Friday, April 13, 2012

April Guest Designer!

Good morning! 

My name is Barb Prendergast and I am a "life artist". I live in central Illinois with my husband of 28 years, and I'm a small town girl through and through. We have four grown children, three children in law, and seven grandchildren (the newest little guy arrived Monday, April 9). I'm a former newspaper reporter/editor and marketing director. Currently I work as the school age program teacher for a local child care center. I started scrapbooking when my husband gave me my first digital camera and I discovered the scrap aisle at Walmart. I love scrapbooking because it allows me to express my creativity and use my writing and design skills, while preserving my family's history in a meaningful way. My favorite subjects to scrap are my family (what a surprise!), heritage photos and those everyday moments that otherwise might be forgotten. I am so excited to be the April guest designer here at Scraptastic!

This month I'm working with the fun and fabulous "Great Adventures" kit. It's perfect for scrapping the boys in my life! Loving everything about it -- the patterns, the colors and the cute stickers and die cuts. Today I have two layouts to show you, featuring two of my four grandsons. 

The first includes my 12 year old grandson, Ryan. He does not like having his picture taken, and when he saw my camera he said, "OK Grandma, ONE picture. JUST ONE." 

I die cut the big circle. The borders are punched circles cut in half and adhered along the top and bottom of the square patterned paper. Everything was from the kit except the button and twine.

My 6 year old grandson Cameron recently lost his first tooth. Unlike his cousin, he loves having his picture taken and was more than happy to pose for his mom:

I love the sticker book that came with the kit and used several here, along with a die cut. The star, yellow sticker and round sticker are popped out with foam dots for extra dimension. I cut the strip of tickets in between some of the sticker motifs and then adhered them back together for a little more definition. For this one, I raided my stash for those small type stickers and the chipboad GRIN -- I wanted to make a statement with my title! 

And I'm wondering if anyone else does this: I wanted to use the fair ticket motif paper as my background, but I didn't want to waste most of the paper just for that small border that shows. So ..... I used my paper cutter to cut a 10.5 x 10.5 square out of the middle and just adhered the turquoise cardstock over the resulting hole, then built my layout. Now I still have a large enough piece for another layout; and when the page is in my scrapbook album, no one will know there's something missing. 

Are you scrapping this weekend? We're visiting our newest grandson Saturday (I was there for his birth, but my husband hasn't met him yet) but I'll be scrapping tonight and Sunday.

Thanks for looking -- have a FANTASTIC week! 


  1. Great job on both of these beautifully-designed LO's, Barb! Isn't it funny how some kids (and adults!) are hams in front of the camera and others avoid it like poison? Yes, I admit to trimming out chunks of paper to save as much as I can! It's a great way to stretch pp to make a double LO, or show off the flip side. I'm looking forward to an all day crop tomorrow. Hope to use some of my new kit!

  2. Hey Barb!! I love your pages!!! I too cut the inside out of my paper to make it last longer. Why waste it if it is being covered. Glad you are here this month. Kind of lost touch since Daisies closed.

  3. LOVE your pages, and yes, I am always cutting apart my papers to stretch then further. Cutting a big gigantic hole in the inside is one of my favorite tricks!

  4. I always cut the center out of my papers. Almost every scrapper I know does that! So don't feel alone there. LOL Your layouts are really awesome! You totally rocked the GDT spot. I can't wait to see what else you get up to this month.