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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Getting back into the swing of things...

Happy New Year! I love the new year, it's always ripe with the promise of a clean slate and a point to make a fresh start from!
However, the little break over Christmas and New Year's always slows me down a little! I think I get a little bit tooooooooo relaxed, and need a good boot to get moving in the new year :).
You'll notice a few changes happening on this little blog - I'm going to begin aiming to do a post a day (Monday to Friday) to try and put out a steady stream of inspiration for you!
And that's a good thing... right?
As a bonus, I should get a fair bit of scrapping done too! It's a win-win situation! :)
But don't get stroppy if I miss a day here or there please! :)
To kick things off, I've got a sweet layout to share with you.  My baby girl loves to water plants, (she definitely doesn't get that from me!) so one morning I was lucky enough to snap some candid photos of her watering the flowers out the front of our home. 
I love the look of concentration on her face, she's totally absorbed with the task at hand.
I cropped the photos to 4" square, and then matted them onto Grasshopper Bazzill.
The patterned paper I chose to use is Echo Park Country Drive - Daisy Field.  I'm totally in love with this collection!

For embellishments, I chose Little Yellow Bicycle - Elizabeth Park cardstock stickers.  I'm really not a sticker girl, so when I use stickers, I like to stick them onto a piece of clear plastic first, and then trim around the edges, leaving a fine border.  I feel that it gives me a more versatile embellishment - It's easier to layer up, and while you're fluffing around finding the perfect placement, there's no risk of sticking it down in the wrong spot.
Plus, it looks cool :)
I arranged the 3 pots and mounted them on foam tape, and then clustered a whole bunch of old-school mulberry paper flowers up on the pots - adding some flower stickers from the sticker sheet for a bit of extra interest.  To make my cream flowers more yellowy, I spritzed them with gold glimmermist. I used a variety of centres, from resin stickers, to Kaisercraft's Sparklets to add a little bit of interest.
I didn't like how the pots appeared to be "floating" so I hand cut two layers of grass from the scrap grasshopper cardstock, and used that to anchor the magic floating pots.  I also added in the watering can and shovel stickers to add to the whimsical feel.
If you're after any really sweet papers for little girls, (and not so little girls!) check out Echo Park's Country Drive collection - it's absolutely one of my faves!

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