Hi all and thanks for letting me share my first 2011 project of the day with you! My new year never really gets started until after the panto season (some of you may know I am married to a comedian ... a whole other story!) and winging my way off on my hols (where I am right now Viva Mexico!) That’s the time me and hubby sit back and re assess the past year and look forward to the next. 2010 has been a crazy busy and exciting year for both of us and so I decided to scrap a retrospective page of the main events for me.
Of course the Fireworks stamp set was the perfect way to get started with my page alongside a whole host of other Banana Frog stamp sets including; It’s all about elegance, Winter Wonderland, Swirls and Butterflies, Sentimental Style, Christmas Elegance, Steelfish outline (lower) and DeLouisville (tadpole) I used a soothing sunset big and juicy ink pad, black soot distress ink pad, smooch spritz in spun sugar, bazzill bling, a pink pencil, some ribbon and a piece of Basic Grey urban prairie paper.
Next up was a good Spritz of spun sugar smooch ink. It doesn’t diffuse the ink as much as a spritz of water would but it does push back the boldness of the colours a little as well as adding a mist of sparkle to my firework display! I then distressed the edges of the 12 x 12 with some scissors and black soot distress ink.
Then I had a mad 5 minutes and went through all my stamp sets to find title blocks, there are so many different ones in all the sets! I decided I wanted quite a big title block so made my own stamping several of the different froggy ones I had found.
I cut out my home made title block and broke it down a little with some of the yellowy coloured ink from the Big and Juicy pad (the white was a bit bright) And then I added a selection of small photos from my year, adding them at different levels using foam pads to add extra dimension.
My titling I made using an old favourite method of mine by stamping the letters I needed from the steelfish outline set, cutting them into blocks and distressing the edges of the rectangles, as you can see I also very roughly coloured the letters in with a pink pencil. I love layering these letter tiles and giving them a slightly ‘wonky’ feel. The date comes from the DeLouisville tadpole set.
My final touches alongside a little journaling were a bit of ribbon (I am somewhat obsessed by bobbly ribbon at the moment!) and some bling in the centre of some of my fireworks which I think ties everything together as well as giving the layout a lift.
And that’s it my fun retrospective of 2010, I can’t wait to see what 2011 brings! I love using my Banana Frog stamps to create my own bespoke background papers, how about you? Thanks for hopping by, I hope you’re all well and happy and until soon Happy Stamping!
Love MJM x