Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Celebrate July!

We had a great 4th of July weekend. "The Guys" wanted to go to fireworks, at least they said so at breakfast all week! Bubba hates doing this kind of thing, but did if for the fam! We planned to go to the Lighthouse Park in Neenah (near where his grandparents lived for years), but traffic was a bust, so we tried Shattuck Park (where we got married last summer). It was a great idea!We had a great view, close parking, and a mellow crowd. The guys had a great time. For once, I got the pictures developed and decided to scrapbook for me yesterday, so here's the whole spread:

I love using Stampin' Up! stuff to scrapbook. It's pretty economical. I used the Classic Stars Jumbo wheel with Craft White Ink to create the background on about half of my pages. Next, decided the page needed a red paper, but I didn't own any cool packs of Designer Paper that would work. Then, over there, on my shelves, was a tin of scraps from a Sale-o-bration card I made! Yippee! Red Prints Paper. This paper is from the Prints Hostess Level 1 Pack. I thought I had used all mine on the firecracker centerpiece last week. The scraps were perfect for the bottom.
On this left side, I then matted my photos and placed them. I don't always matte photos anymore, but on this page, I thought it was needed to set them apart. You can see Ron and Don up there, having fun in their chairs. I stamped the 4th using the 4 from Big Deal Numbers, and the "th" from Short Order Numbers. The month is from Short Order Alphabet. The word celebrate is from Celebrate Everything. Whew! Good thing I was in my stamp room and on the road with this page!

As we waited for the real show to start, I took pictures of an elaborate private show we could see over the water. I really wanted to emphasize the real thing on my page, so cropped all the photos to 3x3 and added a 3 1/2 by 3 1/2 Real Red matte. I also added journaling on this side by using my spiral punch to create a notebook page and wrote my memories by hand with a Stampin' Up! Journaler. For extra pizazz and because I love punches, I added stars punched in Real Red from the large star punch and small star punch. I think that's all of it. I really had fun.

I've spent the majority of the last few days in my stamp room creating swaps for Convention which is three weeks away! I can't show you those yet, but you'll see them soon! After 100 cards on Monday, I needed a break, so I cleaned and organized. Not the fun part of the day! Tuesday, I worked on my scrapbook swap and finished that before more cleaning and these pages. Today, I have been finishing up things that are half done. By the end of summer, this room will be clean!

Happy Stamping!

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