I woke up before the sun this morning and spent some time playing on my iPad, going through Flipboard to cruise my favorite blogs. I came across the new sketch challenge at Your Scrapbook Stash and decided to give it a go! This is SO not how this layout started. It began with a photo I took of my daughter about a week ago but it just wasn't working so I looked around and posted on my bulletin board was this picture of her as a baby that I have attempted to scrap several times but never could make it work. I FINALLY did it! Not only that, I FINALLY used my Graphic 45 Once Upon A Springtime papers. I spent almost 4 hours on this layout which is very unlike me. I get bored and restless working on a layout more than an hour. You can see the sketch I started with HERE. Because I went with the baby picture instead of the pre-teen picture, I am entering this at the Sweet Peach Crop Shop challenge to scrap a baby picture and use handwritten journaling. I really didn't want to journal a lot on the page but I did hand write "Susie at 3 mos". I know its not a lot, but its there. :(
Here are some closeups. I think you can click the image to see it bigger:
I am entering this at Frosted Designs for the Friday Challenge to use Birds or Butterflies on your layout. I have both...there are butterflies on the tag above! As you can see in the below shot, my sewing machine was not cooperating with me this morning. The missed stitches do sort of go along with the shabby chic look I was going for. I distressed the edges of everything!!! I am posting this at Challenge Masters for the Shabby challenge which was to distress edges! I used a TON of Glossy Accents on this layout. The cage and bird got a coat, there is some under the glass marbles to adhere the flower circles, the title scrabble tiles got a coat....LOVE that stuff!
The pink gemstones under the Fairy "stamps" are actually brads. I think I got them last year at the CKC Convention. I can't wait for this years...I need to restock my bling! The scrabble tiles for the title I made myself a few months back using Lisa's tutorial at What a Beautiful Mess. She has the most wonderful tutorials on her blog! If you like the shabby look, definitely check out her blog!
I am hitting the shower!! Have lots of errands to run today!!