Sunday, September 5, 2010

It's Sunday - Better Living Through Scrapbooking Reveal Day!

These aren’t colorful pictures done on vintage paper. These are just bad photos! They were left in one of those old magnetic albums too long, and this is what happens to them after time. So if you have any photos still in magnetic pages, you might consider taking them out as soon as you can!!
I could never let go of these pictures, though, because they are the only ones I have of my great-grandmother who we called Moo Moo. She didn’t speak English (or maybe she did but just loved her native language of Finnish). I don’t remember much about her because I was just a little girl when she passed on, but I do remember how very nice she was – and that I loved the times we did visit her!

And that is what the challenge at Better Living through Scrapbooking is all about this week – scrapping those bad photos! Maybe you have old ones like this. Or maybe you’ve got a recent one that you love, but it’s just not the best quality. Scrap them anyway!! You can do marvelous things with them, and you will never regret having them in your memory book!  You'll need to use at least two of these options on your layout:

Create a layout using a photo or photos that you would normally have discarded.

Chose at least 2 of the following:
  1. Use rub-ons or stickers directly on your photo(s). 
  2. Use paint on your page in a messy or unusual way.
  3. Use a die-cut or pre-purchased journaling “spot” on which to write your journaling.
  4. Use the following sketch as design inspiration for your page: 
  5. Make a handmade flower using Katie’s technique in our August 1st reveal, and use the flower on your layout.
I’ve done a few different things on this layout, so I’ll tell you first about the four challenge options I used:
1.  Rub-ons directly on my photos
2.  Painted edges of my photos with gold and sandal ranger paints
3.  Angela had a great sketch for us to use this week, so I gladly used that!
4.  Journaling spot was diecut with vellum and cardstock

There are a couple of other techniques you’ll see on this layout:

1.Stitching using a Bazzill template and floss
2.Crackle paint and glimmer mist on the flowers

Now take out those bad pictures and see what you can do! Be sure to go over to Better Living Through Scrapbooking to see what the rest of the marvelous design team did!!  We’d love to have you join us!!  Play along all month for your chance to win one of the prizes on my right sidebar.  WOW - there are three amazing prizes!!

Items from Discount Cardstock:

Midnight Black Cardstock

Cream Vellum

Bazzill In Stitch’z Granny Stitches Template

Bazzill In Stitch’z Pebbles Floss

Bazzill Raven Paper Flowers

Graphic 45 Papers:


Hallowe’en in Wonderland


Other items: K&Company – crocheted ribbon; May Arts velvet ribbon; Tim Holtz Filmstrip; Prima flowers; Imaginisce gems; Tattered Angels wheatfields glimmer mist; Ranger gold, sandal, and clear rock candy paints; 7Gypsies rub-ons; Close To My Heart edge anchors, paper clip and charm; Slice Vintage Findings Design Card

Are you a Better Living Through Scrapbooking fan on Facebook? We are holding a Labor Day giveaway on our Facebook page, and it’s so easy to win! 

Just visit our Facebook page (if you’re not already a fan, just click the “like” button at the top of the page, and you’ll be signed in!) and look for the Labor Day giveaway post. Just leave a comment to that post, tell us your favorite inspirational quote, and you’re entered to win! 

Once lucky recipient chosen at random from the eligible participants will win a Punky Sprouts album from their new Summer CHA release, along with a pack of My Little Shoebox alphabet stickers to help you decorate the album!


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Kim said...

This is a stunning layout! I love the black and cream together and your blooms are divine!!!!! I agree with you, those are must scrap photos of your Moo Moo! Such a beautiful little story!

I really miss getting here every day for my dose of your fab inspiratioin! Life is sooooooo busy right now with all the new changes to our school much of a paper trail to keep. I'm not even getting home until about 7 each evening, by the time I finish therapy on my shoulder, get dt stuff finished and begin the school time for social fun! :(
Kim xXx

Dawn said...

I love these papers you used on this layout, one of my favorites.
Wonderful layout as a great tribute really, bad pictures and all.

Karen Pedersen said...

So beautiful. Black and white and neutrals always 'speak' to me. :)

Elizabeth (Beth) Moore said...

I just love your interpretation of the challenge... the photographs actually look beautiful, but it is a shame that those dang old photo albums ruin photos after time too! I appreciated the tip you gave about that!!!

Karen said...

Love this card! I was floored when I saw the words "Moo Moo"-my daughters always called my mom Moo Moo. My oldest gave her that name when she couldn't pronounce Grandma yet. It just stuck, and her last generation of grandchildren always called her that. I never thought I would see a Moo Moo card! Beautiful design.