Friday, May 17, 2013

Textuality: Mitered Frame Assignment

The new class I am taking at Big Pictures Classes just started. Textuality. It is a very different style class for me and already I find myself challenged in ways I could not imagine. The first assignment was to write 450 words about a photo. I know I have never written that much on a layout before. Journaling is the last step for me and I don't write a lot. This forced me to write first and focus on the story I wanted to tell. Usually I let the pictures do the talking.

Creating the mitered frame was a lot more time consuming than I thought it would be. It does take practice to get your printer paper positioning correctly. And then the cutting and trimming. Mine doesn't line up perfectly, but it was close enough for me to keep moving on.

Keeping with my Boston theme of late, here is my layout:
This is a picture of the Prudential Tower lit up to support the Red Sox in 2004 as they competed in the World Series. I used to work in the building and sit inside the "O" so I got to be part of something pretty cool. I added a pocked under the photo mat to include the full 2004 Red Sox schedule card. I wanted to a add a ticket from the season, but there just was not enough room.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Top Chef Boston

Top Chef and Boston! Two things I love brought together. A few years ago, the Top Chef Tour came to Boston and I had the chance to attend. It was amazing. (I have to find those pictures..) But then last year, they came back! It was an even better experience because rather than a cooking demo, they had the chefs do a head-to-head competition using a local ingredient that was selected via a Facebook poll. I stood in line after the event to have pictures taken and get autographed photos. I never scrap 8x10 pictures - mostly because I don't really have any. So this was a fun experiment.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Boston Public Gardens

As part of cleaning and purging my scraproom, I am taking my favorite photos out of frames and creating layouts so I can get rid of the bulky frames that are cluttering up my room. In addition, with everything that has happened in Boston (my home city), I am inspired to scrap some of my Beantown pics as a way of celebrating a place that is very near and dear to my heart. #Bostonstrong

This picture was taken on a warm spring evening in the Boston Public Gardens. These were some of the most beautiful flowers I have ever seen. They city does an amazing job with these grounds. I am continuing to practice my layering techniques while trying to use up scraps.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Daddy's Girl

Now that I have discovered Glitter Girl I am completely addicted. I have never been able to layer in my layouts. But the way that she breaks things down it makes it super easy to figure out to add little bits and pieces and cluster etc. This is another scraplift from her video "To theme or not to theme".
I learned some really awesome tips. 1. When using three 4x6 photos you can add patterned paper under the middle one to break it up a bit. 2. Using similar embellies on each side of the page to bring more cohesion. I found a sticker in my stash that says "Birds of a Feather" and I built around that finding several sheets of paper with birds on them. These are 3 of my favorite pictures of daddy & baby girl.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Scraps - Our little lady

I was listening to Paperclipping Roundtable a couple weeks ago - "Torn by Patterned Paper" - and it was absolutely one on my most favorite episodes. I am in the process of reorganizing and purging my scraproom and there was just something about this episode that helped me use my paper more freely and not be afraid to cut into those papers that I have been hoarding.

As a result of this show, I discovered the Glitter Girl series at Two Peas in a Bucket. How have I not heard about her before? I was completely inspired to start using up my scraps. I loved one of the layout examples so this is my scraplift version.