Yay, I'm back ^_~. The bathroom is nearly done, all we need is the new mirror to be put up. It's so nice now with a new floor, newly painted walls and a new faucet. So over the past week I did four layouts. This is the first one I did on Monday while at my dear friend Julie's.
Uses a page maps layout, I used some leftover Valentine Minds Eye papers along with some CTMH paper and CS. The hearts, photo corners, and oval sentiment tag are all chip board covered with Cranberry or Hollyhock CS then the edges sanded. Waxy flax on the buttons and twill ribbon used for embellishments. And I just happened to have that cute printed grosgrain ribbon out and realized how cute it would look with this page. If it hadn't been already sitting on the table I wouldn't have thought to add it. The journaling was the toughest part since I have done so many Daddy/Daughter pages of Caitie at this age with Paul. I didn't want to just say the same things over again.
This one I did at my MIL's. Uses Minds Eye Confetti papers, CTMH Textured white CS and kiwi CS as well as another page maps layout design. I love how this one came out. These pictures are yet another pair that I've not had any idea on what to do with, mostly because the colors are so drab in the photos. I went against my usual trying to match colors in the layout to the pictures and I love how it came out!! The fun colors really liven up the photos. I covered the chipboard flowers with the minds eye paper and used some of those fakey dew drops from Michael's. They came in really big packages and I found them on an end basket with the floral supplies. While there wasn't a big selection in colors (a pink, blue, green, and clear/frosted packages) the price was great at only $2 for each large bag so I didn't feel guilty at all putting a bunch on the layout ^_~ CTMH, Minds Eye and misc ribbon cut by the yard were used as well as the Adorable stamp set to stamp out sweet (done in hollyhock ink). You can't see it in the picture but the white CS is textured and slightly ink distressed on the edges with kiwi. I love the colors in this!
I rarely use stickers if ever. Personally I feel I don't really know how to use them very well and I'm terrible at getting things in the right spot the first time. But I think I did pretty good with this layout. Uses a Making Memories packet. The pattern paper, flower and alpha stickers all came from the one kit. I stamped out Hanging in cocoa on chocolate CS and cut it out for part of the title and stamped out the & on the bottom right as well as the together on a tag that came with the kit (in ocean). Another pair of pictures that I didn't know what to do with but just went with the theme of the papers and used another page maps layout. I really like how it came out even though I'm not a sticker person ^_~
This is the only layout I'm not thrilled with. I love the colors, but it just seems to be missing something, plus I started this layout when I was already very tired so I think my mind was a bit blank on what I wanted to do. I'm thinking of stamping out the fairies on the cream and coloring them in to place over the simple chocolate stamped fairies, maybe pop dot them and see if that helps. This layout started out based of a page maps layout but the picture didn't really fit (was for a large vertical pic) so I moved things around quite a bit. It's also one of those just miscellaneous pictures that I have laying about. I was trying very hard to finish all the Feb/March '06 pictures by the end of this month. I have I think 5 pictures left but they will end up being 3 different layouts since it's 2, 2, and 1 for the events.