You are creating your own autobiography. This is the best story out there; it is your story. You have created many pages about your children, family, pets, vacations, and holidays. Now you can focus on you. The first challenge is to create a layout that will be the title page to your "My Lifetime Story Album." Since this is your autobiography you will want to make a special title page for your album. What do you want to name your own autobiography? This can be a photo collage page, or whatever you wish it to be.
Here is the title page that I created. (Click on the photo for a larger view.)
I decided to "go vintage" since that is what I love most. I used a sheet of black cardstock for my background, then added a sheet of Jenni Bowlin dotted paper. The number strip at the bottom was made by stamping Close to My Heart number stamps onto kraft paper. Then, I cut some black cardstock with a Fiskars scallop border punch to mat the numbers. I also matted my photo on red cardstock to make it pop. (The photo is of me at Christmas 1966. I am almost 2 years old, and I am riding the horse (Silver) that I got for Christmas that year. I will tell this story later in the album, when we get to the "My Childhood" section.)
I created the title on the computer (CK Ali Edwards and Pharmacy fonts) and printed it on white paper. I used Tim Holtz ink to distress the paper. Then, I dipped a pencil eraser into black ink and stamped polka dots on the title. I cut the title out with Nestie dies, and added a scallop oval behind it.
This collage at the bottom is just my thing! I stamped the bingo card with black ink and distressed it. I am not sure who makes this image...I got it at the Carson, CA Stamp Expo but forgot which booth. At any rate, my birth year is on the card...1965! So I circled the numbers with a red glitter pen. I cut a ticket with a Sizzix die and stamped the bar code in black ink (SU stamp). The flower is made from pages of an old book. I cut circles with Nestie dies, then grunged them up and stacked them with a yummy red button and some floss. I added the mulberry flowers for that "girly" touch. The red flower started as white, but I "colorized" it with some of my "Gloria glitter mist."
I hope you will join me in this year-long, 52-layout challenge! I can't wait to show you what I make each week. And...you get to see at least 52 scrapbook pages from me this year!
ETA: I am entering this layout in the Practical Scrappers challenge also. They asked for buttons.