In Black-and-White

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In August, my oldest child went off to college. This change has not been an easy one for me. I am so happy that my son is growing up and taking this next step in his life. But I am also sad that he is no longer around all the time. It has been odd to all of a sudden only have two children at home. I have been journaling and scrapbooking about this time in my life a lot–it has been helping me work through my ever-changing feelings.

I took this story and used it as the basis for this month’s first challenge at Counterfeit Kit Challenge. This month we are using the St. Tropez collection from Prima as our inspiration kit.

And here is our challenge: One of St. Tropez’ famous residents was Bridget Bardot. Most photographs and films of her were in black-and-white. Use a black-and-white photo(s) on a colored background.

The papers in my kit, Wandering, have a definite vintage feel and some are quite dark. In order to have my photograph stand out against this background, I chose a picture that is fairly simple in composition and converted it to black-and-white. I love the look of the monochromatic print against the mix of vintage prints.

Make sure to check out the projects from the rest of the Master Forgers for this month’s first challenge on the CKC blog.

Now go create!

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January at Simple Scrapper

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Welcome to 2016! Many people make resolutions this time of year, including me. I like to think of my resolutions as good intentions that I have for the coming year. I never know what new and exciting events may happen that will change my plans!

One of my good intentions is to use my stash. Over the years I have amassed quite a collection of scrapbooking products. Before I purchase anything new, I want to use what I already have.

So when I created these two layouts for Simple Scrapper, I used several supplies that have been sitting in my scrap room for a while.

The first layout is based on one of January’s sketch/templates. I found two bold vertical photos (as in the sketch) and paired them with a subtle patterned paper background. This page tells the story of my youngest son and I having fun together on an unusually warm winter day.

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The second layout is inspired by one of the Story Starters on the theme of Love, Me. I documented the special bond that my daughter and I have around our love of horses. One of my greatest joys is being able to ride with my daughter!

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I loved being able to document these stories while using older products!

If you would like more inspiration design and storytelling, check out the membership at Simple Scrapper. It is a wonderful community!

Now go create!