  I love subtle patterns and texture, and I went really subtle on this layout by smearing Gel Medium through a snowflake stencil.  I realize it’s probably not what gel medium was invented for but I love to use my supplies in more ways than I bought them for.  Even though the label says matte, the gel medium dries with the slightest bit of sheen.  I wouldn’t call it as shiny as gloss.  But you can feel it and in the right light, you can see it too.  Straight on with a camera, not so much.

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So after the gel medium dried, I sponged over it with a couple of colors of distress oxide inks (Iced Spruce and Faded Jeans) to add some definition.

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For this layout I used paper and stickers from the Echo Park - A Perfect Winter line.  This line is lighter and brighter than the Cabin Fever line, with a color scheme of red, aqua and brown - a sure fire winner with me!

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I matted the photos with the red polka-dot paper from A Perfect Winter, and a piece of torn edged vellum.

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Another of my favorite techniques is to type my journaling on my vintage typewriter (whose space bar sticks so that I have to manually advance the page between each word.  That doesn’t get at all tedious.)  Then I cut the journaling into strips and adhere them to my layout by gluing only the middle of the paper.  I love the “temporariness” of the look of the edges of the paper strips unstuck from the cardstock.

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And finally, that title word.  I created a cut file for “gingerbread” in the Silhouette program by typing the word and changing the font to the Watermelon Script font that I got for free on the internet, and downloaded.  I fused each letter to the next, traced the image and voila, I had a cut file I could use to cut the word from kraft cardstock.  I tinted the edges a little with some of the brown distress inks and a sponge dauber.  The “village” alphabet letters are the same as the ones I used on the above layout, but in silver.

The snowflake stencil I used is from the Echo Park - A Perfect Winter line (there’s also one for the Cabin Fever line.  I bought it too.  It was just enough different that I couldn’t decide between, so I didn’t.)  And the kraft chipboard snowflakes are last year’s product from BoBunny.

Thanks for stopping by today.  If you have any questions about products or techniques, please leave them in the comment section below and I’ll be sure to respond.  If you just want to tell me how adorable I am licking frosting off my fingers, the comment section is good for that too!

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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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