I started scrapbooking in 1998, and was told to scrap the most recent layouts so the memories would be fresh.  My boys were 8 & 10 at the time and that made sense.  But now,  it’s 13 years later, and I want to do the baby pictures!

So, I’ve started. Let’s hop into our time machine and blast back to 1988:

great-expectations scrapbook page right

You might recognize the flowers from this card I made.  Those were actually leftovers from this project.

To make the flowers, I covered Grunge paper with book paper, inked with a variety of distress inks and then cut out with the Sizzix Flower Charms #2 die.  The shine you see is because I used a gloss finish Mod Podge to decoupage the papers.  I think I would have preferred a Matte Finish, but gloss is what I had.

great-expectations scrapbook page left

I know the photo with the purple dress is terrible,  but believe me, it’s a HUGE improvement over the original polaroid. Thank you, Photoshop.

great-expectations two page scrapbook layout

The title letters were cut with the Sizzix “Bounce” Sizzlits alphabet set, and the tags were made using the Sizzix red die “Scallop Tags.” (I know most of these dies are discontinued, but you can often find good deals on them on eBay or Craigslist.)

I kept the layout fairly simple, just wanting to highlight the photos and accented the papers with distress inks.  Some of the colors I used were Worn Lipstick (perfect to go with the pink jumper!), Broken China, Aged Mahogany, Shabby Shutters and Spiced Marmalade.

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