Sunday, April 1, 2012

'I love cats' scrapbook page

Generally when I create a scrapbook, it's a remembrance from a trip, and I include not only pictures, but also all kinds of odds and ends: business cards and/or receipts from restaurants, tags from special purchases, brochures, etc. But this weekend I decided to work on a scrapbook page with some everyday photos of our cats.

Scrapbook page of our three cats: Gordon, Mielle and Pirate.
Stamps: Cats Galore stamp set (Inkadinkadoo)
Card stock: Chestnut (AC Cardstock), Furry Friends and Nine Lives (We R Memory Keepers)
Ink: VersaMark (Tsukineko), Signo white gel pen (uni-ball), pure brown pen (ZIG Millennium)
Accessories: Brown grosgrain ribbon (American Crafts Elements Ribbon: Dunk Tank), glitter brads (Making Memories), 1/4" and 1/8" ScorTape (ScorPal), Dimensionals (Stampin' Up!)

I love this cat-themed printed card stock (you can't really see it, but there is glitter on some of the words) and the coordinating rectangular cards. The cards came together on a 12" x 12" sheet; there were twelve cards total in a mix of dog and cat themes. I have a couple of the cat cards left; I'll have to find someone else who can use the dog cards.

I decided to use one of these pre-printed cards as the title for my page. It was almost perfect because it had three lines for writing: one for each of the cats. But under the heading "I love cats" the card read "Things I love about my cat," which didn't really work with my plan. Creativity to the rescue! I found some coordinating ribbon that was the right width and used it to cover up that line of text. Problem solved. And to tie the ribbon into the rest of the page (no pun intended), I also used it as a border at the top and bottom of the strip of patterned paper.

I think the rest of the page is pretty self-explanatory: I stamped the bottom of the page with cat-related images (fish, ball of yarn, paw print and "meow") and added faux stitching along the top edges. I only added a few brads for embellishment; the patterned paper was already pretty busy, and I didn't want to go overboard.

This is one of my all-time favorite pictures of Gordon. It was almost exactly three years ago that we put him to sleep, but I will always remember how he loved to sleep in the bathroom sinks. He also had a serious addiction to baked goods: cookies, muffins, bread, cake, pizza crust, you name it. If I sat down on the couch with a cookie, he would suddenly appear at my shoulder, trying to eat the cookie right out of my hand. Once I left M&M cookies cooling on the dining room table, and Gordon decided to help himself. (That was the only time I made that mistake!)

Mielle and Pirate are still going strong, and they have plenty of personality themselves. One of these days I'll have to make each one of them his or her own scrapbook page and journal about all the funny things they do.

Thanks for stopping by!

1 comment:

  1. Melanie here! I absolutely loved this piece, please email me--I have a question about your blog :) MelanieLBowen[at]gmail[dot]com