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My first Shimelle Laine Scrapbook Starting Point!
At first look, Shimelle’s page for his starting point seemed a bit intimidating to me. I’m really not used to sticking lots of cardstock pieces, tags and embellishments under my matted pics. I’ve been watching a few of her YouTube videos, however, and I have become a bit more confident in this area of scrapbooking.
Here’s an awesome video she did on depth of field:
Anyway so back to the Starting Point for this week.
I always start with the photos that I either really want to scrap or the child that I need to scrap (I have 4 little bitty kids and I flip-flop between all of them when scrapping). So this time I picked 3 photos of my third daughter after she was born, all of them with her eyes closed (2 of which she really was sleeping).
What I was seeing in most of these pictures was the prominent blue color from the hospital blanket and so I grabbed a few pieces of blue cardstock and blue patterned cardstock. Lately I’m really loving the combination of tangerine and blue so I grabbed a pretty distressed tangerine cardstock that has small yellow polka dots sprinkled all over it. I pulled out the yellow from the polka dots and grabbed a piece of yellow cardstock and pulled the pink from the hospital blanket and grabbed a piece of pink cardstock. Then I looked for an interesting patterned paper that had bits of orange, blue, green and pink to pull from the rest of my colors.
Once I had all my papers I began cutting and distressing them to resemble Shimelle’s layout. For the bottom yellow strip I stamped the word ‘discover’ and stamped cut out circle with the distressing ink. I also stamped a smaller circle along the left edge of the 12″x12″ paper, again in the distressing ink.
I matted my photos (one 4″x6″ photo and two 2″x3″ photos) and loosely placed them on the layout. I say “loosely” because as I have learned from Shimelle it’s important not to adhere your pieces to the paper so that you can’t lift them slightly to place the layers underneath. I cut my strips that I wanted to layer under the left side of the photos and those that are layered over the main 4″x6″ photo. I distressed away, layered the tangerine strip with a patterned paper, placed a clear sticker on the pink strip and put those under the blue matted photos along with a ribbon clip that I made and a yellow distressed bird that I cut from my Cricut cartridge titled Songbird. Next, for the papers that I layered under the top photo…I stamped the yellow strip and added a white textured mat to the tangerine tag along with a pink eyelet and green ribbon (same as that I used to make the ribbon clip) and used this as journal spot. I also used a chipboard element from another kit to add the ‘my favorite’ tag.
On the bottom of the page I added another tangerine/textured white box (distressed!) and I found a perfect clear sticker (“i love you little one”) to put on the textured white paper. I added “09” stickers that I distressed and popped up with pop dots. Underneath this I put a strip of homemade washi tape (which I also put above the top 2″x3″ pic and in the top right hand corner on the 12″x12″ paper). I added a patterned strip of paper so that my popped up (and distressed!) stickers spelling “peaceful” would stand out a bit more. And lastly, I cut the second half of my title–“beginnings”–out of blue cardstock using my Cricut Songbird cartridge.
Not too bad for a days work! I’m sure next time it will go much faster and smoother!