Wednesday, June 22, 2011

A Square Deal, Part 2

After yesterday's 4-square layout, today I'm turning to the trusty 9-square grid to create a page about my husband's grandmother and a glimpse of life on the farm.
Supply List - Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye; Border Stickers: October Afternoon, Fancy Pants; Letters: American Crafts, Basic Grey; Embellishments: Basic Grey, My Mind's Eye, October Afternoon; Punches: Tonic Studios


I love the fabric texture on these Thickers but don't care for my slightly crooked stamping. Is there a tool or technique to help me line up word stamps straighter?
I purchased a butterfly punch at Joann's, justified by reasoning that my Slice can't cut anything that small. I'm a big fan of embellishing in groups of 3; thus the flower, tag, and butterflies. And because the butterflies are so small, why not use 3 of them?
The journaling is Phil's list of memories of his grandmother's kitchen. He loved the noodles and lemonade, but left the room when they blanched chickens. The flowers were made from paper scraps and these punches by Tonic Studios, with a MME brad in the center. (here's a short YouTube video if you want to see the punches in action)


Just like yesterday's layout, these aren't the greatest photos, but using compartments of color results in a pleasing page. Do you have certain strategies you like to use when scrapping less-than-perfect pictures?

13 comments:

  1. I love this Sue - it's so vintage country. You are so good at picking just the right papers. I don't see a problem with your wonky stamping - it adds to the homemade feel and my pre-printed Echo Park letter stickers are no straighter! My technique is to stamp the letters in a random fashion and then trim the paper to get it as straight as possible. My latest acrylic block has lines on it so I will see how well that works.

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  2. What a truly fabulous layout, you've really captured the homely feeling. I'm really into block layouts at the moment and this has been one of my favs.

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  3. love this layout! the grid blocks are awesome!

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  4. Love that the photos are on a slight tilt -- it really keeps the grid looking fresh! Love your papers, too.

    If you really want straight stamping (of any kind, including words), you could always try a stamp-a-ma-jig. Dumb name, handy tool!

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  5. Love the vintage pics!! Great layout!

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  6. oh I love those old photos. Your square grid is awesome and I love all your pattern paper choices... Way to rock it. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Love your block/square pattern. I love using this idea on my layouts too. The paper you chose works perfect for the 'on the farm' feel. Great job :)

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  8. Sue-this turned out awesome! I love the vintage-y down home feel of this page (and possibly the whole none patch thing as it reminds me of Grandma quilts). It is cool to get your husbands memories down, and that you have the pics to go with them! Stamp-a-ma-jig for stamping non-clear acrylics to go strait. Hope that helps!

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  9. Like I said before ... and Im gonna say again... I'm loving your style.... its beautiful !!! hugs...xoxo

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  10. This is amazing! Really beautiful work Sue! I must try this grid format...you've achieved spectacular results! :)

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  11. I love the colors - you created a very vintage feel! I love the photos. I think they look great just as they are. It's hard to measure photos of yesteryear by today's standards. Love the grid and how the photos are offset on the angle. Fantastic layout!

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  12. What a wonderful theme for a page. Love those great papers amd I like how the title is in the center of the page. It's funny, I'm using that exact same grid paper for a background right now!

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  13. Great job using old photos! I love using 4-square and 9-square grids for my layouts - never fails! This mix of colors and patterns work perfectly together!

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