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Hey, Ya'll,

I haven't been doing much scrapbooking lately; it has been gardening and painting and yard work season around here plus add in a little homeschooling and that doesn't leave much energy for recording memories but it does give me some stuff to scrapbook about. In fact, while I've been working on/thinking about this ezine I was going through some pics on my camera and was just about to delete quite a few when I realized that they are just what I need to scrapbook about real life. I'll tell you what some of them are: a door stop so I could take the photo to Lowes to find one to match, the rod in my closet so I could remind myself (when I got to Lowes) how it was constructed, close-ups of my front door and back door so I could show the person at Lowes what I was talking about so they could help me with what I needed...are you detecting the painting/home improvement theme...I'm thinking a layout all about the painting saga of Spring '10?!

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12 x 12 Layout Ideas -

Looking Back - 1987 - This layout was inspired by Elsie Flanagan. It is quite whimsical and a bit out of my confort zone but I love the way it turned out! It is a simple piece of 12 x 12 cardstock. Then I added the doodling and jewels and I did hand lettering. The right column is a strip that I cut off of a patterned paper and then I added the large flower sticker as a focal point and the little circle/flower stickers on the points of the harlequins. Next, I inked the edges of the wooden squares and I love the way the ink bled in around the edges. Those wooden pieces came from Hobby Lobby. Finally I added the hand journaling...gotta love it.

Summer Sandals This one is also a bit “silly” but someday I'm going to love looking back at the styles of shoes that I wore. I also included where I bought them and what I wore them with in the journaling section...that will be sure to spark some memories later on in life. : ) On this one I started out with the lime green patterned paper and then added the black and red pieces. I fastened them with staples and then used a punch to create the “notches” for the ribbon tie. Then came the photos which I cropped and used the corner rounder on the left and right ones. I also labeled them with a 1, 2, and 3 and then used the numbers to refer to them in my journaling. Next, I used my circle punch to create the three half-circle punch outs on the top left. I then placed a red ribbon behind them. The finishing touch was the swirly stamp that I place in the four corners of the T-shape formed by the photos and the red and black strip.

Card Making Ideas -

It's Your Day 1 – This was a super-fun card that I made for my neice's birthday. I started out by cutting out the large circle and punching the 3 smaller circles along the bottom. I then place the plaid tissue paper behind that. Next, I added the large flower embellishment and the vellum with the It's Your Day stamped on it. Finally I added the little jewels all along the outer edge of the circle and then for the dot on the I and the point on the exclamation point. You might need to check with the Post Office about extra postage for a thicker greeting card.

Happy Birthday - Yes, I like my circle punch! : ) I used it on this one too. See the half-circle punches along the right edge? I also used two different patterned papers – the one with the stripes and the one with the large polka dots. The swirly designs are made from a rubber stamp and I also added my fingerprint inside the circles on the right edge. I inked around the edges with my vintage sepia ink pad and added the Happy Birthday stamp.

It's Your Day 2 - This was a really easy card. I used two different papers and offset them. Then I added the jewels and used my ColorBox pigment ink pad in lime green and the clear embossing powder to set it.

Until sometime around the middle of June…

Send Me Your Layouts...

I’d love to see what you’ve been up to. I’ll pick 2 or 3 for each issue and publish them along with your photo (if you want) and a bio about your real life scrapbooking adventures. So, send them to Rachel@free-scrapbooking-ideas-and-videos.com with “e-zine layout submission” in the subject line.

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