It's been a while since the last time I've posted. I have been busy with school and getting ready for Wesley. I am 34 weeks and I can't believe how fast this pregnancy has progressed. It seems just like yesterday that I found out I was pregnant. Now, I am mere weeks away from holding my little boy...I can't wait for him to be born!
So yesterday was National Scrapbooking Day and I did most of my homework on Friday so that I could join in on the fun! I decided that once again I would join in the fun at Big Picture Classes . This is the third year that they have had a NSD cyber crop with fun challenges and prizes. I have taken many classes from them and have LOVED them all. The great part is that they are archived so you can go into your account at any time and review the class. There are no time limits!
The first challenge was from Stacy Julian herself and it was to use an I story to create a layout. I had pulled out a Iris photo container labeled Summer 2010 earlier in the day and decided whatever photos were in there, I was going to scrap them! So I decided to pull out photos of the first tomatoes I grew when we moved here to West Virginia. I love how it turned out!
Crate Paper ~ Little Sprout Collection Sunshine
Brown CS ~ Bazzill Basics
Jillibean Soup ~ Minestrone~ Chopped Tomatoes
Scenic Route ~ Scrap Strip ~ Sonoma
Tomato Seed pack ~ Freshly Picked Cricut Cartridge
Green CS ~ Cricut Earthtones
Red CS ~ Tim Holtz Distress Collection
Corrugated letters ~ Unknown
Tags ~ Unknown
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Gathered Twig ( My FAVORITE brown)
SMASH journaling pen/glue stick in black
My next Layout is for challenge #2 and I seriously pushed myself on this one! My supply of paper is seriously lacking in summer papers so I had to find something that was bright and cheery for the photos I wanted to use. I found the perfect match with All About Girl from Fancy Pants. I was bound and determined to make it work and I think I did a great job!
The challenge was to create extra space for photos by creating a pocket page panel. Aly Dosdall used a We R Memory keepers 4" pocket page that she cut down. I did not have any in my stash but what I did have was Memory Book flip Pocket pages! I have had these for at least 5 years and I knew that was exactly what I wanted to use. The flip pockets are individual 4 x 6 pockets that you adhere to the page or you can use it on the outside of the page protector. I decided to make cut down a manila file folder and adhere them inside. I have been using file folders and making my own flip books for years as a way to add valuable retail space on a page. I was overjoyed when Heidi Swapp came out with her system! It saves me a lot of work!!
This is what it looks like when completed. In each pack you receive 6 page protectors. I had enough for all my photos and some more space for journaling!
I also made a flip book on the left page so that I had plenty of room for my title and more photos and journaling. I covered the file folder with paper but you could also use Glimmer Mist or Heidi Swapp's Color Shine to color the folder. If you decide to go that route beware that the file will curl and warp a bit. I used a paper iron to flatten it out or you could place it under a heavy book overnight.
Cardstock is from Wausau, everything else I used is from the All About Girl kit from Fancy Pants!
I had every intention to scrapbooking all night but my legs and back had other plans! I have Sacroiliac Dysfunction on my right side so managing to sit and scrapbook for 8 hours without having major discomfort was amazing. My poor lower legs though suffered the consequences..major swelling! So at 1030pm I called it a night and went upstairs to put my feet up!