Monday, December 7, 2009

Julie Bonner Sketches #46 and 48

I just can't believe it's December already! I realized the other day that the whole year is almost gone and I've hardly scrapbooked at all! My primary focus used to be scrapbooking - that was what I loved. This past year I've learned so much about other forms of papercrafting that it's taken my time away from my true love. So, I decided this weekend that I had to participte in Julie Bonner's last sketches before she leaves her sketch site.

I was so sad to read the other day that Julie has decided she will be taking this year off from her 52 sketches 52 Weeks scrapbooking blog. Of course, I totally understand because there is just so much work involved in these things that it's hard to accomplish anything else. And, as she plans to focus on furthering her design career I can only wish the best for her. I look forward to following her on her personal blog.

I decided to use this week's sketch #48 along with a sketch from two weeks ago, #46, to create a double page spread.

I used some new Christmas paper we got in from the store from Webster's pages - I just love vintage style so these pages just make me happy! I'm working on getting them into the system now, so if you like them check it out over the next couple of days.

For the first page I used a base of Always Artichoke under the Webster's patterned paper "Christmas Sky". The paper is so decorative you really don't have to do a lot else! I found the laser cut frame in some of my mom's old old stash (we decided we think she bought this when we first started scrapbooking, about 14 years ago! Bout time it gets put to good use!) I added gold liquid pearl for the holly berries. The title letters are QuicKutz revolution Blossom - I stamped underneath them with an Autumn leaves flourish stamp in Chocolate Chip ink and added Kaiser Craft blush pearls. I think pearls are so awesome on vintage style! The gorgeous crochet flower was done by my mom - I added the red gem in the center.

This is another background paper from Webster's - Wish Upon a Star. The red border is made from the back of another sheet of Wish Upon A Star - this paper is heavy weight and double sided, so good good stuff. I punched the edge of the paper with a Martha Stewart border punch and added more Kaiser Blush pearls. I printed the photos in sepia tone because the original colors SO did not go with this paper and I really wanted to use the paper! The way I scrapbook I create three layouts of every theme - one for me and one for each of the kids to have one day. So, this will be mine:) I decided to cut the photos out with my nestabilities; then I took craft paper, embossed it with the cuttlebug, rubbed chocolate ink over the raised portions and used that as my photo mat. It gives a lot of texture and looks cool IRL! And, it matches the little deer on the patterned paper, who is a craft color stamped with words in chocolate chip ink. I stole another crochet flower from my mom (thanks mom!) and added it on top of more stamped flourishes accented with more Kaiser Blush pearls. The last step was just the journaling. I SO enjoyed getting back into my scrapbooking groove - hopefully I can wing a few more sketches before the end of the year. Have a great day!