Sunday, April 20, 2008

The Very Best...

I did this for my hubby the first year he became a father. Please keep in mind I had no idea what scrapbooking was. I just knew I wanted to make something that could be a kinda keepsake. I started out by gathering all the baby magazines phrases that I wanted to use and all the photos. Secondly, I knew I wanted it to be 3-D, so, I gathered shadow box frame and embellishments. I also got some glue, rubber cement *gasp* and cardboard from discarded boxes and I went to town. Here's the end result!

So, what do you think about my very first scrap page ever? When I took it down to clean the glass so I could take pictures of it, pieces started falling off the backings. You see, I glued, with rubber cement, all pictures and magazines pieces to the cardboard and used decorated edged scissors to cut them out. Then glued all those pieces to the cardboard backing. If you look real close, you can see yellowed edges around pictures and cut out words. Not very archival, is it?

I did the journalling in white ink, in my own hand writing. The white chalky background on the green paper was supposed to be a heart. I just used white coloured pencil to colour in the area to form a heart.

Not a single stamp was used in this lay out. A lot of magazine and catalog words and pages and a few stickers. Colours are crashing left and right. None of the stickers are really the same theme. I used them because I have a thing for Peanuts Gang. And it took almost 5 months for me to finish.

In the end, it did turn out quite nicely, if I may say so myself. My hubby loves it. We had it up on a wall in our living room for a very long time. Then after I found out about scrapbooking, I moved it into The Pit aka my studio to keep me from being ridiculed of using non archival stuff.
I'll keep and cherish this forever. If the pieces falls off, I'll keep fixing them and putting them back up, just because!
Have a blessed day!


suzann said...

OH Manna, this is an amazing piece of art. I love it.

Yes, the "colors are crashing left and right", but that's what makes it amazing because it works! I love all the different styles of words you used, and your handwriting is Perfect!! I can see why your husband loves it; what a wondeful tribute to him.


Suzanne said...

Oh Manna what an amazing thing to make for your husband it is wonderful and your handwriting is so neat and full of character. No wonder he loves it so much.Sue :o)

louise said...

This is truely fantastic Manna!!!
What a wonderful keepsake, and I think it is wonderful that you will keep repairing it... makes it more special!

NattyK said...

This is fabulous, a great keepsake, I am not surprised your husband loves it. x

Alexandra said...

This is wonderful Manna - I can see why he loved it!!


Savor the Journey * TexasGrammy said...

This is such a treasure of the heart, Manna! Your journaling is fabulous ... and the chalky heart shape is a delight, surrounded with this collage of goodies! I am such a fan of that frame! Incredible creativity mixed with love here!

gina said...

Wow what a wonderful keepsake, it must have taken you a long time but well worth it :)
Gina xx

Katie said...

A few people have said it already but this is totally amazing. I would never have guessed it was your first scrapbooking page, it is excellent. You must be so proud of it. Everything works and it is so obviously full of love. It all just works so well. Well done.


Kim Marie said...

wow, wow, wow! This page is AMAZING! What a wonderful could spend hours looking at it!! I love your use of 3D objects; especially the blocks!
So neat!
Kim Marie


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