Anyway, last winter I was going thru some old pictures and ran across one of my daughter after she had been sledding . . . she had gone "cheek first" which would have not been a big deal, but it had thawed and refroze the night before thus making the "hills" (actually snowdrifts in my in-law's dead-end street) icy and bumpy. And even though I had already scrapped this picture years ago, it was calling to me to do another layout. I had just received "For the Record" by Echo Park in an order from CropChocolate and I just knew I had to use it even though I had only ordered one (1) at the time.
After some debating and wanting to stretch my one collection, I decided to go with strips and banners . . . a GREAT way to not only stretch my paper, but also to use up scraps. I was able to use the front and back of each strip, thus giving me more patterns to choose from. After going thru my alphas, I decided to use some black foam alphas (since they were soft - the opposite of what the "hill" was) along with the alpha stickers that were included in the collection. I wanted to emphasize that "this" and "sledding" in my title because to me they were one and the same and "cheek 1st" because that was the outcome. So I put brackets around "this", used the red alpha for "sledding", and used the same black alpha for "cheek 1st" as I did for "this" since it was the outcome . . . I said that already, didn't I? So I cut and adhered everything together, but it still needed "something".
Since this was about what happened (the scratches and cuts on her face), I wanted to somehow try to symbolize that on my LO . . . that's where the red rhinestones came in. I scattered them on both sides of the title, at an angle to represent my daughter's boo-boos (as she called them). Then I added a little bling next to the picture and at the bottom right corner . . . but it still needed one more thing. I then put one more bling under a banner and a sticker strip under the bling at the bottom right corner . . . and, finally, I was happy.
All I need to do then was to journal . . . and not wanting to take away from the banners, I did small journal strips so it wouldn't overpower the layout. Here's what I finally came up with:
"For the Record" paper collection by Echo Park
Walnut Stain distress ink
Non CC: black foam alpha by American Crafts
So what do you think . . . did I capture it right? Some of the ends on my banners are supposed to "flip" up, but after being in my scrapbook for several months, they are a little flattened . . . I tried to fix it but it didn't work as well as I wanted. So I apologize for it not looking "new". :) Well, now you have an example of how "For the Record" would look head on over to CropChocolate and grab one for yourselff. And since it was just offered Friday, July 6th, you still have 43 days left to grab one for yourself. :)
Till the next time I'm Up in the Night. Kathy