Sunday, May 23, 2010

Pretty in Pink

Every year while I was growing up my grandmother and/or great-aunt would make my sister & I matching outfits for pictures. As a result, I have a stack of photos of my little sister and I in outfits ranging from adorable to quite hideous (and I leave it to you to decide which end of the spectrum these land in). I am slowly starting to scrapbook the pictures and I'm really trying to do them justice.

I was 6 (& my sister 2 or 3) in this picture but I still remember loving this poncho - I would play with the pom pom constantly.  This picture was quite a challenge to scrapbook though because the photo itself is quite damaged. Aside from the scratches and dust, there is also quite a bit of discolouration on my sister's face (she's the one with the weird green blotch across her eye). I cleaned up the picture as much as I could using Photoshop but I just couldn't get rid of the green until I converted the picture to black & white. Unfortunately, that also meant that the wonderful pink of these hand-made ponchos was lost. In the end I added the colour back to the ponchos while leaving the rest of the picture black & white. I'm quite pleased with the result.

I started this page with a raspberry Bazzil cardstock, then overlaid a white eyelet cut-out paper to mirror the crochet pattern of the ponchos. I then triple-matted the photo with subtle patterned paper. The sentiment was designed using SCAL and then cut on the Cricut. I added some gems to the "i" for a bit of shine. The flower was made from a disassembled cardstock flower (the first layer was the wrong colour so I replaced it with one I made using a spellbinders die). I also added gems to the cardstock sticker borders to add shine.

  • Bazzil cardstock
  • Making Memories white diecut eyelet paper
  • Basic Grey patterned papers & cardstock border stickers, "Bittersweet" collection
  • Cricut (to cut out sentiment)
  • Gems (stash)
  • Spellbinders nestabilities
  • K & Company chipboard flower & hearts



  1. Hi Shelly

    Oh my, a blast from the past indeed!! I remember having an orange, white and brown pncho and I LOVED it hehe! Great picture and gorgeous layout!

    Thanks for joining us as Incy Wincy.

    Sarah x

  2. Hi Shelley, what a precious memory you have captured here! I am sure many of us have these kind of photos - a lot of us are not 'brave' enough to scrapbook them! LOL! I love the coloured poncho with the B&W - it works perfectly here - great use of the sketch too! I am loving this! Thanks for playing along with us this week and joining in the fun - we have more instore for you next week - would love to see you then! {{{hugs}}}
    Linda MMSC Design Team

  3. Hi Shelly!
    How cute were the two of you in those fantastic phoncos? What a great memory.
    I think the picture came out perfect when you made it b/w and get the colors on the phonchos.
    Great take on the MM sketc. This came out beautiful!

    Thanks for joining in on our BBQ-party. We sure hope to see you on the red carpet next week ;o).


  4. OMG this is the cutest thing ever..Your story is so cute too..LOVE the Thanks for sharing. Thank you for being a part of these challenges and for helping celebrate our one year anniversary. This week will be an exciting player participation week, so please check back tomorrow for that. You do not want to miss out on that. As always thanks for playing the Midnight Madness sketch challenge.
    MMSC Hostess