Feeling Crafty: The Legend of Anna Meatball (LOAD)

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One of the things I love best about paper crafting, is the freedom to be creative. There’s so much in our daily lives that becomes routine – we have errands to run, groceries to buy, mouths to feed, rooms to clean, laundry to wash, drop-offs, pick-ups, extracurricular activities to get to, and on and on.

But when I craft, especially during Layout a Day (LOAD), I get to focus on photos I want to highlight, a story I want to share, and products I want to use! The cute little Bella Blvd mustache paper I have on this layout and card was screaming to be used with photos from my sister’s baby gender revealing party. There were mustaches for those who thought she was having a boy, pink lips for those who thought she was having a girl. Perfect for this paper!

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Usually when I scrapbook, I start with photos or story as my launching pad. Sometimes (rarely) I start with the product I want to use. During LOAD, a prompt will lead my mind. In this case, it all came together serendipitously! Today’s prompt was “Who?” and who else to scrapbook about than our newest (coming) family member! Working with the browns and pinks, I wanted it to be playful, but refined; trendy, but timeless; layered, but not overwhelming. The patterned papers add lots of energy, so I decided to make the journaling hidden on the tag behind the pink masked hearts.

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One of my favorite new stamps is the distressed chevron by The Sweet Stamp Shop. I made this great little Polaroid-ish frame for a 3×3 photo. Using VersaMark watermark stamp on 4×6 piece of Ranger’s glossy paper, I stamped the chevron stamp, added clear embossing powder and heat set the embossing powder. Then using a blending tool and Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Picked Raspberry, I added my color. Image

I always end up with bits and pieces of scraps that usually end up in my scrap bins. But this time I decided I wanted to use those pieces and not forget about them. So staying with the same color family and overall look with the banners, I decided to make a birthday card. I also decided to add a little banner made with washi tape and bakers twine. Love how it came out!

Thanks for stopping by and have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!
Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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Scrapbooking Heritage Photos {Feeling Crafty}

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My beautiful grandmother was ahead of her times. In the ’50’s / ’60’s she was an entrepreneur–owning and operating a beauty salon. She was fierce–a divorcee with 2 kids who fell in love again and married my very handsome, romantic and loving Vivi (the best grandfather a girl could’ve ever wanted!). She was mother to five. She was born, raised and lived in San Antonio, Texas. She was the life of the party.

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I wish I knew more about her, but that’s about all I know. She died before I was born. Actually, she died when my mom, her first child with my Vivi, was barely nine years old. Way too young. As such, I don’t know much about her, let alone have many photos of her.

As a photographer, I love taking photos particularly of my babies. Since I’ve really fallen in love with both photography and scrapbooking since becoming a mom, most of my layouts are about my daughters. But Whimsical Musings had an excellent challenge, to create a layout about your name. And that’s who I’m named after, that beautiful yet mysterious grandmother of mine.

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This being one of very few photos I have of her, I wanted to take special care to create a page that would honor her, show her beauty, have a vintage feel, yet be as fresh and bold as what I have heard of her personality.

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Besides the gorgeous Cosmo Cricket “DeLovely” and Bo Bunny “Vintage Dot” papers I used, I loved creating the little Washi and vellum envelope with embossed butterfly for hidden journaling. I used Tim Holtz’s French Market stamp set again, this time for the front side of the journaling tag and of course distressed it using TH Distress Inks in Vintage Photo, Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap. Again I used some of the scraps of paper left from my sister’s wedding, which definitely added to the vintage feel.

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How do you scrap vintage or heritage photos? Do you use more muted and natural colors? Do you go bold in your color choices? What stories do you tell in your heritage photos? I’d love to hear! This is the only page I’ve made using a photo I haven’t taken, or a photo I’m not in. I plan to make more pages using the few heritage photos I have. Please share yours, or any tips or suggestions you might have!

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Thanks for stopping by and have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!
Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c