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How Does Your Garden Grow? Scrapbook Page

by Amy Bowerman

I just want to start by saying again I am not a scrapbooker.  Do I make scrapbooks?  Yes.  Do I like making them?  Well the jury is still out on that one.  All I can say is that I do not necessarily “like” making scrapbooks because they are tedious and time-consuming but I LOVE the end result.  Needless to say, I have procrastinated for MONTHS now on making a vintage scrapbook for my grandparents.  I got as far as scanning and printing pictures, gathering supplies, and starting a page but never finishing it…this was all back in January.  See I told you I was a procrastinator!  But WAIT….what’s this?  Yup I FINALLY finished a scrapbook page!  I have to thank the Kraft Journal for the swift kick in the pants I needed to get going….how could I not do a scrapbook page for my grandparents when there is a “Something Grand” Challenge going on in honor of Grandparents Day?

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How does your garden grow?

This page is devoted to all the grand kids….my Grandmother had six boys so there are a lot of us! (I’m the purple flower underneath the bee).  We are all grown up now, most of us with families of our own…I think there are 22 great-grandchildren so far and my sister will be adding 1 more this November.

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Baby Blooms

Weren’t we a cute bunch?  I couldn’t resist creating a garden of grand kids for this layout.  I used a Fiskars circle and scallop punch to create the flowers (Mark’s Finest Papers challenge “Use a Punch”)  I was able to use my scraps for the flower part.  I love all the different colors and patterns…they are as unique as each one of my family members :)

Distress inks were used to make the edges pop…I can never leave an edge un-inked.  For the leaves I also wanted to create variety.  I put every floral and leaf stamp I own to work for this task.  The leaves were stamped on Tim Holtz Retro Grunge paper and cut out.  The stems were created from wrapped floral wire.  Flowers and leaves were given dimension by mounting on foam squares.

For the grass I embossed Kraft paper with two different Sizzix embossing folders.  I wanted to add interest to the lower part of the scrapbook page by mixing patterns on the grass.  The grass was colored with Peeled paint Distress Stain…can I just say how much I LOVE Distress Stains?  I LOVE them!!  Nice even coverage and sooo easy to use.  However, I didn’t want my Distress Inks to feel left out so I inked the edge of part of the grass with Pine Needle.

How cute are those fuzzy forest friends?  I snagged these guys on clearance awhile ago.   You know what they say… “all good things come to those who wait.”   Well, I’ve been waiting for a project to use them on and these guys couldn’t have been a more perfect finishing touch to this vintage scrapbook page!

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Garden Sign

I created the garden sign with a popsicle stick and some grunge board scraps.  The words were printed on vintage lined paper in my new favorite font “Giddyup” and edged with distress ink.  The tiny star brads serve as whimsical nails.  To achieve the look of weathered wood on the popsicle stick I layered Picket Fence, Vintage Photo, and of course Weathered Wood Distress stain.  Not only does the squirrel balance out the design he is also meant to portray a favorite memory of mine.  I’m sure my grandmother will get a kick out of seeing  him too.

When I was a kid there was a squirrel who visited my grandparents often.  I grew quite fond of him on my visits with my grandparents and named him Ray.  No idea why I chose that name for a squirrel but my Grandmother and I often recall that summer and have a laugh about my strange name choice…and of course “Ray” himself.

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Head in the Clouds

I thought the clouds would be the perfect place to add the rest of the text…my altered version of the classic nursery rhyme.  I switched out “Mary” for Nanny….I’ll have to tell my grandfather that “Poppy” just didn’t work with the rhyme :)  The clouds were stamped on Kraft cardstock and colored with Picket Fence Distress Stain… my new favorite tool to add white to projects.  The clouds were mounted on Grunge Board scraps along with the text and popped up on foam squares.  The Bee sticker fills a would be empty space and somehow ties the whole page together.  He also has a little swirl action going on which ties in with the “Flowers and Swirls”  challenge at Allsorts.

 

Thanks for checking out my vintage scrapbook page…one down….A LOT more to go!  Love hearing your thoughts and comments please leave me some love 😉

Amy*

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Emma September 14, 2011 at 4:55 am

Great page whata fab idea!!!

Thanks for playing at Allsorts this week and good luck in the draw!

Emma xxx

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2 Lynne Phelps September 13, 2011 at 11:33 pm

What a charming layout! She is going to LOVE it, and you sure make a cute purple flower. Love all the color and texture. The leaves, flowers, critters, sign. . . it’s all FAB! But crappola, I was hoping I did NOT need Distress Stains, lol! I am still investing in PanPastels so they are going to have to wait!

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3 Debbie Moran September 13, 2011 at 5:09 pm

Great scrapbook page. That is a great idea for a grandparent. My mom has 22 grandkids and one great grandkid. Thanks for playing with us here at Speedy the Cat’s challenge this week. We hope to see you again next week.

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4 Audrey Pettit September 12, 2011 at 8:35 am

This is SO fabulous, Amy! What a treasure for your grandparents album. All those little grandchildren flowers are just the sweetest things evah! Love your garden. Love the garden signpost. This is just amazing, Amy.
Thanks so much for joining us in the Kraft Journal. Glad we got you motivated to make this page. :)

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5 marylou farley September 11, 2011 at 1:51 pm

Amy happy to see someone in the world is on the fence like me about scrapbooking. honestly I twll people I do it for the companionship, as stamping and mixed media srts are pretty solitary

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6 Patty Penn September 11, 2011 at 9:03 am

Oh, this is such a cute cute scrapbook page!!! You did a terrific job with it!!!! I think you are a scrapbooker!! Thanks for playing along with us this week at Speedy the Cat’s Friends challenge.

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7 Eric September 11, 2011 at 7:29 am

This is beautiful! I’m sure your grandmother will love it!

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