This Layout is so fun and one I’ve been wanting to do for the past, um, oh year! LOL (YES I am VERY, VERY far behind, more than 3 years behind really, but whatcha gonna do!?!? I’m pretty sure that’s the story of a scrapbooker!)
Last Halloween the kids and I went to visit Britten and her family in Florida and enjoyed an awesome WARM Trick or Treating night, all while PA got a surprise bombard of snow and cold yuck!
Bensen was Superman, but the girls all dressed as various Disney Princess’ of course. The back story to this layout is, all the kids would RUN from house to house, yelling “thank you” over their shoulders as they would run to the next house. Jenavieve, being the 2 year old Princess at the time, wasn’t very stable on her feet with a long gown and catching up to the 4 year olds took a little more work. Every so many houses we would have a “Code Pink Alert” where a Princess would go down and the candy bucket would fly across the various yards. It really was quite comical and something I had to do a layout of.
Here is the challenge of it though: My Pictures of CODE PINK were not quite clear. They’re fuzzy and in the dark with a cell phone, I am working with what I got. The thing about it is, I’m really quite sure that the blurry picture doesn’t compare to the memory and the enjoyment of the moments that came along with it….so my challenge to you is, what blurry pictures still tell your story!? USE THEM! NOW! Don’t wait! Tell the story, put the picture down, write the story down and ENJOY it for years to come.
*Here’s another tip, all those blurry and not quite awesome photos that DO tell you story, reserve a special Smash book just for those! You can fill an entire smash book of stories and it feels like it gives you a little more “freedom” for it to not be perfect and in your beautiful masterpiece album on your shelf. Let the smash book be extra special story tellers and give yourself permission to let it be less than “perfect”. LET IT TELL YOUR STORY OF MEMORIES YOU ENJOY! *Yes, those are shouty capitals, because I can’t stress this point enough LOL. I do mean it though. I know so many of us, even myself, get caught up in the art of paper crafting that we forget to just enjoy our moments in story telling and smiles. That’s why I’m sharing this post today!
Ok Now, all that garble, you wanna see the scrapbook page right? Just for the Princess!
Here it is! The Princess Page with hearts and pink and lots of Glitter!
I used stamps and the Cricut for all the wording and did one of my favorite “tricks” of layering stamps on top of stamps to get a double color shadow on my stamps.
I picked all my paper from the Be You Fancy Pants Design Paper (I told you all it is my favorite right now) and the Paper Layerz Perfect Gems Happy Dots sheet of paper. Then I used lots of stamps and glitter!
Type Candy Font Cricut Cartridge, letters at 1.5″ base and Shadow.
Border stamps that Melissa got at Hobby Lobby and I so wanted to just sneak them into my bag! Looking at the layout before and now after starting to stamp – I’m pretty sure I went a little too stamp happy, but I still love it!!!
I used the Megan Elizabeth Alpha Stamp set for the very first Code Pink you see on the page first stamped in Ink Edgerz Bachelorette Pink and then over top with Versafine Black Ink. But the thing I love most about this alpha set is the ITTY BITTY words that say, Dream, Inspire, Create and Faith, Hope, Love. They add such cute little touches to layouts and cards, so subtle but there!
Here is the other thing I discovered from Melissa, which ABSOLUTELY has changed my world and I can’t wait to show you in VIDEO, it’s these Gelly Roll Glitter Pens by Sakura. This is Clear Star and I. Went. Nuts! You won’t believe that you can actually WRITE in GLITTER with these pens. I don’t know what kind of voodoo magic is in these pens, but they are incredible and I went every color! You can write over top of your stamps, journal with them, and doodle all kinds of fun. They are a must add!
These are hand cut Pendants from my favorite Papers in the layout. That green is from Paper Layerz and the stripes from Be You, Fancy Pants Designs.
Here’s a side note, even writing this for you guys I’m getting all giddy excited about creating this layout again! LOL I’m so weird!
Let me know if you have any questions about what you see, but its just basically stamping and a few scraps of paper.
The hearts were cut out of the Cricut and I positioned the blade a little off instead of cutting the hearts all out in a straight line, I cut one at a time so some could be higher and some lower, than I used U Cut It adhesive foam to pop up some of the hearts. The stamps were various alpha sets in Melissa’s collection, so I don’t have exact names (sorry!).
Hope you feel inspired to tell a story with a less than perfect picture and Enjoy The Moments!
I wanted to share one other thing today:
Something Melody Ross wrote and it has inspired me beyond words, Melody always does and I enjoy Brave Girls often, but I had to share this. Her story and her heart here has touched mine deeply. I can relate to how she feels in this more than you could ever know. I am still struggling over not having my teeth, not being able to wear my “dentures” and a lot of other things that have gone into this and the stress levels with it. She could not be more right in letting others love you. It’s been very hard for me as she shares as well. Elizabeth Morris had started a “Make Megan Smile” campaign of some sort and as THANKFUL and beaming as I felt about it, I also felt unworthy, ashamed, and other things, it was HARD to let you all LOVE ME, and you do it so well! THANK YOU for loving me. Thank you for reading this blog! Thank you for your support! Thank you for your cards! Thank you for your comments….I have to be brave, accept and just enjoy these moments and say THANK YOU!
Read Melody’s story here: