Saturday, January 29, 2011

Celebrating Our Milestones Blog Hop Day Two

Welcome to Day Two of Yolie's Celebrating Our Milestones Blog Hop!! 
Thank you so much for coming by! This has been so much fun. For my second milestone I have done several layouts from our family trip this past summer to Washington DC . I've always wanted to go to the Smithsonian. DC is a place for the walking tourist! Lots & lots of walking. It's all worth it though. My favorite part of the trip turned out to be Mount Vernon. It is so rich with history. All of Washington is filled with the history of our country. I still have a huge stack of photos to scrap, but I've made a good start with these. As I show you the layouts, I will share some simple techniques that I used to spice up my pages a little. I was trying to make these pages simple to allow the photos to be the stars but I still needed some spice in them. Clean and simple is not my usual style, and the papers I bought at Mount Vernon as well as the Washington themed ones I bought later turned out to be quite a challenge to work with, so I am happy to have this many done. 

 The left page is one sold by the Woman's Association that maintains Mount Vernon.Here's the "technique" on this page: the top  photo on the right page is a post card! I used the text from the back of it for my journaling and then matted my photos in white the same width as the white on the post card. Looks like I am a super good photographer! Mount Vernon is a beautiful place.

This layout is also from Mount Vernon though it focuses on my boys. They are 21 and 13, but best buds (most of the time). Again the left page is from the papers I bought at the gift shop at Mount Vernon. I did my best to match the colors; I decided to use circles because the left page depicts a game that children from Washington's time played using a large hoop shaped piece of wood. Below is a close up of the journaling I used. I heard my boys talking about me taking pictures of their backs - I love taking that kind of photos. Now we have a new phrase for what we call them. ;)

 Only boys would come up with the term, "Butt pictures"!

Here is a close up of a way I like to use ephemera: I used this ticket to the mansion tour as a tab. I have some different kinds of tickets that my husband gave me after I finished the layouts. I want to figure out a way to incorporate them. I probably have some more photos that I could use if nothing else. I love adding ephemera. 

Capitol Building. Very clean and simple layout.

This is more of the Capitol Building. As if we didn't have enough pictures of our own, I used 2 postcards on this layout. One technique I frequently use is to add embellishments right onto the photos. "DC" is right in the middle of my photo at the top right. The journaling card is the back of a mini postcard.
 The stars on the sides of the pages were already cut out. I just added cardstock to the backs of the pages to have color show through. I then iRocked some of the blue stars as well as the flourish. Fairly simple page with some added spice!
Here is a very simple technique I use a lot. Instead of a full mat, I will put either a strip like this one or a wide mat that extends only from the sides, not the top or the other way around. Great for fitting something into a tight space or for when you're using patterned paper and don't have enough for that last mat you want.  Sometimes I just like the look.

From a whole other subject here is an example of what I mean: 
The mat here doesn't extend from the sides. The point is, your mats don't always have to frame the photo. This is also a good example of adding embellishments onto the photo. The rest of this layout will be up in a few days.

This is my favorite layout of the set. I had two pages of the right background, so I cut President Lincoln out of one and pop dotted it over the other one. I like to do clusters, so I used some buttons for a simple cluster. I wanted this page to show how much influence President Lincoln still has on us today. The top photo on the left is not from his memorial, it is the National Archives building but there is a banner with his picture on it. It looks like I have a $5 embellishment on this page, doesn't it??? It was good enough that my son came and tried to take it from me while I was scrapping, ha ha. He had a nice surprise when he looked at the back of it. Just a copy! I love how it turned out.

I cut the copy out with my paper trimmer, then rolled it into a ball to get some nice wrinkles in it. I accidentally tore it just a tiny bit in the top middle but it just added to the look. Fun!

This page is my next favorite one. It is from the Air & Space Museum building in the Smithsonian. All of the text on these pages is from rub ons. I added some ribbon as photo corners, another thing I like to do to add to my pages. 

Thanks for sticking with me if you made it this far! I hope you are having fun. Now go and enjoy the rest of today's hop!

Oh yes, you would like to see the BLOG CANDY today, no?  I've worked you hard on the first days so today all you have to do to be eligible to win is to leave a comment with a way for me to contact you and become a follower of my blog. Simple! The second photo is another Quickcutz die. Their site seems to be down so I have just taken a photo of the package the die is in. I think you'll love it!

Lots of goodies here: Some felt fusion strips, brads, and felt flowers from Queen & Co, paper flowers, Heidi Swapp floral centers, a pair of Tweezerbees, a package of Prima flowers with gold trim and cut outs, a roll of Offray ribbon, some wide ribbon from Expressions by Hallmark, a frame from KI Memories, a package of large shaped mats (they are under the other stuff so don't show up well), a package of gold/black photo corners, a few chipboard pieces, some tags, a metal heart mini-frame, and some rub-ons. I think I got everything! Don't forget the beautiful die below.


  1. What beautiful layouts! I love Washington, D.C. and can't wait to go back! Thanks for participating in the blog hop and offering some blog candy!


  2. Great layouts! Thank you for sharing your techniques :)
    Done an amazing job with these pages :)

    postaisdajoana at gmail dot com

  3. These are very nice layout, some times less is more, and I think you did a wonderful job.

  4. Great layouts. My plans are to get back to my scrapbooking and get something completed, so I'll be back to see your great layouts. Thanks for the offer for a chance to win blog candy. Please let it be me. haha

  5. These layout are all so very nice what a wonderful job you done with them.TFS

  6. Awesome layouts, you have inspired me to see if I can get a couple LO done this weekend!! Thanks for the inspiration!!
    miller896042 at bellsouth dot net

  7. Your layouts are wonderful. And it sure does appear that you are a fabulous photographer. The photos are great. I love all the detail you've gone into explaining the techniques you've used. Your pages really make we want to go back and really visit Washington DC.

  8. This is a fabulous layout of what must have been a very memorable trip. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win. I am a follower. patnbobcuddy at gmail dot com

  9. Hi Sharon
    Fabulous layouts! My favs are the Washington DC LO's, my last visit was on April 2010.
    Love the bill copy, cool idea.
    Very inspirational layouts!
    Great JOB!
    Thanks for a chance to Win!
    Good Luck to all.


  10. love the idea of the money. Very talented to do that. You are great with your hands. thanks for sharing & the chance to win.

  11. Wow there are some beautiful pages here, love how you used the postcard and the money to add extra character to the pages.
    Kim xXx

  12. Great layouts! Thanks for sharing! I am in a birthday blog hop this weekend and would love it if you stopped by!
    qtme2003 at yahoo dot ca

  13. What beautiful pages you have created! I bet your trip was a blast, but I just love the "Butt Pictures" comment! It so sounds like something my boys would say! *Hugs*

  14. Beautiful layout...Love it!

  15. What nice LO, thanks for sharing your trip with us. I went to DC when I wass in the 8th grade, not only did I lose my camera I got lost and separated from my group. What an ordeal that was. Dawn RI

  16. Wonderful layouts and pictures!

    hockman1 at sbcglobal dot net

  17. Beautiful layouts tfs.

  18. Fabulous LOs of your trip to DC. I love Mount Vernon, too, and the Smithsonian is wonderful, isn't it? Excellent pages of Lincoln Memorial and his influence today. Wonderful work!!!

  19. Your layouts are so cute. I got a lot of ideas from them. Thank you for sharing.

  20. love your LOs- butt pictures is to funny- I take thoes pics too!!

  21. Thanks for sharing your layouts! Love how you incorporated the history of children playing with wooden hoops onto your layouts with circles. That $5 had me fooled too!! Butt pictures! LOL I also take butt pics!

  22. I love your LOs very nice!! Thanks for the chance to win some awesome blog candy too!

  23. I'm a NEW follower
    Come and BEE a follower on my blog
    Rebecca Minor

  24. I love these pages. Pure awesomeness! Thanks for the tips on the mats. TFS and the chance to win.

    Christel (Scrappin' Sista)
    askscrappinsista (at) hotmail (dot) com

  25. Great layouts! The Lincoln Memorial one is my favorite! My girls and I spent some time there on a 100+ degree day this past July. You've inspired me to create a layout for our trip! Thanks for sharing!

  26. amazing LO's, thanks for the "trick of the trade"! and yeah, that does look like you took the photos..LOL.
    I am a follower of your blog
    TFS and a chance to win
    Bonnie C

  27. Great layouts!!! I love them!!! We used to live in the D.C. area twice and so I have several layouts to get caught up on! TFS

    arcocha at yahoo dot com

  28. Terrific layouts. Gave me some ideas for some SF layouts I need to do

  29. Wow, it's great to see so many layouts with tons of pictures! I do the same thing with postcards, sometimes I pick ones just for the purpose of a scrapbook, cheap and the photos are better than any I can take! TFS

  30. Gorgeous pages! Love the fake five, and the "butt pictures" comment. LOL :) Janis

  31. Your layouts are wonderful. Thanks for the chance to win the blog candy. I am now a follower. Ann O.

  32. Thanks for sharing your projects with us! Great!

    nginerd at gmail dot com

  33. Thanks for sharing your lovely layouts!


  34. Wonderful post. I just checked your Etsy also. I just love those trims!! Lisa

  35. Wow Sharon - that looks like it was a fabulous trip! I love that Lincoln layout! I am a new follower - love your blog. One of my favorite things about blog hops, besides the inspiration, is finding new amazing blogs I want to follow :)

    rdunham at q dot com

  36. Beautiful memories and beautiful layouts.
    I'm now a follower.
    Thanks for the chance to win.
    annadowdy at gmail dot com

  37. I'm enjoying this milestones blog hop and am now a follower of your blog. Mount Vernon sounds gorgeous. I'm visiting Washington DC soon, so will definitely look into this some more. Love how you've worked in the the detail and shape of the old fashioned game too.

    Wonderful layouts. Look forward to seeing more of your creations.

    All the best.

    russelljy AT bigpond DOT com

  38. You did a wonderful job on the LOs. Love how you used the ticket as a tab. Cute idea.
    lfuchs1 at wi. rr. com

  39. Great layouts. I love the 5 dollar bill. Really does look real. And Abe Lincoln has always been my favorite President. I forgot to write on yesterdays post that I enjoy scrapbooking everyone! If I was there, I want to scrap that memory. Especially since I have the worst memory ever.

    spunkycrayon at yahoo dot com

  40. Great pages!! and great photos, too!!

  41. This looks like it was a grerat trip. I love the layouts. THanks for sharing.

    dbjb1519 at yahoo dot com

  42. Looks like a you had lovely trip!
    jordanamschmidt at hotmail dot com


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