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2012 MMDT June Challenge #1


2012 MMDT May Challenge #1-Photo Challenge-Elements of You




I knew that Andrew would be less than thrilled at the idea of having his portrait taken, and like being the focus of a layout even less.  However, as I considered 'elements' I found myself comparing things to him. Most of the words I was coming up with also coincided with our character qualities from our home education curriculum, and qualities I see in him, so I began to revise my initial approach to the challenge.


Photo shoots with Andrew can be as difficult as pulling teeth. Getting him to smile was harder.

If looks could kill is the only way I can describe some. Many are nearly identical; the unvoiced question seemed to be “are we done yet?”  So I included a strip along the bottom of both pages that are a series of continual shots that get him in all phases…including a few goofy shots. I do think a few of the best reflect the contemplative young man he is and his more serious side. I included a couple less formal photos featuring his trademark looks including T-shirts like his “elements” shirt, and his Hawaiian shirts (and in cooler weather it would be flannel shirts),  the baseball cap remained in the sidelines.  


In lieu of senior photos that I never intended on taking, this will be a presentation of my youngest son and go into his scrapbook. I introduce to you…my Andrew.


I’ve used dictionary definitions, character definitions and the photos of items that in some way relate to Andrew and the character quality, a few that I see demonstrated in him. I had planned to hide the character definitions in the Mosaic Moments Pockets, but decided to feature them with a splash of color and forego the pockets. The patterned papers are Doodlebug Design’s Boy’s Only Collection. Aqua Mosaic Moments Paper Tiles, orange and lime crush cardstocks for mats, orange brads, and 2012 striplet block from Mosaic Moments are my embellishments. I used Avery labels to put my definitions on and just trimmed to fit the space. I also used Avery business cards for the character definitions, just trimmed to size. This was so much easier because the template was already formatted. I also used a steel gray Zig Writer for the Title. I have used a Robin’s Egg Mosaic Moments Grid paper (this was part of a combination set with Cocoa and White papers).


I put the Title, 'Elements of You' in phonetic spelling along with definition.

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Love the color combo and papers used on this project...but mostly I just love that boy (grumpy and all)! ;)
Posted By: Hannah Fisher  |  June 22, 2012 at 7:06 pm   
Love it...the title, strip of pics at the bottom, the journaling blocks! He also sounds like a son to be proud of!
Posted By: Julie Oconnor  |  June 20, 2012 at 11:42 pm   
I love everything about your layout! The creative title, the expressive photos of your son, the combination of colors, the elements and their matching pictures, the small photos on the bottom border and, especially, your loving and sincere journaling! Great job!!
Posted By: Beth Glass  |  June 12, 2012 at 4:34 pm   
Once again your creativity amazes me! I love it all and think it was worth all the hassle (he will too someday). Great job!
Posted By: Linda Holmes  |  June 12, 2012 at 5:11 am   
Love everything about this!
Posted By: Tami Potter  |  June 11, 2012 at 10:50 pm   
Just as an FYI if you haven't seen them before, search under the title Fall Photo Shoot and you'll see what my clowns do on a regular basis for photos. thought it might be easier this past year with only four of them, but nooooo...being digital rather than film has helped alot!
Posted By: Andrea Fisher  |  June 11, 2012 at 10:45 pm   
Thanks all...Nancy, that Bacon shirt is what had me started being enthused about "elements" until I went to a periodic table and realized I couldn't pronounce most of them, much less have any idea of any beyond H2O...sad, huh? And those itty bitty ones were one way of including the goofy guy side amidst the "I can't be bothered" ones. He really hates to smile for a photo at any time, getting him to crack a bit was the challenge for me!
Posted By: Andrea Fisher  |  June 11, 2012 at 10:40 pm   
What a great job (as usual!) Those stony-faced pictures remind me of my step-son - he always tries to look "tough." I love that Bacon t-shirt (speaking of elements!) Great combination of journaling, photos, and those itty-bitty ones at the bottom are great!
Posted By: Nancy Sanders  |  June 11, 2012 at 10:23 pm   
My "problem" that I never want to journal on mosaic pages because it takes away from what I love about mosaics - the pictures. You have really packed a LOT of journaling into this layout! My favorite element of this layout is the row of small pictures progressing across the bottom of the page.
Posted By: Deborah White  |  June 11, 2012 at 2:32 pm   
What a lovely tribute to your son. There are so many wonderful details. I really like the small thumbnail prints along the bottom of the page. And I can just imagine him saying "Mom, are you done yet?"
Posted By: Sarah Lewis  |  June 11, 2012 at 5:17 am   

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