This is my take on the Bluemoon Scrapbooking monthly challenge. Here is a link to the challenge in case you want to join in. They have a really incredible prize package, you get $40 to spend at Bluemoon Scrapbooking. Do you know how much damage I could do with $40? They have some stamps from Australia that I have been coveting. They also have a little bit of Jillibean Soup paper and canvas stars. Don't buy all of it though, I want to stock up on what they have.
Here is a copy of the sketch.
I must admit, sketches often times help a layout come together very quickly. I hadn't used them until very recently but I'm starting to love them.
I've had this Jillibean Soup paper on my mind for the last few weeks and I must admit I adore it. I thought it looked fantastic with the Wonderkid's sweater. If you click on the picture you can get a close-up of the entire layout.
Here is one portion of it.
|Does he look like trouble or what?|
The outer layer is Jillibean Soup Kosher Salt from the Lentil Soup collection. I was on their website looking at papers and I couldn't find it. I may be a very unhappy person. I NEED my papers and I think I used the last piece of this one. I'll show you a little trick later in this post, though.
The upper textured layer is from the coordinating Core'dinations Jillibean Soup stack. I didn't sand it this time, although I thought about it for quite some time. I loved the way it looked without the sanding. It is crisp and clean this way. The button comes from my stash but the bakers twine is a Jillibean Soup beanstalk. They have a package of red and brown bakers twine. It is so soft, I was amazed at how wonderful it feels.
I used a Tim Holtz stamp from Stamper's Anonymous for the circle in the middle of the layout. It is part of the Visual Artistry sets. I don't know where they hide the names of each set so I can't help you find it any more than that. I used Tea Dye and Frayed Burlap Distress Inks. All of the cream paper has the edges inked with Chestnut Color Box inks. It matchs the dark brown of the Jillibean Soup papers very nicely.
I promised you a little trick. It was killing me to cover 10.5 inches of this paper and not do a single thing with it. So, I cut out the center (No one will ever notice except for you and me, and you won't tell, will you?) Here is a picture of the back of the layout.
I know the photo isn't great but I took it after I turned off all the lights in my light box. The Jillibean paper is around the Core'dinations. I couldn't stand the thought of wasting all that paper. Some might call my cheap, I consider myself frugal and maybe just a little bit of a hoarder. If I had known I might have trouble finding more of this paper, I would have cut even more of the paper. Isn't it yummy? I haven't decided what to do with the piece I cut but I can easily get a couple of cards out of it or even use it as part of a layout. That piece was big enough, it could be an 8 x 8 layout base. So, do you blame me? Am I crazy? Do you do the same thing?
I think I'm going to go work out a better way of photographing 12 x 12 layouts. I can't stand the angle that I have on this one. I haven't photographed a layout in so long I hadn't worked out all the issues. I'm also thinking I want some new Bristol board for my light box. It never seems to end.
On a side note, if you are ever in Colorado and looking for a good photographer. Andrea Flanagan is fantastic. She took this picture of the Wonderkid.
I think I'll be back tomorrow with a t-shirt for the Wonderkid to wear on St. Patrick's Day.