Monday, March 24, 2014

That Moment We Take Your Picture...

Hi everyone!  Happy Monday!  Spring has finally sprung in the Houston area, although it's a little cooler than we're used to.  While my sinuses may not be happy, I still am!

Today I wanted to share a layout I made about my son, Paxton.  Have I mentioned he's a MESS? a good way, of course.  Well, my husband was hanging out with Paxton downstairs while Paxton was playing with a balloon, and my husband wanted to take Pax's picture.  This is what happened....and I decided it would make the perfect layout - blurry photos and all!  And I recently got my new Portobello Scrapbook Circle kit, so the two met!

Even though the kit is very boy-friendly, I was struggling with the papers.  Then I realized it was probably because I wanted to pair two sides of a single sheet of paper.  Do you ever have that problem??  To get around it, I cut out the grid part from the B side of this sheet of Basic Grey's Capture "Who What When":

And flipped it over so that the grid was now outlined by the red hexagon paper.  I matted the grid paper with a thin mat of CTMH Pacifica Blue cardstock to ensure the cut wouldn't show through, plus to make it pop a bit more.  I liked the triangle paper, so I used a full strip of that to mat my photos. 

Once the right side of my layout was decided, I wanted to do something additional with the grid paper.  I found the hexagon mask that came with a previous Scrapbook Circle kit and used it to ink some hexagons in Pacifica ink.  I layered the green number paper, the gray star paper, a strip of Pacifica cardstock stamped with a triangle pattern (from yet another Scrapbook Circle kit), and one of the journaling cards.  I sewed along the strip using red thread.

I also wanted to incorporate the larger triangle paper, so I cut out three large triangles using my Cricut and CTMH Art Philosophy cartridge. I cut shallow triangles out from the longest edge to make the "Star Trek"-looking symbols.  I layered them and sewed down the middle.  I also used one of the triangle cut-outs in the top right of the layout.  :)

The title was next.  I cut the "moment" and "photo" using my Cameo and Pacifica cardstock and used the alpha stickers that came with the kit.

Some final embellishments using stickers and a journaling card (pocketed behind the photos) completed the layout.

Do you have any blurry photos you would consider using in a layout?  If so, I'd love to see. I enjoyed creating this one, even with the silly imperfections.  

Have a great week, and stay tuned tomorrow for the giveaway winner from the March Practical Scrappers blog hop!  

Scrappy, chocolate wishes,


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