It's time for Creative Weekly at the Crate Paper blog. Check it out for lots of inspiration all week and to find out about a challenge with a wonderful prize of Crate products! The theme is dots so I started my layout with a dot background. I used my watercolor papers in two shades of yellow and a circle template. Then I layered on papers and embellishments from The Pier, Maggie Holmes, DIY Shop and Party Day. The colors of these lines all work nicely together. I did a little stamping using gold ink and that tiny red anchor was made with my Studio Calico Atlantic anchor punch. It makes the cutest tiny anchors! I've been using the Pilot Frixion pen for all my journaling lately. I love it!! It's an erasable pen that actually works really well. I like the way it writes and I can erase if I mess up so it's the perfect pen for me!
I had my post all ready to go this morning to share this layout I made about Mason's favorite place with the Studio Calico Atlantic collection. I'm so enjoying scrapping with these beautiful soft colors and I LOVE the vellum die cuts. But before I published it, I realized the layout was missing some finishing touches. I always plan to add stitching or at least some staples, but I hadn't done either on this one. before:
I almost didn't bother, not that I mind doing a little stitching, but I do mind having to take the photos all over again. In the end I decided it would be worth it to see the difference. So here's the layout with stitching and stapling added. I know my stitching is sometimes messy. In the words of my 9th grade home ec teacher, I "can't sew a straight seam to save my life". I use the Brother 2600i and it makes sewing easy. Plus I don't mind a bit of a messy look on my layouts. :)
What do you think? Was it worth it to add the stitching and stapling or do you prefer the more clean look from before?
For the past week I've been busy working on turning an old book into a little scrapbook. It has been so much fun... definitely my favorite minibook so far. What made it fun is how messy and random it is. I really didn't worry about matching or design triangles or any of that kind of stuff. I just used colors and little embellishments that make me happy. Of course, it still took me an entire week of spare moments to complete, but it was a very enjoyable week. I painted the cover with acrylic paint, and because the shade of green I chose was so bright, I painted a layer of Mister Huey Gold on top to tone it down a tiny bit. Then I added the stickers and die cuts and used mod podge to keep everything in place (my first time mod podging!!) The little brad is from Echo Park.
Some of the pages have little bits that stick out from the edges - tags and ribbons and labels.
The inside of the book includes my favorite photos of my boys throughout 2012 with lots of layering and embellishing and even some watercolors to add color to the book pages. I used the Peerless Watercolor system which is available here at Studio Calico. I started with the Maggie Holmes kit that is no longer available, but I also used lots and lots of stuff from my stash.
Some of the products I used are older and no longer available, and I also used lots of printables from Studio Calico. I linked up what I could below, and I was happy to discover that some of the older Studio Calico wood veneer sets are still available on Amazon. If there's a product that you're interested in that isn't linked below, just leave me a comment and I'll let you know what it is.