I wanted to save the best until last, but of course being the most recent post, you will actually be seeing it first, so that was a bit dozy of me, but nevermind!! I LOVE scrapbooking with Stampin' Up! stuff and the Spring mini has had me totally inspired in this department!
First is a 6x6 page I did for a workshop yesterday:
You will notice the absence of any scribble stamps here, which is a refreshing change! I have used Big Pieces from the mini catalogue, in conjunction with Little Pieces from the main catalogue which co-ordinates perfectly. I have used my Stampin' Write markers to colour different parts of the stamps for a very colourful effect. These stamps are so versatile in that by simple changing the colours used you can get such vastly different effects. These colours have a real carnival feel to them - I have used Tempting Turquoise, Pretty in Pink, So Saffron and Old Olive to match the gorgeous double sided Petals and Paisley Designer paper used in a strip at the bottom.
This one is a 12x12 layout - the first one I made with my new stamps and papers from the mini catalogue. The layout itself was pretty much lifted directly from a copy of the Better Homes and Gardens Scrapbooks etc magazine, which I absolutely LOVE. The layout suited the photos I wanted to use and the style of the papers also - I love the clean lines of this layout. The stamps in the bottom right hand corner are from Polka Dots and Petals, which is a delightful set of little background stamps in the mini. You will notice the sneaky inclusion of another Bodacious Bouquet flower at the top left, which was made into a little embellishment with a clear button and some Old Olive brads.
Ok, now for some Scribbles......
I absolutely LOVED putting this layout together! It is a 12x12 that started simply with an idea for the positioning of the photos from last year's catalogue (page 58) and just evolved from there. The colours are the "Pumpkin Patch skirt" combo of Sage Shadow, Pretty in Pink, Pixie Pink and Close to Cocoa. The title uses the Headline Alphabet stamped in Pretty in Pink ink onto Pretty in Pink card, with the scribble stamp "kissed" onto the letter in Close to Cocoa and stamped over the top using the Stamp-a-ma-jig to line it up perfectly. It's a bit hard to see, so here is a close up..
This next one is more Scribbles (I promise it will be over soon..!!) and some more of the Designer Papers:
I started out just playing with a piece of 12x12 Whisper White and the stamps to see how I could go about making my own patterned paper. I coloured the pattern using my Watercolour Wonder Crayons and the aquapainter. The pattern that evolved kind of looked like it needed to be torn around, so that's what I did! The rest just kind of flowed from there! My favourite part is the journalling that I handwrote at the bottom. This is what it says:
My beautiful girls......my most precious angels....my dreams come true..... How DO they fit so much loveliness into two small persons...?!!
Before the little one, Sophie, came along, I always used to say to Hannah "how do they fit so much loveliness into one small person?". After a while, all I had to say was "How do they fit so much loveliness.." and Hannah would finish off the sentence. Then after Sophie arrived, Hannah automatically switched it to "two small persons"! Precious girls!