April 2011

Something to Say

Pamela Young


We are a society that talks…a lot. And part of scrapbooking is capturing those funny stories and conversations of everyday life. A fun way to capture those stories is through the use of word bubbles. You can use a word bubble to hold your title or your journaling, or even use it as a design element. There are many manufacturers that have word bubbles on die cuts, patterned paper or stamps. Or you can make your own word bubbles digitally or by hand. It’s very easy to do.

Check out Jodie’s wonderful “Hello I’m 3!” layout. It uses one word bubble to hold the title of the layout. And her journaling tells the story of her title. The same could be said for Amy’s fantastic “Time Out” layout. Notice how Amy let the title hang off the actual word bubble and it still looks great! And I just love Carla’s “Tweets” layout! I love how many word bubbles she used on her layout!

Hello I'm 3! by Jodie Armitage

Supplies: Paper: Cosmo Cricket, Alphabet: American Crafts, Alphabet Stickers: Cosmo Cricket, Flowers: Sassafras, Tags: MME, Stickers: Basic Grey, Buttons: Sassafras, Brads: Sassafras, Pink Paislee, Paint: Jenni Bowlin, Pens: Uniball, Thread: Baker's Twine, Other: Pink Paislee Tape.

Design Notes: Use paint over a busy background paper to write your journaling, to stick down bakers twine or string, use a clear liquid glue, run it along your page in your desired pattern and then run the twine over the top.

Journaling: You never got tired of telling everyone it was your birthday!

Time Out by Amy Peterman

Supplies: Paper, Rub-Ons, Acrylic Die Cuts, Buttons, Brads: Fancy Pants Designs, Alphabet Stickers: Fancy Pants Designs, Karen Foster Design, Paint: Making Memories, Pens: American Crafts, Uni-ball, Other: lace.

Design Notes: I love the word bubble on the Fancy Pants Like Father Like Son cards paper. When I saw it, I knew I had to use it to record one of the many funny things my daughters say. Well, Josie came up with a great one the other day. She announced, "I wanna go time out!" Usually I'm the one to tell her she needs a time out, but she took it upon herself to make that decision. Too funny! So, I took her quote and used it as the title of my layout, using the word bubble as part of the title. I also used part of one of the cards to record where we were and the year (to the right of the title).

Journaling: You were getting tired and you started to throw a fit. You stomped your foot and announced, "I wanna go time out!" I didn't argue with you. That's just what you needed. A little rest on the bench and you were in a much better mood. I know how you feel little Josie. Sometimes Mama needs a time out too.

Tweets by Carla Tarabus

Supplies: Paper, Chipboard: Cosmo Cricket, Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Papers, Stampin’ Up, Alphabet, Rub-Ons: American Crafts, Stickers: Making Memories, Specialty Paint: Ranger Industries, Ink: Stampin Up, Memories, Embossing Powder: Ranger Industries, Software: Photoshop CS 4. Tools: Border Punches: EK Success, Stamps: Hero Arts, American Crafts, Circle Cutter: EK Success, Scissors: Ranger Industries, Corner Chomper: We R Memory Keepers.

Design Notes: The bubble word stamps are Hero Arts. It might be quicker to handwrite them but I don't think it would have matched the theme of facebook nor tweeting. To fit the tweets in the bubbles perfectly, I stamped an entire piece of 8.5x11 white cardstock with the stamps I wanted to use. I scanned that sheet in Photoshop then added a second layer for the text to add the journaling to the bubbles. I kept the page "unflattened" and only printed the (2nd) layer with the words onto white cardstock. Then I simply stamped over the words. I'm pretty happy with the results. I cut out the word bubbles and used some pop dot on about half of them.

Journaling: The word bubbles contain several tweets during a one month period.

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