This was a fun layout to make. I found some old papers from Stampin' Up! with apples on them and it sparked the idea to print the pictures taken when we went apple-picking this past Septermber. I somehow managed to wind up with pictures of everyone biting into an apple - even the baby (who was really just sucking on it for the juice)! It was also a good occasion to pull out the Thanks a Bushel stamps to embellish the page with. The images were colored with Prismacolor pencils.
For the title, I pulled out the Suite Sentiments stamp set, which has the word "bite" in it, that I was planning to use as part of my title. I wanted the title to be "Je croque une pomme" in reference to an old song (click the link to hear it on YouTube if you are curious) from my favorite childhood TV show. Then, I hesitated because the whole sentiment from the set could have worked very nicely (something like "Bite into life fully") but in the end, sentimenality won and I stuck with my first idea.I even ended up handwriting the lyrics of the song around the page at the last minute, for a different taken on journaling.
For the last word of the title, I used the Alphanumeric Cutout Lower Thinlits from Tim Holtz by Sizzix. I went back and forth so many times before buying that alphabet. It grabbed my attention a few times online when the upcoming release items were shown. I liked the whimsical look but while the letters with no cutouts are very trendy right now, I was wondering if I would get over this look quickly. Then my local store got it in and I kept looking at it - and putting it back on the shelf. The 25% rebate on my birthday finally did me in, and the fact that this is a very affordable alphabet to begin with. Organizing the letters on a magnetic sheet was a drag at first since there are so many letters, but now that it's done, I think I'm going to appreciate having mutiple of each letters so that I don't have to Big Shot over and over. (Here, 2 Ms in just one pass!) There's also 7 e's in there, which is perfect for French as E is our most used letter. The letters are also a big smaller than I initially thought, which is another plus, as they are easier to fit on various projects. I'm happy with my purchase so far.
Stamps: Thanks a Bushel (Lawn Fawn); Label Love French (Altenew);
Une Date (Date It), Mots coordonnés (Suite Sentiments - Stampin' Up!)
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Raspberry Ripple, Lucky Limeade (Stampin' Up!)
Designer Series Paper: Orchard Harvest
Ink: Island Indigo, Early Espresso, More Mustard, Raspberry Ripple, Tea Dye (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories: Thanks a Bushel Dies, Double Slider Surprise Dies, Twine (Lawn Fawn);
Alphanumeric Cutout Lower Dies (Tim Holtz for Sizzix); Pencils (Prismacolor);
Modern Tag Topper Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sponge Daubers (Stampin' Up!);
Square Nestabilities (Spellbinders); Lace Border Punch (Martha Stewart);
Eyelet (American Crafts); Gems (Little Things from Lucy's Cards)