Sunday, April 28, 2013

Repurposing photos

Every year we go out to eat for Mother's Day. Every year I take photos at the restaurant, but I'm tired of scrapping them. How many pages of "Here's what we did for Mother's Day" can I make, especially when we do the same thing every year? So last year I dutifully filed the photos that I took, not sure what to do with them.

Recently, an idea popped into my head: why not use them to scrap my boys' widening food enjoyment?

Mind you, the boys will not eat everything. They are still picky. But after watching the chop sticks lesson on Kung Fu Panda, they decided that they liked Chinese food, so I now get to go to Chinese restaurants with the family, not just with my husband on date nights. And so this page was born.

Even though it's not a girl line, I used Fancy Pants Designs Swagger line for this, plus a bit of yellow paper from Park Bench. The colors looked better with the restaurant and the boys' outfits. Here's the details:

The die cut banner had phrases that fit the idea of trying new food, so I used it. I sewed one end down and then raised some of the banner bottoms on dimensional stickers. (NOTE: the phrase banner was much larger, but I trimmed it to fit on the page.)

Some of the stickers had phrases that fit too, so I used my embossing buddy to de-sticker them and added them with dimensional stickers as well.

I've been getting a lot of use out of my Cameo lately, mostly for titles. I like how the Fancy Pants Designs papers often have a distressed solid color, so it's easy to cut a title with a coordinating color without searching through my cardstock. I also like cutting it twice and overlapping two different colors for a different effect. Plus outlining is good.

Thanks for sharing my page! I've been busy with other projects that I won't be able to share until the end of next month, but I'll try to post some other pages I did recently before I collect final papers from my students this week. That will keep me busy for weeks!

1 comment:

csewy-csescrap13 said...

A super idea for repurposing your Mother's Day photos! A great story and neat phrases for this layout....thanks for the ideas!