Socially distant greetings, crafty friends! Thank you for joining me here on this week’s instalment of Kelly’s fabulous Social Stamping initiative, which you can read all about, and see a list of all the talented peeps taking part this week, by checking out her main post here.
This week the theme is “birthdays in isolation”. Birthdays in the time of Corona have been a little different for most people. My own birthday in mid-March fell just before we entered into tougher social distancing measures here in WA – in fact, the weekend of my birthday I had a bunch of my fellow Paper Adventures team members come to my place for a fabulous day of crafting. Turns out that will be the last time we all get together in person for a while because most of them live in a different region and travel between the two is now banned. So it turned out to be a very timely gathering!
At the beginning of April, my middle monster had his birthday, and the day looked pretty different from the big party we had planned. Fortunately, I don’t think it made any difference to him, really. He had a fantastic day and was thoroughly spoiled and feted and was super excited all day. In light of the fact it is National Scrapbooking Day today, I’m sharing with you the pages from my Memory Planner (I use Stampin’ Up!’s Basic Black 6 x 8″ Albums and the Variety Pack 6 x 8″ Photo Pocket Pages) that document my budding Volcanologit’s birthday celebration.
Sammy is absolutely obsessed with volcanoes, so his birthday this year was pretty heavily volcano themed, and so are my Memory Planner spreads. I used a basic colour scheme of Real Red, Crushed Curry, and Early Espresso across all the pages, which tied in pretty well with the photos of Sammy in his new “volcano-ing gear” and his volcano presents and cake.
For the title page, I made up a template in Photoshop where I placed the text, the title, the photo and a frame around the photo. After typing my journaling I turned off all the other layers and just printed the text layer, straight onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock, cut down to 6 x 8″ (SU! cardstock prints beautifully in an inkjet printer). I then turned off everything other than the photo and printed that on 6 x 8″ photo paper, so the photo was sized perfectly but I could add some paper underneath for the mat layer (and I knew what size to cut this from the template).
I stamped those adorable volcanos along the bottom in Early Espresso and Crumb Cake (the stamp is from a Studio Calico set). Then before sticking anything else down I masked off the text with some Post-it tape, splatterd some red, bronze, and black ink/paint across the white background. I hope this looks a bit like lava spewing up into the air! Then I adhered the photo in place on a mat of See-A-Silhouette DSP with some little strips from the Tropical Oasis DSP as well.
I used the Hand-Lettered Prose Dies to cut the word “four” three times from Real Red cardstock, then layered each letter for dimension, and adhered this as my title. There’s a little banner of See-A-Silhouette DSP in the top corner and a stitched circle with this fun sentiment from the Share Sunshine Covid-19 Giveback fundraising digital stamp set that SU! has just released.
The title page will sit next to the front side of this 4 pocket page in my planner. This is the front of that page, featuring an excited little man opening his presents and then trying out some of his new gear (a head torch and binoculars, important tactical Volcano gear). I made a card by repeat stamping (thank you, Stamparatus) my favourite ever Happy Birthday stamp from Perennial Birthday.
For this bottom card, I used the Studio Calico volcano stamp again, clear embossed on Whisper White cardstock, then inked over the top. The 4 is die-cut from Real Red using my will-never-part-with retired Large Letter Dies.
On the back of that four pocket page, I’ve made another quick filler card using the Swirly Frames stamp set. In various places across the spreads I’ve used stamps – mainly from Itty Bitty Birthdays – and small dies to add little banners onto the photos as well. That Volcano cake was a labour of love. Four chocolate cakes, a whole heap of chocolate and red buttercream, and a red jelly centre for the lava effect. When he cut into the cake the “lava” all came oozing out, much to his delight.
On the last page I included this photo of some friends doing a socially distant birthday drive-though – they arrived in a blaring of the horn, stayed int he car in the driveway, and passed presents and streamers through the window. For extra safety, my kids kept their helmets on (ok ok, they are almost always in their helmets because they are almost always on their bikes). On the photo, I’ve used another of the fun sayings from Share Sunshine and added a few punched balloons.
This was such a fun spread to pull together and offers a nice little window into the Sammy’s birthday in isolation this year. Now more than ever I am convinced of the merits of memory keeping, of capturing all these moments, big and small, and keeping a record of them. Although I keep up with my memory keeping I don’t often share it on this blog, but if it’s something you’d be interested in seeing more of then please let me know in the comments below 🙂
Next up, if you’re hopping along in order, is the fabulously talented Lauren. For a master list of participants and links, you can always return to Kelly’s main post which is linked at the top of this post.
Thanks for stopping by,