Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Apple Picking Layout

This photo of my son has to be one of my all-time favorites of him and I have waited a long time to take it out of the picture frame and put it onto a scrapbook page. 

I used to be very nervous about stamping.  On a regular basis my efforts were blurred and messy and I was sure stamping was a skill I was never going to master, so there would have been no way I would have even tried to stamp on this picture.  Then I discovered the Perfect Crafting Pouch, and I realized that with the right tools, I was going to be stamping like a pro!

I treated the photo, background paper and the edge of the green mat with my Perfect Crafting Pouch and inked up the huge tree stamp with Stazon ink.  Once the initial impression was there, I pulled out a brown ink pen and added some details to several of the leaves. 

Since I planned to use stickers for the title and I didn’t want to de-activate the adhesive on the back of the letters, I carefully swiped away the powder residue with the Perfect Cleaning Cloth.  I drew some very light pencil lines (which I later erased) to help with the placement of the letters.  I like to “mix it up” when it comes to titling, so I chose to stamp the word “with”.  The green cardstock had a little texture but I wasn’t worried about getting a good image, even with the tiny stamps I was using, because I prepped the area with the Perfect Crafting Pouch.  Ta-dah! That image is as crisp as the apples my son ate that day!

The journaling on this layout is a yard sale find. The words are actually little magnets that came from a poetry set meant to be used on a refrigerator.  I sifted through and found the words that worked for me and adhered them (and the chipboard apple) with the Best Glue Ever.

I don’t know if it is just the picture, but this is one of my favorite layouts in a long time.

- Susie

1 comment:

Robyn L. Coburn said...

It's adorable. I love how you have stamped and brought your journaling over the photo image. It makes the whole layout more integrated and unified, rather than looking like you just added a photo to a background. He's very cute too.