It's The 70's and Bloggers Appreciation Giveaway

I had so much fun playing with today's layout.  Different techniques and one I had not seen before.  What fun!  Before I get started with "What I Learned" I'd like to say "thank you" for coming to Debby's Dare and leaving comments of encouragement.  I love the comments that lend itself for you to share.  The Bloggers Appreciation giveaway is your choice of the complete line of Graphic 45's Steampunk Debutant OR My Minds Eye Alphabet Soup, a good mix of both girl and boy lines with brads and playing cards.  This is two very different styles and I would love to know a bit about your style.  Leave a comment about which line of paper you would chose if you were the winner AND bring at least one friend to check out Debby's Dare.  Your post would be something like "I would pick Graphic 45's Steampunk Debutant.  I invited my Facebook friends to check out Debby's Dare."  I would love to know why you like a particular style.  I'll post a winner on Friday using  Thanks Bloggers! (the giveaway is open to United States, Canada, and Australia.  I'm sorry but the postage is a bit too much for other countries.)

My wonderful daughter gave me an ipad for my Mother's Day present!  It wasn't on the list but "Wow!" I never would have thought to ask.  I'm hooked.  Now I have more opportunities to search the Internet and check out blogs for new-to-me techniques.  Through Two Peas in a Bucket I found Tonya's blog "creativi t."  She has a cool demo video on how to make the flowers on my layout.

As part of my journey I decided to plow into the photos from the 70's.  It was the time of poor quality photographs, greens and browns, funky clothes, shag carpet, and Farah Faucet hair.  As far as scrapbooking the 70's it has been difficult for me.  So I decided to tackle the photos from the 70's.

The Story
The photos of my daughter and her mom and dad!  She was just learning to sit up and with help stand.  I'm so reminded of my granddaugther that I just had to make a layout of these photos.

The Layout
What I Learned
  • Offset the dark colors with brighter colors. It doesn't seem so dark when I added color to the layout.
  • I loved adding an epoxy embellishment and photo to the buttons.
  • Of course the whole flower thing.  It was plastic from packaging, cut with Tim Holtz's Alteration.  Painted one side, dry very well.  Emboss the flower with your favorite embossing folder and sand.  It you emboss or de-emboss when you sand it you get a fabulous look!  For a full demonstration at creativi t.
  • I thought it was fun to stamp on the dictionary print.
  • Adding three area of embellishments created my triangle for a better focus on my photos.
  • I was able to use some of the old brads to help make the page pop.
  • I also used a cardstock word from My Minds Eye from a couple of years ago.  A LSS went out of business and I bought all I could of the paper and matching word titles.  I never really used them until now. 
I have another 70's layout for Friday.  In the mean time have some fun with the Bloggers Appreciation Giveaway.

Gratitude List
1.  watching my children learn
2.  celebrating life
3.  remembering the children's early childhood
4.  Adam and Vanessa
5.  looking around to realize God's grace and mercy towards me


  1. Scrapping old pictures is so difficult. Your layout looks beautiful. Thank you for the wonderful opportunity to win from 2 great lines. If I were a winner I would love to win minds eye alphabet soup. Been eying that one for pretty long!! Every time it comes on scrapbooksteals;) it would go perfectly with anurag's pictures!! I love the pictures on your layout. What wonderful memories.

  2. Gorgeous project Debby.. I love the Steampunk line it is so versatile for my needs I would use it to alter a few more projects in mind that I have.. I emailed a few friends to come check out your blog. As far as my style goes it's a little of this and a little of that it's whatever strikes my fancy at the time :)

    Janie Boots

  3. I have been scrapping old pictures for a month now. Your layouts are so wonderful! I would love the steampunk like if I win. Just love the look of it.

  4. I shared with my Fiskateer friends on message board!

  5. love how your page came out~the flowers remind me of the 70's (we share that) they came out nice. The paper is perfect for this also. fantastic work as always!!!

  6. Love your color choices - they enhance your photos perfectly -
    what a beautiful layout! :o)

  7. Love your project! I would pick Graphic 45's Steampunk Debutant, I could use this on some altering projects. I am letting some of my friends know to check out your blog!

  8. I love that you are scrapping some 70's photos because I grew up in that era. I have invited my daughter to check out your blog. I LOVE, love the Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutant. Believe it or not I didn't know what Steampunk meant up until about 2 months ago!!! I would love to alter a few items that are waiting for "just the right" paper line and this is it. I also would make a few cards - I love making cards! Have a wonderful Mother's Day Deb and it will be your first as a grandMother too!

  9. Gorgeous layout! I love MME Alphabet Soup.

    Vicky H. Sent me :)

  10. I LOVE the colours on this layout- great work, Debby.

    I love Graphic 45- steampunk debutant...oh the wonderful things I could do. I have told my Ma and sister to check you out. Have a great day-

  11. Debby, your layout is gorgeous! I love those flowers :) and thanks so much for the wonderful "What I Learned" tips, they really help me! I have yet to scrap old pics but now I want to try :)

  12. OMGosh!! That layout is fabulous! I love the bright colors with the darker pics, it really does brighten it up! Thank you so much for that amazing technique with the flowers! I can't wait to go try it! If I won, I would definately choose the Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante line. I love all the grungy goodness of it! I am going to share your blog on mine! Thanks again for all the great techniques!

  13. Anonymous3:01 PM

    If i was a winner i would pick the steampunk debutante line.
    Joan fiskateer #808

  14. You did a great job with these older photos. I love the flowers and the printing on the dictionary page.
    I have emailed a friend Lisa A from Dreaming of Creativity to take a look at your blog. I would love the Minds Eye alphabet soup!

  15. You did a wonderful Layout. I love the flowers. I would pick Graphic 45's Steampunk Debutant. I love Tim Holtz type "art" and right now I am trying to collect some things to make an altered album so this would fit right in there.
    I am going to post this on my blog to invite my followers to come.

  16. Debby, your layout is so lovely! I love your style.

    I would choose My Mind's Eye Alphabet Soup. I love the colors and everything about calls to the way I scrapbook!

  17. I just invited all of my followers on twitter to visit your blog with the link that you posted. Thank you so much for the chance to win these awesome goodies!

  18. I'd love the Steampunk. It's sort of new for me but love the old time images and embellishments. I did a few cards but am ready to do more.

  19. I would pick Graphic 45's Steampunk Debutant because I love that vintagey look. I've invited several friends to come and check out your blog. I love watching the demos you post at times. I just love watching SOMEONE else do the pretty work....I can't seem to get motivated to do anything this year. HELP!!!! That's why I need to win something! LOL


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