Sorry I've been away so long! In the middle of my holiday prep and school holiday party prep that I haven't posted a Layout of the Week yet. I have a couple Christmas projects all ready to go, just haven't written anything about them. Time sure flies by this time of year. And maybe I forgot because my fingers have been too cold to type! It finally "warmed up" this morning...my car said it was 15, for the last few days it's said 12 on the way to school. I know that many of you are laughing at me right now, you know who you are...you're from the Midwest, Canada or maybe Antarctica! But really, I'm in Portland and it doesn't get cold like this here for this long! OK, we did have snow on the ground for 3 weeks last year, but that was a fluke...or climate change. Of course just as many of you just ran to get your coats when you read 12, you're from SoCal, Australia or maybe the Sahara! But I'm tired of pasting my daughter with Burt's Bees Lip Balm & that smelly, but wonderful hemp cream from The Body Shop. And who wants to wear long johns under their clothes to school everyday? I'm sure some of your kids do, but they probably also get to play in the snow at recess, we have no snow, just cold and a pond that's frozen over in our backyard.
Well, that's enough of me complaining, it certainly isn't that I'd like rain better, no way! I just want summer back whenever it's convenient for me!
I think it's time to share one of my recent creations! I created this layout with Graphic 45's Christmas past collection. My mom recently gave me an envelope full of photos of me that she saved from photos she had sent my grandma over the years. Grandma Muriel passed away a few years back and she had saved photos of all her grandchildren from the time when we were born. I found these photos in my envelope. They were taken when I was about 2 1/2, a few months before my brother was born and I didn't get all the attention any more! :) I love how these old photos are square with white borders and the dates stamped on them. I thought that they went perfectly with Graphic 45's style. To me their retro papers go perfectly with sepia tone photos and the slight natural yellowing of these photos looks great with them. I didn't want to crop the photos at all, so I let their shape dictate my layout and how I cut the yellowed catalog page to back them. It's so fun to see my clothes and little pig tails, but my favorite part is seeing how my dad dressed in 1972! I guess style really does come around again...check out those sideburns! I can also see a few ornaments on this tree that I still hang on my tree!
I wanted to keep this layout from being very sparkly...I've been using tons of sparkle lately. So I used a pack of Little Yellow Bicycle's felt die cuts along with felt ribbon from Creative Cafe and a few red pearls from Kaisercraft. The next time you're scrapping photos from your childhood, or someone else's, check out Graphic 45's wonderful retro papers. I've got a great project using their Transatlantique papers to show you soon! (probably after Christmas)
Don't forget to stop by Ann's Virtual Girls' Night Out, to get a few more comments for your blog, meet some new bloggy friends and maybe learn something new!
If you've got some older, maybe slightly yellowed, photos you want to scrap, check out the beautiful retro papers from Graphic 45. Sepia tone photos look great with their papers too!
Remember not to crop all the background out of your photos! Choose a few photos where you will leave in some of the background, especially if it's your home or shows a little slice of how life was at the time. It's fun to look back & remember what life was like for you as a child or for your kids to see how life was for their grandparents.
Graphic 45 Christmas Past paper collection (Graphic 45 Blog)
Creative Cafe red felt ribbon (Creative Cafe's Blog)
Little Yellow Bicycle self adhesive felt die cuts
Kaisercraft red pearls (Kaisercraft's Blog)