Good morning! Can you believe we are 10 months in to Project 12 for 2011? Where does the time go? Have you been following it every month? Did you just start? Either way, Project 12 is a fabulous way to document your entire year in 12 layouts! In August, there was one photo that captured the bulk of our month, so when I saw the sketch for August, it was a match made in heaven to include the photo in my layout.
Sometimes with photos and scrapbook layouts, we have a story to tell, and the image we have to capture that story it isn’t always the best. That said, the photos we take are important, the good ones and the bad, and just because the lighting wasn’t spot on, there was blur, the settings were off, nobody smiled, it doesn’t mean the photograph doesn’t have great meaning.
I used a 5x7 photo on my layout this month, and I never do that. I did it this time, though, because the photo shared a big story for August. It may seem like a great big photo with a teeny image of our dog jumping off the pier into the pond to go after a toy, but the story it tells is about the amount of time my hubby and the kiddos spent at Grandma and Grandpa’s house this summer, working on a great big landscaping project. I was usually at work on these days, so I wasn’t there to share in the fun. That said, it played a big part in what we our family did in August. Someday we’ll look back at that photo and marvel at house small the trees were, or how the lot across the street used to be vacant, etc.
As a reminder, this is what the sketch looked like for August:
And this is what I came up with:
I had to mist around the edges again. The sketches have been calling me to do that a lot lately. I can’t get over the money saved by doing that over using patterned paper. I also used my latest Studio Calico kit for this project, since it was already out.
And here’s a couple of layouts from submissions I wanted to point out:
I ADORE this one from Natalie:
I love the color palette, the scallops, the stitched circle, the pendant banner placement. Oh my. It’s delicious. Love it all.
I liked this literal translation from Rosie:
I had contemplated recreating the scalloped circle for the left hand photo, but ended up just going with an “inspired by” version and just trimming a half circle as a photo mat. I like how Rosie utilized her tools and recreated both that circle element and the dragonfly. Nicely done!
Lastly, I wanted to point out Megan’s layout:
With this one, I liked the clever way she did that circular embellishment, and I also love how she did the subtitle, using different types of alphas to create “August”. That was really clever. Love the ultrasound photo on there too!
As always, if you play with the sketch and link or email by the deadline, you are entered for a prize. The prize we were playing for in August was the BRAND NEW fabulous collection from Core'dinations with Pink Paislee designs. Oh my. This is a great prize!
The winner from SCT is Heaney, and the winner from my blog is Daisymeh (hey, that’s Megan!). Congratulations ladies! I’m jealous. I hope you enjoy that collection pack!
Now that fall is officially here, in the US anyway, it’s time to be reminded of the September sketch:
Oh my. Back to school photo going in that 4x6 slot for sure. Love this one.
AND here is the what we have coming ahead for October:
The prize we are playing for this month is...drumroll...
Good luck! I’ll see you back here November 1st!