Thursday, May 26, 2011

Mud Monster!!!

Hey Everyone!! Well, I have a little confession to make... One of my "2 Little Princesses", is not such a Princess... As hard as I try to keep her hair done and her cute little outfits clean, she usually ends up looking like she just got finished rolling around in a pig pen!! So you may have "heard" me mention once or twice before that my husband and I just built a new house on an acerage this past year. This is our first summer on the acerage and because there is still so much black dirt to be moved around we have no grass.... Now if you combine my "Princess" with our yard, which consists of a lot of dirt (and sometimes mud), this is what you get.....

I loved these pics and couldn't wait to scrap them. I know they are not your typical cute pics of a little girl in a frilly dress with barrettes in her hair, but this is Bria! At least she still loves nailpolish! :)

As soon as I took these pics I had an idea... I've been waiting to use my Matha Stewart "dripping" punch (I don't know what it's really called...) and I thought if I combined it with some glossy accents I could make the perfect muddy layout:

I don't usually make a layout before I have the pics developed and in my hands, but I wanted to run with the ideas I had for this layout so I tried this method. It definitely has its pros and cons... I take a LOT of pics and when I developing my pics I never know which ones I want to scrap.. I pretty much print them ALL so I can figure it out later. Doing it this way makes me realize I would print a lot less pics (that end up in a box anyway...). On the down side, I find it harder to lay out the pics without having them in my hands... That being said, I think I'll keep trying to scrap before I develop the pics, I'm sure I'll get better at it the more practice I get.

Here are a couple more closeups of the layout...

- Background polka dot paper is from the DCWV Playtime Stack which is awesome!!
- 'muddy monster' is from Mini Monsters. I cut the top layer of the monster twice - once in blue and once in brown, and then trimmed the brown layer to make it look like a bit on mud on the monster's bottom (??? LOL), I also added some glossy accents to make it look like real mud! I also used googly eyes from the dollarstore and OH I just realized I forgot his mouth!! Oh well, he doesn't NEED a mouth, does he?!
- to make the 'MUD Monster' title I used Cuttin' Up for "M-U-D". Usin my gypsy, I put a rectangle around each letter so that I could pull the rectangle off and the shape of each letter would be inside the brown square. Then I used my Martha Stewart border punch and punched along the bottom of the rectangle and added some glossy accents. "Monster" is cut from the Gypsy Font and welded together using my gypsy
- Twine from The Twinery, buttons from my stash and some stitching with my white gelly roll pen!

TA-DA!!! (This is Bria's fav. saying right now, so cute!)

I'm also entering this into the Throwback Thursday Challenge at My Creative Time - Use Green (the green is in the background paper!!) and Yellow

Hopefully I'll be back soon!!!


Jessica said...

That is just the cutest idea for a layout!!! I love all the extra detail you put on it to make it look so authentically "dirty"...great job Candace.

Nita T. said...

This is adorable! I love the drippy goo punch! Your Bria sounds like my Abigail, who is now 8 and STILL a "mud monster". :)

Glora said...

He he, I can just see those pictures on that adorable LO. I love the drippy gooey mud. So cute! Hugs- Glora

HappyPlaceJen said...

Nice layout! Love the pics and love the drippy gooey glossy mud! I've been interested in making layouts ahead of an event, too, but like you, I take a ton of pics. Maybe it would make me at least print less. Thanks for the inspiration! :) ~Jen

Trina said...

Thanks for sharing. I think you did a great job. I hope scrappin before you have pics works out great.

Tanya said...

This layout is just wonderful! I love all the great details you put into it...that mud is awesome! My 6 year old granddaughter loves frilly, girly-girl stuff, but she also loves playing in some dirt and I think it's great! Really love this layout!

Kat's Blog said...

Love, love the layout. I have a 7 year old daughter who also likes the dirt. Thanks for sharing.


My Creative Time said...

What a PERFECT layout!!!! I just LOVE it! Great job w/the challenge my sweet friend!;)
Big Gypsy Hugs,

VICTORIA said...

Such a cute layout page. Great job. Victoria :)