Saturday, 25 June 2011

From smiles to lobsters??

On Monday I mentioned that I had had quite a lot of time on my hands last week which I used for some serious kit bashing.

My June Counterfeit Kit Challenge, All A Flutter has proved easy to use and surprisingly versatile.I love it!

So making the most of my time and looking around for inspiration, I turned once again to the calendar to see what thoughts it could generate. Have you tried this yet? I added the fun widget to my blog there on the right if you want to have a look. There are literally dozens and dozens of ideas on there just waiting to be discovered. from quirky days to celebrate to famous birthdays - a bit of lateral thinking and it's amazing what you can come up with. Why not give it a try!

Anyway, coming back to the main point of this long and somewhat rambling post, the thing is that on June 15th I saw that it was not only "Smile Power Day" but also "National Lobster Day". Surely a gift for someone thinking out of the box a bit!

First off, I thought of Cameron's beautiful smile, which is featured in so many of the older photos I have of him that I'm trying to use up. And this layout shows how great this kit is - what looked at first glance to be a really summery, feminine kit was so easy to use for this boy layout. OK, so I included a flower but with the less feminine colours, I thought I could get away with it! I added in the grey letters to the kit and found a little corner for three brads. A simple message to Cam to remind him that his smile is very powerful and I'm satisfied with the result.

Next up was "Lobster Day". It immediately reminded me of our wonderful holiday some years ago in Nova Scotia and all the lobster we ate. Every. Single. Day. 

Here in Europe, lobster is something rather extravagant, terribly expensive and only to be eaten in the finest restaurants on very special occasions. 

But over there in NS? Just your average everyday snack. It was funny to go into a small diner-style cafe and have a lobster burger for less than a Big Mac would cost you over here! Funny but wonderful.

I made a huge album for this holiday when we first came back, and in the early days of my scrapping, so it was nice to revisit this time and make a new layout with my new style and focussing on just this tiny aspect of our trip.

For this layout, I grabbed a piece of cardstock, added in the letters from Crate Paper's Emma's Shoppe and used a whole load of brads - so many in fact that I fished out more and more from my little pot so that I could add a few here and there - but everything else was in the kit. I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't put the kit together myself!

So, that makes 4 layouts and 33 brads in total, although my brad bowl is still overflowing. Mmmm... anyone got any ideas for how to use them all up?


  1. These are fabulous - I like the way you can take any paper and make it work for you. Love the little braddies too!

  2. Gorgeous layouts Lisa!! I see some of Nic's techniques here :) I Love lobster! In the past we have had lobster shipped from PEI on Christmas Eve, and if you have 10 or 15 people it's not expensive at all. You can imagine us cooking the lobster outside at -30C! I've not made a layout about it, but I do have some photos! Hope your weekend is going well :)

  3. Anonymous12:07 am

    Love these - especially the yellow ribbon and the fab flowers. It looks as if you are managing to use up the brads without any help!

  4. Wow! These are both fantastic! I love the embellie cluster in the smile layout. Way to use up those brads in the lobster layout!

  5. They're STUNNING! I have to agree, great smile :)

  6. These are both so awesome!I love the second one especially-great layering!

  7. Who knew a lobster page would look so beautiful? Nice layouts!


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