Tuesday, 18 January 2011

With full credit to Shimelle....

...because it was this post on her blog that inspired the whole thing. I loved the idea overall, and (naturally!) loved Shimelle's layouts, so I read it all through carefully, made sketches based on her layouts, and then rushed straight to my craft cupboard one of my craft cupboards and sorted through my one or two hundred sheets of patterned paper. I found a few designs which went beautifully together, some nicely co-ordinating cardstock for the background, and - best yet! - a rather lovely sheet of fabric paper which also came from Shimelle, in a kit I bought a while back! This was clearly the opportunity to use it, and proves that the full credit does indeed go to Shimelle :-)

So yes, I got all excited about the layouts I was going to make. Then it occurred to me that just maybe, possibly, I could do with some photos?! This slowed me down just a tad, to be honest!

And then we went to visit some friends for the weekend. And The Children totally hit it off with their The Children, which was really lovely. And I took my new camera with me, having read the entire manual now and itching to just get out there and play with it. And we went for a long walk through a park and to a playground and round a lake and to a cafe. And many photos were taken. Result!

Though actually, although I've printed off those photos and assembled 'page kits' with pieces of patterned paper cut roughly to size, alpha stickers, accent stickers, etc, and although I've mentally built each layout and know how I want it to look (and how I want them to look together), I haven't yet had time to scrap them. (Pesky work commitments and need for sleep!!) But I did have time for one layout, and while it still comes from Shimelle's post and uses that fabric paper I mentioned, it's a stand alone page with photos from another time altogether.

I came across these particular pics while trying to choose some to scrap using the sketches and papers I'd put together, before our weekend trip provided plenty of new photos! They're from over 5 years ago now, and I knew when I took them just what story I wanted to tell, but somehow never quite got round to telling it - till now :-)

That was a long-winded introduction, wasn't it?! Shall I just show you the layout now? Here you are then:


[The Girl's name is on the sticker with her age, but I've obscured it here.]


The journaling doesn't show up completely clearly, which actually I'm fine about - you can read it if you look closely at the layout in real life, and from a distance you can see that there's something there, which adds interest and detail to that area, even if it isn't totally clear what it is! But if you're interested, here's what it says:

I don't think we were ever really worried about how you'd settle in at pre-school, but your eagerness to get there that first day soon dispelled any lingering doubts we may have had!


As for the other layouts, I hope to have some time to work on them later this week. I'll share them here when they're done - and I promise not to witter on so much next time!!

21 comments:

debs14 said...

What beautiful papers that compliment those photos perfectly. Lovely layout. And I can hardly wait to see the pages you make with all those supplies and photos you have ready and waiting. Stupid work and sleep getting in the way of your creativity ;-)

Liberty :) said...

I love this mel! I often make mini kits up out of my stash and it works really well!! i have done the same with my new stash and scrapping is so much quicker!!! i am all about speed!

scrappyjacky said...

A lovely page,Mel.....all that white space [or should that be red spotty space] looks great.
You may just have to do without sleep....and get the other pages done!!!

Sandra said...

what a gorgeous page

Cheri said...

You should always feel free to "witter" away! It makes the layout that much more interesting by the time we get to it. Lovely job!

Denise said...

Lovely page Mel, I really like those pink letters - and to completely change the subject -I made your yummy monkfish and pancetta kebabs (but used salmon) tonight and they were scrummy :-)

Lizzie said...

I love that "fabric paper", so spotty, so pinky, so lovely!
I think you must take a little credit for this layout, Mel. It really is lovely and you made it with your own photos and materials - even if you used some ideas from Shimelle. It does take some skill to choose the right papers, embellishments, letters etc to make the layout a success.
Very nice!

Beverly said...

ohhh "the girl" was so young! love the colors and patterns!

Kim @ It's a Crafty Life said...

I love this page! It is the cutest thing!

Melissa said...

Cute layout and I really like that fabric paper.

Amy said...

Layering of papers and the tilting of photos - sigh - I can only look from afar with envy .... I find this so hard to achieve and here is your beautiful layout that looks fantastic!

when I paper scrap I also make up little kits - it is very helpful!

Mary B said...

Witter away as much as you like Mel that's what we like and we love you speaking Melsh now don't we. lol

Mary B said...

OOps forgot to say that is a lovely page super dotty pp too

Karen said...

I love this page--the design, the colors and the adorable little girl in the photo!

Maria Ontiveros said...

Love the combination of patterns you used. I really should pull out the Ali Edwards book I have on patterned paper combinations and get some layouts done.
Rinda

Anesha said...

Super layout, love the papers and great photos.

Sian said...

You have really worked that fav colour combo of Shimelle's - the pink and green - into a beautiful page. It's so fresh and pretty

Tracey said...

Wow - so bright and colourful. Just perfect for a lovely girl! :)

Deb @ PaperTurtle said...

VERY sweet layout, Mel. And I love the colors and layers you used. :o)

alison290 said...

Love this Mel...and it's reminded about that post! I remember looking at it and thinking I would file it away for later-and promptly forgetting...I've done so now.

SarahLP said...

Beautiful page.. simply gorgeous!