I did a little more scrapbooking last night… still riding the wave of creative flow offered from the basic grey ‘recess’ line…I love how both of these turned out. first I did the ‘beach trip’ one- this is one of my very favorite photos from last year’s beach trip. it’s the first shot I snapped when we pulled into town, and the kids rip out of the car and onto the sand. I recall not even asking them to pose… chuckle. So classic. I just kept coming back to this paper, and I really wanted the vine from my carefree line on there- It’s the perfect color… so I BROKE DOWN and cut it out with an exacto knife. Not usually something I make time, or patience for, but I wanted it! I really love how it looks there…the ‘broken china’ is my favorite color of distress ink, and matches perfect with this paper- I inked the edges, and did some dots w/ a mask. I really love how you can control the distress ink. without fail, when I am working on beach/summer/pool photos, my first instinct is to reach for my jar of tapes… yea- they are old, but they are good. I love all the colors on this one. And then the stark black and white. This one really makes me smile; and I am missing the beach in particular! Both because I LOVE beach trips, and because I get some of my most favorite photos at the beach. Smile. I am thankful for the good memories to draw from.
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This second page is 2 photos that I LOVE, LOVE. I think that I am choking back the tears EVERY time I look at it. I feel my heart in my throat, and just melt. It’s taken on Connor’s blessing day- a day that I just wasn’t on my a-game, and didn’t hardly take any photos. (regrets). Grammy Swapp gave him that precious white knit outfit. Quincy has been so sweet with him from day one. i decided to go w/ 2 different methods of emphasizing the photos. the first was to enlarge, and print it as a 5×7. The second photo, I decided to shrink, and repeat. Same photo, 4 times. Again, note that I was making use of stuff on the table! (same chipboard letters, jar of tapes, dots mask, distress inks). And you can tell I was on a kick w/ that label shape- this layout I used the font werks stamp as a frame, on the other one, I just free-handed the label shape for the title.
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I broke out a new journaling pen…it really makes a huge difference to use a new pen. Buy one, you’ll be happy you did.  (pencil first, wink). I hadn’t had my colored pencils out for awhile…used the red on both layouts- lettering for the beach trip, and to fill in the stamp frame on the ‘adore’ layout.

It’s only 11pm, and my eyes are burning. It’s been a full day,i was up way too late last night.. so no scrapbooking tonight. sigh. Sweet dreams.

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