Thursday, September 16, 2010

Better Living Through Scrapbooking September Newsletter

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The newsletter features (among other wonderful things), a really fun challenge and everyone is welcome (and encouraged) to participate too!



“Baby, You’re the Greatest” challenge

Create a baby layout about you, using the oldest photo you have of yourself.
Choose at least 2 of the following:
1. Scan the original photo and print it using your home printer or photo printing service, or take the photo to your local copy shop and have them make a color copy of the photo so that you can scrap the photo and save the original.
2. Use no pastels or “baby colors” on the page (no light pinks, blues or pastel yellows)
3. Frame the photo on your page in an unusual way.
4. Use words/letters as “art”. Cut letters and words from old magazines, junk mail, newspapers, packaging, etc. and use them in an artistic way on your page. Use them as a title, journaling, or just as embellishments on your page.
5. Use lace or ribbon on your page.

And my take on the challenge...



Whoa, now this photograph is a blast from the past for sure! Waaaay back in 1962 when I was but a wee lassie of just one year! I really had to blow the dust off this oldie before I could get any glue to stick to it. Well, okay, maybe I exaggerate, but you get the idea…it’s an old photo that COULD have had dust on it, had I not had it packed away in a Zip Lock bag (ah, the wonders of Zip Lock!).


Okay, now for the challenge I decided to scan the old picture and then scrap the copy (one of the additional parts of the challenge that we could select). I also used ribbon/lace on the page, and I didn’t really use any traditional “baby colors” like pastel blue or pink … although the muted tones of this beauiful Graphic 45 paper certainly lent itself well to a baby layout. However, I recognize that some may consider the colors pastel…but I figured since I did pick the other two additions to the Challenge, I could just use this one as an extra and let you all decided whether the layout features ”baby colors” or not!

After I scanned the photo I warmed it up in Photoshop (with a photo filter) wanting it to have a bit more yellow in it than it actually had (believe it or not! LOL), to match the design more closely. I left my journal entry for the layout very simple and decided to add it in my own handwriting for a more personal touch, it reads, “Elizabeth A. Moore, March 1962, 1 year old.”

I couldn’t resist the chance to create a little wordplay with the title too… “Baby Me.”

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Supplies Used:
Patterned Paper: Steampunk Debutante, Le’ Romantique Collection (Graphic 45)
Cardstock: Natural Smooth (Discount Cardstock)
Fibers: Ribbon (Martha Stewart), Lace (Ellen Hutson Freebie), Alabaster Splendid Ribbon (Artsy.licious)
Embellishments: Brads (Making Memories), Flower (Prima Marketing), Journaling Card, Sparklers (Webster’s Pages)
Other Tools: Cricut Expression, Cindi Loo, Fabulous Finds and Tags, Bags, Boxes and More cartridges (ProvoCraft)

8 Scrappy Comments:

Kristina H said...

I just love your scrapbook pages! This is beautiful....what did your mom think?

GLENDA BROOKS said...

This is amazing! I really need to scrapbook again! I miss it so much. I really like all the extra details you put on your page! Great job!

Maria said...

What a sweet scrapbook page! An adorable baby picture of you! Love all the colors and elements...wonderful job!

Audrey Pettit said...

What an adorable page, Beth! LOVE that baby photo of you! And I adore all the earth tones and colors you used......and no, I don't think these are pastel baby colors at all. I love the flower elements on here, and you know my eye caught all the fabulous Webster's Pages goodies on here. ;) Love how you used the Vintage Sparklers and the Journaling Cards, along with their fabulous trim.

Fliss said...

An absolutely beautiful scrapbook page Beth. I just love the vintage feel of it and those Graphic 45 papers really make it.
Thank you so much for the lovely comment that you left on my blog, it was such a lovely surprise.
I have joined Papercraft Star as a follower and hope to take part in the next challenge. I can't do the current one as we're really busy getting my younger daughter ready to take to university tomorrow.
Hope you have a lovely weekend. x

Gail said...

thank you for your kind comments on my blog and the invitation to play along.When Papercraft Star had it's blog hop I was lucky enough to win a prize from Carolyn.This has never been sent to me despite sending a polite e-mail to her.I will not be entering any PS challenges until this is resolved.
PS is not the only culprit ,I am still waiting for a prize from June from another challenge site.

thefrugalcrafter said...

brilliant vintage! I love this!

Wendy said...

thanks for the comment at my blog. i plan on following your challenges and hoping that it gives me some wonderful inspiration. i have not ever followed any challenge blogs, because i teach scrapbook classes at the lss, so i don't have alot of time and my classes are not a true picture of my personal scrapbooking style. so many times i struggle with who i am as a scrapper, because i am doing lots of techniques and staying on a budget...which is not who i am as a scrapper...i'm not really much into techniques for my own style. anyways, thanks for finding me.

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