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21 October 2011

SiSiS: Stuff I Scrapped in September, part two

Hiya and happy Friday!

Today I have three holiday layouts for you -- two Christmas, one Halloween. And since I don't have a ton of recent holiday photos (especially Halloween), I decided to make some more mini-me layouts with the three holiday lines that were part of my September kit from Scrappy Chic, which is where you can find all of my supplies. Check it:

as always, click a photo to see it bigger.

Halloween's up first. I know I have a shortage of Halloween photos for scrapping purposes, but I still went through five years' worth in one layout! These are my first five Halloween costumes -- all homemade, all well-loved (even the crazy-looking clown makeup!). My grandma can sew like crazy; she made all the clothes for her kids for years (that's five kids, people), and when I was little she made most of my special-occasion outfits, too -- Halloween, yes, but also Easter and Christmas dresses, first-day-of-school ensembles, etc. She can still sew, but these days readymade clothes cost quite a bit less than homemade for the most part -- plus she's moved on to (many) other hobbies. But I digress. The page uses Echo Park's Halloween line plus some ribbons from my stash. Aside from photo editing and printing, the whole thing took about 20 minutes. Works for me! Oh, and that princess costume in '81? cut down from a bridesmaid's dress from (I think) my aunt's wedding. And I thought modern bridesmaid's dresses could be crazy looking! Big floral flouncy border, anyone? Oy. Next:

A jolly old elf, indeed. What else could I use with that adorable elfin print (plus plaid, plus snowflakes) from American Crafts? The Thickers are a reflective shiny silver, which is why they look a little odd in the photo -- they sure gleam in person, though! In the 1981 Santa photo (on the left), you will see one of my favorite childhood fabrics: velour. Spiffy! On the right (1982), I'm wearing one of my home-sewn ensembles -- I loved that jumper. Another super-quick page, too. One more? Ok!:

I admit, this one's my favorite. The little photos are from '81, and the papers and die-cuts are all from the Teresa Collins Christmas line (except the big kraft snowflakes -- those are Maya Rd). The paper started out with a white background. Really white. Too white. Mists to the rescue! Some olive, some krafty tan, and I get shimmer, color, and less white. Since you can't see the photos, really, here's a closeup:

The same sewing grandma made me the stocking that year -- it would have lasted nearly forever, except one of my parents' dogs chewed it up pretty well when I was in college :(. On the right, you can see our family's extensive collection of macrame plant hangers in the front window, plus the toboggan that got a lot of use in Hines Park for years (Dead Man's Hill, anyone else?). Let's check out the cluster at the bottom:

More die-cuts (the cream phrase stickers are Cosmo Cricket's new Tiny Type words). That cluster is not hiding a mistake -- I hid my journaling behind it :).

Whoa -- that's a lot of photos! I do have a few more goodies to share with you (the boy pages). Last post, I'd mentioned that I hadn't scrapped much in October. In the past few days, I've made a half dozen layouts plus a couple cards! Whoa! The reason? Partly because I have a new kit to use, but mostly because of an online class I decided to sign up for from Shimelle Laine's website -- it's called Pretty Paper Party (how could I resist?), and it's really inspired me to break into my stash of new and old papers and create away! Thanks to Sue for recommending it -- it is pretty awesome.

All right then, have a lovely Friday!


Sue Althouse said...

So glad you are enjoying the Pretty Paper Class, and thanks for the link back to my blog! So nice of you. Lovely work here, I'm inspired to do some Christmas scrapping of my own. I'm signed up for the online Holiday Card Boot Camp in Nov. and once they release a supply list, I'm heading to Scrappy Chic to stock up!

Liz Michaud said...

Great layouts! You are rockin' the themed paper :) I havn't touched my October kit... it is calling my name and I can't wait for renos to be done so I can scrap again!

Lindsey said...

I totally love these layouts featuring YOU! And you were cute back then, too! (Love how perfectly the armchair goes with all those macrame plant hangers. :P)

Jocelyn Olson said...

I don't know which I love more--the layouts or the awesome photos! Those homemade Halloween costumes are the bomb...your grandma can seriously sew! The layouts have great color and are so fun!!

Meg said...

Winners on this page include:
That awesome burnt orange carpet! When is that coming back?
Your rockin' costumes
Those fun number stickers
That elf paper-it looks like it came straight out of the stop-motion Rudolph special (which is a compliment by the way).
Your magical misting talent. You are going to have to teach me the ways of the dark side sometime.
The fact that your childhood included a tobaggon.

Part I, here I come!

Emily Leiphart said...

Wow, such gorgeous papers yet I found myself looking at the photos more than the designer elements. That's good, right?! I think I'm going to have to do a similar layout to the first one. ;)