I made this layout nearly a year ago now, but in one of those awesome moments of scrapbooking it got picked up for publishing before it even made it here onto my blog. It went live in the January edition of Scrapbook Trends (which I still unfortunately haven't been able to access to be able to see it for myself) but it means I can now share it here finally!
A great mix of products here, in a range of lovely soft colours. Can I say that? I think if you asked me if I like scrapbooking pastels, or if I did it a lot I would automatically say no. Probably because I tend to assume pastels equal baby layouts, Easter themes, or those lovely shabby-chic romantic pages. None of which I'm particularly prone to doing.
But on this layout I wanted to make the stamped triangle pattern the focal embellishment of the page and at the time I was super-keen to use my new stash of Prima Chalk Inks. They blend so nicely together and stamp so nicely. I used the 'Favourite Stamp Set' by Kellie Stamps (still available... and on sale now!!) and repeatedly stamped the triangle 'my life' stamp over my page.
I actually took that stamp and mounted it on my acrylic block backwards so that I was able to just stamp a plain triangle in order to create my pattern. Only on a few select areas did I turn the stamp around and use it properly. A great little technique that could be used with plenty of other shapes too.
Oh and in case you're wondering.. yes I chose that lined paper
deliberately so I could consciously use it to help line up my images and
keep my pattern from wandering all over the place ;-) It's one of the
reasons why I add the Studio Calico Grid Paper to my order every month - I need the straight lines!
The story behind the layout is a little bit less romantic and clever. But it is
Real Life, and I'm sure most parents can relate. It's about how my kids
love to have some 'screen time'. TV, DVD's, the iPhone, iPad..
whatever. If it's got moving pictures on it then it's entertainment
right? Games or shows, it doesn't really matter. And whilst we realise
the importance of limiting the amount of screen time they're exposed to
sometimes it's rather tempting to allow them just 5 minutes more... 'cos
it also means peace and quiet for Mummy and Daddy ;-)