Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Family Is Forever Reunion Layout

The September stamp of the month, Family Is Forever, is a great stamp set to pair with family reunion photos!  We made this layout at my recent scrapbooking class, and pictures from our annual July family reunion were a great match.
Using a sketch, like this one from Cherish, makes scrapbooking so simple.  Just choose your papers, cut, and adhere.  Of course, we had to get a little fancy...  You'll notice that I used Chocolate ink to distress most of my paper pieces and then distressed the photos with Desert Sand ink to soften them up a bit.
To stamp this gorgeous tree, we tried a couple of techniques.
  1. Ink up entire stamp in Desert Sand ink.  Rub the stamp across the pad to get the streaked, bark-like effect.
  2. Ink up the leaves (or at least most of them) by pressing them into Olive ink.*
  3. Use a sponge dauber to pull ink off of the hearts.
  4. Huff (breathe) onto the stamp to activate the ink, and stamp onto Colonial White card stock.
  5. Use a (retired) Barn Red marker to color in the hearts.
To add the family names, I just used one of our new Shin-Han Touch Twin markers to write them.

*During our class, my friend Peg wanted autumn-colored leaves (and I unfortunately forget to snap a picture), but she used a sponge dauber to pull ink off of the leaves, then pressed them into Goldrush, Autumn Terracotta, and Barn Red inks (in that order, lightest to darkest) to create beautiful fall foliage.

We stamped the "Family is Forever" sentiment by inking it up in Goldrush, then Autumn Terracotta, and then Barn Red ink, moving progressively across the stamp to create the fall/rainbow effect. I absolutely love doing this technique!  Finally, we used pieces of the Pathfinding embellishments assortment, gold shimmer trim, and gold sequins to embellish our layout.  I really love how it turned out!

I am linking up my layout to the Lasting Memories challenge #109 209, Autumn Colors.  Thanks for letting me share the highlights of this year's family reunion with you!


  1. Your photos look so good on that layout! I need to decide which ones are going on mine, it's a great layout.

  2. What a beautiful layout - perfect way to capture those memories and I love the tree! Thanks for joining us at Lasting Memories!

  3. Love the 2 pager!! Great photos captured with a great layout. Love the different strips of paper or added sequins here and there. Fun!! Thanks for joining us at Lasting Memories.

  4. Huge fan of double page layouts - love your wonderful use of autumn colours.

  5. A lovely page capturing those wonderful memories. Many thanks for joining in with us on LM.

  6. These are awesome! I admire that you've used so many photos and that tree is such a lovely idea.. Thanks for sharing, Toni - LMDT


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