Hello! Today was a great day. I met my sister-in-law and her boyfriend at the halfway point between my house and theirs and was able to get our camera! I’m so excited to have it back. Now, just because I have it doesn’t mean I know how to USE it yet. Tomorrow will be a fun day curled up with a warm mug of something delicious and the camera manual. I’ll try out all the modes and see if I can figure out how to use it. So today’s photo is a terrible trapezoid shot. Hopefully it will be the last bad camera phone shot on my blog!

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This is probably my first scrapbook layout in a year. I’m trying to remember the last layout I made and I can’t think of anything. I’m sure I did a January 2010 calendar page, so I might dig around and see if I can find my previous layout. My point is, I’m feeling a bit rusty!

On this layout, I used both old familiar techniques and a few new ones that I haven’t tried before.

My first favorite technique, most commonly used when I’m ‘getting my groove back’, is scraplifting! Rather than lift an entire layout at once, I usually combine my favorite parts of two or three layouts. Today’s layout combines elements of recent layouts by Karenika and Susan Weinroth. Here are a few details:

I have several Tim Holtz distress inks, along with the craft mat and the foam applicator tool, but I had never tried using it before. After watching some of Karen’s tutorials for holiday gift tags, I was inspired to give it a try. I finally understand why everyone is in love with this technique! I need to practice, as you can see the corners of my applicator showing up everywhere instead of being nice and blended.  Even so, I’m thrilled with how it turned out!

For the base of my layout, I visited Susan’s blog to look at her film strip or photo booth treatment of photos. I love that look, so I checked out how she made it work and balanced her pages. I also loved the butterfly punches with rhinestone bodies and lifted wings.  I also used the trailing lines behind the butterflies, which I think I’ve seen on both of these talented ladies’ blogs, as well as lots of other places. I took a tip from Susan again and layered a butterfly on a circle, on raised dots, on top of a bracket-type shape, topping it off with a fancy pin.

I wrapped up this layout by adding some diagonal balance. I used Karen’s near-signature cluster of tiny bits in the top left corner, and decided to add a touch of whimsy in the bottom right to match. Karen’s layouts have a jaunty liveliness to them that I really like, and I think I took away from that on my own layout by adding to the bottom right. Maybe next time I won’t add anything there!

I’m happy to have a completed my layout in a really long time, and I feel ready to dive back in!

Nearly everything from last year’s stash of Studio Calico kits.
Letters: October Afternoon Mini Market stickers; American Crafts Thickers
Labels: October Afternoon
Paper: My Mind’s Eye ~ Be Loved
Punches: Martha Stewart
Ghost butterfly: Heidi Swapp
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Broken China and Peeling Paint