Thursday, May 5, 2011

My Creative Scrapbook - May Reveal

I have two kits to show off for My Creative Scrapbook. These layouts were done with the Main and Limited Edition kits. I have to say that I am a little rusty after taking a few months off. It took me much longer than usual to create these layouts and I don't really feel that they are quite up to my usual work. I'm not stressing about it too much... it just takes a bit of work to get back into the groove of things.

Limited Edition Kit

Swing- Larissa just loves to swing which is evidenced in the many, many, MANY photos I have of her happily swinging. She especially loves it when we push her good and high! To mat my photos, I cut the doilies from the Pink Paislee pattern paper and used the Pink Paislee packaging. So many companies are making beautiful packaging lately (Prima, Pink Paislee, K&Co...just to name a few) that I think it's a shame to let it go to waste. I don't care that the company or product name is visible or anything like that. I think it adds character to the layout. I'm quite confident that if you weren't a hard-core scrapbooker you wouldn't even notice that packaging was being used because it's just as pretty as the papers and embellishments :)

I love to dress up fussy cut outs with liquid pearls and Stickles. To me, it's not finished until it's glitterfied! (I think I may have made that word up)


Big Sister Soon - this is a photo of Larissa showing off the baby's first photo. She was very disappointed in the ultrasound photos. After the third time of bringing home new ultrasound photos she said "oh Mama, is it a real picture this time or more pictures of a bean with arrows pointing to it ?" LOL (this girl always keeps me laughing)

(FYI - I used my own American Craft Thickers for this layout - they do not come in the kit)

I just loved the Basic Grey lace paper that came with this kit but the colour didn't really work with what I was doing so I flipped it over and used the back (white) side.


6 days new - I just love this photo my sister took of my new little boy. It looked pretty with the pale pinks and greens. I am totally ok with using pink on boy layouts, especially for baby photos. Oh I just love this little face so much...lucky me, I get to kiss it all day long!! :)

I used Pink Paislee packaging twice on this layout and tied ribbons in the holes at the top of it.

Main Kit

Meeting you - This is one of the first photos of me and my little boy. I was out under general anesthesia when he was born so I didn't get to meet him for quite a while. Meeting him was such a beautiful moment ... a beautiful moment that I'm glad to have on camera because I barely remember it all thanks to oodles of drugs LOL.

I used embroidery floss to add stitches and then glued pearls to each stitch using Ranger's Glossy Accents.


This is home - This photo was taken in the first few minutes of arriving home with baby Hudson. Larissa was so happy to finally have full access to him instead of short hospital visits. This is the layout that I am the least happy from this kit work with and although I don't think there's anything terribly wrong with it, I'm pretty sure it's going to get a major re-do in the very near future. If I don't really like a layout it just bugs me until I have to take it apart and start all over again so don't be surprised to see this photo and title again but on a totally different page.


Asleep in my arms - I had Jason snap this photo of Hudson asleep in my arms. I am enjoying these precious moments so much because I know they go so fast.


With some Fabri-tac and crystal Stickles I dressed up this flower a little bit to suit my tastes better.
First, grab the centre of the flower, and wiggle it back and forth a bit (like loose tooth) and pull it out.

Use a little drop of Fabri-tac or Glossy Accents to adhere a large pearl to the centre of the flower.

Then use your Stickles to outline all the petals of the flower and leave it to dry. Now you will have a flower that it just dressed up a little bit prettier! :)

This is another tip that I want to share with you that I have been doing for many, many years. This saves bulk on your pages and stretches the paper in your kits just a little bit further. When I decide where I am going to put a layer of paper on, I cut out the paper behind it. Be careful to cut out a smaller piece from the back so that your top layer covers the hole left behind.

If you would like to see a lot more designing with these kits, click here to see what my fellow design members have created. You won't be disappointed!!

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

I'm back...and introducing my new baby boy

Hello there scrapbookers! It's been quite a long while but I'm happy to say I've come back to land of blogging :) I had given up blogging during my pregnancy just because I didn't feel like it. After working with a computer all day long, the very last thing I wanted to do in the evenings was update my blog or spend any amount of time online. Well now that my baby boy is here, I am on a one year maternity leave so I have a little more time for these things (sorta, kinda... I think... do you really have more time when there's a new baby around??).

Here is a couple of layouts that I did last fall (for My Creative Scrapbook) using Fancy Pants Happy Together papers with my little boy's ultrasound pictures.

Me at 34 weeks pregnant.

Our first family of four photograph taken the day my baby boy was born. Hudson James arrived by c-section, 10:15 am on February 10, 2011, weighting in at ..... are you ready for this....... 11 pounds, 1 ounce. Yes, over ELEVEN POUNDS!! I have to say that was quite a shock considering Larissa only weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces when she was born. I suppose giving into my pregnancy cravings of chocolate milk and an entire cantaloupe everyday contributed to growing a very big boy!

Here are a few shots of Hudson at six days old. I haven't scrapbooked them yet just in case you are wondering, but I have scrapbooked a few other photos that you will see in a couple of days.

I am happy to be back into scrapbooking (and blogging) so expect lots of posts from me. There'll be new work to post in a few days and lots of posting of the pages I did over the winter and didn't get around to posting before this.