I don't scrapbook myself, let alone my husband and I very often. I wish I did. In fact, this makes me very conscious that I should do this more.
This whole layout started because Chad asked me for this photo a few days ago to put on his facebook page. It is one of his favorites and the fact that he thought of it and meant so much to him really touched me. I immediately printed the photo out (6x6") to use for this week's From Start to Finish layout.
If you follow my scrapbooking at all, you probably know that I don't do single photo layouts very often. In fact, it's pretty rare that I will dedicate an entire page to only one photo. However, when there is a super special photo, one that really can stand alone and tell the story, I will scrap a single photo page.
To dress up the page, I created a grid of punched circles (1.5") and embellished each with coordinating Crate Paper Emma's Shoppe buttons, punched shapes and more. I love how by grouping all these tiny pieces in one area they provide a big impact.
I included older product with these newer papers and sticker and buttons. The Bo Bunny rub-on phrase and MM tag are two much older products that found some love on this page.
I added an additional embellished circle next to the die cut faux chipboard title.
How about a little Lawn Fawn Say Cheese, Say Cheese Too inspiration today?
These polaroid frames are so versatile and can be used so many different ways, as can the adorable sayings that coordinate.
I used a bunch of photos I took with my cell phone for my layout. I uploaded them to my computer, cropped and printed them at 2.5" each (the perfect size to fit the stamped opening of the polaroid frame).
I die cut the title using a design from the Silhouette America store:
I love how photos look inside these polaroid frames! I think it's especially great for those cell phone shots we all take with our camera phones. Great way to use those memories and include them in our scrapbooks!
I used the Say Cheese Too set to stamp the date on a MME label sticker.
These stamps are the perfect size for label stickers.
The darling pine trees and forest animals are oh so fun to color. The trees were colored with the Copic feathering technique (video how to for this technique to come soon to the blog). It gives a much more realistic look plus dimension to the trees.
I colored all the elements, then cut each piece out to create the "scene" on the patterned paper pieced background. Very simple with a lot of impact.
If you love Lawn Fawn like I do and would love the chance to win a few stamp sets, hop on over to my good friend, Jennifer McGuire's blog for a fabulous giveaway and Lawn Fawn stamped inspiration HERE.
More Lawn Fawn inspiration using the Critters in the Forest can be found HERE.
I want to share a group photo from this past weekend's scrap/stamp retreat with the most amazing women:
I laughed until I cried (literally), chair danced (because real dancing was out of the question), stamped, enjoyed the inspiration from each and every friend and was humbled at the local girls and their family's generosity and thoughtfulness. My heart is full and happy. I miss them already and look forward to the next girls' weekend with the best group of women I know.
Check out Jana's blog to see some card samples we created at the retreat HERE. We made cards for Jana's mother who has been dealing with some medical issues. It was just a fun way to spread a little sunshine. :)
Today's card features the Lawn Fawn Say Cheese stamp set. Isn't this polaroid stamp awesome?!!!
I used it on a layout for last week's From Start to Finish layout HERE. I love that this stamp works as well for cards as scrapbook layouts.
The owl, greeing and branch are from the brand new Critters in the Forest stamp set, the hearts from Plus One. I layered one polaroid frame one on top of another to give the illusion of a stack of polaroids.
The cloud background was airbrushed with the Copic Airbrushing system. I punched clouds from masking paper using the Fiskars cloud punches and simply layered them, airbrushed, moved the masks and airbrushed more until I had a nicely dimensional looking cloud background. For more information on creating this kind of airbrushed cloud background, check out this post HERE. *I used clouds punched from paper in the video, but shapes punched from masking paper are so much easier to use.*
I created the mini heart background with the Lawn Fawn Teeny Tiny Prints stamps. I stamped the image repeatedly on some Neenah Solar White Cardstock using Versamark, embossed with clear powder and then inked over with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink.
I wanted to share an idea for those of you who do not use Photoshop or don't print your photos at home.
You can still achieve the look I did on yesterday's From Start to Finish layout.
I will be creating similar layouts for both my oldest son and daughter, both whom were born before I used a digital camera. Instead of cropping and printing their photos to use in these stamped polaroid frames, I will be cropping my original 4x6 photo into 2 1/2" squares. This can be achieved either by using your paper trimmer or even a square punch. I used to do this all the time.
I just thought I would share that tidbit, since I have received several comments regarding not being able to duplicate this look because of no Photoshop, etc.
Another question I've been asked several times is how I feel this polaroid stamp compares to the Studio Calico one from several months back. You may remember I used it on this layout:
Both stamps are very similar in size and design, however, the Lawn Fawn stamp is approximately 1/4" bigger (the Studio Calico stamps have a 2 1/4" opening, the Lawn Fawn 2 1/2" opening) and the biggest difference is that the Lawn Fawn stamp is readily available. Studio Calico stamps are extremely limited and it's almost impossible to find once they sell out.
Hope this helps and gives additional ideas on what you can do with these stamps. :)
The opening of the polaroid frame is 2.5" square, perfect for scrapbook pages. I used the coordinating Lawn Fawn Stamp Set Say Cheese, Too to add the numbers to each of the polaroid frames. These two new stamp sets are perfect for scrapbook stamping!
I thought I would share my rough sketch I created before starting my project. You can see I did switch things up a bit but the basic design is there.
The Echo Park Little Boy sticker was the perfect compliment to the die cut title.
I have been getting quite a few questions asking me about the fonts I use to die cut my titles. I actually don't use fonts as much as I could or should (ha!). I use a lot of designs purchased from the Silhouette Store or from Kerri Bradford.
For this layout I used the branch and title die cuts from the Silhouette Store:
Close up of the stamped frame. I embellished this one with a little yellow/white Baker's Twine (I purchased mine from Etsy HERE. I tied a cute little Jillibean Soup die cut tag into the twine.
Journaling. I embellished with die cut and punched circles and sticker buttons with clear buttons sewn on top and a Stampin' Up brad.