This is page #7 in my blog series I am writing about which I am displaying all of the pages I have created since I first started Scrapbooking. When I started Scrapbooking 4 years ago I came across some Scrapbooking supplies at an Office Depot. I had always had Scrapbooks that I had bought at Wal-mart which I would just place my mementoes from various occasions within. I never did anything further than just gluing them in and when I saw this amazing Pioneer 12X12 Mulberry Paper bound album I was in love. Then I saw these beautiful papers and stickers & I thought to myself I would really enjoy put my pictures on these papers & document my history. When I started Scrapbooking I had never read a book or magazine, nor did I have any knowledge of any techniques. In the first 17 pages I created I made pages from my creative mind & nothing else. When you get to my 18 design that is where you will see a HUGE improvement as that is when I started buying magazines & books as I saw my first Scrapbooking show on DIY Network & I was in awe with all of the awesome techniques you can do.
Of course the more that I learned about Scrapbooking, the harder it was for me to design pages as I was embarrassed by the pages I had done versus what I saw on TV & in books & magazines. On layout 17 I started to 2nd guess my design, & I couldn't decide on colors or how to place my pictures. I was becoming very frustrated & now days it can take me up to a week or more just to do 1 layout. I do not know if anyone else has gone through this, but if you haven't you are very lucky.
In this layout all I did was take the Fiskars Embossing system & the template that came with it & dry embossed the gold corner designs that you see on the page. I then used Galaxy Metallic Markers to color in the embossed designs that I created. Then I cut the dark grey card stock with decorative scissors, & used a stencil that I bought at Hobby lobby & a Galaxy White Metallic marker to fill in the words which I just glued them with a glue stick on the 12X12 paper. The Alphabet stickers I used I got Hobby Lobby Craft stores which you can also buy them at Michaels Craft Stores as well.. The pearl border stickers I bought from Current, which is known for their cards, but they also sell Scrapbooking items as well. I hand wrote my journaling with a black Galaxy marker and that is pretty much all there is to it. Nothing spectacular on this layout nor is it hard to make. I want to note that all the photos that I use in my layouts are duplicates of digital photos that I have either scanned in to my computer or taken with a digital camera.