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I sure don't mind if you feel inspired to create something similar to what you saw on my site, just keep in mind always give credit where its due. THANKS!
I love scrapbooking our family portraits. I am almost done! It always takes awhile to scrapbook for each of us. (I always do multiple layouts of the same photos, so that Jim & I keep one, and each child gets one. That way when they leave the house, they will have the memories we all created.)
Lately I have been really loving creating layouts that are patterns on patterns. I love how this chevron pattern points to the photo. But what is the "pop" on this layout. For me, most definitely the title and the flowers in the mason jar. Mason jars always seem so homey to me, and we are out in the park. I wanted the look of us picking wildflowers and put them in a jar.
I don't know about you, but I LOVE, like LOVE Sizzix alphabets. I use them in my layouts, as well on my classroom bulletin boards. Just epic!
I started out stamping flowers and die cutting them out. The stems aren't really long enough to show in the base of the jar, so I tucked them towards the top under the lid.I like the metal look so I cut the jar lid out of metal paper.
Check out this font! My goodness I adore it!
I chose pink because it pops off the patterned paper. It is fun!Thanks for looking!
Make sure you check out the Sizzix blog for more inspiration. The designers have been really hitting it out of the park!
Needed to share this layout. I was at the farm this past weekend and seeing all the fields that still have crop in them made me think of these photos I took last year. Totally crazy how early the snow came last year. But now, I look around in February and most of our snow is already melted and it was raining the day before. What is happening to our weather??? Plus temperatures in February, even at night.
Anyways, here is a layout to remind me of my most favourite season!
don't worry, I am dealing with it. I am a mom of a 13 yr old. Here is the page I made for Riley's scrapbook album.
The hearts were leftover from a whole bunch I cut out for a Sizzix blog post. I layered them over top of each other in similar ways, but yet different.
Here is a sneak from that post. Hey, just a thought, if you aren't into blog posts, but still want to se my art- I am going to try really super duper hard to post on leicaforrestscrapbooking on Facebook, or at my pinterest site Leica's scrapbook layouts.
Did you hear? My fabulous friend Vicki Boutin has finally come out with her own line!!!! Make sure you ask your local store to bring her in!!! She always stands behind such fabulous products. I worked teaching for American Crafts for years, their quality is impeccable, so I look forward to getting to play!!!
Going strong a week later. My personal challenge of 30 days of posting. One week in, I think I can, I think I can...
SEI Dill Blossoms.
Let's have a moment to wish SEI was still around, and then let's have a moment when I realized I could not live without using this paper in more layouts, that I bought a kit on Ebay a few years ago. I have worked on 16 different design teams over the past 18 yrs. So I have been supplied with everything I have ever wanted. But every once in awhile you NEED some product from other companies. This was one for me. I think I would buy it again if I saw it right now. Like seriously.
So here's a secret. I couldn't possibly waste any bit of this by layering and covering it up, so I gutted it. Everything under the blue is cut out. How smart is that? It also helps on making your page less bulky. I do it all the time!!!!
Toss on a few journaling spots, stickers and you have a very quick layout put together. I love strip journaling too. Great way to use up leftovers.
another glimpse of art that I am doing with my Grade 1/2's. Johnny Marceland- A Saskatchewan artist. His work is beautiful and unique. We have many pieces in our school, I feel blessed to walk by it every day.
Here is his work:
Here is a sketch he did, so I took the sketch, copied it as exact as I could and put my own colours into it. So much fun to paint in the likeness of other artist's. You can learn so much!!!
Stay tuned, later in the year I will show you what the kids paint!
She can act so mature, then you realize...she is still your baby girl. Spinning and laughing, twirling and feeling her shirt lift. LOVE THIS GIRL!
Sometimes I can't believe, how lucky can I be that I was blessed with children from both sexes.Each are so unique. But she is like my own personal doll that I can play with her hair, dress her and a touch of makeup for special occasions.
The Sizzix die I used on this layout is so Universal! Cut the base of the tree and then cover it in hearts for Valentine's. Or snowflakes for winter, etc. I have been thinking of doing a layout over the seasons. Wouldn't that be epic? Here is the die.
Changing it up today. gonna show you my interpretation of Ted Harrison.
I teach Grade 1/2.
I am an art educator/consultant. I refuse to let kids just "colour" without meaning and thought. They can in free time, and for their own leisure. However, when I can capture their attention for a designated period of time- we are going to study Canadian Artist's, more often than not First Nations Artists that have made an impact. I also throw in a few worldy artist's now and again to study line and colour, design and purpose.
This weekend I had prepared some samples for when I teach it to my class in a few months. While painting, my 8 yr old daughter says,"I know who you are painting like- Ted Harrison".
I said... WHAT? HOW DO YOU KNOW?????
Her teacher is teaching them all about him. She explained how none of his colours mix, they are pure colours. Lines separate the colours. The shapes are simple. They ware colourful. They show kids playing hockey AND nature. She has been creating them all week at home. This time adding penguins. Her own twist.
I have said it a few times. Some teachers are a blessing, some teachers "get it", some teachers are creating future people that will be something! I have always believed that the arts is important. Now more than ever!
Here's a few of my fave paintings that I will share with the kids...
holy cow batman, it is warming up in Saskatchewan. Like 25degrees warmer. -40C has been really putting a damper on things. Indoor recess for most of Dec and January is stressful. I loved walking around outside and letting the kids play in the snow. Please hope it stays for awhile!
Speaking of warm- this dude. He warms my heart. I simply do not know how it has been possible to raise the kindest and most gentlemenest (I know that isn't a word, but I can't find one that fits as well) of people. He is just an outstanding guy.
He turned 13! I am a mother to a teenager. Good grief all mighty. I AM GETTING OLD. But then my fabulous intern pointed out that I was the same age as her parents. ouch. But that's ok. I am embracing this age. I really truly have had the best life ever.
It can only get better. When I created this layout, I knew it was favourite coveted paper worthy. I also knew that he speaks volumes to the "home is where your heart is" saying. So I put 2 houses on for us. He has my heart. I hope one day I will be as kind as him. seriously. I have a tainted heart.He is pure.