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Friday, April 17, 2015

Scrapbook Layout, Water Color Memories Ken Oliver Crafts

Yesterday, I got to hang out with my niece to celebrate her birthday...it's something I do with the kids in our family on their birthdays.  We usually go to Starbucks...

...go to the mall for some birthday shopping, then go out to eat.  It's my mission in life to get all my nieces and nephews to try new foods.  I've made them eat calamari, lamb, hummus, bison, tabbouleh...I tell them that being an "adventurous eater" is one of the great joys in life.

And usually, if the weather is nice, we go for a walk by the river, it's right at my front door, so it's kind of a given that we'll spend some time by the river.

Last night, we had so much fun that I wanted to make one more little gift for my niece so she can remember the fun we had.  And it wasn't so much that we'd gone shopping and went crazy in Hollister, but more that we took a few minutes and just lived in the moment. 

The best part of the night, was sitting by the river and skipping rocks across the surface of the water...

This scrapbook layout isn't one that is overly complicated or fussy to make, it's simple and and tells our story with images.  To be sure, I am inspired by photo collage images that I see on instagram and social media every day...and I thought it was fitting to piece together a collage layout like this since my niece loves instagram.

I tried something a little different with the "journaling" pieces that I think you might like.  I used Color Burst.

I simply sprinkled a few grains of Color Burst powder on my craft mat and spritzed with water. 

Then, edged pieces of torn card stock to create a nice "watercolor" edge.

 the effect looks very "handmade",  very simple and it's easy to achieve. It looks almost like handmade washi tape.

We had a really fun time skipping rocks at the river and created an awesome memory for her birthday...and I can't wait to give this to her.  I am sure she will love it.

I used Water Color Memories 12x12 Paper and Color Burst Ultramarine Blue  for this simple collage layout. 

In making this layout, I realized that our time together isn't about all the presents and celebrations, but more about just enjoying the...simple times.

We sat by the river and skipped rocks til the sun went down... 


  1. This is such a great and creative layout, thanks so much for sharing your day with us and your niece!

  2. I bet your niece will cherish this forever! I wouldn't be surprised if she likes this better than whatever you bought her at the mall! I try to make memories like this with my grandchildren so they can always have the memory of me when I am gone.

  3. What an experience, thanks for sharing the page, technique and adventure. It's the simple things that make a great impression.

  4. I found you via Carolyn Dube's blog...so glad I did!! Your niece is going to love this. It's wonderful.

  5. Wow!!! I was just intoduced to your Color Burst powders yesterday and I can see so many ways I can utilize them. I am a stamper, water colorist, pen & ink and belong to a ladies painting group so I will tell them about the powders. We have been experimenting with the Elegant Writer calligraphy pens and I can see using those with your powders!!!! What fun to look forward to.