1st Birthdays Make Me Smile

by admin

Hey there!  Scarlett with you today to share a couple LOs using some of this month’s birthday release chippies and last month’s country themed ones.

First up is a page documenting my son’s 1st birthday – its hard to believe its taken me 15 years to do so!!  Thanks ScrapFX!! Without the chipboard pieces I used I can surely say the following photos would have stayed nicely tucked away.

I had a really great time using bright and bold colors - mainly in a primary color scheme. I'm not typically one for using multiple photos on pages (especially since I scrap 8.5 x 11) but the addition of the chipboard frames really allowed me to make it work. Can't believe this baby is about to start driver's ed!! At the top of the page I used one of the balloons as a mask and then went crazy with mists, pastes, ink, and stencils to create some texture and popping color.

Since scrapping these photos I’ve been on the hunt for other birthday photos and much to my dismay I don’t have all that many terrific ones – this was a total note to self time for me!  I really need to make sure I capture birthday moments even if its in a not so traditional fashion.  I mean any kind of shot of the birthday kid would be good.  Anyone with me on this?  Please say I’m not the only one needing to change some poor photo habits.

I used the Party Hats (201112106) five piece set and the Instant Photo Frames B (2012114) set on this area of the page. I painted the party hat, ever so carefully to be sure not to ruin the fabulous star detailing, with blue paint. Once it dried I took a very fine paintbrush and painted in the stars with gold metallic paint. A little pompom was perfect to top it off. The instant frames are a new love of mine since I'm an iPhone photo freak but what I discovered is they are great for holding cropped down photos from pre-digi era. I altered up this frames using a white pen and a glaze pen for the dots.

This area shows you an up close view of the new Slide Frames (2012110) and Balloons, small (2009087). I once again went to my stahs of pens and colored the balloons using the same combo as the Instant Frame. I used gesso on the slide frame and carefully avoided the etched wording. To highlight the wording/photo even more I added some sequins and a twine bow. When I looked at the finished page I realized the frame now resembles a present!! Bonus! I also used the 1st Birthday Wordlet here for my title. can I tell you how much I love this pint sized wordlets??! So many different fonts for every birthday year you'd want to document. I painted the letters, heat embossed the balloon, and colored the string with a pen.

This page makes me smile from ear to ear as I recall how much this lil’ guy loved his cake, in fact so much he had to have it taken away because I feared he’d be sick!  Another thing that makes me smile is this page:

I really delight in cutting out older photos I can't go in and edit out the messes in the backgrounds or add some fancy effects to make it look better. I get to create my own little scenes and stories for them this way too. On this page I used some Chicken Wire (2011186), Rope Rings (2012090), Wire Fence (2012075), a horse from Horse Set (2012087) and alphabets from the Itty Bitty Bets Groovy (2005104) and the Heartfelt Lowercase set (2007019). Phew thats a lot of chipboard pieces but they all totally made the page come together with ease!

If you’re still with me, thanks!!!!  I’ve got one more detailed shot of my fav part of this page (though it was super hard to choose!!) I do love how the flock on the horse looks and how the embossed letters turned out!

I really wanted to use the rope frames but wasn't sure what to do with them beyond backing with patterned paper and journaling. Then it struck me as I was fiddling around with the chicken wire I also wanted to use - put them together!!! I went to town added fiber paste to the rope frames. While I waited for them to dry I added platinum UTEE to the chicken wire randomly using VersaMark ink and heated. I continued to add sprinkles of the powder until I had a look I liked. When the frames were dry I carved away some of te paste to ensure the detail would show and painted them. The paste gave them a nice roughed up look. All there was left to do was to adhere the pieces together and add to the page. My love for washi tape snuck in as I couldn't resist turning one of the frames in to a sun.

 As you can see I’ve been having lots of fun combining chipboard pieces – what combinations have you tried recently??  I’d love to come check out your work so be sure to leave a link!

Until next time, take care!

8 Responses to “1st Birthdays Make Me Smile”

  1. Sharryn Thomson says:

    Just adore these pages Scarlett…you have an awesome, unique style 🙂

  2. Scarlett, these pages are amazing! Love your style!

  3. So many fabulous techniques and products used on your bright and whimsical pages, Scarlett!

  4. Great pages, so sweet photos you have to scrap!

  5. Fantastic work, my friend!

  6. Joan Borgelt says:

    Scarlett, Stunning work as always!

  7. Terrific layouts, Scarlett! Love the frames and happy colors of the first and the chicken wire on the second is totally clever!

  8. Awesome work Scarlett,great color & such fun pages to look at!!!!