Thursday, July 28, 2011

Dance Layouts

My friend and customer Nancy loaned me her Aspire dance set, and I was on a roll making dance layouts! (I would say that I'm many years behind, but like Stacy Julian, I don't believe in being behind. I scrap what I want, when I want, and even "age" my photos too.) If it weren't for Stacy and her Photo Freedom book and class at Big Picture Classes, I would never have thought to combine three different years of dance photos onto one layout.

The idea struck me as I was rearranging this summer and noticed that our younger daughter had several years of pink dance costume photos. Ta da! Inspiration struck! Why not combine them all to show some of her progression? The Sweetheart paper pack (which will be retiring 7/31) was the perfect unifying factor. I used the "Out of the Hat" sketch from the Magic how-to guide but rotated both pages to fit my pictures. (The price of Magic will drop on 8/1! Yay, CTMH!)

I have to share an "awww" moment with you. For the journaling (tucked in behind the white square but in front of the black page base), I wrote about Macey following in her big sister's dance shoes. When she saw it, she said, "Mom, I wasn't following her, I was following you!" (Say "aww" with me now!) I made her journal that sentiment on the back of what I had written.

In addition, while my supplies were out, I made a 6"x6" layout for my little album of family professional photos.

The next set of dance layouts also went really well with the Sweetheart paper pack, but I focused more on the Tulip shade to coordinate with our older daughter's red and black costume. (I also included some retired Tulip heart paper from the Animal Cookies collection.) This layout sketch is called "Card Trick" from the Magic how-to guide.

In In case you were wondering, yes, that is me in my first dance recital after about a 20-year hiatus!

I think this layout qualifies for this week's Lasting Memories challenge, "all about the title." I stamped the first part of the phrase, "all she wants to do is..." in Tulip on the left page with the Chocolate Alphabet (Small). Then I stamped "dance!" with the Chocolate Alphabet (Large) on the right page. To create the shadow effect, I first stamped a letter in Tulip, then inked the stamp up in Black and stamped again, slightly offset.

As always, if you have any questions about anything shown here, leave me a comment and I will get back to you! (My laptop is still on the fritz, though, so please be patient with me. Thanks!)

{Layout 2011 #52-54}


  1. This gets a big AWWW from Grammie! Love it all. Great idea to combine and show the growth progress...

  2. And an AWWWW from Aunt Joy, too! Love these layouts.

  3. Love these! Thanks for joining us at Lasting Memories this week!

    LM DT member

  4. So Pretty! Nice colors! Thanks for joining us at Lasting Memories.

  5. Great layouts! Thanks for sharing them with us this week at Lasting Memories!

  6. Gorgeous layouts!! Love your title and those colors too. Everything flows so nicely! Thanks for joining us at Lasting Memories!

  7. Gorgeousness! Thanks for playing at Lasting Memories!

  8. Beautiful layout! Thanks for joining us at Lasting Memories!


  9. gorgeous layout--love the pictures too!!!


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