Tuesday, October 21, 2008

It's Great To Be Back!

Happy Tuesday everyone! It's Michelle here - back from my vacation with some new projects to share!

Scrapping was so much fun tonight! I've been working on my entry for the brand new Scrapping Across The Universe Challenge blog! The challenge was to use the opening scene of the movie (a beach scene) for inspiration. The picture is of my hubby Michael and stepson Steve, taken on our family vacation this year. I've been waiting for just the right inspiration to scrap this photo that I love so much, and the challenge was just what I needed! Here's what I came up with:
I used Bree's October "Want Smore?" kit! I just love the vintage look to the happy camper paper! I painted the Riff Raff acorn with acrylic paint to give it some extra depth, and tore pieces of the map that came with the kit to make the leaves by the acorn. I also used a piece of the packaging from the alphabet stickers to make the striped edging below the photo. The fabric is a vintage thrift store find. On the bottom left-hand corner is a piece of birch-bark that I gathered on the trip. I used my favorite tool - the crop-a-dile - to punch holes in the bingo numbers and attached them with my paper tagger. They represent the date of the photo. That paper-tagger thing is pretty fun - this was my first time using it! It's kinda cool because the numbers dangle and give a little movement to the page.

I made the second layout with Bree's September "Over The Rainbow" kit! That kit is going a looonnnnggg way - it's packed with goodies folks! Anyway, it's a picture of my sweet cat Johnny (who by the way is sitting on my lap right now as I type this - pal that he is!):
I finally busted into the handmade Crop Suey paper with the cute forest critters on it! I love that stuff! Everything is from the kit except the plain cardstock and most of the buttons. The journaling reads: "Johnny is thoroughly enjoying his transition to life in the suburbs." LOL. It's so true! When I married Michael I moved to the suburbs and the cats have never been happier - they've got more room and so many birds and squirrels to watch!

Okay, last but not least I wanted to share with you a little souvenir I made for myself with some guitar picks I got on our trip to Nashville:

Once again I used my trusty crop-a-dile to punch holes in the guitar picks, strung on a couple of beads in my fave colors and tah dah! - funky souvenirs to hang from my ears! P.S. They are dangling from a roll of paper towels that I happened to have in my scraproom - not toilet paper! HA.

Alrighty then - I best get going to bed since it's late here in Minnesota. It's been great chatting with ya! I'd love to see what you've been making with the kits - link us up!!!


Camille Young said...

I love your beach page...it's simple and gorgeous.
LOOOOVE the earings, I can see you wearing them!!
Glad your trip was such a great time!

Anonymous said...

I've been thinking about making a pair like that, they're fabulous... they'd make a cute charm bracelet tooo...

And I loooove your layouts. love the little cut out raccoon..

Anonymous said...

I've been thinking about making a pair like that, they're fabulous... they'd make a cute charm bracelet tooo...

And I loooove your layouts. love the little cut out raccoon..

jessicamae3 said...

Just fabulous! Thanks for sharing your work. It is fab! I agree about the kits...they keep on going and going and going! Love that about crop suey!

Kimmieprout said...

Your layouts are stunning!
You inspire me!

Anonymous said...

LOVE that Johnny layout!! It is so adorable! LOVE the crop suey kits! They are so full of great stuff!!!

I love how you aged the look of everything on the Across The Universe/Want S'more page with Michael and Stevie. And adding depth with paint on the acorn - such a genius touch!! LOVE IT! You always have such great ideas for adding unique touches!

ps - what's with the post above mine??

kristina k said...

Love these layouts!! SO pretty. :)

Michelle LaPoint Rydell said...

Thanks for all the kind words everyone! Renee, I don't know what the deal was with that comment that was above yours!?? Thankfully it got deleted, so there wont be anymore confusion LOL!

TracyP said...

you seriously Rock Michelle! Those earrings are fabulous!


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