April 2011

April Fooled Ya!

Ilene Tell


April is here, so bring on the warmer weather, dig up your raincoats, and get ready for some laughs. What better way to start the month than with April 1st, the international April Fool’s Day. I was born and raised in Russia, and let me tell you, we had April Fool’s Day there as well! So what makes the jokes, ticks, and pranks this day brings so appealing? Is it free reign to trick others and get away with it? Is it the opportunity to “pull one over” on someone close and then laugh about it together? Is it the anticipation of making up a “few good ones” to top the ones you had last year? Whatever it is for you, one thing is certain – laughter is the best medicine. And if that is true, then scrapbooking about laughter must be a nice, healthy, double dose. All the layouts here present a look at the humorous side of life. There is a time and a place for everything, and to be healthy and happy individuals, we must remember to smile.

Izzy created a beautiful layout about a sweet and tender moment, where a little goosing leads to a joke shared by two little cousins. Sassafrass Lass makes the perfect paper for fun and funky layouts and Izzy certainly used it to its full advantage. Aymee capitalized on the priceless faces in her photos and documented that memory. That layout is sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face, and capturing that fleeting moment is surely what scrapbooking is all about. Lisa also caught a moment in her layout, the kind that only comes around once. How lucky to have been able to snap a photo in that moment of pure surprise and delight!

Goosed by Izzy Anderson

Supplies: Paper, Flowers, Die Cuts, Tags, Journaling Spots, Stickers: Sassafras Lass, Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper, Alphabet Stickers: American Crafts, Jenni Bowlin Studio, Other: ribbon.

Design Notes: When mixing a lot of pp together on a page, I like to create a place for the eyes to rest. I did that here with the solid red scallop vertical strips that run the length of the layout on either side of the photos. I also repurposed a journaling sticker as a large photo corner by placing it under the top picture.

Journaling: Cousins by the pool 2010; annual Independence Day party; the lake house.

Those Faces by Aymee Gandy

Supplies: Paper: Pink Paislee, Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper, The Paper Studio, Chipboard: Maya Road, Alphabet Stickers, Die Cuts: My Mind's Eye, Ball Fringe: Fancy Pants Designs, Glitter: PK Glitz, Markers: Stampin' Up! Thread: Coats & Clark, Adhesive: Helmar.

Design Notes: I wanted to create some dimension on this page in a different way than my norm. So I took 3 strips of 2x6" paper, folded them in half. Then, on the closed side of the paper folds I snipped in about 3/4 of the way in. I did not use any measurements, just random snips. After I adhered down my cut strips as shown below, I used my fingers to fold up each slit a tad. This added several layers of dimension. I then covered up the top with some ball fringe. Simple and I love the look!

Journaling: Popaw Ron & Carter always enjoy a run through the sprinklers in the front yard at Momaw & Popaw's house. However, check out those funky facial expressions...truly priceless! This photo always makes me laugh!

100% Magic by Lisa Hidy

Supplies: Paper, Chipboard, Alphabet: Scenic Route Paper, Cardstock, Buttons: Stampin' Up!, Journaling Spots: 7 Gypsies, Pens: American Crafts, Sketch: Julie Bonner (52 sketches 52 weeks). Tools: Circle Cutter: Creative Memories, Precision File Set: Basic Grey.

Design Notes: I used a circle cutter to round the corners of the dotted paper instead of a corner rounder, the larger rounded corners give a more dramatic effect to your layout.

Journaling: Jake surprised Pappa with a magic fire wallet for Father's Day. We got it at Universal Studios while on vacation in Orlando. June 2009.

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