|When I thought about writing this article, I was thinking that I would like to see an article featuring the men in our lives doing what they do. We have a saying here in Australia referring to men. “He Who Dies With The Most Toys Wins” I know when I talk to my husband about his hobbies and interests, it’s certainly the quote that comes from his mouth the most often!|
I put the call out there looking for layouts featuring our men and their toys. I was so surprised at the response. I had lots of gorgeous layouts featuring the “Little Men” in our lives, but very few concentrating on the Big Men. The response leads me to then question, “Why is it that we aren’t seeing Men featured in our layouts?”.
Big Boy Toys by Casey Thompson
Digital Supplies: Kit: Robotrix by Studio Charlize and Studio Flergs (Scrapbook Graphics, Staple: Captured 2.0 by Project B Designs(Funky Playground Designs), Button, String: Explore by Project B Designs (Funky Playground Designs), Flowers, Star: Leaf It To Me by Eva Kipler and Studio Flergs (Scrapbookgraphics), Leaves: Let's Explore by Valerie N Designs (Gottapixel, Ric Rac: Made Pretty Sweet by Mandymade Designs (Ginger Scraps) Stitch Border: Stitch Me Up by Project B Designs (Funky Playground Designs), Paper: My Little Artist by Creations by Rachel (Gottapixel, Template: Blog Template Challenge 6 by ShabbyShoppe, Software: Pixelmator 1.6.2, Fonts: sf Carissa, Jailbird Jenna, For the One Hundreth Time, Love Ya Like a Sister.
Design Notes: I wanted bright and bold for this layout…not my usual color pallet. The title work was fun. I used fonts that I download from the internet, duplicated each word, applied a light blur to the back 'word' layer and then clipped one of the papers that I had already used in the layout to the blurred layer. I thought it gave kind of a neon glow to the title.
Journaling: Micah is growing so fast and so is his desire for Big Boy Toys! He loves to drive his R/C Bulldozer all over the house...it does not hurt that it plays rocking music, beeps when it backs up, and he can drive his Toy Story Alien around in it. He may follow in his Great Grandpa's footsteps and own his own excavating company. Who knows but for now we DO know...he loves his BIG BOY TOYS!
Just Like Grandad By Debbie Lawrence
Supplies: Paper: October Afternoon, Chipboard: 2 Crafty, Alphabet: Jillibean Soup, Alphabet Stickers: Jenny Bowlin, Carolee’s Creations, Flowers: Prima Marketing, Tags: October Afternoon, Jillibean Soup, Paint: Jo Sonja’s, Ink: Versa colour, Thread: Baker’s Twine, Other: buttons, ticket. Tools: Other: sewing machine.
Design Notes: Paint then doodle around chipboard elements to make them stand out. I have used the string as a frame for the photos to highlight them even more. Text printed onto cream paper then backed onto chipboard to make handmade button.
Journaling: Blake loves to ride Grandad’s tractor, Yandina March 2010.
Ride By Peg Hewitt
Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill cardstock, Pattered Paper: Pink Paislee , Architectural Arch, Tickets, Ruffled Darlings, Alphabet Stickers: Pink Paislee Expressions, Specialty Ink: Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist, Pins: Jenni Bowlin Studios, Flowers: Paper flowers, Ink: Stazon, Pens: Uniball. Digital Supplies: Software: PS CS2, Actions: Urban Acid photoshop action by Steven Almas.
Design Notes: Alter your photos using different pre loaded actions in Photoshop to match the products you have on hand.
Journaling: It has taken him a long time to want to ride a 2-wheeler but in the last 6 weeks he has picked it up very quickly and is now preferring the bigger bikes to his size.
Maybe we don’t see the men in our lives in front of the camera because they are just too busy out there doing their thing. I don’t know about your Men, but my Men totally LOVE their Toys. I live in a house with “Nerds” that label is used with love and respect, but Nerds they are. They love their electronics and gadgets. I have needed a new oven for a number of years now but hubby just can’t seem to make the budget spread that far, however new computers for everyone is something that happens every year!!!
Let’s not forget the new phones! Hands up those who have husbands and sons that must have the latest in phones!!! My son in 21 this year and not really the sporting type. Whenever he is home you will see him holed up in his room with his two large LCD screens playing online games with other gamers from all over the world. Apart from the fact that his hard drive has green lights and his keyboard lights up, and not to forget his awesome mouse that has lightening all through it that throbs, it’s not really something he will let me take photos off which kind of makes it hard to scrapbook!!!!
Iphone Games by Jodi Dolbel
Supplies: Paper: Create Paper, Jenny Bowlin, Cardstock: Bazzil Basics, Alphabet Stickers: Ardorn It, American Crafts Thickers, Transparency: Hambly Screen Prints, Specialty Ink: Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist, Other: Thread. Tools: Software: Photoshop Elements 9, Actions: Actions by Trevor Dayley, Other: sewing machine.
Design Notes: Make your pages really “pop” by using dimensional tape to have embellishments lift of the page. In real life this layout is probably half an inch thick due to all the dimension. I also used an action to change the look of my photo so it would suit the papers I wanted to use.
Love of Photography By Lori Cameron
Digital Supplies: Element: Smooch Doo Page Kit by Nicole Young and Stamped With Love - Messy Machine Stitching 01 by Meryl Bartho. (Digital Scrapbook Place), Software: PS CS5, Fonts: Segoe Print.
Design Notes: I love the black and white with pops of red of Nicole's kit. The addition of her little camera tag made it the perfect choice for this photo of my son. It was taken in Key West when our cruise ship stopped there for the day.
Journaling: I am so thrilled to be able to share my (heart) of photography with you. While we were in Key West, Dad and Nathan wanted to go back to the ship, but you wanted to explore. You had your new DLSR and wanted to play. I was more than happy to go along with you. I love seeing the world through your camera’s lens. We have many wonderful photos of this trip from you and your camera.
A Man and His Guitar by Alysse McDaniel
Digital Supplies: Kit: Spontaneous Delight by Carrie Stephens, Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0, Font: Princess Regular.
Journaling: A Man and his guitar.