Wednesday, January 12, 2011

January Blues

No, I don't have the blues. In fact, I'm having lots of fun in my warm craft room while the snow outside slowly melts. I've been busy making blue layouts!

It's all my sister's fault - this year she decided to start her own blog, Crazy Quilting Mom. I won't comment on the Crazy part (LOL), however Brenda is a very talented quilter and the mom of all those precious nieces and nephews you see featured in my layouts. She's participating in a Rainbow Scrap Challenge each month with other quilters who are putting their fabric scraps to good use, and (you guessed it) January's color is blue. I thought I could partner with her on the blue challenge by organizing and using some of my blue scrapbooking supplies.

As I was flipping through my storage binders for inspiration, I realized I had several photos of Andrew enjoying his bath time over the past three years. I pulled those photos, my blue scrap file, and two packages of dimensional embellishments that I had bought (a year and a half ago!) to create a layout.

I have enjoyed making this type of  "connections layout" (where photos from different years are connected together) since taking the Library of Memories workshop last year. Before LOM I would have used these photos on separate layouts for each year, however here you can see the changes in Andrew as he grows yet the sameness of his joy in bath time. This layout will go in our Family & Friends LOM album.

Journaling reads: Andrew always enjoys his bath when he's visiting and only fusses when it's time to get out.  And here's a close-up of that cute blue robe embellishment. I picked it up right after the visit in 2009 when I snapped the photo of Andrew wrapped in his blue towel.

From my 2007 storage binder, I pulled photos from our outing to see the Star Wars exhibit at the Fort Worth Museum of Science & History. Earlier this year, I had purchased some special Star Wars papers (which I remembered were blue). I had originally planned to just do a two-page layout, however I ended up with three pages. The first page tells why/how we ended up going to the exhibit and will go in our All About Us LOM album.

The two-page spread highlights photos from the exhibit as well as the awesome Star Wars scrapbooking papers. This layout will go in our Places We've Been LOM album.

I'm enjoying the blue layouts and am planning on pulling out my blue bin today to see what inspiration might be hiding inside! Anyone else want to join me and create a few January Blues layouts?


  1. great pages Melissa! And may the force be with you!

  2. These are gorgeous, Andrew is tired and refusses to believe it is him in the picture. Think I'll show him again after he has a nap. Glad you are joining in my rainbow adventure in a way that shows your creative side.

  3. What a perfect embellishment you have in that blue dressing gown! Love the photos of him at different ages... He'll enjoy looking back at this!

  4. Great idea to go with the blue color theme and you are rocking the LOM system! I think my favorite is the bathtub layout - so cute and creative!

  5. Those kind of connections layouts are absolute favourites of mine :) That blue bathrobe is so perfect - I love it

  6. Melissa, these are fab layouts :-) The bathtime one works so well, and I'm always happy to see Star Wars!

  7. Your sister was right -- you are an awesome scapbooker!! My boys adore Star Wars --they would love your pages

  8. Nice job on your blue scrapbook pages! It's fun that you and your sister are working together with the scrap challenge this year.

  9. I love the blue robe. I'm doing the quilt challenge but it is a great idea to incorporate it for scrapbooking too. I may have to try that.

  10. I'm doing the quilting side of the scrap challenge like your sister, however I really wanted to see how you were doing this with scrapbooking. I love to scrapbook too however since William was born last year I haven't had a chance to play with my scrapbooks. And I still have to start his baby book yet!! sigh....

    So many projects and hobbies, so little time!

    Quiltingly Yours

  11. How fun that you are using the Rainbow challenge idea to make scrapbook pages. Your layouts are fabulous!


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