Two weeks ago I went to my monthly crop and was so in love with the papers and design chosen by the wonderful Ann Freeman.
The pages shown are double sided, and as always I was thoughtful about what photos to take for the crop.
Although these papers lend themselves to Valentine's Day I decided to use photos of my daughter and her new baby, Wren. I printed them in black and white, and was SO pleased with the end result. I think this double page spread is possibly my favourite of all the scrapbook pages I have done so far.
The papers are Echo Park 'Be Mine'. The papers show as peach but are actually a beautiful pink.
I think you'll agree that they are absolutely gorgous and perfect for my first scrap page of Wren. Ann is a very talented designer and again I had to overcome my phobia of cutting up gorgous papers, but I am beginning to see the benefit! If you look at the two photo frames in the finished pages you can see that the rectangular one started as a tag, and the other framed a bird in a cage (see the first photo above).
Not wanting to waste the beautiful scraps I used the bird in a cage on a Valentine's card for my husband. You might also recognise the pink floral semi circle, left over from the central piece. Ann taught how to distress the edges, how I love the effect it gives! I love shabby vintage and these papers couldn't have made me happier! Luckily there were some spare sets of papers so I just HAD to buy some to stroke and look at, but I really will make myself use them. I am planning to challenge myself more and not to keep buying new papers until I use some of my huge stockpile. It will be interesting to see how long I keep to this as I am off to a Stich & Creative Crafts Show on Thursday. It seems ages since I went to a show, so I am very much looking to a day out. It's always good to see new products and new ideas.
I hope you have had a relaxing weekend. Time now to eat and watch tv. Simple pleasures!