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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Ssssshhhh!! This is a SECRET 12x12 layout...


Happy Thursday, everyone!! :)  I'm so happy and THANKFUL that you are here to check out my layout today!!  I was so excited to finish this one and share it with you!!  Over at Lasting Memories Layout Challenges, they are having a DT call -- It ends tomorrow at NOON, so you still have a WEE bit of time to get your submissions in for review!!  For Challenge #52, they asked us...  "What's your SECRET?"  The idea was to share your secret ideas and tips for journaling and adding extra pictures to your layout...  Since I'm just a little bit obsessive (who?? me??), I decided to incorporate my 'secret' ideas into a 'CONFIDENTIAL' layout that really isn't so secret after all (it's also no secret that this post will be picture heavy -- there's enough details for THREE layouts!! hee hee)... 
Yes, I'm a little detail-oriented when it comes to layouts, so let me start by telling you that every single piece of paper on my layout is actually Creative Memories cardstock -- If it looks like a file folder, it's because I replicated it so that it would be safe for my pictures (no, I don't own any archival spray, so I recreate a lot of things this way to make sure they will keep my pictures safe from acid and lignin found in traditional "office supply" papers).  To create the file folder (complete with the score marks on the left edge), I started with two sheets of 12x12 French Vanilla cardstock, traced the edges of a regular file folder, and hand cut along those guides.  I then scored the top piece four times, folding the "folder" on the fourth score line.  I attached the bottom piece of the file folder just inside the fold on the inside.  The "CONFIDENTIAL" is cut at 2" in black with the Opposites Attract Cricut Cartridge (Opposite Font feature)...
My "notebook" paper is actually 4"x6" pieces of white cardstock that I drew lines on using a ruler and my Creative Memories fine tip pens.  I punched holes every 1/4" with my Crop-A-Dile and then tore in from the edge to resemble real notebook paper torn from a spiral notebook.  Looks pretty real, eh?  :)
 What file folder would be complete without the office coffee stain and case number???  The coffee stain was created by pressing a glass into Stampin' Up!'s Creamy Caramel ink and "stamping" the ring a few times.  The "Case #" is actually the DATE and was created using my old-school DYMO label maker (this is also how I created the "TOP SECRET" strip across the bottom of the folder)...
My 3"x3" squares of yellow cardstock were attached only at the top so they would look like Post-It Notes...  And just like a real file folder, there's a few notes hanging out from the edge of the folder too!!  Let's open this folder up......
This is one of those layouts that will take The-Girl-Child a few look-sees to catch all the little details...  The post-it notes are added to document the details of each photo (there's even a "mini" post-it with the definition of "Baccalaureate" -- a word I've finally learned to spell now that both of my children have graduated high school... LOL).  Three more sheets of notebook paper allow me to journal a little note about my thoughts during the week, document a list of colleges this group of special friends are attending, and even jot a poem about "Success" (a poem often attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson, though possibly adapted from a 1905 published work of Bessie Stanley)....
Scrapbooking these pictures from Baccalaureate was more difficult than I thought it would be...  I've done pretty well since The-Girl-Child left for college, but these pictures made it a little more "real" for me...   I mean, how do we go from this:
To THIS, seemingly overnight??? 
Mostly, throughout these pictures, I am reminded of how many smart and wonderful choices The-Girl-Child has made throughout her life...  This circle of friends with their similar interests and dedication to their education has been part of the greatest support system a teenager (and mom-of-teenager) could hope for...
I look forward to seeing what each of these long-time friends will accomplish in the future -- Representing hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships, this group has so much to look forward to...
Surely, success will follow each one of them wherever they go....
To finish off my layout, I added the title "It's no secret... FRIENDS ARE FOREVER!" to the inside of the folder...  I've already seen the encouragement each of these friends have given to one another via Facebook and Twitter...  And Michael W. Smith along with Amy Grant said it best when they sang, "Friends are Friends Forever, if the Lord's the Lord of them...."  Need the video now (cuz I know it's playing in my head...)?  Check it out HERE (if you can't see the embedded video below or prefer to watch it on YouTube)...


So that'll do it for my super-secret-layout...  I hope you've enjoyed it, and will give something like this a try!!  If you have any questions, please feel free to let me know in the comments section -- I always love reading your kind words, so thank you for sharing your thoughts with me!! :)

Now, to see what everyone else is creating for the Design Team call at Lasting Memories this month, be sure to stop on over -- There's some AMAZING inspiration there, so you're sure to enjoy your visit!! :)

Lasting Memories

Have a wonderful day, everyone!!  Until next time,

21 comments:

Brenda said...

I have absolutely no words...This is incredible. You really did think "outside the box" on this one. I LOVE every little detail and you really did make it look so REAL. I cannot believe that you made each piece of notebook paper by hand...fabulous. I love, love the coffee stain idea. Crazy how fast our little ones grow and what a fantastic way to scrap her day.
Thanks for joining us at Lasting Memories and good luck on the DT call.
Hugs
Brenda
I would be honored if you came to see my blog here

Elizabeth said...

Wow Amy!You outdid yourself on this one! I am speechless and my family will attest that is a rarity! lol Love the video its one of my favorite songs:) http://visionsofpaper.blogspot.com/

Amy said...

This layout is AWESOME! Every little detail- I can't believe all the details, and clever notes, and post its, and super clever idea----GREAT JOB! :)Amy
amyscraftingspace.blogspot.com

Amy E said...

Awww Amy, such a sweet layout! And you're right...it's amazing how fast they go from being our little babies to become adults. My kids are 25 and almost 30, and I still can't figure out where the time went.

Amy E.
scrapthissavethat.blogspot.com

Kelly S said...

Wow, wow, wow! Amy, you are so amazing. I don't even know where to begin in telling you how much I LOVE this layout. It is just incredible!!!

Kelly
http://kellyscraftylife.blogspot.com

AmyJRockstar said...

OMG! This is so cool! I cannot believe you went to all that trouble to make the "notebook" paper! Wow, everything looks so real. Pretty darn amazing!

Hugs,
Amy Jo

Carrie K said...

Wow! This LO is fabulous!! You did a great job on the notebook paper! All the details are great. I LOVE everything about it!!

The Bookin Room said...

Um, yeah, at a loss for words...grabbing tissue to wipe the tear that's losing it's grip on my bottom eyelash! My son just started daycare/school and yours is graduating...such milestones! This is absolutely an awesome LO!!
xoxo envious...I mean Charity lol!

Kim said...

Hi Amy, that l/o is just amazing and such creativity. You go girl!!! Thank you for sharing. I have to say, I will be nearly in the retirement home by the time my son goes to college!!! I'll be jumping up and down with my walker thankful that he is moving out (unless he goes to UT since he is a die-hard longhorn fan - hook'em)! I love reading your blog and seeing your creations. Your friend from Austin. Kim

Michele F. said...

Wow Amy!! Wish I would've thought of this. LOVE LOVE LOVE this alot!!! The manilla file folder is what is getting me. Who would've thunk?? Well YOU!! :-) Wonderful layout. Thanks for joining Lasting Memories!!!!!
Michele
LM DT Member

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

Super lay-out~ Love all the fun details!

Audrey Frelx said...

Oh, Amy!!! What a great-great layout!!! I agree... you did outdo yourself on this!!!

Fantastic job!!!

Rhonda Emery said...

love the layout you did it is really neat and creative. you did a wonderful job.

Dee Burns said...

Amy, you made me tear up. Your LO is beautiful and brings back memories of my three girls. Growing up and graduating, then growing up some more. You seem to be a fortunate Mom with amazing "Childs". Remembering their upbringing this way is spectacular. They will appreciate it for sure.
Take Care!
Dee B

Laura (tweetyb) said...

OMG Amy!! This is AMAZING!! I didn't even realize the 1st pic was the actual layout!! I thought it was a "stock" pic of a file!! LOL!! There are not enough words to describe how amazing this is!! WOW!!! Super duper wonderful great job!! I love all the details...from the notebook paper, to the post-it notes & the coffee stains!! Love everything about it!!
♥ Laura ♥
tweetyb@satx.rr.com
http://laurascraftsandmore.blogspot.com/

OmaGloria said...

WOW this is so beyond fabulous!!!

McVic said...

oh my gosh Amy! This is a smashing idea! Sooo super creative and a treasure for her for ever!! Good Job!!
kacee

glassgraffitix2 said...

I have to say, this really unique! Love it!!! Thanks for joining us at Lasting Memories.

Esther said...

Wow, what a totally fun layout!!
Very clever idea and executed so well!!!!!
So many clever and fun details, Just a kick to read!!!!

madebyKarla said...

This is pretty amazing...you're pioneering something here! Great idea...have to give this one a try!

Just A Pac Rat said...

Wow, is all I can say! You are a super talented lady. Love the project again. TFS

 
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