Monday, 29 June 2009

Urban Garden Flowers


I think I have described my scrapbooking process before. My pages take a long time to come together. This page has been out on my dining room table for almost two weeks. This is how it started...a quick sketch, made one night during ad breaks while watching NCIS the week before last:


After a week of umming and ahhhing, trying colours and then changing them, moving the flowers, moving the leaves, moving the butterflies, moving the photos...this is the final product:


I LOVE how the bottom two thirds of the page came together (it feels like a secret garden), but I think I've missed the mark in the top third. The photos are cute, but I'm not at all convinced that the layout of the photos matches the rest of the page (the fact that they are stuck on crooked probably does not help my analysis here ;-). Aside from this, I'm feeling pleased. It was definitely worth the time and effort, and I had FUN!! I have blurred some personal text from under the four images (that is the black dotty stuff). The images are of my daughter at 1 week, 1 year, 3 years and 5 years old. I used colour images, and applied Pioneer Woman's (aka Ree Drummond) 'B&W Beauty' Photoshop Action from Action Set 1 (scroll to the bottom of the post HERE for a link to these actions).

List of Ingredients (all from Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted):

Cardstock: Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze, Basic Gray and Not Quite Navy plain cardstock, Whisper White textured cardstock
Stamps: Flight of the Butterfly and Inspired by Nature
Ink: Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze and Basic Gray Classic Ink
Accessories: Urban Garden DSP, On Board Lots of Letters, On Board Batch of Blooms, Flower Designer Brads, Button Bouquet Designer Buttons, Hemp Twine, Kaiser Clear Rhinestones (you could also use the SU Clear Rhinestone brads, as brads or with the rhinestone removed from its setting), White Vellum Cardstock, crystal effects, edge distresser, dimensionals, glue dots, sticky strip and SNAIL adhesive.

I have another 12 x 12 sketch here...so hopefully I'll get to work on that one soon too. I am pleased to be back on the scrapbooking track...it means a lot to me, and my husband loves looking at the pages, which is very nice.

Another www.allposters.com moment:

Amalfi Coast, Coastal View and Village, Positano, Campania, Italy
Amalfi Coast, Coastal View and Village, Positano, Campania, Italy


Have a great week.
Sam.

21 comments:

Leonie said...

Wow! Worth the wait I think!

Nancy Riley said...

You're a scrapbook layout genius! Your design is gorgeous, and so worth the process!

Carol Dunstan said...

your page is beautiful!

Kate Lewis said...

What a fabulous page Sam - I just love it, those flowers rock! Have a great week! Kate x

Lauren said...

WOW! That is absolutely amazing!!!

Jean said...

Sam, I think your page is lovely! The butterflies are pretty and I like how you used the grass stamp on the background of the flowers!

Zarna said...

definitely worth the time! love it!

Donna Maria said...

That is just absolutely beautiful Sam.... I LOVE it!! Xx

Debbie Pamment said...

I think you are being WAAAAYYYY to hard on yourself - I LOVE everything about the page and think the pics work beautifully with the "secret garden" - we are always our own worst critics but I LOVE your page as is!!!
xXx

Karen R said...

that is sensational shame you've blogged it - you should have submitted it to a Scrapbooking magazine

Caroline Colgan said...

I love this page!! The flowers & butterflies look FAB! I can feel a CASE coming on (hope you don't mind?!)

Suzie said...

This is such a wonderful page, love what you have done, love the colors and flowers, think that the pictures are absolutely wonderful. Thanks for sharing your ideas, you are so creative.

Britiney said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE This!!!

travelingmama said...

I wish I put that much thought into my layouts! I just sort of throw stuff that goes together on the table and take off! Your page is seriously amazing! I love it! Have you thought about submitting it to Scrapbooks, etc?

MadonnaDunn said...

OH!!! oh oh oh oh!!! Just beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing Sam!

Andrea said...

This is just beautiful! The colours, the flowers, everything!

Nancy L. said...

Wow!!! I love your layout! Beautiful and lovely!

Renée said...

holy cow, your planning paid off in spades! This is a FANTASTIC scrap page!

Cindy Major said...

I love it all! I think it is absolutely stunning! The colors, the design... one of the most gorgeous layout I have ever seen done with SU! supplies!

Great job and thanks for sharing!

Cindy :)

Laura said...

love the layout. I don't see anything wrong with it. Did I say I love it! Thanks for the inspiration.

Anthonette said...

Gorgeous layout, photos, and flowers, Sam! Every detail is perfect. I love black and white photos.