Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Celebrate a Milestone

Our baby boy turns one this week, I so cannot believe it! To mark special joyous events, I have always created scrapbook layouts for our family album. That's why many of us actually scrapbook. I have also found that to get thru particularly hard or trying times, scrapbooking proves theraputic. Our son turning one is truly a happy occasion, however, it is also bittersweet. My baby is no longer a baby, and I am saddened by that very thought. I decided last night to create a simple 8x8 layout to remind me of what a cute, sweet big boy he is becoming. I'll display it in a Creative Memories Mini Everyday Display (I have it in chocolate). It's a simple layout that truly makes me smile!

I used StoryBook Creator Plus (SBC+) software and 8x8 Everyday Predesigned Pages - a collage page worked the best for me. I always use a ton of photos. Love the predesigned pages as all I did was drag and drop the photos! I made the text color white, and used the Traveling Typewriter font. Lastly, after selecting all the elements using Ctl-A, I added a shadow and was finished! Took all of 10 minutes tops!!!!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Journaling Challenge June 2009

Happy sunny Tuesday morning!

I was inspired by digital scrapbooker, Anne Aspres of http://www.designerdigitals.com/ to create a page that is journaled about what I'd have absolutely zero desire to actually do in my lifetime. If you cannot think of things you'd rather not do, try adapting this idea to what your preschooler, teenager or pet may have no desire to do....like "stop texting", "eat broccoli" or "stop chewing on my slippers". Or do a page about that one thing you would absolutely NEVER do (in my case, it would be skiing).

This would be a great layout for either traditional or digital scrappers, and could be just one page as I've done, or a two-page spread.

Here's my digital page...I created it in Creative Memories StoryBook Creator Plus (SBC+) software using Anne's .jpg photo. After importing her photo into SBC+, I added it to a blank 12x12 page print as the background and then unlocked it for editing. I used the custom and wand cutters under the Tools tab to remove what I didn't like and keep what I did (mainly the words "Absolutely No Desire" and the floral design). Of course, you could start from scratch and create your own. I added my own photo box, text boxes and shadowing (I like to use light shadows on the journaling so it's easier to read).

The background paper is Recipe Book by CM, the fonts are Traveling Typewriter and Pea Posey. I prefered to color my photo sepia to blend into the page elements. This page only took me about 15-20 minutes to create, even with interruptions from my 5-year old :)

Try it, and let me know what you think!

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