Friday, April 15, 2011

The tale of 2 sisters & the Easter ketchup...

This is how ketchup came to be a Crossley Easter tradition:)

Since my daughter Danielle was born my girls have been inseparable! Brittany was over 3 years old when Danielle was born and she really thought that she was the mother:)

She practically raised Danielle. Brittany taught her how to ride a bike, tie her shoes, fix her hair, swim, dance.....

Danielle never bucked the system-she was happy to be the baby, or the dog, or the student while they played because she was a mild little soul with infinite patience:)

 I watched with joy as they became best friends!

They usually got along...
but there is a difference between
  usually and always!

A few days before Easter 2007 was one of 
those "usually" days.

We had a dinner that required ketchup. Now I do not say the word required lightly--we love ketchup and are a bit snobby about the name brand:) This was one of the very few times that we were EVER out of ketchup. The girls searched the whole kitchen and 
one found a lonely packet of Sonic ketchup which she did NOT share. We actually had shouting at the table...gasp!
Sometime later the guilty party apologized and peace was restored!
Easter came... 
we had a fun photo shoot and 
then I had a great time creating these layouts!

My children look forward to their Easter baskets every year. 
I admit to going a bit overboard with new sunglasses, flip flops, swimsuits, and a copious amount of chocolate-by the way we are chocolate snobs too:)
Well... in light of the ketchup skirmish, I decided to forego some of the normal Easter treats and put ketchup in their baskets! A new Easter tradition was born... and to my knowledge we have not had any more family fights over ketchup!

This is one of my favorite Easter layouts! 
True to my "One event/One Design" scrapbooking,
I created a fun paper ribbon style layout design.
I chose white cardstock, and various patterned papers that matched my pictures ( I always match my pictures!) The paper was cut into strips from 1/4 to 1 inch wide. I laid out the strips, hand cut "ribbon" ends. and then ran the strips through the xyron machine. 
A paper border was placed on top of the paper ribbons about 1 inch from the bottom of the cardstock.
Painted chipboard is one of my signature scrapbooking embellishments. There is magic in using 3 closely related colors. 
I use one brush and randomly dab the paint on the chipboard-blending very slightly. Chipboard soaks up paint so be very generous with your paint which also adds  a bit of texture. 
Don't forget the edges.
 I crumpled die-cut flowers and added a punched flower and paper rose in the middle. I looked in my Easter scrapbooking file and found paper embellishments. I always back paper embellishments with cardstock which allows for pop dots to add dimension.

Happy Easter!
...and don't forget the ketchup!

1 comment:

  1. Heinz, Hellman's, and Campbells. I'm a name brand snob TOO! Cute post!