This was a double page spread, which again is very rare for me. I mostly work on single page layouts. These pics were taken on the same day and tell the same story hence the double page layout.
Once again found the perfect pp to match my daughter’s dress.
The credit for these wonderful photos goes to Claire’s mother Joyce Myers. She snapped these two when they were playing and were right in the middle of a big laugh riot. The centre photo on the first page is my all time fav pic of my daughter. It’s very difficult for me to capture that now coz my daughter gets all posey and conscious in front of the camera. Laughing with abandon is best reserved for off-camera times. There used to be a time when I used to walk around the house with a camera around my neck ready to capture unusual pics. Now if I pick up the camera my kids groan and whine and make silly faces. My daughter might give in sometimes coz she does like to have her pic taken, but my son will not be bribed anymore.
Ah! those were the days……..
Today’s trend in Scrapbooking is to use few pictures and a lot of extra embellishments. These pages were made many years ago and it was before the embellishment industry took over like a storm.
I like to keep the photo as my focus and I try to keep the extra stuff to a minimum. I like the idea of fitting more pictures and journaling on a page. 12 by 12 is a large area and I rarely leave a lot of white space around my photos.
My style is more of a balance between ‘overloading-the pages-with-everything-other-than-the-photo’ and ‘lotsa-empty-space-with-a-single-photo’.
I remember being so excited to find the perfect pp to match my daughter’s dress. The title is a rub on. This little minx is eight going on eighteen now.
Notice the bandage on her right hand. Someday soon I will tell the story of what happened. There are quite a few scrapbook pages devoted to that story.
I love this pic of my daughter’s hand in my son’s. I remember she was sleeping when I asked my son to hold her hand and clicked this pic.
I wanted the pic to take centrestage. Just a few embellies and some journaling about ‘Sibling Love’. Simple colour blocking technique, less layers and a CAS layout.
Journaling is hand written and that’s how I like it. I’m not crazy about my handwriting and I do make mistakes, but it seems more personal and from the heart that way. Almost like leaving a bit of yourself on every page. And for that things dont have to be perfect.
I use a lot of blues when I am making a page for my son’s album as its his fav colour. Similarly I use a lot of purples and pinks when i make pages for my daughter.
These were the ribbons that I sent to Lucy Colaco for ICR’s ribbon swap. From left to right 1, 2 and 5 are from Michaels Craft Store in the US. 3 and 4 are from Luxe Designs (sadly this company closed down). Number one is wire edged ribbon and will hold the shape of the bow very nicely. I hope Lucy liked it.
Also…apprearing for the first time on this blog…….my left hand…….a nice round of applause please!
These are the ribbons that Jovita Dsouza sent me along with the cute envelope. Thank you Jovita, I love my new ribbons and I cant wait to use them.
Looking forward to more such swaps……………..(hint…hint…Ashalatha and Tejal).
I have been spending time this summer organising the scrapbook albums of my kids. As I was going through them I thought to take some pics of a few pages to share them with you. So this is what you will see here in the coming days. I hardly get time to make cards nowadays as the kids have been keeping me busy (summer vacation is on in full swing). At least I can add some colour here by showing you some old pages.
FYI, I dont remember any details about the pp or the stuff used in these pages.
Most of these pages were completed at least five years ago. I have issues with storing the 12 by 12 albums as they get too bulky and I dont have that much space at home. About five years ago was when I switched to making mini as a way of preserving my kids stories and pics. They are a lot easier to store and take up a lot less space and I can customize them to an event or occassion.
These pics were taken a few years before our daughter was born. This little boy is a teenager now. Time flies……..so fast!
I made two projects for the Indian Craft Room’s first ever challenge ICRC1. The first one is a card made with the colour hues suggested by ICR for the challenge- yellow, green and a dark red.
Here is the card…..very CAS and very simple. We also had to interpret the letters IC and R any which way and incorporate that into the card as well. Here is my interpretation- Indian ribbon, Cuttlebug flower, Red button.
I am back to scrapbooking full -ishtyle after a loooooong gap. So I made an embellishment for my scrapbook page using the same colour combo.
Above is the embellie and below is the page……………………..
The journaling is kinda personal so I intentionally blurred it. Here is the interpretation of – Interesting sentiment, Cuttlebug flower, Ric-rac.
I’ve used the same green ric-rac for the stems of the handmade magazine paper flowers on the left of the page. This pic is the most recent family pic of the four of us taken on my daughter’s birthday.
EDIT: The pp used in the scrapbook page is Studio Calico which Shobana got from Ujjwal and was kind enough to share with me. I havent had the chance to order from Ujjwal as yet but I do have to tell you that the Studio Calico papers and Echo Park papers (which Tejal sent me a whole pack of) are just fabulous and fantastic. Thanks Ujjwal for taking the initiative to make these lovely pp available for us in India.
Here are two cards I made using the Larger then Life dies from PTI.
The medallion designs on the squares on both cards is a set of stamps by StampinUp! I’ve had that for ages and I am re-learning how to use it. Hadnt touched it for a loooooong time. After being a clear stamp convert, using wood mounted stamps seems like quite the chore. I cant see where I am stamping and that bothers me. Really, these clear stamps have spoiled us for good.
I sent the first one to Lucy along with the ribbons for the ICR ribbon swap challenge.
These are the ATC’s I received this month. Pics are form Crazy about ATC blog
This one is made by Ashalatha. I really liked the vellum overlay idea and the sentiment.
The second atc’s been made by Rachana. Beautiful bright colours in a pint sized package.
Thank you Ashalatha and Rachana for your creations.
I havent found the time to participate in the april challenge at Crazy About ATC………just unable to find the time to sit at the craft desk what with classes for the kids going on in full swing and one very sick little girl. Its been four days now and she’s been a trooper. None of us likes being sick but more importantly nobody likes being sick during holidays. What’s the fun when you cant cut school. Hopefully she will be back to her ususal bubbly self by the weekend.
March ATC had us all thinking about ‘Girl Power’. I decided to make three this month too. What can I say……..I was inspired.
The first two are inspired by Christine Middlecamp’s layering. I love the way she layers on all her projects. This is my feeble attempt. I was very happy with the results.
The purse is a die cut by Quickutz. Havent used that in a while. In fact I havent used many of my Quickutz dies in a while. Time to get them out of the box. And that dead bug you see on the bottom left purse was duly removed after the editing of this picture. What I didnt see, the camera did.
I havent recd my ATC’s yet. I will post pics of those once I do. Meanwhile enjoy these……………………..