I have two layouts to share in this post...one is a happy layout, the other...not so happy! I know when I take photos of my children, I am always encouraging them to smile and be happy, but I want my albums to include ALL aspects of their lives. But we'll start out with the happy layout first!! :)
Club CK hosts a 1 Hour Challenge each week and I used to be pretty on the ball about participating in them. But lately my time has been spread so thin, that I've missed them for the past several months. I had some free time this weekend, so I decided I would play along this week. They combined a Recipe Challenge with the 1 Hour Challenge, so I couldn't resist because I love both of these types of challenges!! The Recipe portion of the challenge included using: 1 or more vertical photos, felt, ribbon, acrylic or rubber stamp, and a punch.
I don't know about you, but sometimes when I am working on a page, I look at it half way through and think "what in the world am I doing...this looks completely crazy??!!" But usually, once the whole thing is completed, I end up loving it!! That was the case with this layout. I combined some of the My Mind's Eye On the Bright Side collection, with some embellishments from Jillibean Soup. I think once I got the mix of alphas in the title, on the little tag at the top, that sealed the deal. And how can you not love a page with those adorable photos of our cute little guy??!!
Now, onto the not-so-happy layout, which also has photos of our little guy. These pictures are from last September, when he decided to smack his head into our brick fireplace. I haven't scrapped them up until this point, because I really didn't know how to approach the page. But, thanks to two of my favorite challenges, I finally had an idea pop into my head. Case File #12 at CSI went live on mid-day Friday and once I saw it, I knew how I wanted to use these photos. This was their first monochromatic color scheme and it just happened to be Blue. I came up with the title "Feeling Blue" and everything else fell into place, once I started digging out some of the awesome Blue patterned papers from all of my new MME stash! The second challenge I incorporated into this page is the March/April Issue Challenge #4 at Club CK. Our challenge this week, was to use tags...plural that is. Since I had a little more journaling to add to this page, I thought using overlapping tags would be a great way to accomplish this.
And just a word of warning for those with weak tummies...I did cover the wound on our son's head, so you don't have to worry about seeing the full cut.
And I can't forget about the other two fun components from the CSI challenge!! For this week's Evidence, I chose stars, and I combined the cloud embellishments with the silhouette cuts. Under the Testimony, I decided to go with string on my journaling spot. I added some baker's twine to each of my tags and then stapled, for some added texture.
That's all I have for today!! Even though we homeschool our Kindergartner...next week is Spring Break for our area public schools, so I am thinking we might take a break too. That way mommy can spend some extra time working on some layouts!! :)