Shimelle for that great piece of advice, I think it was in the Cover to Cover class).
I've made 7 more pages so far and to be honest, there's only scraps of paper left so I think that'll be it unless I make some cards. Looking at them all together, I've realised that they're almost all about Anna but I guess that's inevitable given how pretty and girly they are! I'll show them to you in order of making, it works better in my head.
Jennifer Johner, I heard about her on the Paperclipping Roundtable podcast. It is completely not my style but I thought it was so pretty and delicate. I found the process a little bit uncomfortable and it took flipping ages! But I'm pleased with it, and it definitely inspired me to try some different things on some of the other pages I made. After all that thinking, I needed something simple and straightforward. I love this photo of Sally and Leanne at Sally's daughter's 3rd birthday party. That Nigella cheesecake was delicious! This one came together quickly, though I'm not sure about that yellow tape even now. I love other people's long titles, so I thought I'd try one myself. That ledger paper had a lovely yellow print on the other side so I purposefully trimmed it down to about 8x10 and the rest of the page grew from there.
One thing I love about the newer American Crafts collections is that the branding strip has a pattern on the back of it. The green arrows in Hugs, the green and white stripe in Beach Bum and the narrow green/white stripe in Scrapbookers are all branding strips.
I love this picture of Anna, taken on her first birthday by my Mum. This page was super simple. I stuck down a doily (Sainsburys own brand!), added a few blocks of flowery paper and stitched around the photo with yellow thread. Add a title, a prima flower and a piece of ribbon and it's done. This will mark the start of Anna's birthday pages in her album, similar to Isaac's with all those die-cut stars.
Ready, Steady, Go! was almost titled Ready, Set, Go! until I remembered I wasn't American. It's similar in style to Beach Bum and loosely based on layouts by people like Marcy Penner and Lisa Trusdell. And you can see the similarities with Cuddle Monkey too. Isn't the green/blue bird paper beautiful?! This is actually the B side, I debated which side to use or whether to cut it up for ages before finally deciding to just buy another sheet. It has a clean arrow design on the A side which would be great for a more masculine page. I'm also planning to buy another of the giant chevron from Now for the house print on the other side. The ledger strips at the top and bottom were, you guessed it, branding strips from two different papers.
And the last one, a really sweet picture of Isaac's first friends. These kids were born within 6 weeks of each other and we've been meeting regularly for coffee and cake since they were a couple of months old. I have photos of them all lying on a playmat in February 2011 and I can't believe how much they've grown!