Monday, August 6, 2012

Convention Album Contest - Final Layout

This is my final layout that I submitted into Close To My Heart's Album Contest last month.  This one was the cause of many sleepless nights as I knew what I wanted the result to look like in my just took awhile to get there.  And, as my ideas grew larger, my "stash" of the Red and Pink Sparkle Assortments grew thinner!  LOl!  Thank goodness for my friends Linda, John, Janice and Barb for aiding my desperate need of those bitty light pink sparkles at the last minute!

So I have to share the story behind these pictures...
My children wanted to be Tinkerbell, Peter Pan and Captain Hook for Halloween a few years ago.  There sizes were perfect for the costumes they had chosen and they looked so adorable in them.  A few days before Halloween I started feeling that motherly guilt that comes when I remember doing something for one child that I didn't follow suit and do for the others.  Previous to this, I had always had the boys pictures professionally taken in their Halloween costumes; but with three children that just began to get too pricey.  I decided that I took pretty OK pictures and wanted to try to take them myself.  I debated where to take the pictures and finally decided on a little creek near our home...which to me I could visualize Tinkerbell fluttering through.  I was very excited with the pictures that I took and have been vary anxious to scrapbook them.  My struggle however was that CTMH didn't have a pink in their color palette that matched the flowers in my daughters hairpiece which was the splash of color that I wanted to highlight.  Then, I discovered, if I colored the ribbon with Cotton Candy, it just might work and wallah I was successful...almost a perfect match! 

Full Spread

This layout has a flip flap journey!  Above is the layout with the flap closed and below is the same layout with the flap open.  The seams are divided by the Seam Binding Color Ready Ribbon inked in Cotton Candy.  I also used the ribbon to tie little knots to help carry the pink over. 

The journaling is typed on Cardstock and then spritzed with the Spray Pen and the Create A Shade Pearl Paint to create an iridescent look.

Right page.  A photograph printed with Studio J to the 12" x 12" size.  I know I am biased, but to me the photo was as close to perfect as possible and I didn't want to do much artistically to take away from that.  So, what I decided to do, is add the Dimensional Element Flourish.  This was sanded down, painted with the Create a Shade Paint, allowed time to dry, then embellished with MANY sparkles and some of my ribbon.  I was delighted with how it turned out. 

The other Dimensional Element stars, and the title letters are also painted with the Create A Shade Pearl Paint.

Supplies used:
Sweet Leaf, White Daisy and Chocolate Cardstock
Color Ready Alphabet (retired)
Z1380 Spray Pens
All Out Adventure Rub-Ons (retired)
Dimensional Element Flourishes (retired)

I was delighted that I was able to use these pictures for the themed contest.  This is what my journaling reads:
"Abby, Gabey and Nicholas: my three little star gazers whose grandest wish for awhile was to follow the stars and fly to Never land!   How adorable you were dressed as Peter Pan, Tinkerbell and Captain Hook: you make believed your own little storybook fantasy that was all yours. And although the dress up play began as just Halloween costumes, you created your own Never Land in your hearts and imaginations.  I loved witnessing your dramatic play over and over again.   I wish as your Mommy I could protect your childhood and keep it safe just as Peter Pan did, but I cannot.  What I can do is promise you that I will do everything in my ability to give you the most amazing, loving and magical childhood that a mother can give her child.  I promise to give you the ability to reach those stars…to dream…just like Peter Pan! "