Gum Fun

I am more and more drawn to scrapping about everyday stories.  I’m behind the times…I know.  🙂  I’ve almost decided to just use photo collages for event scrapping and save my creative time for layouts like this!

This story has been on my mind for awhile and I knew it had to be scrapped.  My son only recently got to try gum for the first time.  For the last couple of years every time someone else had gum he would say, “No gum for Tea-ton” (his version of his name at the time)  He would say it so longingly.  Absolutely adorable.  And now that he has actually tried gum I knew it was time to scrap the story!

My layout inspiration came from this one by Brenda.  I pinned it on Pinterest recently as a heritage idea.  But the layout design seemed perfect for this story too.  (if you haven’t heard of Pinterest it is my favorite place to play online!)  This layout is done in 8.5×11 and I wanted to make mine 12×12.  So I stretched the sizes a bit to make it fit.  Otherwise the layout is the same.  I did sketch it first so I could be sure on dimensions before I started cutting, but that’s just cause I’m picky that way!  🙂

When you think of gum often shades of pink come to mind.  Since this is about my son I didn’t want to do that.  Instead I used these shades of blue yellow and green.  I think it still gives it a gum flavor (tee-hee).

This is a photo from my son’s birthday party.  The actual first time he tried gum.  However this part of the story is more about his hesitancy to try new things.  Which absolutely applies to the gum story but it gives a broader picture to his personality.

 My color palette came from the cute striped pattern paper.  Makes it so easy to pull other papers when you have an inspiration piece!  To make the title I downloaded a free font called Bubblegum from dafont.com.  In PSE8 I typed my title and clipped some digital paper called Pretty Pattern from Creativity by Crystal.  It’s hard to see the pattern in this pic but if you click on the photo and enlarge it you can see it better.

Originally I was going to put some kind of gum SVG here.  I couldn’t find one I liked and then I remembered the gum wrapper bracelets I made as a kid.  I thought I could make a flower out of that.  Trouble was I couldn’t really remember how to make them.  So I did a search and pieced together the directions.  And this is my final result!  I like how different and fun it is!  Not to mention the fact that it is made from recycled materials!  Trash to treasure here I come!  🙂  I’ll post a gum wrapper flower tutorial tomorrow!

I chose to use black and white photos because I had a specific color palette I wanted to work with.  Since these pics were taken on 3 different days none of the colors coordinated at all.  So black and white they became.  This page has 4×6 pics and the left page has a 5×7.  As I already said my main photo was from his actual first time trying gum.  The second photo was not taken with this story in mind at all but it goes along.  However, only my family will see the connection because my son’s phrase “No gum for Keaton” was typically said while we were in the car.  I don’t say that in the story but WE would know why that photo was chosen.  The third pic was staged because my son’s reaction to gum now is so predictable.  In fact I said, can you come take a picture for me, held out a piece of gum and he automatically started shaking his hands just like this.  So funny!

The inspiration layout had these little strips of paper across the top.  I thought they were a great way to use scraps (which is very Earth friendly too)!  It wasn’t until after I put them on the page that I realized they looked like strips of gum.  I love it when I stumble on perfection!  🙂

I had this little bit of wrapper chain left over and decided to use it to embellish the right side.  By itself it wasn’t substantial enough so I added some patterned and white paper as a mat.  Which was also a nice way to bring a bit more yellow onto this page.

I love when a story comes full circle.  My son, who has been longing for gum for so long, has now decided he wants nothing to do with gum.  To highlight a few key parts in the journaling I like to give the words their own line, increase the font, bold or change the color of the text.  Or do all of the above as I did here!  🙂

What funny stories have you scrapped lately?

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5 Comments

  1. Tracy
    Posted April 21, 2011 at 10:55 pm | Permalink

    Gosh I remember making those wrapper chains in school. Very cute idea! Thanks so much for sharing your project with us this week at Papercraft Star!

  2. C Stephens
    Posted April 22, 2011 at 8:30 am | Permalink

    What a wonderful story and layout! Your recycling of the gun wrappers is perfect. I am so glad you joined the Papercraft Challenge this week!

  3. Dr Sonia S V
    Posted April 23, 2011 at 7:57 am | Permalink

    Lovely flower. What a creative way to use the gum wrapping. I am really impressed
    Sonia
    http://cardsandschoolprojects.blogspot.com

  4. Dr Sonia S V
    Posted July 18, 2011 at 9:08 am | Permalink

    Lovely flower. What a creative way to use the gum wrapping. I am really impressed
    Sonia
    http://cardsandschoolprojects.blogspot.com

  5. C Stephens
    Posted July 18, 2011 at 9:08 am | Permalink

    What a wonderful story and layout! Your recycling of the gun wrappers is perfect. I am so glad you joined the Papercraft Challenge this week!

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