I was so excited to see the challenge handed out by the ladies at the Ella Publishing blog. They were looking for layout submissions with the title, “I Love Your Smile.” That was the only criteria, just use that title. I think karma brought me to this gleeful photo of Delaney. For the past couple weeks, I’ve been designing baby layouts for my next beginning scrapbooking class, so I had a pack of photos of Jake when he was first born right there on the table. When I saw this page call, I flipped through the photos to see if any of them fit the title. And boy, this one jumped right out at me. This is THE happiest I have ever seen Delaney in a picture. It was taken, probably by Dave, just after Jake was born. We gave her this great I’m the Big Sister t-shirt and she was so excited, she put it right on. She was over flowing with joy that her little brother, whom she had waited so long for, was finally here! It brings tears to my eyes to look at it, when I think of how happy she was.
Her reaction to the photo, while I was creating this page, cracks me up! She looked at it and asked if it was taken when Jake was born. I said yes and that she was so happy. Being 8 1/2 now and having her brother be almost 2, she said, “I love him, but I don’t know if I’m that happy about him now….he did cry a lot and…you know, mom, he’s Jake.” So that makes this picture that much more special to me, what a beautiful innocent smile, so excited that her baby brother is finally here. Unbeknownst to this sweet little girl are all the things about babies that aren’t so fun, the SCREAMING (you have to know Jake to know I’m NOT kidding), the wet & poopy diapers, the hitting, throwing & destroying, etc. Of course she is still the happiest big sister in the world, when her little guy says her name, “Dee Dee, Dee Dee” or when he walks up to her, tilts his head, puckers his lips, closes his eyes, and cranes his neck toward her just hoping for a kiss.
Those are all reasons that this photo makes me a very happy mom! I hope you all create layouts showing something that makes you happy!
As far as the layout, I used the Cricut to cut the circles, placing my matted photo inside the largest circle to draw attention to it. I placed the title around the circle, also in an effort to draw attention to the photo. I chose journal strips for this page because a journal box might draw attention away from my photo. Inside the strips is my jounaling, “a girl was never so happy to have a little brother.” I think that all the elements of this page help draw attention to Delaney’s photo. I think it’s important for her to have some pages in her album commemorating her brother’s birth that show her reaction. He will have tons of blue pages showing all the exciting happenings after he was born and big sister needs a little attention too!
Try mixing chipboard styles when creating your titles. The mix will give your layouts a whimsical look.
If you aren’t happy with the color of your chipboard, so ahead & paint it. Here I painted chipboard with both paint and glitter glue.
Don’t be afraid to add other embellishments to your chipboard. Here I added ribbon, rhinestones & stickers to my chipboard shapes.
Basic Grey June Bug collection papers
Admiral: used the back side
Park Bench: used the back side
Picket Fence: used the back side
Prizm light & medium pink textured cardstock
Pink Metallic Ribbon
KaiserCraft Basics: Rhinestones – light & dark pink and Rhinestone strips – pink
Creative Cafe pink chipboard shapes
Circle shapes all cut with the Cricut
“I” – Tim Holtz Grungeboard harlequin alphas
“your” – American Crafts THICKERS hat box plain chipboard
“SMILE” – Die Cuts with a View foil chipchatter uppercase – pink
Mrs. Grossman’s casual alphabet stickers
American Crafts Memory Marker pen – soft black
Scrapbook Shades by Li’l Davis Designs – marshmallow
Ranger Adirondack Brights Acrylic Paint Dabber – raspberry