#LMP 12×12 Day dream

The initial fear has subsided – much like the fear of the unknown when becoming a parent for the first time 😁 hehe 

Now instead of the sleepless nights of feeds and nappy changes, it’s the sleepless nights of anticipation and excitement – what will I make next?! What papers will I use? What new technique will I learn? What will the layout look like? 

The Jumping Off Point – This next layout was for my younger daughter, our #LittleMissPrecious (or #LMP in short!) and I loved this picture where she was sitting on a table at a pottery painting studio called “Fired Up” in Peoria, IL, USA, when we were visiting my sister this summer. Her grey and pastel pink top set the color scheme and her navy denim leggings the main color of the layout. 

The Base Kit – I found a navy bow (that matched #LMP’s leggings) in the Dear Lizzy Serendipity collection bought from steals.com while I was visiting family in US two months ago. The rest of the kit was perfect – match made in the “stars”! 

   
 (It’s the one dark navy colored sheet on the pack pictured!)

 The Background – At a recent sale in Spotlight, I got my first few bottles of Heidi Swapp’s Color Shine set (aka Heidi Shine!!) in “Butter”=Yellow, “Peacock”=Blue and “Hot Pink” (name says it all!). I also have a big pack of cheap paper doilies – that come in 3 sizes. 

So I stuck the smallest doily on a pink cardstock and spritzed the Peacock colored Heidi Shine and viola!   

Once dried I was able to save the colored doily for a future project and use the pink cardstock with the doily imprinted design here for this layout.

Bringing it all together –  Making the beautiful star constellation 6×6 paper the “HERO” of the layout, I just matted the photo on a polka dot printed paper from the Dear Lizzy collection then diagonally layered it with the navy paper and it turned out very pretty indeed! 

  I loved the “DARLING” on the attaching strip of the star constellation sheet on the 6×6 paper pad so cut it up into a banner and with a few Project Life Trinkets kiy embellishments and the Serendipity collection embellishments I made a couple of clusters. 

   
 Plus a project life 3×4 card again for journaling. 🙂

Design Principle – as this layout was very heavy on the bottom half of the page I placed a gold border on the top – but I tore a third off(?!), initially unsure how it would look but then then word “day dream” in the stickers pack of the Dear Lizzy collection jumped at me and seeing my daughter’s expression it seemed as if she was day dreaming when I took the picture… So that became the title of the page! 

The remaining 1/3 of the gold border then went at the bottom of the journaling card which then balanced it all I think…..

  
A few stamps here and a few enamel dots there…. And here’s the final result. 

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#LMG 12×12 Play! 

Creative arts is a complex process…. And inspiration can strike when one least expects. 😉

So I have just started my scrapbooking journey after being a paperholic/stationary addict for as long as I can remember… A beautiful picture of my daughter inspired me to begin my very first scrapbook layout..and here is how I made it.

The Jumping Off Point – My #LittleMissGorgeous (#LMG)’s polka dot green cardigan and the bright colors of the slide were the inspiration of the color palette of this layout. 

The Base Kit – Looking at the colors, the Simple Stories Sn@p! Life kit (that I bought a month ago from steals.com while visiting my sister in US) seemed to be the perfect match!    

 

The Background – I’ve seen loads of YouTube process vids with white backgrounds and they look lovely – however this particular picture was calling out for a brighter color… And so I picked up this mustardy (is that a color?!) AC textured cardstock and my only two Tim Holtz Distress Stain Ink blotters in Peeled paint (a green!) and Picked Raspberry (a pink!)… I was actually going to just do a few blotches here and there but once I began at one corner I just kept going till I recached the diagonal center of the page. Then I picked up the next color and repeated the process from the opposite corner and voila!!!   

Bringing it all together – the rest was just layering the photo with a plain cardstock and then the bright Polka one from the Sn@p! Life kit. I picked a beautiful card from the Becky Higgins Project Life Kit – can’t remember whether it’s the baby girl kit or Super cute… But it just was a cute match. I also have a huge stash of MME‘s die cuts in multi colors – that’s where I found the heart and tag layered under the Studio Calico wood veneer “PLAY”! And finished with a few tiny word stickers from Authentique and enamel dots!    

   

Design Principles – The corner cluster with the banners and embellishes was my way of balancing out the page. It had the same colors as it was from the same Sn@p! life kit.   

If you have read this far, thank you for visiting my blog. 

Here is the final layout. What do you think?

 

This ship has sailed (yes!) 

Fear and uncertainty is a lethal mix. It sends the mind and body into a paralysis of doubt and procrastination! 

After the drama of PictureMate – that Epson have discontinued it in Australia (only a month ago!) and have no plans for a replacement model for the foreseeable future… I had to go with the next best option in @homeprinting/scrapbooking the Canon Selphy 910. It had mixed reviews and still people find its finishing quality a bit iffy but I have found some settings that can be tweaked to get improved results – save that for a later post – watch this space! 

So I was at:

– Scrapping Supplies: Check

– Embellishments: Check

– Photo Printer: Check

– Loads of pictures on phone and computer ready to be scrapped about: Check! 

But unfortunately the last bit caused me (like it does to many a scrapper!) – a fair bit of grief. I have hundreds if not thousands of pictures that need to be printed and scrapped – so where do I begin? 

Printing them one at a time on the Selphy just didn’t seem logical…. Although I did start there. 

Plus I don’t want every picture to be 4×6 (rather 3.9×5.8 – because the Selphy paper isn’t true 4×6!!) so that meant trying out a collage app and setting up the collages one at a time  :-/ 

Yes I know…. I sound like a grumpy lazy bum – hence the aforementioned “paralysis of procrastination“!! 

Anyway, while trolling scrapbook groups on Facebook, I came across a solution to my troubles – a fellow Australian scrapbooker mentioned a special sale on at snapfish.com.au – 50% off prints to be precise. So off I went to “browse”…. And lucky for me there was also a signup promotion going on – 60 FREE 4×6 prints (just pay $2.95 postage) – so I thought no harm! 

I found a few hand picked photos of my elder daughter #LittleMissGorgeous on the external hard drive so I uploaded them and did the rest via PayPal – too easy! 

Two days later – a lovely little packet was waiting in the letterbox – my snapfish happy mail =) 

While browsing through the snapfish prints – one cute picture of my #LittleMissGorgeous caught my eye! 

That was it! I had to start there…!! 

So here’s the sneak peek of my first scrapbook layout EVER! 

Scrapbook Layout

#LMG 12×12 LO1

 
 In the next post, I’ll share the steps I took to create this first 12×12 layout. 

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