Tuesday, December 30, 2008

December layouts

With so much going on in December, I really didn't scrap much at all. When my new kit arrived from Personal Scrapper at the beginning of the month, I had the itch to scrap. I finished three layouts one afternoon before the boys got home from school. The funny thing is that I didn't tear into the new kit like I usually do!

I made this page for Kevin's album using the November Personal Scrapper kit with We R Memory Keepers paper. The photo was taken in October on Blake's birthday. This layout was inspired by a sketch by Inspired Blueprints, sketch #5. Wildflower150/Deanna, a member at Personal Scrapper, had posted a gingerbread house layout using the November kit earlier in the month. I knew knew then that the papers would also work with our gingerbread house pictures from 2006. Unfortunately, our house collapsed into a pile!
As I sorted through my (many!) Christmas pictures to use with the new December kit, I came across several family/group photos that I'd had enlarged. I decided to pair them up with some DCWV papers that came in a mini kit I received at a crop at Archiver's in November. I loved using my new American Crafts foil Thickers.
If it weren't for an online crop at Personal Scrapper mid-month, I think my total count for December would have been kept to 3 layouts! The crop was from Friday until Wednesday and I don't think I even started scrapping until Monday morning!
I did use the December kit for this layout for Blake's album. The challenge was to do a layout based on an interview. I thought Blake's wishlist for Christmas counted. I'm glad I have this documented for him now. I was inspired by a sketch, but didn't write it down on the LO - it might have been a PageMaps.
There was a challenge to use a b/w photo. I had just copied this photo of my paternal grandparents and paired it up with this Jenni Bowlin paper I'd had for almost a year. I used my Stampin' Up colored pencils to color in the pattern of the paper.
For the "girly girl" challenge to use flowers & ribbon, I made another layout of my grandparents. I had these photos in 8x10, but had also made copies so I could scrap them "someday." Again, I used Jenni Bowlin papers. The button in the center of the flowers is a vintage button from my other grandmother's sewing stash.
For the "off the page" challenge by Carrie Postma, I ran my photos off the page. This page just cracks me up because I remember how funny it was to look up and see my two boys and my nephew all dancing on Thanksgiving. They'd all gotten hot and removed their shirts - it was funny that they all had on white tees underneath. I used the leftovers in a "kit bag" that I had sitting around. I added naked Junkitz and MM chipboard letters.
Another Design Team member, Carmen, posted a LO that we were supposed to lift. Here is my take on it. Kevin was so proud of his building. It was taller than he was! I love how he was dressed in his baseball pants!
There was also a challenge to mix alphas in your title. I hope my sister, Molly, doesn't kill me for posting this layout of her and her boyfriend! I didn't realize they'd snagged my camera for some self portraits until later. I used the November PS kit for this page.
I had a couple pictures I'd taken of the food at Mom & Dad's on Thanksgiving, and they worked perfect with the "holiday tradition" challenge. I used the December PS kit for this layout.
A page about Kevin's tree in his room this year worked well with the red/green challenge. I was inspired by a Valerie Salmon sketch for this page, but I did make a few changes.
I loved these pictures of Kevin learning how to make Mom's chicken & dumplings. I worked them into the seasonal challenge for winter since that's when we usually have dumplings. However, the pics were taken on his early November birthday. This is probably my favorite page from the crop. It's based on a Jana Wilson sketch.
I lifted a DT member for another challenge. I really liked a layout by Carmen. I just realized that the layout loaded sideways (oops!). By the way...this is the "bad" Santa I mentioned in my last post!
I had a three other layouts from the crop, but they are loading sideways, also. I also made some cute ornaments out of the Scrapworks little 2x3 postage stamp shaped acrylic albums. I had gotten the idea at Archiver's last month. I made one for all the kids in the family, one for my sister, and a set of our boys to keep for myself. Finally, I also altered a couple star shaped boxes to hold ornaments I'd sewn for Kevin's teacher's aides.
Right now, I am in the process of going through my December photos so I can get them uploaded and ordered. I don't know when I'll get back to scrapping though. I'm having too much fun playing Yahtzee and Upwords with the boys.


Mel said...

Your layouts are so amazing. My favorites are the ones you did with the November kit. I have yet to break into mine--you've inspired me ;)

Lindsey said...

Awesome LO's!! You always do such a good job at getting a lot done!!

Star said...

I love your Im with Stupid lo, that was crackin me up!

Lynette said...

I love all your layouts, you are really an inspiration to me to get off my butt and start scrapping:)

Deanna/wildflower said...

HEee heee I was so suprised to see you mention me on your blog!!! Thanks!