|BG: Buttons, Little Black Dress tuxedo,classy chic, & charisma|
I am so excited to be a part of the very first Scrapbooksteals.com blog hop featuring Basic Grey Buttons and Brads. It is an incredible honor to be featured among so many amazing blogs, and by a company I adore. Thank you Scrapbook Steals, Basic Grey Buttons are one of my favorite scrapbooking basics, and the buttons in the pack were perfect to embellish this winter photo of my hubby and I at the Pt. Defiance Zoo on Christmas Eve. We were able to sneak this picture while the girls played away on the otter slides. The buttons match the muted grey of a Pacific Northwest winter sky. This layout makes me feel all warm and fuzzy, I need to grab a hot tea and a blanket to snuggle in front of the fire.
I think buttons offer just the right accent to a layout. My youngest daughter, Bridget is the perfect mix of sweet and sassy. She adores running around the house in her vampire teeth, and loves all things pink and flowers. At daycare, the little kids are all into names, and when she said hers, the teacher misheard her middle name as "Evil". I thought this picture really fit that story. She is such a girly girl, so I wanted to include some frilly elements to contrast the chevron paper and her vampire grin. The buttons added a strong graphic element to the layout that reflected the colors in the chevron and mimics the dots in the black and white paper.
I have to be honest and say that I have been scrapbooking since 2004, have a stash of buttons in my scrapbook supplies and have used all of maybe two brads in eight years. After having to overcome my brad aversion for this blog hop, I wonder what I was thinking. If you are a brad novice, it is super simple to use brads, and there is so much you can do. On this layout, I wanted to highlight the frilly side of my girl, so I threaded the hot pink ribbon through the buttons. I also wanted to tie in the softer pinks, and the brads were a great way to emphasize the pink in this pretty layout. I have adored pink and brown since my daughter was born,because her onsies were pink and brown. The color combination always makes me think of her.
Brads are so versatile, I used them to emphasize the faux quilting on this card, and to hold together the layers of the handmade flower embellishment on this card. Below, I used brads as a mixed media element on a card for those of you that may like to include doodling or hand-drawn elements onto cards. After playing with Basic Grey Buttons and Brads for this blog hop with ScrapbookSteals.Com, I adore brads as much as I have adored Basic Grey's buttons. I hope you enjoyed the projects I have shared with you. Remember, if you leave a comment on the participating blogs, Scrapbook Steals is picking a random winner for a great prize! To add to the celebration, I am sending out a prize slected randomly from my blog followers. My prize pack will include one pack of American Crafts This to That Square Foam Adhesives, Basic Grey Rub-Ons, and a pack of Sassafrass Paper Whimsies! To enter, follow winningatfailing.blogspot.com.
I love making embellishments and buttons are the perfect accent to add to paper flowers. What fun colors in these sets! I can't wait to find a project for these beauties.
So keep hopping!
So far, you should have visited my friends at:
Kristy Mackeen: http://www.mamasanity.blogspot.com/Staci Jones: http://cheaperthantherapy.posterous.com/
Amber Sheaves: http://allamberallthetime.blogspot.com/
Cristine Redmond: http://onescrappynovice.blogspot.com/
You are here!-----------> Venetia Holbrook: http://winningatfailing.blogspot.com/
I cannot wait for you to go visit the extremely talented and amazing Charity and Van!
Charity Becker: http://www.menemenetekeluniversity.blogspot.com/
Van Nguyen: http://likethecar.blogspot.com/