I hope you had a wonderful Fourth of July holiday with family and friends. In my family, July 4th is a different kind of holiday because my parents birthdays are July 1st (for my Dad) and July 4th (for my Mom). With Dad gone a little over a year, July 1st is still rather difficult and I have to admit that I was really struggling with the memories and the hole his passing has left in my heart. Needless to say, my Dad's birthday so close to my Mother's is difficult for her, too. This year, my sisters and members of their respective families gathered at Mom's to get a handle on some elements of the yard that needed special attention. Later in the day, my husband and I met up with them at a restaurant for Mom's birthday dinner. It was a difficult week for Mom, but I think that overall she enjoyed the special attention this week.
Today's project is one that I designed for the June meeting of the SASS Stamp Club. This was the final scrapbooking project for the 2011-2012 cycle of the SASS Stamp Club and it's completed in the 6" x 6" size since that's the format we used for the duration of the club. [This particular size of scrapbook page was discontinued in favor of the 8" x 8" scrapbook page in the 2012-2013 Stampin' Up! Catalog. (Of course, the 12" x 12" scrapbook page format is still supported by Stampin' Up!)]
I'll admit right up front that the colors and overall "feel" of these pages are not what you normally see on scrapbook pages that I design. These colors come from the papers that I chose from the Floral District Designer Series Paper: Baja Breeze, Daffodil Delight, Rose Red, and Tangerine Tango. That's quite an eclectic color combination, to be sure! As I was designing these pages, I couldn't help but think of an Indian Sari with vivid colors in intricate designs interspersed with bling along the borders of the silk.
The border treatment for the left hand page begins with a piece of Floral District Designer Series Paper with Rose Red and Tangerine Tango colored images matted with a piece of Daffodil Delight cardstock. A second piece of Floral District Designer Series Paper in Baja Breeze was punched with the Scallop Edge Border punch and adhered along the back left edge of the Daffodil Delight mat. A piece of Tangerine Tango cardstock was die cut with the large scallop edge of the Tasteful Trim Bigz XL die and adhered along the back right edge of the Daffodil Delight mat. The border was then adhered near the left edge of the Rose Red base page. A third piece of Floral District Designer Series Paper in Daffodil Delight and a piece of Rose Red cardstock were die cut using the double scallop "bead trim" of the Tasteful Trim Bigz XL die. The Rose Red die cut was sliced in half vertically and each half was adhered along the edges of the Daffodil Delight die cut to create a mat. The matted Daffodil Delight die cut was adhered along the center of the first piece of Floral District Designer Series Paper. Jewels Basic Rhinestones were adhered at the narrow points of the Daffodil Delight die cut.
The right hand page features an embellished photo frame mounted at the center of the Rose Red base page. The frame begins with a piece of Tangerine Tango cardstock. Four pieces of the Baja Breeze print were punched with the Scallop Edge Border punch, adhered along the edges of the frame base and the frame adhered to the center of the base page. A strip of the Rose Red/Tangerine Tango print was adhered horizontally near the bottom edge of the frame base. The Daffodil Delight print and a piece of Rose Red cardstock were die cut in the Big Shot using the double scallop "bead trim" of the Tasteful Trim Bigz XL die. The Rose Red die was sliced in half and the pieces used to mat the Daffodil Delight die cut. The "bead trim" was adhered along the center of the Rose Red/Tangerine Tango paper. Jewels Basic Rhinestones were placed at each narrow point along the "bead trim". A rectangle of Daffodil Delight cardstock was placed above the photo frame border to mat the photo that would be added later.
The border treatment for the left hand scrapbook page easily translates to a focal point for a card front. I used sentiments from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set stamped on Baja Breeze cardstock using Not Quite Navy ink. For the longer sentiments I punched out the sentiment with the Decorative Label punch and for the shorter sentiments I used the Curly Label punch. You can see the Decorative Label punch used for the sample below. The punched sentiment was adhered behind the Daffodil Delight mat before the Tangerine Tango scallop edge die cut was adhered.
The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock. A thin strip of Floral District Designer Series Paper (the reverse side of the Daffodil Delight paper) was adhered along the top edge of the liner.
A piece of the Rose Red/Tangerine Tango paper was adhered to the envelope flap of the Whisper White Small Open End Envelope (Retired).
As I mentioned earlier, retirement of the 6" x 6" scrapbook albums and page protectors has dictated a change to the scrapbook pages that will be designed for the SASS Stamp Club for the 2012-2013 cycle. We'll be using the 8" x 8" format and I'm looking forward to having that extra room to work with. In addition, any of the 6" x 6" scrapbook pages designed up to this point are easily adapted to a larger format.
Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes (card); Inks: Not Quite Navy (card); Cardstock: Baja Breeze (card), Daffodil Delight, Rose Red, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White (card); Designer Series Paper: Floral District; Embellishments: Jewels Basic Rhinestones; Adhesives: SNAIL; Tools: Paper Cutter, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Scallop Edge Border punch, Decorative Label punch (card), Big Shot w/Extended Cutting Plates, Tasteful Trim Bigz XL die; Other: 6" x 6" Page Protectors (Retired), Whisper White Small Open End Envelope (card--Retired)