We are very happy to share Misty Willis' work with our gorgeous Saturdays collection! She has some very clever ideas to share on how to use our 5 Things Envelopes and our Paper Flower Kits...but let's have Misty tell you all about it.
Hi Everyone! I am was so excited to be invited to cycle along with everyone at LYB and to get to create with this BEAUTIFUL "Saturdays" collection! Every single piece is so beautiful and masterfully constructed...I almost didn't want to cut into anything! I said ALMOST!
The very first project that I did was using the "5 Things I love about You" kit. This kit has a title strip and 5 envelopes with little notecards inside each one. I could not resist the temptation to utilize these pieces to "enhance" my son's name and his personality.
Since my son's name is only 5 letters long, I used one envelope for each letter in his name. This helped to complete the title..."5 Things I Love About You...Tamon."
But...I took that a little bit farther. On the notecards, I used the letters in his name to make words that described him even better. For example...one of the cards has:
It was not easy to come up with 5 words that started with the letter "O" to describe my son! Just sayin'!!!! LOL I added in some paint and some stitches and twine, then I distressed the edges and stitched it up again...all things to help enhance the masculine feel to this layout. When I was finished, I realized that I had a kid peeking over my shoulder with a satisfied smile...and then, with a nod of approval, he walked away...reminding me that THIS is why I scrapbook.
He later told me that it made him feel good to read all the words that I used to describe him...and that it described him to a "T"! LOL
The next project I did utilized my daughters first pair of boots...well, one of them anyway!
Down here in Texas, The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is a HUGE thing. Seriously...it is a major event, and all retailers, schools, businesses, pretty much everyone celebrates and "Goes Texan" for the 2 months of rodeo. Offices decorate, kids dress up, and even people who would NEVER wear a hat or boots on a regular day go out and buy one if they get the chance to go to the Rodeo. I decided to help my kids' elementary school decorate a bit, and made this boot pen holder. This is an actual boot that I simply put floral foam inside.
I used the paper flowers kit, stick pins and chipboard buttons to decorate ball point pens to look like flowers were growing out of the boot. I tossed in some twine, burlap, and a touch of gingham ribbon and the "plain ol'e boot" became a perfect ornamental AND functional piece for the front office! Yes, I did get it back since HLSR is now over. I couldn't just give away my daughter's first pair of boots, right!!??
Last up is "Sweet Life".
This is my favorite project of all, because it incorporated some of my favorite pieces from the "Saturdays" collection. The denim die cut piece, the chipboard flags...and the Oh-so-Beautiful felt flowers. LOVE! Those of you who know me, know that I could design with this phenomenal collection without incorporating a layout with flowers and lace! This layout features my youngest daughter, Skye, who has never been able to pass by a flower bush without plucking one and giving it to me.
And, being the layering fanatic that I am, I have incorporated several layers to this layout utilizing stitches, paints, buttons, twine, chipboard, lace and flowers. l didn't want to detract from the natural beauty of the papers, so I decided against too much distressing. I love the way this layout came together...it is a perfect example of my style, clean with lots layers and detail.
I certainly hope I have inspired you all and given you ideas on how to use the GORGEOUS Saturdays collection. It is so very versatile...and so very beautiful! I think my favorite piece is the stitched denim die cut...but I can't even guarantee that...since I ADORE it all!
Thank you Misty! We know you are a long time LYB fan and we are so appreciative of the time and thoughtfulness you put into your projects. Please visit Misty's blog Mommy of 5 Kidz for more inspiration from her.
Thank you for stopping by today!