Emeline. You're so stinkin' pretty.
For real- I can't get enough of this gorgeous kit! The moment it landed on my doorstep this month, I dove right in. I admired each and every sheet of paper, applauded myself for ordering some extras, touched all the puffy stickers and wood veneers & imagined what I would do with all this wonderfulness. ;) And then moments later I said, "I'm going into my craft room to play!" and that was that. :)
Today I want to share with you two scrapbook layouts I created this past week. So let's begin!
Once upon a time there was a little girl named Marybeth. Marybeth LOVED to play Barbie dolls with her sisters e.v.e.r.y. single day. One day, Marybeth outgrew her beloved dolls but not-so-secretly hoped for the chance to play with them again with her own daughter. Twenty-five years later, her dream came true. And they lived happily ever after. The End.
For real- the moment my sweet Nadia inherited the infamous Barbie suitcase- full of teeny tiny handmade dresses and shirts and pants that my sweet mama made for the dolls- I was on top of the world! And obviously, it was a moment worth documenting.
This layout actually came together by way of "happy accidents" as I like to call them. I originally sketched out something a little different, but when I stuck my large photo into my typewriter to add some journaling, the ink on the rollers got all over the place! Granted, I could have easily just printed out another copy, but in times like these I tend to see these mistakes as a challenge I'm willing to accept. ;) That being said, layering the puffy sticker and wood veneer hearts on top of the photo covered up the black ink smudges perfectly... and to be honest, I think it turned out better than I had originally planned. I even used the stamp set next to the arrow to cover up a couple more ink spots. Done and done. :)
It's no secret that I enjoy a nice piece of vellum mixed into my very bold and messy layouts. I think it helped break up the blue background paper nicely in order to give my Barbie's their much deserved focal point on the layout. After all, they've waited a quarter of a century for this moment, right? ;) When I was almost finished, I noticed that it was still a little too plain for my liking, so I went back and tucked some doilies underneath it all. The glue was showing just a bit, so I took care of that by sticking a flair button on top. Again, not in my original plans, but it worked.
I really enjoyed playing with the wood veneers in this kit! I strung a few on some very delicate string, and just let them fall naturally in place before gluing them down. I even took just a bit of white acrylic paint and added a touch of a border along the edges of the hearts.
Nadia was in the room with me playing with the filler material that comes in our kits- (she does this every month!!! I swear that's what she's getting for Christmas... a box of white paper scraps! LOL!)- and she decided to put a few pieces on the layout and then told me that they would look pretty there. Soooo I rolled with it and stapled them down! Cause it's much more fun to scrapbook with someone you love, isn't it?
Lastly, I just finished up by putting some of the enamel dots on the layout to throw in just a few more unexpected pops of color. And that was it! I really enjoyed making this and documenting the reappearance of my childhood friends. I typically don't scrapbook photos of this size, but I couldn't resist this time around! :)
Ready for my second layout?
For this one, I decided to do a sort of "pocket page" for me to store tags, memorabilia, and extra photos from the season. Because I plan on putting this directly into my Project Life album, I wanted to make it more sturdy, so I actually backed all of this with a plain white cardstock to give it more stability. To make the pocket, I simply sewed the wood grain paper along the edges leaving the top flap open. I also folded the top of it over a couple of inches in order to reveal the pretty pink lace design that's on its back side. This also helped break up the colors a bit more. I think it worked out nicely if I do say so myself. ;)
There are some things on this page that are non-FJ items that I found in my stash (that matched perfectly!), but the majority of this page are things that are either from the October collection or kits prior to. Like the paint-dipped wood letters... *swoon*
To finish, I just popped on some enamel dots, the wooden hearts, flat back pearls, and a flair button. :)
Raise your hand if you'd name your next child Emeline after this collection... Yeah, didn't think I was alone. ;) Thanks for looking & happy crafting! XOXO
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