New Babies, Scrapbooking Fun Swaps and Practical Scrappers Challenge projects (scroll down for details :)).
New babies all around and swaps - yes, it has been busy. Helping with a petting zoo tomorrow, so the animals are all getting ready. Below you see Walnut (the little guy) and Peanut. Peanut is growing well and still gets excited to see her bottle. Walnut is now a bottle baby because his mother tried to kill him. She will be leaving soon. Walnut got his name because he will be bigger than a Peanut when he is grown.
Below are some layouts I created for my page sketch swap over at Scrapbooking Fun. I had a ton of fun putting them together and they will accommodate 4-7, 4x6 prints.
Beach Layout - created with the Cricut Life is a Beach cartridge. The blue polka-dot paper in the lower of the two images is removable - just there for photo placement. All the swaps have different backgrounds.Family/Heritage Layouts. Below is my starting sketch (it will be included with all swaps). I vary a bit, but not too much. When designing these pages, I have a stack of 4x6 photos on hand that I place upside down onto layouts for sizing. This layout allows for 6 photo's, easily, more if you scoot stuff around. This layout is also the first one of my pieces for a Patterned Paper challenge at Practical Scrappers I used three different patterns from the DCWV Indian Summer stacks. The other is below in the Primary Colors section
Nature Layout - I am having fun with the Whitewash Core'dinations papers. They really do well when trying to create understated embossed images. I also used some pre-glittered felt with these (as well as regular felt). My design studio comes in handy for titles. This sketch is very similar to the Heritage layout sketch, but I think that one large and two 4x6 would look best. However, it easily accommodates 4-6 4x6 photos.
Primary Colors Layouts - I enjoy mats for some pages, others, I don't. Lately I have been using a lot of Stazon and inking the edges of my photos or leaving a white edge on the photos rather than matting. You can see a small version of the sketch for the top two layouts in the second layout. The third layout is designed to handle 2 larger photos with memorabilia up near the top or 5, 4x6 photos. The Blue background layout is my second one for the patterned paper challenge over at Practical Scrappers . I enjoy using different patterned papers, though kept them pretty minimal here to maximize the user's ability to utilize the layout.
One regret with a few layouts - now I wish I had thought to do a bit more inking :(. Maybe next time.