Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Layout of the Week - Balls, Balls, Bouncy Balls

OK, I know I've been a slacker for the last couple weeks! Sorry about that, after everyone was sick, we had a huge garage sale last week! I promise to try to keep up!

Here's the layout of the week I started working on on May 20....

Hi there! Just a quick note to say sorry for not getting a Layout of the Week published last week! We had a lot of sickies around here, starting with little Jake last Wednesday. I think we're out of the woods now. I'm ready to get back to my schedule this week...if I can get all the laundry that's been piling up done!

I LOVE this photo! This was Jake's first experience with grass. On a warm, sunny day, he wandered all around the yard. Then when he just sat down. He reached out to get up and as soon as he felt the grass, he looked back & forth between each hand. We watched as he sat in the same spot for about 20 minutes.

It was so cute to watch him think about what it was that he was touching and how he was going to get himself up. Of course he didn't end up getting himself up, he screamed and we came to his rescue.

While Jake sat for so long, I had the perfect chance to snap some photos of him and his beloved ball. He's all about the balls, footballs, soccer balls, basketballs. This one is one of Delaney's wallball balls. It's the perfect size for him, so he carries it all around when we're outside.

This photo will always remind me of him sitting in the grass for the first time and how he is obsessed with balls. I wanted to do a layout with just this photo to show how important it is to me. I knew the layout would be all about balls. So I looked around the store. I searched for paper with all sorts of sports balls and paper with circles. Since I know I will have many chances over the next few years to do sports pages for him, I chose paper with circles. These papers are from the Celebration Collection from American Crafts. Their names are DJ and Disco Ball. I liked the primary colors and the arrangements of the circles on each paper.

After choosing the printed papers, I chose coordinating solid textured cardstock from American Crafts. I used it to mat my photo and then cut some fun circles from it on the Cricut. I used a small circle (made of smaller circles) stamp from Technique Tuesday and a Versamark Stamp Pad to create a little extra dimension on the circles. Then I arranged them in a kind of hap-hazard / planned way. I like to mix their colors and sizes in a layout like this. I used the Pooh Font and cut my title on the Cricut. And to make application of the letters easy, I ran them through my Xyron adhesive machine. I have the 2.5" one, it's awesome! I find I use it more & more....always being in such a hurry when I'm working on my projects!

I do apologize it's taken me so long to get back to my "Layout of the Week" series. Maybe I should call it "A Layout Every Once in a While!"


Anonymous said...

That layout is so cute! I love the expression that babies get when they first feel grass!

Stacie Errera said...

Great shot (and layout!). I really like how you got down on his level!


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