Scrapbooking with flowers, ribbons and all things beautiful -- with BOYS!

If you're like me, a Mother to Boys and a little more then addicted to scrapbooking - the paper, ribbons, flowers, buttons, glitter, you might be wondering how to incorporate all those finds into the perfect layout! I'm here to help! At least, I'll try. I've been scrapbooking for about 8 years and have only recently decided I was done with holding back on all the beautiful embellishments and am going to start using them. Hope you enjoy my journey!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

While the boys are away...Mom must SCRAP!

So, the boys have been down at their Grammy and Papa's all week!  So, you think Mike and I would have been snuggled up, or out on the town, right?  Nope!  We simply enjoyed the quiet solitude of being together, being at home and being us.  You forget what it's like to have no kids, no extra responsbilities, other than to eat (cereal) and maybe do a load of laundry (because that didn't go to Hampton Beach) and just you know, nothing! 

Mike did nothing to help my crazy scrapbooking saga either.  When I got home today he asked (before kissing me hello, mind you), "What's the project tonight?"  Does he know me or what?  Well, I tell you,  I received my GCD Studios newsletter today and was just dazzled by the chance to win the chipboard tools, and more - soooo cool!  I may have already shared with you that I was picked last Fall to be a "GCD Studios Spotlight Gal" and my month to be lit up is December.  Of course, that simply means I need to be gathering more GCD Studios papers, embellies and stickers...and yes, maybe even that Melody Ross Chip Art Kit! 

So, here's my entry - inspired by 'Hometown' or 'Home'.  The saying I chose was 'Love Grows Here'.  To me, that's what home is all about, the love that you share with your family.  It's about the safety and comfort that surrounds you there that gives you the confidence and stability to shine! 

If you are wondering about the gorgeous papers, they're GCD Studios Artsy Urban by Melody Ross. If I had to pick a line of papers to use forever and ever, these would be them.  There's just something about the colors, the patterns, the birds, and butterflies that make me happy.  And then there's that beautiful bird tag you see - isn't it just perfect?  That's from one of my Scarlet Lime kits and they are also where much of my Artsy Urban paper came from. 

The papers were torn at the edges, again, using the edge of my scissors (make sure you have a sharp pair for this, or it will tear more than shred).  I crumpled the paper up, several times to get this look, then glued it and pulled to get the puckers and wrinkles.  This paper is just perfect for this type of technique as the result is more like fabric. 

Lastly, the red rosettes, those are from Webster's Pages and is just one of my favorite ribbons right now! 

I hope I've inspired you to get started on your own creation! If not, check out my etsy shop for more inspiration!

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