The sketch, from Sketches for Scrapbooking, Volume 2, that I've used as the starting point for all five layouts this week.
Layout #4 - "The Terrible Twos"
Supply List - Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned paper: Reminisce, Creative Imaginations, and KI Memories; Chipboard: American Crafts, BaiscGrey, and Heidi Swapp; Alphabet stickers: My Little Shoebox and Doodlebug Designs; Cupcake punch: Martha Stewart; Word stickers: 7Gypsies; Jewels: KaiserCraft; Paint: Making Memories
This page makes me smile when I remember this day. Sure birthdays are supposed to be happy and fun but when you're turning two you never know what you're going to get. Drew showed us exactly what the "terrible twos" where on none other than his second birthday. How's that for perfect timing!
Variation #1 - I had so many pictures of this little guy being Mr. Pouty Pants that I wanted to find a way to include a bunch more than what the sketch called for. I had a few of the pictures printed in wallet size so I could get a lot smaller of photos on the layout. On the left page I kept the photo sizes as suggested on the sketch but on the right page I made a large grouping of smaller photos.
Variation #2 - I thought it might be a different look if I rounded the pictures to match the rounded corners on that background pieces. For the photos on the right page I grouped them together without margins in between them and only rounded the four corners of the whole group together. I didn't want to round the little pictures because that would have been cutting them a little too small, at least in my opinion.
Variation #3 - In place of the strip across the top piece of patterned paper I painted a bunch of different sizes and styles of twos and adhered them across the paper.
When I got to the area where the title would go I spelled out the word two instead of using the number itself so that I could use it as part of my title.
A little side note, on the "terrible" letters I had originally used just the red alphabet stickers but they were blending in with the patterned paper. Since it was making it hard to read I used the same style of sticker in white, put them down on the page first, and then added the red ones on top of them with a little bit of the white peeking out to create a shadow.
Variation #4 - For embellishments on this page I used a cupcake punch and turned it into a dimensional piece without much effort. To do this you punch two of the shapes. On the backside of one of the shapes sketch the line of the shape around the piece in a little from the outer edge. Cut along that line and then use foam adhesive to adhere the smaller one onto the larger piece.
I also added a word sticker or two and some jewels to finish off the embellishments.
I used the same size of journaling block as suggested on the sketch but I wanted to share how I did the text on text look without using a computer.
I've seen this look done several times with computer journaling but since I'm trying to use my handwriting as much as I can I wanted to see if I could do it without the computer. It turned out to be so easy!
• I cut my journaling block to the size I needed it to be and rounded the corners.
• Next I found the letters that I wanted to use on the background and adhered them onto the journaling block with removable adhesive.
• After that I sprayed the paper with Glimmer Mist and then blotted off the excess. The color was a little lighter than I wanted it to be so I sprayed over it a second time to get a darker red.
• When the piece was dry I removed the letters. What was left is exactly what you see in the picture. The area where the letters where adhered is white and the surrounding area is red.
• The last step was to add my journaling.
Day #4 = your fourth chance to win a copy of Sketches for Scrapbooking or the Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker giveaway! :)