Saturday, May 20, 2006

All {3} of you Scrappers~ This one's for you.

I realize that there are a few scrap-fans out there who maybe didn't even realize that I wasn't a "real" scrapper until about three weeks ago when I started creating traditional scrap layouts. This is a layout that I finished last night titled "Ordinary You". I snap so many pictures of my kids that it's actually hard to get them to look at me anymore. The top photo in this layout was taken while Bella lounged on the floor watching a video. I imagined her thinking, "Why is my mom interupting my show for a stupid picture? I'm not even doing anything!" I imagined my response back to her. I'd say, "Why would I want to forget even the most ordinary moment with you? I wouldn't."
That's the inspiration behind this layout. Using everyday snapshots of Bella to tell her how special she really is in my life. The black and white photo in the corner reads, "Ordinary? You? Never." The ledger paper journaling adds, "That's why I take so many seemingly, unimportant pictures of you, Bella. To me there is no such thing as ordinary or unimportant when you are concerned. You make my life extraordinary just by being you- no matter the moment."
Now if I keep scrapping and growing this hobby of mine, in the future, some of you will be able to tell you friends, "I knew her way back when she posted her first layout online." Your friends will say, "No way! You've been following this Nitty.Gritty. thing that long?!"
Okay, since I know a little bit how crazy some of you are about "I just have to know this- or I have to find out where she got that- or how did you do that?"...here's a few technical details.
First, that awesome, funky flowered paper is Junkitz Shabby Chic multi-flowers. I love it! And the sad part is I only bought one sheet of it at the time. I must get me some more of that! Next, the title is alpha-chipboard letters from JoAnn Etc. I got 'em on clearance so they probably don't carry them anymore. I distressed them and used my corner rounder punch on them too. I'm telling you guys, I'm REALLY scrapping! Although I used a nail file from my bathroom to rough these letters up because I'm all about using what I have around the house and making it work for scrapbooking.
Next, the polka dot frame was made my yours truly. Can't buy it. Sorry. I used the chipboard from a puzzle my girls ripped up this week. I was practically happy that they ruined their puzzle because I got a free scrap out of the deal! I [freehand] cut it out with an exacto knife and glued some Colorbok blue dot paper to it and then used that old emory board on it and Voila! Cutie, patootie frame! You can make one too! Tied a bunch of miscellaneous ribbons on the side and smiled to myself with each knot I tied. Man- if I had only known how much fun this was years ago!!!!
Now I'm getting a little excited myself. If you are reading this and you're not a scrapper, I cannot explain to you how this stuff causes an adrenaline rush- just trust me- it does. Somehow. Most of the other little goodies are Heidi Swapp products. You do know who SHE is, don't you? For the one person who answered, "No", go here: www.heidiswapp.typepad.com and see for yourself. I used her photo corner, pink polkadot tape and tissue flower and puffy dot center. The font on the small photo is Elsie's CK Bohemian font. I think that about does it.
And if you didn't take my advice yesterday, you're missing out. NittyGrittysNanny posted some real "dirt" about me. So, if you just can't get enough Nitty.Gritty. go there now. www.nittygrittysnanny.blogspot.com She's a trooper for putting up with me and my family- I can't say enough about her! I think I better start sketching a layout for her soon. Goodness knows she deserves a 12x12 page of her own. =)

14 comments:

Suzelle said...

That layout is so stinkin' cute !!!!!!!!!!!

tracyg said...

Awesome layout and blog. :)

scrapbookmom said...

Awesome page! I love the picture!

KathyG said...

Awesome layout!

Kathy

A Beautiful Mess said...

you rock, girl! i am so happy to see you are scrapping! :) yay!!!

elsie

Kristi Mangan said...

what a beautiful layout and I love the inspiration behind it!!!

Shelly said...

I followed you over here from Elsie Flannigan's page... THIS is your first layout?? It's amazing! You are truly talented! I look forward to seeing more in the future!

LauraJ said...

Hooray on finding a new passion! I too have just dabbled my hand in it too, last night to be exact. I made two pages, not nearly as nice as yours but I'll get there eventually.
What a wonderful blog!!

Michelle Sanders said...

Look at you being all scrappy! Welcome to the cult. I'm glad you have finally embrassed it with both arms! Your pages look so well put together...like you have been at it for years. Are you on www.twopeasinabucket.com yet? If not, you should post there.

rhonda said...

AWESOME layout!!!
So glad you posted it!!!
and....I'm gonna have to stop by the grocery store on the way home today. I think we'll have spaghetti pie and those delicious looking wraps this week!

Crafty P said...

Wait a minute... that's not your first LO. you've scrapped before, right? I love the way the "ordinary you" takes your eyes up and down, like you're on a roller coaster or somethin' like that. raising kids is like being on a roller coaster isn't it? Anyhoo, love the LO, Jody!

fun post... hey. I KNOW you know how to do those little linking things with the webistes. wink wink

Kerry said...

I'm so glad you're one of us now! My husband refers to Scrapbooking as "The Cult!" lol

Katie said...

Wonderful job on your layout Jody! You have such important stories to tell - I know scrapbooking will be a great outlet for you. :)

Deanna- yep Dee-na said...

Hi Jody! i haven't had a chance to catch up with your blog lately, but i'm so excited to see you paper scrappin! yay! awesome, awesome job lady!!! doesn't it feel incredible? i love it!
i'm just like you trying to find a few minutes here and there between all the nitty gritty daily stuff. lol you are an inspiration! keeping posting pages, k?!