Wednesday, October 28, 2009

stitching on a scrapbook page

Title: "Boo Mama!"
I love this quality that little kids possess--you can repeat the same activity a gazillion of times, and they still laugh as hard as when you've done it the 1st time :) Also, anything you repeat more than once is bound to become a tradition and an expectation.
This layout showcases such a nightly ritual; Adam can't sleep until I take him to the rocking chair, place a blanket over his head, and with a quick motion pull it off saying: "Boo Mama!" He laughs until tears stream down his face. I wanted to record this fleeting moment before it is replaced by another ritual.

Techniques used: I conveyed a look and feel of a warm, cozy quilt by machine, and hand-stitching around some of the edges. To further the tactile quality of this piece, I used a lot of felt details (house, heart, button) and thread. I also attached a nugget of amber--appropriate since I'm wearing an amber necklace in the photo, and also because the yellow color of this rock brings forth associations of warmth and honey.

Supply List: Cardstock: Die Cuts with a View (green and white), The Paper Company (kraft); Patterned paper: American Crafts (yellow); 7 gypsies (blue); Die cut stickers: Basic Grey (June Bug collection); Chipboard sticker: My & My BIG Ideas ("traditions"); Rub-ons: Hambly; Felt embellishments: Fancy Pants Designs (orange heart and white button), Inque Boutique (house and blue heart); Stamps: Inque Boutique (journaling box), PSX (alpha letters); Stamping Ink: Colorbox Clearsnap; Pen: Sakura; Floss: DMC; Thread: Coats and Clark; Border punch: Fiskars; Template: The Crafters Workshop; Other: amber stone.

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