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i tried to get creative with an ultrasound pic, and was pretty pleased with how this one came out. the background is cream colored cardstock, and i hand cut the scalloped blue paper and punched small holes in the 4 corners. I used a circle template/cutter to cut the circles in various sizes. The photo was also cropped into a circle and matted on brown card stock. the edges of the scalloped paper were distressed using a Holtz Distressing Ink Pad called Tea Stain. I also applied it to the background paper to deepen the effect. I used the same brand of distressing ink to deepen the inside of the blue cardstock, except in a different color called Weathered Wood, which is more blueish. the flourishes in the corners are stamps and deep brown ink, and the title is white chipboard that i coated with a very fine glimmer powder. I also glued individual bling to accent the flourishes and bring some balance to the darker areas. the heart is a chipboard piece that i distressed with the same inks and put the baby's name on. i tied it to the page with a baby blue organza ribbon.


i started with a piece of light pastel green cardstock as the background paper. I then cut a strip of black cardstock and placed it horizontally in the center, and placed a white cardstock scalloped border on top of that.
the right side is all paper from DCWV Alphabet Stack, which i cropped a 12x12 piece to place on that side only.
i placed the 5x7 altered pic in the center at a tilt, and took my large circle template to draw a white line all the way around it, i then took the next size down circle and drew a white line around the inside as well.
the white dots around the picture are stamps, and the "cherish" was from a sticker kit that i actually had used all the stickers from, so i used the "ghost shape" left overs to create a template for my title. I outlined the "template" in pencil, and then removed it to paint the title with a black marker and fill it with my Signo Uni-Ball white pen. finally, the flower in the center is from a felt-covered paper, which i cut with scissors and secured with a crystal brad. I put a felt swirl in the center of the flower, and secured it half on top, and half on the bottom of the flower.


my girl

i used a plain purple cardstock for the background, and cut a strip of the orange paisley print paper (by DCWV) to dress the center. then i matted the 5x7 photo on the same purple cardstock and set it at a slant a bit more off center (to the left).the white flourishes are stamps and my own doodles, which i used Staz-On {cotton white} opaque ink pad and my Signo Uni-Ball opaque white pen. the title is self adhesive chipboard, which i placed at the bottom of the photo, with the felt butterfly behind it and flowers to the left.I used chalk on the flowers to create depth on the petals, its very simple, just use a color a few shades darker than the flower, and start either in the center of the flower, or the outer tips of the petals, and blend out (or in) with your fingers. Dont worry about the chalk rubbing off, scrapbooking chalks are permanent once applied and given time to set...usually over night is plenty of time.


i used a pic i altered in adobe lightroom; i turned it b&w, and altered the color/saturation curves to create extreme highlights/shadows.the backing is plain black cardstock with an overlay white scallop-edged cardstock. the remaining paper i used is from DCVW (Die Cuts with a View) The Alphabet Stack with Glitter. i cut a center strip from one of the pages and placed it on the white scalloped paper, then placed red cardstock on it to frame the photo. the photo itself was left un-matted, but i cut small strips from the DCWV paper to border the top/right sides of it.the shadow behind the center is chalking, i used a deep charcoal color and swept it in a circular motion around the center point. I also used a black marker to outline the center strip of paper, to create some depth.The black flower next to the photo was hand-cut from a piece of leftover scrap paper, and painted with Stickes (glitter glue-gel) on the outer petals and center. the red hummingbird is a rub on, and the "happiness" sticker is from Heidi Swapp. i used stamps with black ink to create the dots/flourishes around the photo, and the flowers were plain white, but i coated them with a metallic/platinum colored ink pad, using my fingers to apply. the polka dots were added to the left flower using a fine-point black marker. at the top and right side i used cut-out flourishes from a Hambly silk screen print (clear) sheet of journaling bits



"Bliss" is a layout which i used a 5x7 picture that was altered digitally to turn it black and white, except for keeping the flowers on her diaper the original colors. The pink "joy" you see on the photo is actually a rub-on, with the definition of the word below.
i set the photo at an angle, and outlined all the way around with a opaque white marker pen, as well as some white ink from an ink pad called Staz-On (a color called "cotton white").
i then stamped and doodles the white flourishes with the same white inks. I love to use clear acrylic stamps, but always find myself creating extra doodles around the stamps with my white pen, its just too much fun to resist!
the flowers are all from a kit, called Imaginisce Build-a-Blossom, which contains about 325 blossoms and brads to secure the flowers. The felt butterfly you see actually came from my daughter's barbie doll. I "borrowed" that embellishment from her, ssshhh!
I used green chalks all around the flourishes, and blended the green with some medium blue colored chalks, to match the background paper. And finally, i used a product called "Stickles" which might be the greatest thing to come along (besides chalk of course) in a long time...Stickles are little bottles of glittery glue gel that come in about 50 colors. I used a color called Icicle, and outlined my white flourishes with it. I also used the Stickles around the photo border and on the blooms to make it really sparkle.


in my "Angel" layout, i started with a pattern cardstock base and used a cream colored scalloped die cut in the center. the photo is matted on cardstock and vellum, with a smaller cardstock circle peeking out on the right side of the picture.
to create the edge effect on the scallops i used an ink pad from Tim Holtz, called Tea Stain, which is a distressing ink. I applied the ink with my fingers and blended it toward the center. after that i used a peach colored chalk in the center of the circle, and a white chalk to blend the 2 colors together.
the title is actually glittered stickers, and the fine flourishes around the title and photo matting are rub ons from Basic Grey, called Euro Edge.
the flowers were also inked and chalked to create some depth in their color, and i used brads and beads for the flower centers. there are also some acrylic stars and a Heidi Swapp clear flower, from her Ghost Shapes line. I sprinkled some very fine glitter on the clear flower and mixed some glue (clear drying of course) on my fingertips to apply.
the rest of the embellisments you see are chipboard, and the white doodles were created with rubber stamps, and some are my own doodles as well. For that i used a white Signo Uni-ball pen.

10 little toes

in this layout i used a 5x7 picture, cropped into 4th's. the background paper provided the flourishes you see in the upper right corner, and i dressed them up a bit with gold ink from a stamp pad, my white Signo Uni-Ball pen and another deeper green marker.
framing the photo on the left side are rub ons from Basic Grey, as well as some acrylic stars, paper flowers and chipboard. i added polka dots to a few of the paper flowers using a fine tipped marker. the title is chip board, which i also added polka dots to using an apaque white marker. the goldish flowers you see are clear acrylic flowers from Heidi Swapp, and i colored with the same gold ink as the flourishes, and punched holes in the centers to place brads into. the Shakespeare quote at the bottom left is a rub on, and the silver letters in the same corner are actually metal, and are held in place by matching brads. I filled the center of the tiny acrylic star with green glitter glue, and placed some rhinestones and bling around the top of the border work.


forever young

I started this with inspiration from one of my very favorite scrapbook artists, GabrielleP (a link to her AMAZING blog is under my fave bloggers, go check her out!) the layout by Gabrielle that particularly inspired this one was her "you're beautiful" layout, the #1 favorite layout of all time on!
the base is a piece of plain white 12x12 cardstock and hand journaled the lyrics to Rod Stewart's "Forever Young" throughout the entire page. To get this effect, i used a white Zig Chalk marker, and then took a cotton ball and swept a pale pink chalk all over the background, making it deeper around the edges.
the photo is matted on green sparkle cardstock, with a backing of vellum, which is hand-torn. i used the same green cardstock and foam stamps to create the little green flowers. i hand cut them and placed some rhinestones in the centers. i also used an olive colored chalk around the edges to add depth.the middle striped border is surrounded by hand placed rhinestones on the top, glass beads in the middle, and a border rub-on decal on the bottom. the white flower is paper, and i used the same glass beads in the center of the flower. the 4 corners are all stamped flourishes, that i used a brown ink pad with. The title is made from stickers, which are alterable, so i inked them a deep gold and placed them under the circle. the rest of the embellishments are just hand cut from scrap papers, which i find is a fun way to use up patterned papers that you're not sure what to do with.