I feel the need to give you a little history of me. I love to create cards and mini albums but I had a mental block with scrapbooking I could not get rid of. I wanted to scrapbook the numerous photos I have at home but I always felt like I would do it wrong. I was afraid of someone pointing out everything that I shouldn’t do on a layout. Not sure how I broke the mental block but it is gone forever!! I realised the pages I create are for me and my family to enjoy, it’s not like I am publishing them for the world to see…oh wait! I am!! I believe my style of scrapbooking is far from traditional but I am always happy with the result. I hope you enjoy the layout I made of my great nephew Bannon.
When I opened my box of goodies, I instantly fell in love with the Mix & Match designer paper packs! It’s the perfect compliment for a masculine layout. I must thank Bannon for creating the perfect outfit. I chose the Mix & Match Neutral designer pack for this one-page layout. I chose three of the patterned paper to cut out the 2-inch circles using the Custom Cutting System. Once I cut out 18 circles (6 from 3 of the patterned paper), I cut each 2-inch circle in half using the 12″ Straight Trimmer.
I started placing the half circles on a piece of white cardstock to establish a pattern I liked. I adhered each half circle using the repositionable tape. I wasn’t overly thrilled with the results on the plain white cardstock. I found the woodgrain paper in the Mix & Match Designer Paper Pack and knew it was going to be my new background.
The repositionable tape is a MUST HAVE for any crafter!
I used the 12 inch Straight Trimmer and the Multipurpose Tool to score a line approximately 1 1/2 inches from the top and 1 inch from the left side of the Mix & Match Designer Paper to establish my first line to adhere the half circles to the page. I used the repositionable tape again to adhere the half circles to the designer paper. I have seven rows of half circles in no particular order. Once I was happy with the placement of the half circles, I brought out my sewing machine!
I sewed the top of each line of half circles. I love the look of the thread at the beginning and end of each row.
Once I finished my sewing project, I typed out my journaling and used the 12 inch Straight Trimmer to trim it all out. I adhered a capital B from the Black ABC/123 Stickers using Foam Squares to pop it up.
I hope this layout inspires you to think outside the box when creating. Remember creativity is contagious…pass it on!
*** Using your sewing machine is completely optional. Layout can be created by drawing “faux” stitches with your Dual-Tip Pen.