Thursday, January 20, 2011

Why didn't anyone tell me how chubby Mitchell was?

Seriously guys, don't tell me you didn't notice!

As I was looking back through some old pictures for this spread I could not believe how chubby my youngest child was! Man he was a chunk! You'll be happy to know he's slimmed down quite a bit - except for his self proclaimed "giant tummy"!

I'm not thrilled with how the balance of this spread turned out, but I decided to post it anyway because it has a lot of neat techniques. I started out by designing an 8"x8" layout (the "Details" section of the page) for an upcoming workshop that I was then going to embed in a 12"x12" layout on the giant butterfly page. Then I felt the need to turn it into a two page spread, because that's how I scrapbook.

I feel like it ended up a little too busy and not very balanced. Designing for an 8"x8" space felt so unnatural to me. I ended up designing an entirely new 12"x12" page for the workshop, but you'll have to wait to see that until after the event.

For this spread I used the Elegant Lines embossing folder and the matching Elegant Soiree designer series paper (Stampin' Up!). To create the small butterflies I used the Beautiful Wings embosslit, which makes five different butterflies, each dry embossed with a different texture. The largest one has lines that coordinate perfectly with the Elegant Lines embossing folder.

The larger butterflies were made using the Beautiful Butterflies Bigz die with my Big Shot machine. You fold a half sheet of paper in half and you end up with six butterflies of varying sizes. After they were cut I dry embossed them with the Elegant Lines folder as well, then inked up the edges and embossed patterns with my Soft Suede ink pad and a sponge dauber. Some of them got special treatment with some adhesive backed Basics Pearls or a new Vintage Flower from the Stampin' Up! Occasions Mini Catalog.

On the "Details" page I used a couple Bitty Buttons that I got for free from the current "Filled with Love" promotion - see the upper right corner of my blog for details on this promotion.

The last technique that I'd like to share with you is paper piercing. I used it to create the path of the butterfly on the "Family" page below the "cherish" box. I wanted to mimic the path of the stamped phrase "If nothing ever changed there would be no butterflies" from the "Details" page. I free-handed the path using a pencil, the used my mat pack and paper piercer to follow the line. When I was done I just gently erased my pencil line. Hmm, I think this calls for a video. Sounds like a project for another blog post!

Until then, happy stamping!
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  1. This is fun! I think Mitchell looks *adorable* :) How was craft night? I was so sad to miss it! Can't wait til stamp class!

  2. Hiya, you left me a msg on my blog asking for my bendy card tutorial but no e:mail addy. Can you e:mail me at ladyandthestamp at gmail dot com? I'll send it when you do :)