April Fool's Day-My Triple Threat

Thursday, April 04, 2013

I do love April oh-so-much.  It usually marks the beginning of Spring, the weather getting warmer, and the celebration of the sweet Easter holiday.  For me and the hubby, April also marks our triple threat: my hubby's birthday, our wedding anniversary, and April Fool's Day.  While most people were doting over Easter and all its activities, we were excited for the day after.  This year, unfortunately, both the hubby and I decided to work, which means we celebrated the triple threat with a simple "Happy Birthday, Happy Anniversary" and a quick kiss.  (Luckily though, we will be celebrating our 2 year anniversary by going to a rock show next Wednesday.  Can't wait!)  And, while we don't really partake in April Fool's Day jokes, its a great day to scrap a humorous memory.
Products used: all patterned paper, Polaroid frame, tickets, and 'smile': Neopolitan by Dear Lizzy for American Crafts; alphabet stickers: Thickers by American Crafts (pink and white) and Lily Bee Designs (brown); underwear die cut: Slice by Making Memories (baby cartridge); journaling lines stamp: Unity; banner line (period): Studio G; spray: Tattered Angels; corner rounder: Corner Chomper by We R Memory Keepers.
When Practical Scrappers challenged the design team to create humorous or funny layouts, I knew this one just haaddd to be the one I scrapped.  I've held onto this photo for several years for just "the right" layout, and I believe I've captured it.  That's my younger brother around age 16 or so.  Put both of us together and we are the silliest people on earth.  On this occasion, we were roaming around a department store when he picked up this box of bikini briefs and made a funny face.  It's one of my favorite captures ever.
In creating this layout, I wanted it to be rather girly, but not too much.  So, I dug through my old magazines to find the January/February 2012 issue of Creating Keepsakes, which has an awesome article about using pink to create pages featuring boys or guys.  I also found a pretty awesome sketch from the same magazine that I used to create this sketch.  One of the tips in the article is to use pink in "small touches," which is what I did on this layout.
The woodgrain chevron paper worked perfectly as my background patterned paper, and also worked well with the gray-dotted paper I layered on top.  I adhered some pink grid paper on either side (cut with my new corner rounder!) and added some scalloped borders.  I decided not to cut around the actual scallops because I didn't want it to be toooo girly, so leaving it rectangle-shaped instead I think helped with that.  After my layers were down, I used a pink Tattered Angels spray to add splotches onto the layout.  They are hardly noticeable, but that's what I love about them!  (A tip to add some splotches: unscrew the pump from the bottle, push down the sprayer once on a napkin or scrap paper, and then push down the sprayer over your layout several times.  I push it down on a napkin first so it doesn't leave really dark and wet splotches, but rather small and nice ones).
I created a simple paper border by cutting 1x1 inch squares with my paper trimmer, then rounding them all with the corner rounder.  I haphazardly placed them underneath my layered paper, creating a nice border, with some squares on top and some on the bottom.  I then added some faux stitching with a white pen (it's a little hard to tell in the photo, but its there, I swear!)  I adhered my {matted} photo to the layout, added a few layers around one corner (the green strip, the Polaroid, the tickets), and stamped journaling lines right above.
To create my underwear banner, I cut 1 1/2 inch diapers (and mattes) using my Slice Baby cartridge.  I inked some of them so they would stand out, then adhered them in a banner-type fashion.  I used a '.' (period) from a mini stamp set to create my "lines."  (To do this, simply stamp the period over and over again next to each other.  You may need to reink a few times). 
I added a few strips of paper and stickers to two of the underwear just for a little fanciness.  My titles always come last, and I used several different fonts to create a "funness" to the title (I know that's not a word, but I'm using it).  I have to give a special shoutout to my friend Heather (ScrapHappyLady) who gave me some inspiration for the title.  There ya have it!
I hope this layout made you smile.  Wait until my brother sees it!  Off to share it with him now.
Kelster Jean
PS: Looking for some more laughs?  Check out more humorous/funny projects on the Practical Scrappers blog here.

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