Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The One with Little Boy Layouts

I received the Little Boy line by Echo Park Paper Co. to play around with months ago and I finally found the time and mojo to make not one, not two, not three, not four, but FIVE layouts! Go me :)
Tips & tricks: I watched (or rather listened to) Fringe season 2 whilst scrapping these layouts. It's my favorite new show. Looooove it. Like LOST and X-Files combined. Anyways, about the layout - I cut and punched shapes and designs from patterned paper, sewed them together in strips, and then adhered them on my background kraft cardstock. I sewed them first before putting them on my layout because if I adhered them first it breaks my sewing machine because of the stickiness. To add more texture and interest I cut and punched border strips from kraft cardstock and adhered them between the patterned paper borders. I added some journaling, pictures, a Thicker title, and that's that!
Journaling says: "They" say babies are supposed to sleep 18 hours a day but we're lucky if Fox sleeps for more than 20 minutes at a time! Hopefully it means he's taking in his surroundings and will be super duper smart. And, he may not take long naps during the day, but I can't complain about his night time routine. Lately he's been going to bed at 8pm and waking up at 3am and 5am. We're getting there!
Supplies: Kraft cardstock: Archiver's; Patterned paper, scalloped border sticker: Echo Park Paper Co.; Buttons, foam letter stickers, pen, adhesive: American Crafts; Sewing machine: Brother; Thread: Coats & Clark; Paper cutter, scissors, pinking shears, punches (star, bracket border, scalloped border): Fiskars; Hole punch: Office supply
Tips & tricks: I took out all the shapes from a chipboard sheet and then used the negative space on my layout. I sewed around each shape and then backed the holes with photos and patterned paper. Then I put a button in the center of each, of course. Love me some buttons! I made a border around the chipboard sheet using a scalloped border sticker and paper strips trimmed using border punches and decorative scissors. The journaling spot is cut from patterned paper and then I embellished around it using a train sticker and a star punched from patterned paper.
Journaling says: Finally you were born! I held you in my arms and squeezed you so tight - the moment I'd been looking forward to for 9 months!
Supplies: Cardstock, buttons, chipboard letter stickers, pen, adhesive: American Crafts; Patterned paper, journaling spot, stickers (letters, scalloped border, train): Echo Park Paper Co.; Chipboard sheet: Imagination Project; Sewing machine: Brother; Thread: Coats & Clark; Paper cutter, scissors, pinking shears, punches (bracket border, star): Fiskars
Tips & tricks: First I staggered letter stickers down the left side of my cream background cardstock to create the title. Then I used chipboard frames to frame my pictures - some of the frames I had to cut the holes out myself and trimmed a few down to make them smaller. I numbered each photo so you know where to go next to read the journaling - and they're also in chronological order.
Journaling says: After going to a routine doctor appointment she said I was dilated to 4 cm and 90% effaced. Then she stripped my membranes (without telling me...) and we headed to the hospital because I was bleeding so much. Of course the traffic was horrendous! But I wasn't in pain so it was okay. We got to the hospital and parked in Labor & Delivery then I got wheelchaired up to L&D. They hooked me up to monitors, admitted me, then I got transferred to the birthing suite. My contractions weren't ever painful until they broke my water (after almost sending me home after my labor stopped overnight). Once the contractions started hurting I got the blessed epidural. After a couple hours I was ready to have a baby! I'll always remember watching The Price Is Right right before I started pushing. Just a half hour of pushing and Fox was born with a full head of hair. He got a perfect score on the Apgar :) The doctor immediately put him on my chest and there he stayed for over an hour and we bonded. I'll never forget these precious moments!
Supplies: Cardstock, pen, adhesive: American Crafts; Stickers (airplane, cars, letters, numbers): Echo Park Paper Co.; Chipboard frames: Maya Road (heart), Scenic Route Paper Co. (squares), Tim Holtz (scalloped oval and rectangle, tag, ticket); Paper cutter, scissors: Fiskars
Tips & tricks: I punched about (20) 3" scalloped circles from patterned paper, put a 2" cardstock square in the center of each, and folded up the exposed sides around the square to create fancy squares. I adhered them in a diamond pattern and then sewed them down. I cut (4) 2" square photos and put them in between the diamonds. I made a happy and fun assorted Thickers title and then sprinkled on some buttons. Oh and I wrote some journaling around the zigzags of the first row of diamonds. This is prolly my favorite layout of the bunch.
Journaling says: It's amazing to think that these fingers and toes have an entire life ahead of them. Their potential is so amazing! Where will you go, what will you do, what will you become? Only time will tell!
Supplies: Cardstock, buttons, letter stickers, adhesive: American Crafts; Patterned paper: Echo Park Paper Co.; Sewing machine: Brother; Thread & Coats; Scalloped circle punch: Marvy Uchida; Paper cutter, scissors: Fiskars
Tips & tricks: I drew a heart on a scrap of cardstock, punched a million 1" squares from patterned paper, covered the heart in adhesive, covered the heart with the punched squares, and then trimmed it back to the heart shape. I zigzag stitched it to my green cardstock background. Don't look too closely at the stitching, my sewing machine is messed up :( I cut the journaling spots out from patterned paper, adhered them around the edges, and then cut off the excess. I added a Thicker title, framed the heart and title with some pinked patterned paper strips, then finished with some journaling.
Journaling says: The first time my mom (Malm) said, "Fox is sawing logs!" I was like, "What does that mean?" She asked if I was serious... I felt silly. Apparently sawing logs means 'in a deep sleep.' I asked Chris if he knew what 'sawing logs' means and he did know. Of course :) Now I say Fox is sawing logs all the time. Oh wait, he never sleeps...
Supplies: Cardstock, chipboard letter stickers, pen, adhesive: American Crafts; Patterned paper, journaling spots: Echo Park Paper Co.; Sewing machine: Brother; Thread: Coats & Clark; Paper cutter, scissors, pinking shears, square punch: Fiskars

It feels so good to scrap again!


Chris said...

These are amazing! I especially love the "Oh, the places you'll go!" one!

Ryan and LeDawn said...

you are so talented! they are all so cute, but I think the 2nd one is my favorite LO

Valerie said...

Gorgeous layouts Paige! Welcome back to the scrapbooking world!

beckyjune said...

Paige, these are all incredible!!!

Dawn said...

Wow, those are awesome!!

I just saw this fox shirt too... http://www.etsy.com/listing/57929137/fox-organic-t-shirt-hand-dyed-off-white?ref=fp_treasury_12

Samantha said...

I really love these Paige, boy is there some technique here. I would love to try a few out. Good to hear Fox is better. xoxoxo

jamie long said...

these are all amazing!

*reyanna klein* said...

Yay for scrapping again! These layouts are fabulous, and these papers are so cute!

I NEED to scrap. I haven't in so long! *sigh* Maybe this week... :-)

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

This collection is PERFECT for you! LOVE all these LOs! FAB job:) As always!!

Leslie Ashe said...

Yummy pages!

wendipooh13 said...

oh my gosh your pages are AMAZING!!!! totally LOVE what you did with the line!!! VERY super cute

Jenni said...

it's so great to see some of your layouts again! they are ADORABLE!

Jinny Newlin said...

These are beautiful, Paige! I'm in awe! Just LOVE all your fantastic details! They will be so treasured!

Stefanie said...

I absolutely love these pages! Fox is lucky to have such a creative mama to document his little life.