Tuesday, June 22, 2010

A Round of HIGH low ~ a layout

I am big on family dinners so each night we eat together at the table. We also have a game that we play as we eat: HIGH low. It’s a great way to share the events of the day and to regroup as a family each evening. We go around and list the high points of the day. We can list as many as we wish, but it’s mandatory to have at least one high. Even if we’ve had a bad day, there is something for which we can be thankful. We also have the option of giving a low. We are only permitted to share one low though as mealtimes are not to be grumbling sessions! We enjoy this time together and learn things about each other’s lives that we might have missed out on otherwise.

This week at Serenity Scrappers, the challenge was to create a round layout showcasing the family at mealtimes. All my other layouts are square so I just had to create my round layout on a square background. I incorporated a number of round elements into the layout. The papers are all from We R Memory Keepers. I found them on clearance at Michaels for just 20₵ a sheet – making this the most inexpensive layout I’ve ever created as I did the entire thing using only three sheets of paper. One page had 4 6x6 different coordinating patterns on the back so I was able to have a lot of colour and design choice. I thought the circles on the background paper would be perfect with the round theme and I loved the main round image with the circles at the end of each spoke, an image from Accent Essentials. Using Design Studio, I hid the contour for the inner circle and cut it separately on red. That way, I could shift it up to sit behind the photo, which I did not wish to have in the centre of the page. I also embossed the red circle with Swiss Dots. Most arrows were cut from Accent Essentials but the cornered arrow is from Home Decor. I embossed the inner arrows with my Cuttlebug. The date and HIGH were cut from Plantin SchoolBook and low from Printing 101. I added some white pen dots to the lettering. I printed the rules and just cut the paper with my trimmer and used an EK Success border punch on the left side. I used a Creative Memories corner rounder on the right-side corners. I cut a slightly larger bit of paper for behind the rules and also rounded the corners on the right. I ran the paper through my Cuttlebug with a dot border folder. The bottom centre of the page has paper and dots to represent our family at the table – a father, a mother, two boys and a girl. I punched the circles with a little circle punch.

I had fun with this layout. It came together so easily and I was never worried about messing up with the paper!! It’s bright and fun – just like our mealtimes.

I’ll submit this at Serenity Scrappers. The challenge is open until June 25 so you still have time to enter too! Kel provided a sketch if you need some more inspiration.

15 comments:

DoubleClick Connections said...

This is so fun!! I love the High-Low and your story behind it! Too cute!

Wendy Ramlakhan said...

Love this soooo much!! Great paper and using the circles all over too. I love seeing your creations, I learn so much from you. I love the little details like the embossed dots beside the "rules".

The Cropping Canuck said...

I love this layout! It will something to remember mealtimes.

I just stocked up on a ton of this paper as well for 20 cents!

mandyreedyk said...

great layout Kate!!! love the colours too!!! thanks for sharing! :)

Heather said...

Great layout. Love the story behind it as well.

Hugs, Heather

62 Cards - Sammye Jo said...

This is TOTALLY adorable!!! Love those FAB colors! They really pop!!

Chris Wooten said...

love your projects.

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Val said...

What a wonderful thing to scrap about! I need to do that, to always remember the little things that we do. Lovely- as always:)

Cokie Pop Paper Boutique said...

What a wonderful way to spend dinnertime with the family. Love the colors on your layout Kate :)

Best Hobby Eva said...

I love this layout!! Love it!! Colors are awesome!! Thank you for participating in the challenge, you did an amazing job!!!

Nicole said...

Oh wow, I hadn't noticed her looking at the spider...good one!

Spyder said...

I'm popping in to say hi! Thank you for your comments!! Don't forget the gingham papers are a freebie! (on my side bar) I'll sent link if you have trouble with it!

(Lyn))

LBCrafts said...

I love this layout! You mentioned something about the Canada Day blog thing, is there info anywhere on that?
Laurie

DonnaMundinger said...

Darling layout, Kate, and what a fabulous tradition! I'm so happy to hear you share family meals. We have friends who NEVER eat wth their kids at home. I think that's such a shame. xxD

MiamiKel said...

This page is just as terrific as it gets! I, too, have used this paper and it's wonderful, but this is really a beautiful layout, lovely personal sentiments and a great looking family, of course! :)