I have been remiss in not posting this before. I want to send out a huge congratulations to Janine, for making it onto the Creative Paper Elite Team. Woohoo girl! Fab work. Also, congratulations to Kim and Christine for getting Awards.
And a huge, huge congratulations to Carole for making it onto the Pink Paislee DT. They made a wise choice with you, my friend. And Jolene will be guest designer with them too. Congratulations girls.
OK, the challenge at Lotus Paperie this week is to create your own flowers. Here's my layout:
Journaling: 1. Last year I resolved to get back into exercise. For the most part I've been successful; but it's been harder than I anticipated to work it around everything else I do. Next year, I want to step it up a notch and get to the gym more often. 2. I want to entertain more. Now Jamie's a bit older, we can be more flexible and we'll all enjoy being more social. 3. Scrapbooking is my hobby and I'm committed to it taking last place. This year's been so successful for me and I have to ensure that I keep it in balance and not overload myself with commitments.
I find it difficult to add flowers on boy layouts (and I make a lot of little boy pages, lol). But I feel better about clumsy handmade flowers. The more abstract, the more acceptable I find it to add them to masculine pages. It’s one of my scrapbooking idiosyncrasies.
I also love using fabric. The flowers on this layout are all created from fabric circles. To make them all you do is:
1. Cut several circles from fabric (I used a coin as my template).
2. Fold the fabric circle in half with the right side inward, then half again (so it is now the size of one quadrant of the circle).
3. Put a stitch at the point of the circle to catch all the layers together; then unfold the fabric. It’s all scrunched up and looks like a flower bud.
4. Use a brad, rhinestones, or embroidery tacking to fix the flower to your page along a thick hand-stitched ‘stem’ (I used two strands of embroidery thread for my stems).
5. If you want smaller, unopened buds, simply fold the circle up so that the right side of the material is outwards; leave it folded and secure it to the page. You can “fluff” it out a bit afterwards; it’ll look like a closed flower bud.