Monday, August 27, 2012

The One with August 2012 American Crafts Layouts

I printed $30 worth of pictures and let's just say I've been having fun scrapping all weekend long!
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Now that baby Jane is here, I have sooooo many things and events I want to scrapbook for her! So, here are my monthly projects for American Crafts. I made FOUR layouts instead of two :)
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WATCH ME GROW

Journaling says: Just like with Fox we took a picture of my growing belly every Sunday before church to see Jane's progress. I want to continue to do this with every pregnancy!

Note: I made a very similar layout for Fox for the first page of his scrapbooks, so I wanted to make one for Jane as well. Ta da!

How to: I used an exacto knife to trim out the center of the laser cut paper and then backed it with white cardstock. I backed the hearts in the four corners with dark pink cardstock. Then I added all the mini pregnancy pictures and popped some up with foam squares. I sewed a couple of hearts over the center using yellow thread and then lined it with brads and buttons. Next came the title, a bit of journaling, and the layered flower embellishment.

Supplies: Cardstock, laser cut paper, brads, buttons, sequin trim, chipboard borders, letter stickers, layered flower embellishment, pen, adhesive: American Crafts; Sewing machine: Brother; Thread: Coats & Clark
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FIRST DAYS

Journaling says: It's so much fun having a little girl! The first few days with you in our lives have been nothing but pure bliss. You are an angel baby - so happy and easy going and oh so pretty!

Notes: I love instagram! I always have my phone handy as opposed to lugging around my ginormous camera so I use it to snap pictures of the everyday moments and upload them to instagram to share with the world. When Jane was born I took pictures left and right - here are just a few of the pictures from her first few days of life on Earth.

How to: Trim a 10" square block of robin's egg blue cardstock and adhere photos in a grid, with empty spaces, across it. Punch butterflies from patterned paper squares, adhere the paper squares in some of the empty spaces, and re-attach the butterflies using foam dots; bend up the wings and add jewels to the middle of each butterfly. Stamp a butterfly using watermark ink in each of the remaning empty squares. Back each edge of the cardstock square with white ruffled crepe paper borders, tuck a piece of ribbon or trim on each side, then sew around the edges using straight and zigzag stitching; leave the thread ends pretty long. Adhere the entire square on a white cardstock layout base, round the corners, then punch a doily border next to each piece of ribbon/trim; add pearls or jewels on top of the stitching by the ribbon/trim. Add a letter sticker title, write journaling in one of the squares, stamp the dates on the bottom right corner, and trim out some sentiments from patterned paper to adhere here and there.

Supplies: Cardstock, patterned paper, ruffled crepe paper borders, ribbon, trim, letter stickers, stamps (butterfly, date), pen, adhesive: American Crafts; Jewels: Mark Richards; Pearls: Pebbles; Ink: StazOn (black), VersaMark (watermark); Punches (butterfly, doily border): Martha Stewart Crafts; Corner rounder: Fiskars; Sewing machine: Brother; Thread: Coats & Clark
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OH HELLO LOVELY

Journaling says: My dearest Jane - words cannon express how happy I am to have you in my life. From the moment I knew you wanted to come to Earth to the second the doctors put your tiny body on my chest was the longest nine months! Now you're here and every day is just so much fun! I love holding you, nursing you, staring into your beautiful gray eyes, burping you, changing your diapers, getting you dressed all cute and girly every day, bathing you, and watching you grow and develop. I love you sweet girl of mine!

How to: Punch a bunch of doily border strips from assorted patterned papers from the Amy Tangerine Sketchbook line. Layer the borders across a square of scrap cardstock then adhere the block to an aqua cardstock layout base; zigzag stitch around the left, top, and right edges, bend up the borders a bit, then journal around the layout. Place a 6x6 patterned paper block on the middle, add a photo, then start layering on the stickers, die cuts, title, and fabric brads. Drop India ink across the top left and bottom right corners and let it dry before handling.

Supplies: Cardstock, patterned paper, fabric brads, stickers (dimensional flowers, flowers, paisley, scalloped border, sentiments), die cuts (leaf, paisley), pen, adhesive: American Crafts; India ink: Artworks; Doily border punch: Martha Stewart Crafts; Sewing machine: Brother; Thread: Coats & Clark
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I MADE A WISH AND YOU CAME TRUE

Journaling says: I'll be honest, after I had your brother Fox I desperately wanted my next baby to be a girl. I hoped and prayed and prayed some more and my wish came true! Although no one would ever give me a definitive 100% so when you were born one of the first questions I asked was if you were really a girl :) You are!

How to: Trim the edges of a robin's egg blue cardstock sheet with scalloped scissors then straight/zigzag stitch it to a cream cardstock layout base; leave the thread ends long. Splatter gold and shimmer mist across the layout. Water down bookbinding glue, drop it across the layout using a paintbrush, smear some glue between the drops, sprinkle the drops with gold glitter, shake off the excess, then let it dry completely. Check out the tutorial by Rahel Menig to see how to make glitter splatter. Make a 7" circle and trim it into fifths, cover each piece with strips of patterned paper, trim the excess, back the curved edge of each piece with crocheted trim, then adhere the wedges in a star shape on the layout; stitch around the edges using gray thread. Add a photo to the center then embellish with stickers, a badge, and layered flower embellishments. Add a title and write journaling around the star.

Supplies: Cardstock, patterned paper, badge, pen, adhesive: American Crafts; Crocheted trim: Love My Tapes; Stickers: American Crafts (copper letters, layered flowers, sentiments), Cosmo Cricket (words), Lily Bee Design (white letters); Glitter: Martha Stewart Crafts; Spray mist: Tattered Angels; Scalloped scissors: Provo Craft; Sewing machine: Brother; Thread: Coats & Clark; Bookbinding glue: Paper Source
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That's all for now!

15 comments:

wendipooh13 said...

oh wow!!! LOVE LOVE all your amazing pages and super stunning style!!!! love all the mini pics on the pages!!!

sandee said...

Beautiful pages, but then you have a stellar model to work with! Paige, I could use your help if you wouldn't mind zipping over to my blog for a momment. I could use your advice :) waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

Audrey Yeager said...

Oh gosh these are so so sweet Paige!!!!! You are gonna have more photos than you know what to do with! :) She is precious!

Chris said...

Wow. These are incredible! I guess it helps to have such a beautiful new muse to scrap!

Cherie said...

Awesome layouts!!! My fave is your 'Watch me grow' layout. So colorful!!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

You are amazing!! These are all GORGEOUS!!!! I loveeeeeeeeeeeee that big heart on the first one!!!!!

Laurie LaRiviere said...

Paige, these are just beautiful, both Jane and Fox are so lucky to have such a creative mom to document their lives, and I love how all of your layouts are so different from each other and how you have your own unique style that is just sooo cool!! love it!

sh3ri3 said...

OMG that first page is amazing, it almost makes me want to have another baby so i can make one - i have not been to blog land for a long time, congrats on the new addition :) xx

Joanne said...

i love your monthly layouts, so inspring!

Cathy said...

all of these are so incredible, and she is just too sweet!

Eliz Gardner said...

L.O.V.E! I'll tell you what lady, if I wasn't already knocked up you'd be giving me baby fever, BIG TIME! ;)

Jen Schow said...

Paige, You AMAZE ME! I can't get over how much I love your 'I made a wish and you came true' page. SO CUTE. Thanks for the continual inspiration!

Audrey Pettit said...

Awww, baby Jane is sooooo precious! Huge congratulations to you and your family, Paige! LOVE your layouts. Just stunning!

Lora Oliver said...

Absolutely stunning. I especially LOVE, LOVE the Watch Me Grow and the Oh, How Lovely layouts. Thank you for the fabulous inspiration!

I'm just a simple gal said...

Yay, so glad to see some layouts ;0 These are great. I love your unique style. We scrap so differently :) :) But that's a good thing :)