WOO - HOO!
OK, you can tell I'm SO excited to have my 200th follower! And since 200 is a pretty big milestone, I want to share my 200th follower with you.
Meet Adrienne from Kitschalicious! She has one of the cutest blogs I've seen, all covered with polka dots, little cherries and a splash of glitter. But that's not the only reason why I love it....the craft ideas & projects are wonderful! If you've got tons of little Happy Meal toys underfoot, just check this out....a Happy Meal Toy Wreath! Boy I wish I hadn't give ours all to Goodwill after they didn't sell in the quarter box at the garage sale! So click on over to Kitschalicious, be sure to leave a comment to say HI, sign up to follow Miss Adrienne's adventures & tell her Julie sent you! :)
I met Adrienne on a great blog hop adventure sponsored by Today's Creative. I've been participating for a few weeks now and I've met so many awesome bloggers. I'm pretty sure that Today's Creative is now responsible for my last 20 or so followers! ThAnKs! :)
Every week there are between 100 and 300 crafty blog posts listed for you to check out. I have tons of awesome ideas for my scrapbooking, decor and organizing, so many that I'll never have time to get to all of them, but still, so much fun to hop around & see who's over there. So click on over to Today's Creative to see the "Get Your Craft On" post. And be sure to see whose crafty blog is being featured today. Kim created Today's Creative & she's also got a personal blog loaded with funny stories & crafty ideas, so skip on over to Scrap to My Lu!
to see what's up with Kim.
OK, now on to this week's Layout of the Week!
This is one of my favorites that I've made in the last few months! I really LOVE Lily Bee, who made this cool paper! Their die cuts are to DIE for...is that a pun??? :) I knew I'd save this paper for something special and this photo of me & two of my bestfriends is just the thing. That's me, Amy & Julie. We've been friends since freshman year in college, wow, 22 years, say it isn't so! We've been through all sorts of things together good, bad & ugly, but we're still together, well, Amy lives all the way out in Denver, but as together as you can be across a few states. Julie & I really are together, I bought her house and when she moved a few blocks away, that's pretty together for two almost 40 year olds! Every time we are lucky enough to be together, we take a self portrait. Now, we've been doing this since college and even with the introduction of digital cameras into our lives, we still do it the old fashioned way...no, not with real film, but without anyone standing there looking at the screen to see if we're really in the photo! It's a tradition, even the order we stand in is always the same. There have been many special occasions when Julie & I (yes, we're the 2 Julie's) have taken a self portrait, just the two of us with a space in the middle, to let poor Amy know she's missed! This photo was taken last fall when Amy came out to visit for a Duck football game...we're all University of Oregon Alumni and fanatically proud of our school & just about everything related to it. It's Oregon, afterall, no NFL here! So GO DUCKS!
I knew I'd have to print this one in my old standby sepia tone if it was going to work with the cream/brown/pink color scheme. There's no way dark green and neon yellow would match with this subdued color scheme. I kept the photo 4 x 6 so I'd have plenty of space for lot's of fun embellishments. I added some cute ball fringe ribbon and a couple other pink & brown ribbons. I love the Mark Richards Mosaic Tiles, cute little pink squares. This was my first layout using them & I just can't stop! For a some more bling, I added a little field of pink & brown Prima flowers. For the centers of the flowers, I looked for tiny bronze brads. Not finding any in my HUGE stash up in my studio, I settled for some copper ones. Then I dipped them into some G Studio glitter glue and then my favorite brown Pink Paislee glitter. I think they turned out great! I also used the G Studio glitter glue & brown glitter to add a little flourish to the brown birdie paper near the top of the layout, a little difficult to see in the photo, sorry!
I used brown ink on the edges of my papers in this layout, I love the added texture it gives. For my title, I chose some brown THICKERS. I painted "3" & "us" with pink G Studio glitter glue and sanded the letters for "of". I like the juxtaposition of the soft pink glitter and the roughed up word in between. Hey, aren't we all soft & glittery sometimes and just a little rough around the edges other times!
I did enter this layout in Lily Bee's Design Team contest this week, so wish me luck!
Hopefully I'll see you Friday, over at Ann's, for her Virtual Girls' Night Out! Such a great place to meet other cool bloggers, get & leave a few comments and see what's going on in the blogging world! :)
Of course, print your photos in sepia if it will help them blend better with your papers.
Don't be afraid to use one 4 x 6 on a layout, it will give you lot's of room for embellishments!
Ink the edges of your papers & embellishments for a little added texture and it's free to boot!
Chipboard letters, dress them up with glitter glue or down by sanding them.
If you're brads don't match your layout, dip them in glue & coat with opaque glitter, no one will ever know what color they really are!
Patterned papers & die cuts - Lily Bee
Mosaic Tiles - Mark Richards
Glitter Glue - G Studio
Glitter - Pink Paislee
Ribbon - Creative Imaginations, American Crafts
Flowers - Prima
Brads - Making Memories
Ink - Creative Cafe
Alphabet - THICKERS by American Crafts