So, I've gone the way of the weekly update here since most my personal time is preoccupied by other things. I hope you don't mind, but honestly, it seems to be working well for the time being. Some of you might be aware that I maintain another blog as well, Crate Paper, which requires daily updates! By the time I reach my Typepad account, I'm literally at a loss for words. Laugh. Too much writing at once!
Minnesota is slowly making it's way towards the forty degree mark. Fall is in full swing, the pumpkins are out on the front step and there are piles of leaves strewn about the yard. I love this time of year. The photo opportunities are numerous and the weather's still warm enough to partake in outdoor activities, like leaf throwing. Yes, Ethan's favorite Fall activity. Those of you whom have kids know exactly what I'm talking about here - give'em a pile and they'll spend an entire afternoon making a mess of it! And this is exactly what Ethan did on Saturday, though not only did he throw the leaves, he made snow angels from them as well. Looks like Ethan might already be ready for Winter...crazy kid.
Last week, Ethan's school pictures arrived from his preschool and I purchased nearly half of them!! As to why I felt that twenty plus photos of Ethan was an absolutely necessity, I'm not quite sure, but it may have something to do with the fact that Ethan's face was plastered all over them! I can't fathom thinking of what might happen to the leftover images upon their return to the photographer, but I'm willing to let the other half go - need not ask of their final destination.
I figured since I'd accrued a sizable pile of Ethan photos, I'd better get to working with them asap! This 8.5" x 11" layout is a first of two I hope to finish by the end of this week. It's completely school appropriate as well - every detail is finely attuned, including the scissors & paper production!
I'm a huge FAN of bright, lively COLORS! The traditional red/yellow/Brown school color palette wasn't going to cut it for me - to give it a boost, I introduced black, olive green and turquoise in varying values. There are some surprise, odd colors mixed in as well!
I've a favorite feature from the layout - this over-the-top cute scissors from Cosmo Cricket paired alongside a paper number line fits the theme perfectly! I trimmed the number line from ledger patterned paper, folded it multiple times (or should I say "crumbled it") and positioned it inside the opening of the scissors, while gluing down only small sections it.
The framed apple is a bit of mystery because it's an old digital graphic I purchased at Two Peas a long, long time ago! It's framed inside a Jillibean Olive Green journal sticker that I trimmed the center from. It's held up with pop-dots (painstakenly cut to fit beneath the skinny frame).
This nifty four-sided double sticky square is a Doodlebug sticker. I covered it in sparkling "blue" glitter. I made a huge mess when having attempted to dispose of the excess glitter from my layout - my kitchen floor was covered in the stuff!! And so was I! It's for this very reason that I rarely play with glitter..but the results are entirely pretty!
Do you spot Cosmo Cricket's lil' die-cut flowers in there? Mixed in with a bit of October Afternoon and a Jillibean sticker, the combo is not to be missed!
Speaking of which, I should probably run and pick up the little one at daycare! Let me know what you think of the layout - What school projects have you been working on lately? I'd love to hear about them...