I got three cards and three layouts (almost) done today. I think it's a personal record! I had fun working, enjoying the nice breezes coming in all the open windows on such a beautiful day. Here's what I made. I made it my goal to try and use scraps when possible (since reorganizing all my scraps into a large box) and to use the clippings I have in my Scrapbook Inspiration Binder. I updated this binder yesterday and realize how infrequently I refer to the binder. Though I knwo the images inspire what I do anyway. I'll do my best to let you know the supplies used...I'm not really good at keeping track. Here goes...
The strips of scrap papers with rounded and inked edges was inspired by a clipping from a scrapping magazine. Unfortunately the clipping was added before I got better at including the scrappers name in the clipping. So I don't know who to credit...but that part of the design was not my own. This card is for my Dad for Father's Day. The little frog is a Rubber Soul stamp that I outlined in brown pen. I added a rub-on over the flower in the stamped image. I stamped the letters "Dad" and outlined them in pen and added the rubon flourish because I wasn't liking the space between the word and the frog.
This card is to give my Dad after his upcoming surgury. He's having surgury on his hand (right and he's right-handed) in a few weeks and it's the first time he's had anesthesia so we are all a little nervous. He's an electrician, self-employed, so the idea of him being out of work at least 2 weeks is equally nerve-wracking. I got the idea of stamping the letters in the message in a circular around a flower from another clipping. I've held on to that clipping forever because I loved it. On mine, I added a little Perfect Pearls in the center of the flower. I used scraps to layer and inked edges with Tim Holtz Distress Inks (milled lavender & shabby shutters). I also used those inks for the alpha stamps.
The last card was from a kit I got years ago from Creating Keepsakes. It is for Cary for our 2-year Anniversary this coming weekend (actually it's June 3rd). I didn't follow the pattern they gave and just arranged the elements in my own way. I also added a Making Memories "love" definition and edged the heart with gold Perfect Pearls.
My first layout "I am" was lifted from a clipping in my binder. I'm dissapointed I didn't keep the original artist's name - but again this idea was not my own. I adapted it slightly. I used many of my new finds from CKC and my LSS yard sale. Some Heidi Swapp photo corners, Queen & Co. brads, Tim Holtz Distress ink in Shabby Shutters (which I lOVE!)...in the journaling I listed all the things "I am." This is a fun journaling prompt and I use it with my clients in journaling and art therapy groups frequently. Helps you see who you really are - positives, negatives, qualities and roles.
"Walk on the Beach" was my own design. I was inspired by Ali Edward's use of the Making Memories word fetti and by some layouts that had many interesting little details. I used all scraps for the background. Some I've had forever! I haven't added the journaling yet but that will go in the two Jenni Bowlin "scalloped notecards" that I got yesterday ($.50/18!) at my LSS's Yard Sale.
My final layout was inspired by a recent clipping. This time I got smart and clipped out the artist's name so I can give credit where it's due! This layout was lifted from a layout by Athena Mejia in the Jan.'08 Making Memories. Her's was an 8 1/2 x 11 layout. I adapted mine to 12 x 12. I also only included one image and made some other adjustments. I was inspired to create a layout with this photo of one of my old toys my father found in the yard and has propped up on the shed's window sill. Last weekend, they came across my doll ("Picky") and blanket ("my tuddy") and it just brought back so many wonderful memories. I haven't done the journaling on this layout yet other than a strip of words of all the toys and games and things I remember loving as a kid.
Thanks for looking! I wonder how long this creative roll will last??? Off to eat my supper (salad with a peice of Gorton's salmon on top) and then.....an ice cream cone. I didn't take a walk today but SO WHAT! Then I hope to read some blogs and see what everyone else has been up to this long weekend.