Saturday, November 23, 2013

Flag Football Star

Happy fall everyone!  Today I wanted to share a layout of my son.  He just started his first team sport with i9 sports.  We gave him a choice of soccer or baseball, and he said emphatically "football!".  So, football it was.  His team ended up winning the championship.  The boys were so cute doing their runs...from trying to remember which direction to run in to remembering to try and pull the flags when the other team had the ball.  :)

I started the layout before his team won the championship, but i9 is all about participation and team, so the boys were all stars in my eyes...Paxton especially.  So I knew stars would be the main part of my theme.  Enter CTMH's Fanfare collection (now retired -- I have *got* to use up my older paper, y'all!).  I liked the striped paper for my background, but to soften it, I cut two squares of white cardstock to about 10x10 and used my Cameo to cut a few stars out from the right edge of one of the pieces (this machine is so versatile, and I love to make these negative masks!).  I then put the two white pieces to the seam in the middle.  I spread a not-quite 10x12 piece of the light blue patterned paper with the stars and then sewed twice around the rectangle using red thread.  I then sprinkled a few drops of Cranberry and Pacifica reinker to further soften the white and light blue background.

Using my Cricut Imagine and the CTMH Art Philosophy cartridge, I cut out one large and one smaller star from the red paper.  I faux stitched the two red stars with my white pen to bring them out from the background more.  After positioning the main photos, I also stamped the Dr. Seuss phrase from a CTMH set that was part of a special campaign.

I had a few photos that were smaller in size and I couldn't figure out where to place them, so I created a little banner with some smaller red stars.  I loved the effect!

After adding additional stars in various sizes across the pages, some gems, and the title, the layout was complete. 

I hope you enjoyed the layout with these effects, and I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with yummy food, and of course, chocolate.

Chocolate hugs,

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