Hello, Scrapbook Expo Friends! I hope you are having a fabulous Friday! I have had a fabulous week. My family and I celebrated Canada Day on Wednesday by attending a BBQ with my husband’s company. It is always a fun day to get together with friends and family and enjoy yummy food. We are so blessed! For our friends in the USA, I wish you a very happy 4th of July filled with the love of your family and friends.
This week, I was lucky to have a chance to work with the Project Life by Stampin’ Up product line. The ‘Love Story‘ collection is a beautiful black and white collection of 100 cards in 3 different sizes. It also has an accessory pack with complementary foil cards, alphabet sticker sheets, element sticker sheets, sequins, and washi tape. I also received the Owl Builder Punch and I have lots of fun ideas for using this punch. Oh, and don’t forget the album. I absolutely LOVE the black faux leather album. These albums are a favourite of mine for sure!
When I started looking through the cards, I initially thought I would focus on my wedding photos. As I read more and more of the sentiments on the cards as well as looked at the various patterns, I realized that the collection could be used for lots of other photos showing love. It would even be great to use the cards with a series of black and white photos.
I chose to start off by creating a page about the love between my husband and I. We are high school sweethearts and as I looked through my photo albums, I realized just how many formal photos we have from our early years together. Instead of creating a layout for each occasion, I combined photos from a bunch of the events. (I apologize for the glare on the photos. It is a challenge to photograph images in the page protectors.)
My next page featured a trip that my husband and I took when we were dating. He had never been to the Rocky Mountains before, so when my grandfather fell ill and I planned to fly across the country to visit him, I brought Jeff along. Not only would I get the opportunity to visit with my grandfather, but I was able to introduce two of my favourite men to each other. After we visited with my grandfather, we set off on an adventure. We drove and hiked and every time I saw a waterfall no matter how small, we stopped to take a photo. I went home from that trip with almost 500 photos, mostly of the scenery. My love of waterfalls lead us to Johnston Canyon where we hiked alongside the flowing water. It was an amazing experience. After we got home, Jeff told me that if he had had a ring with him, he would have proposed.
You can see on this layout that I added the ‘forever’ sticker to the You and Me card. I love the font they used on their stickers. I also modified the 4×6 tie the knot card by cutting it in half to fit in two 3×4 slots.
Next up, comes the wedding. Can you see that I am slowing walking you through the love in my life! After dating for 7 years, Jeff and I were married.
I really enjoyed using the Love Story cards. There are so many options that I could have used for each page. I did, however, decide to take advantage of the pockets and fill them with more photos than cards.
My next page highlights my kids the year my son was born. I love them with every ounce of my soul. The Love Story cards were also perfect for the love between a parent and child.
For this layout, I cut out the white ‘Happiness’ and heart stickers and spritzed them with colour. It turned out beautifully. Given that the stickers are all white, you could modify any of them to suit your page, and again, I love that font!
Do you ever do paper piecings? I had originally planned to create a bride and groom using the Stampin’ Up! Owl Builder punch but after creating all these pages about love, I decided to go another direction. With the sun shining bright and the kids splashing in the pool outside my window, I decided to create some flowers. The owl punch is a fantastic punch as there are tons of different items you can create with it. I used the owl body and chopped off the feet to create tulips. I then ran my watercolour pencil along the edges to create a bit of a shadow.
How fun! Just remember when you look at your tools that you need to keep your mind wide open as when you use your imagination, your tools end up serving many more purposes!
As you can see, the Love Story collection is very versatile and wonderful to work with. Would you like to win this collection for yourself?
Our friends at Stampin’ Up would like to give one lucky Scrapbook Expo friend a prize* pack that includes:
- Love Story Card Collection
- Love Story Accessory Pack
- Either 6” x 8” or 12” x 12” Variety Pack Photo Pocket Pages
- Either 6” x 8” or 12” x 12” Album
* The Owl Builder Punch in the above image is not part of this prize.
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For a chance to win these goodies from Stampin’ Up!, leave a comment on this blog post telling us if you have tried creating Project Life style pocket pages, if you are a traditional scrapbooker, if you are a cardmaker, or a mixed media artist. The giveaway runs until 11:59pm EST on Thursday, July 9th.
Last week’s Freebie Friday post was sponsored by the Scrapbook & Cards Today team. Thank you to everyone who commented on last week’s blog post! The giveaway was for a one year subscription to Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine.
The winner is … SueInMtVernon!
Congratulations, Sue! Please send your mailing address to Jen Walker and include ‘SCT Magazine winner’ in the subject line.
Thanks for joining me this week. I hope you have a wonderful week ahead!
Don’t forget … If you want a chance to win an awesome prize pack from Stampin’ Up, you need to leave a comment on this post.
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