Sunday, December 20, 2009

Now & Then

It's the most wonderful time of the year...Wrestling Season! Yep, the season has barely begun, and I already have some terrific shots of Brian. Since I only started scrapbooking a few years ago, I have a ton of pictures from his earlier tournaments that I never scrapped, so I thought it was time for a layout with a little perspective. I like to hide my journaling, so the picture in the upper left actually flips up and offers plenty of room for comment!

Design-wise, I did a couple of things to make this layout work. The first was to print several of the pics in black & white...I actually even used Photoshop to make them a little "grainy"..because Westfield colors are gold and black and I think they were wrestling on red mats and one kid was in maroon and another was in red...bottom line, such a wide range of colors did not fit into my "vision". The earlier shots from 2005 when he was wrestling for SYA were in color, and they happened to coordinate with the paper.
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I also had some fun playing around with the title. One side of the background paper had the word "WRESTLING" printed on it. I cut the letters out and mixed them in with letters I cut in varying sizes with my Cricut (Opposites Attract cart). I also added Diamond Glaze to some of the letters for even more variety. I think it works well because it echoes the different types and sizes of fonts on the background paper.
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After the basic layout was completed, it was really simple to pepper in the coordinating word stickers (from Reminisce). I also added a die cut wrestler from my stash. A lot of the elements are "popped up" using a terrific idea from one of my friends on the Scrapbooks Plus Design Team. Erin Saravia recently shared that she uses leftover chipboard pieces when she wants to pop something up, instead of foam pop dots. Awesome tip from an awesome & talented lady!
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You can thank the blizzard for this layout...not much else to do since it snowed for more than 24 hours and accumulated 2 to 3 feet of snow! Perfect scrapping weather! In fact, I may have to do another layout for my other son, Paul and his baseball season from last year...

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