Sketch is by Pagemaps. The challenge was to scrap about a first, use paper, and use either stamping/bunting.
At first, I discounted joining in, because no firsts immediately sprang to mind. I also wondered about the size of the photos, as they are rather small. Nevertheless, I browsed through the photos on my computer and ran through the possibilities.
When I saw the photos my husband had taken of my boys and I on Mother's Day, I knew that these were the ones I wanted to use. None of the photos are brilliant - Lewis was playing up when the photos were taken, and the one of Henry is out of focus. I therefore thought they were perfect to scrap on a small scale. Without this particular challenge, I doubt I would have ever scrapped these photos - so I am grateful for that.
When I particularly love a sketch, I run through my potential supplies, and see what I have. I do try and stay as faithful as possible to the sketch, because I love it's design in the first place! Nevertheless, I had to change it around a bit, when I came up with the supplies I wanted to use. I am also very grateful for the theme, as finally I have cut into this "Red Roses" patterned paper which I have always loved - but am so pleased to have eventually found a use for - after all these years! It was manufactured in 2006, and though I don't think I've had it that long, it has been in my stash for several years, as have most things, really. I was also especially happy to use those roses stickers which were on the rather large size - I am so pleased that they look quite fitting here. And by a happy stroke of fate, they also fit perfectly into Jen's challenge for (Inter)national Scrapbooking Day on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog.
Patterned papers - "Red Roses", Flair Designs, 2006
Chatterbox Inc Scrapbook Walls "Stitched Ivy"
Imaginisce black and white scraps
Die Cut - Black and White Damask by Teresa Collins
Punch - Martha Stewart Butterflies
Die and embossing folder - Cuttlebug Butterfly
Stickers - DCWV Spring Stack - Roses
Heidi Grace Designs Clear Phrase Stickers 2008 "A Little Bird's Tale"
Alphabets - Quickutz "Skinny Mini Phoebe" (red)
Basic Grey White Chocolate Chip "Beckham" micro-chip
Cotton crochet thread
I am pretty pleased with this layout - considering I had to change the orientation of the photos, and some of the elements - and it just goes to show that you shouldn't initially discount scrapping to a particular theme, as you will probably get there with some imagination!
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