Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Stella & Footloose Baby Photo Blocks / Dotty for You

I know it's been quiet around here, we are in the home stretch on the way to baby boy #3. I've been prepping the house (okay, maybe nesting a bit) for him. Stella and Footloose provided me with color inspiration for his room - shades of grey and blue.

Blake arrived close to 3 weeks early, making me wonder if this little guy will also join us early. Considering the contractions I've been experiencing, I'm thinking that being ready a little early is a good idea.

Remember while things are quiet here, you can still order all of your favorite CTMH scrapbooking and stamping needs online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at createwithchristine.ctmh.com

Speaking of favorite CTMH goodies, have you seen our Dotty for You Paper Packet? It is stinkin' adorable and a must have. Place an order of $35 or more from the Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book between now and May 31st and get the Dotty for You paper packet for just $5. Start shopping...

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Stella Meets Footloose - Baby Journal

One of my most favorite things about CTMH is that everything coordinates so easily. I remember when I started scrapping and would visit local stores. It was an overwhelming experience. I'd get home with papers that I liked at the store and yet nothing really went together when I started creating with them which I found rather frustrating. Thankfully that isn't the case with CTMH!

For me Stella and Footloose are the perfect example of how well CTMH papers coordinate and offer greater flexibility. Just as I did for my other two boys, I picked up a cheap journal for baby #3 and had fun customizing it. I just love how the colors from each kit pop!

Have you tried mixing and matching kits? If so, what are your favorite combinations?

Monday, April 2, 2012

Simple Silhouettes with Dotty for You

Do you remember silhouettes from when you were a kid? I remember my teacher sitting me in front of a dark sheet of paper using a projector for light to create a shadow while she traced the shape of my head on the paper. It was a tedious experience, one I knew that I wouldn't be able to achieve with my wiggly boys. Thankfully, things are much easier now with digital cameras.

  1. Stand your subject in front of a dark wall if you have one. Keep the subjects hairstyle simple (a ponytail is always cute for girls).
  2. Take a photo of them using your digital camera. I used my flash to give a stronger contrast between the wall and my subject. 
  3. Upload your photo to your computer, size your photo (I used 8" x 10") and print your photo on regular computer paper (preferably in black and white if you know how).
  4. Using a temporary adhesive such as Dotto Dots, adhere your photo to desired cardstock. Get creative, you could go with standard black or branch out and experiment with other colors.
  5. Using your photo as a guide, cut out your silhouette. If it makes it easier for you, you can trace the shape of the head first to give you a strong line to follow. Use good, sharp scissors for nice clean lines.
  6. Now that you have your silhouette, decide how you'd like to display it. I have chosen to matte mine with our upcoming special paper packet called Dotty for You. For added dimension and shadow, I popped up my silhouettes with foam tape.
  7. If desired, frame with a bold, solid colored frame.
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