Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Boy Themed LO Using A Beautiful Life

I fell in love with the Echo Park A Beautiful Life line when I first saw it. I knew I could use it to make LOs of my childhood, but could I use it for a boy themed LO? That was the question, so it became my self imposed challenge. I'm big on using the "B" sides of papers, as well as the side that's the main focus for marketing. This line gave me great options and here is one that I came up with. I must say, I think it turned out pretty well! My theme was "You Make My Heart Sing" and the music sheet paper was ideal for this project, as was the paper with numbers, since it was all about Ethan's birth date. You might see a few items in this project not currently in the store. They might be found in the Big Pink Birds vault, which is now being sold in Flamingo Scraps Warehouse Box sale! Check them out because you can't go wrong and it's and AWESOME value! You have a choice of an embellies box or a paper box. Of course, you COULD get one of each and make it even more fun.


 The LO features my seven year old grandson Gabriel, and our newest addition, Ethan (his cousin, my grandson, and son of my son), Steve, and my beautiful DIL Julie.

The trim is a Flamingo Scraps oldie but goldie from my stash. The buckles are from Tim Holtz and can be special ordered by contacting Suzanne ( ). I dyed it with coffee overnight and love the results. I used lettering from the Beautiful Life collection as well as the banner over the picture, lettering on it ,and the tag for "first meeting." Since I couldn't put my hands on an extra photo of Gabriel and my son as newborns, I put Ethan's photo in the middle of the Fab Scraps three frame CB piece,and left spaces for the other two photos. I used a combination of TH paints and Prima chalk inks to color it. My favorite piece on this, other than my adorable grandsons, is the Maya Road Tart Tin Heart that I covered in tulle, trims and laces from the Flamingo Scraps vault, and the key is also from Flamingo Scraps

 I KNEW I could use the wooden "box" that the Prima wood veneers came in! Being a true scrapper, I didn't dare toss it out, proving my point that, "it ain't trash, it's stash!" I thought the Prima ruler would be ideal for posting the birth weight and length. Again the banners are from the "A Beautiful Life" collection and lettering inside the box were made with my Cricut. I used a bit of bling on the camera as the lens because, well, I could! LOL! Gotta get a little bling in there! The letters for SING are TH grunge that I painted with TH paints, then "smudged" them to make the look a bit more manly, if you will. I had to use Websters Pages Bloomers for the top of the photo matting as well as the coffee dyed  Prima Alencon Lace 2 for a little bit of girlie, for Julie. That's my story and I'm sticking to it, for girlie!

Be sure to check in for our F4 (Flamingo 4) where four of our DT gals showcase their projects using the same products with their special flair. F4 is featured the fourth Friday of each month, and don't forget Tonya Time! Our Ustream tutorial brought to you by Tonya Gibbs using great FS products every first Monday of the month.

Have A Great Day !


Echo Park A Beautiful Life
Prima Wood Icons Sampler
Prima Wood Icons in a Box - Typewriters & Clocks
Maya Road Trinket Pins - Hearts
A Beautiful Life
Websters Pages Bloomer
Prima Alencon Lace 2
Wood box from Prima wood Sampler
Tim Holtz Paints
Prima Chalk Inks


  1. How precious! Love your layout pages. The Echo Park was the perfect choice for your Two Little Men. Beautiful family.


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