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Monday, June 17, 2013

Take Dad Out To The Ballgame

Happy Monday! It's the beginning of a brand new week and I hope it is a good one. So far so good. Weather is still great here in the PNW . The only downside is our son left this morning after spending Father's Day weekend with us and our daughter goes back to Arizona tomorrow. But we are so thankful to have had the family all together for even just a short time.
I have a surprise for you today.  I  have a scrapbook page to share instead of a card. I think it is the first page I have made in a year. Felt so good to make it. I made it for my husbands Father's Day gift. I was still working on it last night. I think I finally finished it at 10:00 PM. He was really surprised and loved it.
So here it is:
 I was inspired of course by the photos but I had no idea how to get started. There is a huge difference between a 4x51/2" card and a 12x12" piece of cardstock. I did know however that I was going to group the photos and ticket stub together on a mat and I had already pulled out any stamps that I thought could be used and  I knew what colors I wanted to use. I just couldn't get started. The new issue of Pap wer Crafts was sitting on my desk so I picked it up and started thumbing through it when an advertisement  for the new special issue Of Scrapbooking Boys And Men caught my eye. It had three small scarpbook pages in the advertisement and a light bulb went off when I saw this one:
I loved the border and the stars and that was all I needed for inspiration. So I grabbed my stamps and got right to work.
First I grouped the photos together with the ticket stub and on the green cardstock leaving room for the journaling and part of the title, which I stamped and then cut out each letter.
I only used part of the stamp that I used for the journaling and cut the unused portion off after I had written out the story.
 The baseball glove, balls and bat are from an old Stamping Up set. I stamped them all on white cardstock with distress inks and cut them out by hand.
 The blue border was stamped with a stamp from Papertrey Ink in two colors, Tumbled Glass distress ink and Ocean Depth chalk ink. The four banners along the bottom edge are also Papertrey Ink stamps and our stamped in Ocean Depth chalk ink and Tumbled Glass, Fired Brick and Peeled Paint distress inks.
I am also getting better at remembering to go through my scrap box to see if I can use something there instead of making something new. I found the rounded square piece of dark blue carstock and it fit perfectly in the leftover space on the mat and helped to ground the baseball bat and ball. I found stars but not in the right color but it helped me to know which star punches I needed without trying out different punches so that saved me a bit of time.
So there you have it, my first scrapbook page in a year! It feels good and I hope this motivates me to do more. I love making cards because they are much faster to make and of course I need lots of cards each years but I making scrapbook pages for my family really makes me happy and I love preserving our memories.
I just feel like I need to scrap every photo but now with technology I guess it isn't important to scrap every photo you take (especially with digital I take even more photos) just scrap the ones that tell the story and store the others on the computer. I also like to make mini albums which I did make one for our Christmas photos last year since I didn't have many photos and already had the album made so all I had to do was print the photos and put them in the album with a bit of journaling.
Also I use to scrap in chronological order. But I gave that up and now usually scarp which photos or event that I am most excited to get scarped. I think this works much better for me.
So tell me how you scrap. It is fun to see how different or the same other people are.
Enjoy your day and thanks so much for stopping by.

1 comment:

  1. A Grand Slam for sure! I admire anyone who can scrapbook! Like you, I get so overwhelmed with where to start on such a large canvas! You, however, nailed every element - the balance is perfect, the layout is sweeter than sweet, the colors are fabulous (team colors I'm assuming) and your attention to detail is second to none! What a treasure for your DH to cherish!


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