Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mother's Day Album

Happy Mother's Day! 

I have been MIA the last couple of weeks but so much has happened! Charlie was released from the hospital and recovery was slow. I started a new position and received a promotion which has been consuming most of my time in the last couple of weeks as there is a lot to learn but I LOVE IT! Easter came and went and it was a busy time with beautiful weather! Which meant that the new bikes purchased for the kids were now being taken on road trips with us. The nicer weather also meant later nights out playing with the kids and friends. I also got to meet for the first time my scrappy sweets and take a  Karan Gerber class. And now here is mother's day and an album I made for my mom. This album is especially meaningful to me as my mother is not only a great mom but one of my most cherished friendships. I don't get to spend a lot of time with her however she is always there. I have taken a total of three classes since I've started scrapbooking and I have found that all have influenced me. My first class was by Lori with fussy cutting and now find myself almost fussy cutting a lot of my pages. My second class was with JoAnn from Bobunny on how to make a mini album. And the last call was with Karan Gerber and we made an awesome layout. (working on putting that post together) all at SGD!

Now this album for me was an interesting one and challenging. 1st, she loves for everything to match. 2nd lots of clutter on a page is not for her. 3rd loves to see the picture and it should not be too busy. 4th does not like to have waste. So ..... here is what I came up with. 

My cover page was inspired by Creative Scrapper sketch 207. Now you will notice none of my pages have titles. The reason for this, my album is for my mother and I wanted to give her the creative control of what pictures and title she wanted. *with the exception of one page*, but we'll get to that later :) 

The paper is from BoBunny surprise surprise! I used some trinkets fussy cutting of all the elements and inked in black the edges. I love the current trend of black base but trying to keep it simple I did mostly inking.
My base for the album is a mini album from BoBunny. inking all the edges in a dark color. 
My next page again using BoBunny paper and Creative Scrappers #208 as inspiration.I did some back ground stamping, inking and added a few drops here and there.

I had tried to pop the front squares. 

Creative Scrappers Sketch 206 was the inspiration for this page. Fussy cutting, layering, inking and up cycling.
You can never have too many butterflies.
As Lori always says practice practice practice! Andrea look at my pearls!  
Page Maps is now 6! and my book page was inspired by Becky's sketch!
Flying Unicorn-Mojo Monday, Shona one of my biggest inspirations joined their DT team. And let me tell you there are some very talent people there. I've been on the quiet side the last couple of weeks but looking forward to playing again! But look at this sketch!!!
I flipped the elements of the sketch to come up with this page. I added bling at the bottom of the page. Upcycled with my encyclopedia paper, fussy cut everything and inked the edges.
The sketched by Kristine used for this page was actually for one National Scrapbooking Day. That I missed the deadline for. There was the chance to win a year's subscription to Scrapbook and Cards today. Which is always a great read! Recently Becky Fleck had a great article on upcycling. I have a set of old encyclopedia's that no one wants (not ever our local library and schools wanted) in which I'm using in my pages. So the butterflies are actually from those pages :)
I also used my Bobunny & Kaiser stamps.
One of my favorite stamps
This page is my oops page. Only once I had finished putting everything together that I realized that the little circle with the butterflies were upside down.

he he he
This was actually my second page created for my album and I had added the picture and the journalling. As I was talking to my mom one day she made mention of maybe one day I could make her an album that she could added pictures to herself. So being that this album was already started I chose to leave this one page as I had created it.
this picture is from 1979 when I was 3 months, with my mom, grand mother and great grand mother.
to the left I included some journalling that I will keep private (this time).
Banners have been very popular this year and figured I would try it out.
This page was inspired by Karan Gerber's Sketchabilities #70. I was lucky enough to admire her from a distance at the BoBunny mini class but then actually had enough guts to talk to her during one of her classes! Ask any one of my scrappy friends I go a little nuts when I meet someone I've been stalking...ah uh I mean following.
Becky Fleck is also having a sketch contest on her blog to win. I'm not sure if this page would qualify as there are no pictures attached but the whole album is to celebrate my special bond/friendship with my mother. so you never know.

Thank you very much for taking the time to visit my blog and taking the time to read. I know there is a lot in this posting with various links. But these sites and wonderful & creative people are those that inspire me. And because of your talent, creativity and how you share them with me came this gift to my very special friend and mother. Happy Mother's Day!


  1. Love every single page of the album. Especially like color combinations and the little details here and there! Thanks for joining us at Sketchabilities!!

  2. Fantastic job with all of these sketches.The colors and details on your pages are just gorgeous! What a wonderful idea to use sketches to make a gift album.

  3. this is sooooo amazing girl WOW! I agree great job with all those sketches...just gorgoeus!

  4. Oh wow. You have put so much work into this album and it is just sensational. I have never thought of using sketches as a base for a page in an album. Great idea. Thanks for joining in at OUAS :)

  5. Wow. Love your album and how fun to use all those sketches to build it! Great colors on the one for Sketchabilities, and thanks for playing along.

  6. Wow you have been busy!! Love the look of your pages/album.
    Thanks so much for sharing it with us at OUAS!

  7. Love your idea of making a sketch-based album. TFS

  8. Gorgeous page, love that you have used sketches in each page of your album. Thanks for sharing with us at OUAS =)

  9. What a fabulous idea! Love that you were inspired by all these sketches for each page of your album. And especially love your 'Mum' page. Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Once Upon a Sketch.


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