Tuesday, 23 September 2008

Tadpoles 12x12 scrapbook page

I’ve been wanting to post a scrapbook page for months but my pages invariably involve pictures of my children and I didn’t want to put them on the internet. I can blur their faces but then it makes the page look rubbish, especially on big portraits.

But on these photos the children are in the distance and I’ve blurred out their faces and names - hopefully without affecting the overall look of the page.

As I mentioned yesterday, I’m frantically making samples in Old Olive and Real Red for the Papercraft Show in Derby on Sunday. I couldn’t find anything red I wanted to scrapbook but Old Olive is perfect for outdoor photos – and we have a lot of those. I found several Designer Series Papers in Old Olive – from the Dashing and Fall Flowers packs, and from the Home Again Simply Scrappin’® kit – and worked from there.

The main sheet of cardstock is some gorgeous textured cardstock from the Home Again kit – the great news is that we will be able to buy this separately, in colour families, from next month.

The next layer up is a strip of Fall Flowers paper – I didn’t have a full length strip so joined it behind the next layer… which is cut from a sheet of A4 Old Olive cardstock, and scalloped with the exciting new Scallop Edge Punch – which I know you’ll love!

The embellishments were fun to create. The largest flower is from the On Board Blossoms and Basics chipboard pack. I covered the outer flower with a piece of paper from the Home Again kit, then inked the inner circle with an Old Olive inkpad. I stamped the image and layered it on top. Finally, I sanded the edges to get rid of any overhang and give it a shabby look.

The button flower is the centre of the chipboard flower, popped out and inked with the Old Olive ink pad, with a button on top.

The third flower is from the Home Again kit – these adhesive die-cuts are really useful for quick projects.

The lettering is from the On Board Lots of Letters pack – each one inked with Old Olive, then the edges sanded for a shabby look. I stuck them down with Glue Dots®, so they won’t be going anywhere!

I finished off with the journaling – I like to live dangerously and handwrite it at the end, using Stampin’ Up!® markers.

Stamps: True Friend
Cardstock: Whisper White (textured), Old Olive, Whisper White
Paper: Fall Flowers
Ink: Old Olive
Accessories: On Board Lots of Letters and Blossoms and Basics, Home Again Simply Scrappin’® kit, Earth Elements buttons, Linen Thread, 1 ¼” circle punch, Stampin’ Write® markers, Scallop Edge Punch

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  1. Your tadpole page is gorgeous!


  2. I love it!!!! What a great use of all our chipboard options.

  3. Fabulous Page Helen, love it:-)

  4. This turned out super cute!!!

  5. Great Layout! I know what you mean about posting the kids photos. When mine were younger, I wouldn't even let the church publish thier photo in the phone directory. I just was not comfortable having their photo with our address, phone nuber and email addy. Especially on a paper that would be given out to people I did not know.

    It is the same with a blog, I guess, if your contact information is on it. I have to say I did not think of it since my kids are now adults and no longer live at home.

    The theme brought back memories of not only catching tadpoles with my kids, but of catching them myself as a child! Those poor tadpoles, LOL!

    Thanks for sharing the page :)
    Sandy O

  6. The tadpole is a nice touch. I love the color combo!

  7. I love this page! The white background makes the photos and old olive pop right out at you!

  8. I love your page! Everything is wonderful :)

  9. Excellent page - love the colours and the chipboard! CC


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