Friday, April 1, 2011

April Showers Bring May Flowers Blog Hop Day #1

Day #1

Since we live in Oregon, we have plenty of opportunity to showcase the "showers" portion of this blog hop!  Funny thing though, often I don't have pictures because who wants to get their camera wet???  I have to remedy this!  For goodness sake, we live in Oregon!  On to today's blog hop! 

You should have arrived from Melissa's page at not, and you happened to stumble across this blog hop, please go back to the beginning at Kathryn's page please go back to the beginning at Kathryn's page Ifand enjoy all the great projects.  We have a very talented group of ladies!
Be sure to read to the bottom for a chance at blog candy!

 "Rainboots 'n String Cheese"
This is a layout of some older pictures of my son and my dad.  (Austin is almost 10 now!)  I wanted to be able to showcase the special relationship that they have, plus all of the funny things that Austin did at this age! 
The background is a blue patterned paper from an old paper pack.  The matting is done with paper from the same pack, just the reverse coloring (blue background and white pattern).   I had several packages of blue and yellow letter stickers, but none of them had enough for the titles, so I mix and matched them.  (I think it looks really playful and used up a bunch of old letter stickers!)
The title was all from the same pack of blue letter stickers and then I used a Jollee's umbrella to accent the title.  I added a little crystal bling to the top of the umbrella for a little eye candy.

Then I used the rainboots from the same package and made a "matched" set on the bottom edge.  I found these raindrop crystals (with popdots attached) at the CK convention in Portland one year.  I have no idea who made them, but they really add to the page, don't you think?

I had made this "A" accent at a make and take (at the CK convention too!) and I found the colors worked perfect!  It was really easy to make!  A die cut yellow oval with a smaller die cut blue patterned paper oval layered over the top.  The letter A cut from an alphabet paper and adhered with pop dots.  A safety pin at the top gives it a great "tag" feel.

Lastly, and probably the thing that ties this whole page together, the tags!  I measured the amount of space that I could write on each tag (don't count the hole spot!) and then I made a text box that size in word.  I made one text box per tag and made sure there was lots of space between them.   I typed in my journaling and then printed it on regular white paper.  I then took blank white tags and used my repositionable adhesive and adhered them OVER the journaling that was on the printer paper.  (Now I know where to put the tags and what direction to have them facing!)  I then hit print and held my breath!  It worked! :)  I am so excited!  I then took blue chalk and chalked the edges so they stand out a bit.

Now, for BLOG CANDY!

To qualify for blog candy:

1. become a follower (or already be a follower!)
2. leave a comment on this project
3. leave a way I can get in contact with you
4. If you visit both days, and leave 2 comments, you will double your chances of winning!

I will choose a Blog Candy winner on Monday, April 4, 2011.

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  1. Cute layout, you did a wonderful job on it!
    I really need to start my scrapbooks.
    thanks for sharing and for the chance to win:)

  2. So very cute!!! Love the simpleness of it. TFS and thank you for joining in on this hop.

  3. The title made me laugh like crazy! Love it!


  4. became a follower. love your LO and the details. isn't this all fun!!

  5. wonderful layout.... Love it.

  6. So cute Lisa! Love the little rain drops!


  7. I don't know why I put "Lisa"! As soon as I hit enter...I was like...COME BACK, it's Jen!!! ooops sorry! Guess I already had my next stop on the brain!

  8. I love the little rain boots! This LO is so cute!

    saracomely at gmail dot com

  9. Your LO is so cute. I love the. saying. I'm a new follower

  10. what a wonderful layout

  11. Love this layout! Very cute. Thanks for sharing.
    lilbitee1971 at hotmail dot com

  12. love your LO! TFS

    paperbutterflies AT sbcglobal DOT net

  13. What a special layout, it's very beautiful!
    I love these moments!

    New follower!

  14. What a creative and fun layout! I love blue and yellow, and you added so many interesting details...great job! I'm a follower--you can find me at ksjennings at gmail dot com and/or

  15. Very cute layout!:) I live in Oregon too... never can have enough rain right? LOL!:)


  16. This is a super adorable layout! I love the tags with the journaling on them!

    Thanks so much for sharing!!!

    okj83 at live dot com

  17. Wonderful layout! New follower :)

    phenis2031 at yahoo dot com

  18. Very cute LO. I love the little things they do and trying to capture it in the pages. What can beat string cheese and rain boots????
    I already am a follower.
    susanslomski at yahoo dot com

  19. Love your layout! The rubber boots are so cute!
    I'm a new follower!
    qtme2003 at yahoo dot ca

  20. That is too cute! Love the raindrops.
    Hummer Hugs,
    hummingbird204 at comcast dot net

  21. Very cute layout.... I love how your showcasing the relationship between your son and his grandpa ... love it. I'm a new follower to your blog. I look forward to seeing what you have in store for us tomorrow.

    mpetrovich23 at yahoo dot com
    If your not already a follower of my blog I'd love to have you. Be sure to leave me you blog link so I can follow you too.

  22. Such a sweet and memory making layout. Great idea. Love the umbrella and the boots. TFS and the chance to win. I am a folllower. patnbobcuddy at gmail dot com

  23. Very special layout and memories! TFS!
    Hugs, Angela
    lauermaa at gmail dot com

  24. What a great layout. My twins loved their 'puddle' boots and my doesn't time fly, they are almost 11 now. Thanks for sharing. I'm a new follower too!

  25. Oh how sweet... I just love the layout... it's adorable. How precious. I love the little boots.


    I'm a follower

  26. Really cute layout. Love the colors. TFS

  27. Great layouts, TFS! I'm a new follower, thanks for the chance to win some candy.
    amylfahnestock at gmail dot com

  28. Nice LO. Makes me miss my grandpa!

    vndlewis at rocketmail dot com

  29. Funny how things work! I live in AZ where it is dry, and I take pictures every time it rains! I guess we tend to take pictures of things that are rare in our lives! Love your LO! You did a great job of showing it off!

  30. Nice layout! I love the raindrops.


  31. Sweet layout! I love your creative title!!


  32. Awe, such adorable layouts! Love the colours, TFS!
    smile4jenn at hotmail dot com

  33. Oh how sweet. Just so touching.
    Thanks for the chance to win.
    I'm a follower.
    annadowdy at gmail dot com

  34. i love that you used jewels to look like raindrops really nice. Im a follower.

  35. Just beautiful - I'm a new follower

  36. Super cute layout! Thanks for sharing!

  37. Love your layout.
    cstephenson at q dot com

  38. great lo,very pretty,

  39. Love the layout. So cute. TFS I am a follower.

  40. Fabulous layout Jen! I love everything about it! The pictures are priceless of course :)

    rebeccadunham at hotmail dot com

  41. Love your layout and those yellow rainboots.
    Katsews at gmail dotcom

  42. Cute layout! Love the little rainboots & the story behind them. I'm a follower. TFS!