From the time I was born till I turned 18, my mom took photos. She documented events, like me going to my first Nutcracker ballet, my high school graduation, and every birthday and Christmas in between. She also documented the everyday . . . my filleting of large-mouth bass, me crying at 3 years because I didn’t want to take off my life jacket, me collecting worms, frogs, snails, and you-name-it that could be found in south Texas year round. I love looking back at those moments the most. And, although my mom was not a scrapbooker, she did document, organize and tell stories.
But for me, the next generation, memory keeping is part documenting and part play. In future years, I hope my kids (none yet, but one in the oven) will remember the moments I’ve documented, but I also hope they appreciate and notice the fun techniques I’ve experimented with. For this layout, I chose a photo of my friend’s little girl who was so happy to turn 3 this year.
Supply list: Patterned Paper (October Afternoon, Studio Calico); Cardstock (Coredinations for Jenni Bowlin Studio); Stickers (Studio Calico); Paint (Claudine Hellmuth for Ranger); Pearls (KaiserCraft); Pop-dots, adhesive, pen (American Crafts)
On this layout, I experimented with my Slice by Making Memories. I’m a late-comer to die cut machines. For the most part, I’m a lean scrapper. I don’t like lots of products/tools to carry around, so a huge die-cut machine plus all the cartridges was not optimal for me. Enter the Slice. Now, I have a portable machine that fits in the palm of my hand and a 6×6” album of cartridges. Perfect for a scrapper like me.
Today, I wanted to play around with the negative images created with the slice. Although I love the images as they are, I also like the option of creating something new.
First, I chose a paper to cut my numbers from. Although this paper is a map, and might be considered for travel layouts, I loved the color and thought it was versatile enough to use with a birthday photo.
Next, I set aside the die-cut images. I didn’t use them on this layout, but since I went to all the trouble to cut them, I wanted to save them for a future project. I already have an idea to use them on a travel-themed layout.
As you’re die-cutting, be sure to set aside the insides of the numbers. Here, I’ve set aside the 4, 6, and 8 in order so I’ll know where to put them after I use the negative images.
I cut the negative images with a border….about an 1/8″ or slightly more, just enough to use a glue pen adhesive on the edges.
Finally, I adhered them to my layout and used an exacto knife to cut out the pink patterned paper that was peeking through. This isn’t necessary, it just depends on the look you’re trying to achieve. I love the way the numbers add interest to my page.
As mentioned earlier, I used some travel themed paper on this layout and I’d like to give all you reader 2 chances to win the entire collection pack. It’s filled with patterns, cameras, graphs, maps, arrows and other patterns that are usable on your everyday photos, but also could be used to document events as well. Just leave a comment here for a chance to win the Documentary Collection from Studio Calico, and we’ll pick two winners from the comments.
P.S. Don’t forget to download your free font today as part of Free Font Friday. You can download the CK Whirl font here.