At my favorite on-line scrapbooking club, Let's Scrap, we are fortunate to have some pretty amazing sponsors that shower winners of our random drawings with some truly fabulous prizes. I've felt for a long time that it would be so cool if members would honor the weekly sponsors by using the sponsor's paper collections for their layouts that week, if possible. When I saw that October Afternoon was sponsoring this week's sketch, I reached for some of their great nostalgic papers that I had in my stash. Check this out! Aren't these papers just the cutest? The Old MacDonald Farm Paper Dolls are so fabulous! I LOVED paper dolls as a kid...still do!
These wonderful images reminded me of the 50's...1958 to be exact, when I was still quite new to America & mesmerized by it's cultural icons: Annie Oakley, Raggedy Anne, The Lone Ranger, Roy Rogers & Dale Evans, ponys and little red wagons.
I pulled out some old photos of me at age 7, wearing what every cool kid in America had at the time - a cowboy hat! I scanned in these original photographs, taken by my dad, so that I could adjust the fading that was already quite significant in one of the photos, and went to work on my design.
Oh...here's the fun "page map" designed by our very creative Debby de Wilde that I used for my inspiration... What do you think? Isn't it a great design?
(How cool that I happened to have polka dot paper by October Afternoon, right here in my stash!) Debby originally designed this sketch to be used for a greeting card, but many of her designs work equally well for single page photo layouts.
So after some planning & punching & trimming & pasting, here is my semi-finished scrapbook layout that I entitled: "enikö at 7"
Oh, and here's a little close-up of the horsey detail. I wanted to preserve the paper doll look of the embellishment, so I cut it out along the dotted lines, as a child would, and folded the ends that would make the "doll" stand up. I propped it up with a series of foam adhesives & allowed the ends to just be. Cool, huh?
OK...so I said "semi-finished," because for a bit, I thought I was done. I even posted a photo of the layout in the Gallery at Let's Scrap. -But it was missing something. I decided that the "something" was a bit of splattered paint. So back upstairs I go, grabbing a discarded copy of the Martha's Vineyard Times out of the trash on the way. Out come the inks & the paints & the paintbrushes... (Mind you, this is the day I promised myself that I would get to bed at a decent hour!) Now I'm racing against the clock...it's the final day of this week's sketch challenge!!! Can I splatter & photograph & crop in Photoshop Elements, all before that pesky "Main Page Clock" strikes midnight...(in whatever mysterious time zone that darn clock is in)?
I used some blue India Ink and I deluted some red acrylic paint to have a good "splatterable" consistency. I masked off the photos & the elements I wanted to keep intact (got paint everywhere anyway!) Ha, ha, ha...the paint was still wet when I shot the final photo, but I made it back on Let's Scrap's website with 3 minutes to spare till midnight! Woot! Woot! I love the way the paint splatters mimic the random dots on the paper under the matted photos. (Michelle Looi, I'm blaming you for this last-minute splatter-fest!) Whether a fan of paint splatters or not, you must admit that it adds a touch of childish whimsy to this scrapbook page.
Does this scrapbook layout invoke any childhood memories for you? This is a great reminder to scrapbook your own story. We're often so busy scrapbooking our children and grandchildren that we forget that future generations will want to know about us, too. I may decide to add some journaling to this later, but I think the layout tells the story quite well as is.
What are your favorite childhood memories? Do you capture them in your scrapbook pages? Or perhaps in a journal...or on video... I do hope you share!