Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Once Upon A Time

First of all... want to share some good news... my LO "How Wonderful Life Is" won an award over at Scrap It With A Song! It was in the top 5!! Yeah!! Now I have a new little award to add to my sidebar!! Yipee!! It's always fun to see that someone else likes what you create!! Thanks to the wonderful team over there that left me such nice comments!!

Now... there are just so many challenges out there... and I really do want to play along with all of them!! This darn full time job is really getting in the way!! 6 more weeks... !! LOL!! So... I have figured out that I can combine a few challenges and play with a few of these challenge blogs all at one time!! Look at me! I can be a problem solver!! LOL!!


These pictures were taken when my baby girl was 2 years old. My husband's niece insisted that Lauren was going to be in her wedding.. I personally thought she must be crazy... there was no way we were going to be able to get her to walk down the aisle, drop petals, and smile all the way!! But guess what... she was amazing!! The only thing we over looked was her love of being on a stage... she tried to climb right up on it!! But it did manage to add some humor and relax everyone so it was all good!!!

I started with the sketch over at Stuck On U Sketches!! The sketch is from BeggaHuna and I knew it was going to work perfectly for these pictures which also went so well with the challenge over at Scrap It With A Song. This week they have a song from the Disney movie Sleeping Beauty. When I started the LO, I had planned to use the line "I walked with you once upon a time" but when Lauren came in and saw the LO, she insisted that she only wanted it to say "Once Upon A Time!" Now... if you know Lauren (being the baby of 4 children) you would know that she typically gets her way... and this was no different!! She has always been into princesses and she certainly felt like one the day this photo was taken! So I figured, why not let her give it the title!! So.... those words are in the song so it still qualifies for the challenge!!

I used a lot of different products on this one:
Flowers were Prima and some misc. silk ones I had laying around. I sprayed some of the silk flowers and leaves with Glimmer Mist to give them a little sparkle! It looks great in person but doesn't show up so well in the photos! I also added some Smooch pearl accents to some of the lighter flowers. I added some Prima flourishes, some bead leaves (Xyron) and some left over ribbon I had laying around! I LOVE the way this corner of the LO turned out!! 

The main background paper is from the DCWV Mariposa stack. If you haven't seen this stack yet, check it out... it has some gorgeous papers in it. When I couldn't find the coordinating papers I liked, I made my own!! I stamped the large circle and the paper behind the torn spots and used Tim Holtz Distress Powder in milled Lavender to heat emboss. I used Autumn Leaves Stampology stamps for the stamping. The picture below shows it a little better! The butterfly is also Prima.

I used the Storybook Cricut cart for the title and Mini Monograms for the large circle. I thought it would also be fun to join the challenge at The Pink Elephant! This week they have a recipe challenge  to use chipboard and paint on a LO. The frame around Lauren is a chipboard frame left over from an SEI kit. The photo corners were also from that same kit. These I painted and then covered with Glossy Accents. Now... people who know me know that I am not always the most patient person. So, instead of letting the glossy accents dry on its own, I had the great idea to dry it with my embossing heater!! Now... if you have used one of these before you realize how hot it gets... soooooo before long I look at these cute little photo corners and notice how the glossy stuff is bubbling up... you know, like it is boiling!! Well now they were no longer smooth... but have no fear!! I still had my stamps out so I stamped the image into the photo corners! And guess what.... I LOVE it!! You can't completely see the image but it did give it some pretty cool texture!! I love it when a mistake turns out great!! And finally, this also works for a challenge over at Wee Memories... which is to use flowers!! Certainly  have that covered!! Lots of flowers here!

And this photo is just because I think Lauren is totally adoarble!!! Thanks for sticking with me and my long explanation to this project!! I love how it turned out... hopefully you do too! I would love to hear from you!! Barb :)

28 comments:

Nanne said...

Oh wow!! first of all "What a little cutey!"..and what a fab color choice for your layout, love the softness of it with the cream tones..
This is definitely one of my all time fav's..
hugs
Nanné

Lilla said...

Wow! This layout was just fab! Love the composition, the colors and everything!

Sasya said...

Oh, this is soooooo lovely!!! ♥♥♥

Beatriz Farquhar Guzman said...

Love how you combined both challenges! These pictures are adorable and your layout is just gorgeous. Love the flowers, everything is beautiful. Happy Wednesday!

Jocelyn said...

Oh I just adore this LO...it is STUNNING!!! What cutie....and those colors are Perfect!!! I adore the flowers and the elegance of this one!!!

Thanks for sharing with is today!!!!

Wishing you a great day!!!

TeenaBugg38 said...

Omigosh!! Barb this is BEAUTIFUL!!!! Please te4ll me you didn't ahve to chase this one dwon tho to share it with us.....lol. If it were mine it wouldn't leave my sight!!! Such sweet photos too....awwwwww!! Little ones surprise us sometimes. As adults we stress over all of the planning of the wedding and we are so sure the kids will do SOMETHING to embarrass us but they see it as just playing dress up and having an audience. In her mind I am sure she was the center of attention....forget the bride!!! LOL. I absolutely love everything about this one......I told someone else how much I loved that sketch but everytime I looked at it I visualized girly pages. it worked perfect for yours!! And that crackle bit just adds to the shabby chicness of this page.....thnks for playing along with us at Scrap It With A Song......you rocked it!!!

~Christina~ said...

First of all...those photos are just too precious!!!! Fabulous layout too...you absolutely knocked it out of the park with this one :)

scrappinlil said...

Wow...first of all let me start by saying what a cutie...these pics are adorable. I love the butterfly and the way you did the jewels ..you did a fabulous job. TFS

Sandi Clarkson said...

Barb, you did such a fab job on this one. Love the distresing and all the Prima and bling. But those pix are your shining glory here. Soooo adorable. I saw the Mariposa stack the other night and padded it by for the Natural .. but I keep thinking about it and may have to make atrip back today to make it mine LOL So glad you got to do the SOUS sketch! Hugs

Laural-Lee said...

Lauren is adorable!!!! Fantastic job showcasing such a princess. Those flowers are amazing and fantastic layout!!!

Fern said...

Look at you go, Barb!!! Gettin' the hang of combining some of the wonderful challenges out there!!! And I have to say you did a fantastic job on all of 'em!!! Gorgeous background paper and flowers, and you had the perfect photos to match!!! Such a sweetie!!!
I hear you about the "job" gettin' in the way... Maybe soon, I will be able to put that behind me, too!!!! Have a wonderful day!!! XXXXX

Toucan Scraps said...

this is so beautiful. thank you singing along with ua at Scrap it with a Song again this week

Jenny said...

Very pretty... love it!! :D thanks for playing my challenge!! :D

Leah said...

you are so cute!

loved reading all of this! love the story about your little flower girl! LOL!

don't ya just wish the shimmery would show...I always get disappointed if a photo really doesn't do a project justice...but this one does look wonderful and I agree, the corner piece is stunning!!!

xoxo

Fern said...

Hi Barb, me again!! I forgot to congratulate you on winning over at Scrap It With a Song!!! You Go Girl!!!! XXXXX

Jess said...

Wonderful LO! Such sweet pictures! Thanks for joining us at Scrap It With a Song!

Debbie said...

Of Barb this is precious. The photos are priceless! The flowers are beyond beautiful. I'm with you on combining challenges. My last layout filled three. It's just to hard to keep up with all of them. I have the Mariposa stack but have not used it yet. Can't wait to see what you do next!

Trudi said...

Oh Barb this is absolutely beautiful! I love all the details, the flowers, the pearls, that butterfly, everything! Thanks for joining our scrap challenge this week at TPE!

Hannah said...

Love the layout and that butterfly!!

Kaye's Crafty Place said...

Wow Barb, I am lost for words, this is just stunning!!! Those flowers are just the best. How cute is your daughter? and to perform at a wedding at that age is just amazing.

hugs
Kaye x

Emily said...

This layout is absolutely gorgeous. This flowers are stunning. You did such a great job!!!

Denise said...

This layout is gorgeous! It's almost as beautiful as your daughter :))

Cokie Pop Paper Boutique said...

Love Love Love prima flowers. Beautiful layout and Lauren is adorable!

Kim said...

OMG Barb, I'm speechless right now! This is one of the most gorgeous layouts I've ever seen!!!!!
I can't imagine anything more perfect for these photos! I simply adore the parchment looking paper, the distressing on it, the perfect rose you have, the pearls, the butterfly......sheer gorgeousness!!!!!!
Blessings,
Kim xXx

pink lady said...

Stunning layout, I love all the flower details and your little girl is beautiful - fab picture ! x

debbiebakk said...

What a beautiful layout I think its one of your best..and your daughter is a little princess she's adorable. LOve everything about this page.

Sarah said...

This is just fabulous! Lauren is as cute as can be, and you showcased these darling photos beautifully. I love all the embellishments and details- thanks for all the info. I just discovered your blog tonight and am loving it. Your work is wonderful!

Rainbow said...

aaaawww barb!! this is my favorite of your lo's so far, what a beautiful little princess!!! this is absolutely stunning!!!

 
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