Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Family Photos

We did it - we finally got family photos done by a photographer! This was actually the first time Preston and I have had a professional photo shoot - a gift from Preston for our 6th anniversary. Photos were taken by Jenna from http://www.jennamariestudios.com/. She was so much fun to work with and I squeak with excitement every time I look at them. Love, love, love them! (She even captured the elusive "Preston smile" hehe)




Sunday, August 1, 2010

More Paper Than Shoes August Challenge

So here is the first challenge for the MPTS design team..... Vintage Paris. Woohoo!
What a perfect challenge for me! I created this project using some pictures and goodies I collected on a trip I took to Paris with my mom in 2008. (Love you mom!)

The rules...
1. Vintage Paris themed
2. Use arcylic paint, metal, and fabric
3. Utilize crackle technique

So I decided to make some cards for my 7gypsies photo carousel....

One of my favorite pages. I love the Prima flower on this one.  I used the crackle paint on the black backround - love the way it finishes off the page and gives it that vintage feel (I used Tim Holtz's Rock Candy crackle paint). For all of my photos, I used an action called "butterscotch vintage" created by Rita at http://coffeeteaphotography.blogspot.com/.


Close-up of the flower - love it!


I have enjoyed collecting lots of different types of laces. It looks so pretty on so
many different kinds of projects.


This page has three of the challenges. I used white acrylic paint to cover up some of the patterend paper to create a spot for some journaling. I used a euro coin as the center of the paper flower and also used the crackle paint on the background here.


I decided to use photos that represented a lot of the places we visited. One of my favorites was The Musee D'Orsay.  A wonderful time with mom and so many beautiful pieces of art.  To make a place for all of the ticket stubs and such, I made the backgrounds of all of the pages into pockets to slip in a tag.

All of the tulips were blooming around France - so beautiful to see spring in Paris!
I ruffled some fabric to make a border for the tulip page.
The black and cream page is actually flocked paper - the texture of the page is awesome!!




All of the paper I used for this project was from a paper pack (from Hobby Lobby) called "Paris Nights". It had some really awesome papers in the collection and was the perfect colors for a vintage paris project.




I think these are my two favorite pages.  I just loved how they turned out and cherish the memories these photos represent for me.







I hope you enjoyed looking at my pages! I would love to hear what you think!