Friday, May 9, 2008

Some scrappy goodies

Last night I decided to finish some layouts I had started at my last scrapbook group meeting. I didn't have a lot to do but add titles and journaling. I tend to have issues with my titles and I need some help in this area. But with a little patience I ended up with these completed layouts.

I think the first one is my favorite! It's a photo of my brother Keith from Christmas 2006. The title is Brother's Bling. We call Keith "brother" for a nickname. He received this blingy necklace (he is handicap and tends to like shiny objects) and we put it on him only to have him try to yank it off. We took it off of him and he just sat there admiring it. It's pretty usual for him to do these things. He looked so content I had to snap a picture. The materials used are Tres Jolie papers and "brothers" title in which I added an apostrophe and journaling box. I also used Sizzlets funky brush for the "Bling!" title. The "Bling!" title was made using Bazzill bling brown paper. Overall this was a fun layout to make. I used a layout sketch from a Leaving Prints layout kit I purchased some time ago. Overall this one is definitely my favorite.

Now please excuse the blurry photo. I should have taken another photo but this one will do for now. LMAO! This is another picture of my brother during his meal time. My mom always pins a towel around his neck (he is incredibly messy) and he insists on sitting at the table to eat. I love these papers. I received them as a kit from "The Scrap Addict" scrapbook store in Plainfield, IL. When you attend their crops they will give you free kits sometimes and I received these papers and ribbon. The fonts I used for "dinner" was a accucut die from Memories and Beyond scrapbook store in Downers Grove, IL. The white scrolls are from those Studio G stamps you buy at Michaels and JoAnn's for $1. The white chipboard letters are All My Memories LLC purchased at Archivers and the distressing ink was ColorBox Fluid chalk inkpad. The brads I am not sure of! LOL! I am not crazy about the dinner title but everything else works for me!

Last but not least my Thanksgiving dinner layout. I was not happy with the way this one ended up looking but I refuse to do it over. It's kind of cartoony. But it gets the message across. I used bazzill solid papers, and Flair Designs patterned paper. The font for the title was made using an accucut die from Memories and Beyond Scrapbook Store in Downers Grove. I am not good with embellishments and I wished I had used more flair with this one. I really hated the way the title turned out too. Well my next layouts should be better.

Well this is what I worked on last night. I actually finished the Thanksgiving layout long ago I just hadn't posted it. The other two layouts I needed to finish the titles. I had trouble with the dinner layout because I couldn't figure out how I want to put the "Time" title in there. I finally looked at my Clip It up and found the chipboard letters and I found a font I thought would be perfect and "VOILA". A finished title! I was going to make the "time" title brown but I think the white had more pop. What do you think?
You know the economy is not good right now and it is showing everywhere from gas to food to scrapbook stores. The Scrap Addict (one of my local scrapbook stores) had free crops on Fridays and Saturdays. All you had to do was reserve a spot and you were in. The even had free pasta crops for all day on some Saturdays. Well that has now changed and they require a $15 deposit to reserve a spot and it is returned to you in a store credit to be used that evening. It does not carry over. I wanted to go last night but my budget isn't allowing for it this month. I understand why they are doing it though. I don't think people realize that the stores offer free crops so you will come in and spend your money on merchandise. That's how they are able to have free crops. If you don't buy things they cannot continue to have the free crops. Also when you reserve for a crop you should also do one little thing which is to SHOW UP! I have been to many of their crops where they reserved seating and the croppers never showed or called. What are people thinking? They ruin it for everyone unfortunately? I had to vent a little here because it bugs me a lot when people ruin the fun for everyone else. Oh well. I will go to their crops but not anytime soon. I have some other priorities to work on as well as saving money. The cost of living has shot up and its hitting hard and fast. But luckily I have more than enough supplies (besides the mandatory adhesives which are purchased on a regular basis) to use. I hope to work on more projects at home soon so look for more stuff soon!


Sheila said...

My favorite is the Bling. You did a fab job on the titles looking at the Thanksgiving LO is reminding me that I need to decide what I will make for the Mother's Day Dinner Its okay to vent... great stress reliever.

Adrienne said...

Oh nice girl!!!!!

Pajnstl said...

looks like somebodies on a roll!!
i like your bling layout

Gayle said...

great layouts, but whats that dark red blotching thing you served on Thanksgiving? :-P

Kim said...

Happy Birthday Girl.