Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Summer Means...Transition and Change!

I don't know whether it's the same in other places, but where I live summer is always a time for changes.  Minnesotans rush to get big projects done during this one snow-free season.  If people are going to move to a new home, it often happens in the summer.  Construction and renovation projects also happen in the summer.  

Sometimes changes can be serious, but other times they are more light-hearted.  The layout below, entitled "Bye-Bye, Fry Guy," highlights an example of the latter type of change.  In this case, a fast food restaurant in my old neighborhood converted from an outdoor playland with metal play equipment, to an indoor playland with new, plastic play equipment.  Scott and I did not have children at that time, so we were unfamiliar with this playland...but we soon made the acquaintance of a certain character from the old playland, who was being discarded.

Supplies: lacy and scalloped patterned papers by October Afternoon; all other patterned papers by Bella Blvd; rub-ons and button by October Afternoon; yellow alphabet stickers by Bella Blvd; all other stickers by Crate; faux brads by Craftworks Cards; thread by DMC; pen by Zig.

In keeping with the mirthful, informal theme of the layout, I wrote my journaling in the "white space" of one of my photos.


The journaling reads: "Our first apartment was next to a McDonalds.  When its playland was renovated, some teenagers from our building "liberated" this old Fry Guy.  He lived in our parking lot for awhile.  Seeing him always made me smile!"  :)


Aside from the background paper, all the papers that I used on this layout are scraps left over from other projects.  It's always nice to reduce the scrap pile a bit.  I trimmed fringe along the edge of one striped scrap of paper, then curled the fringe under, creating a dimensional border beneath one of my photos.  I think the fringe looks a bit like a Fry Guy's shaggy fur.  :)

Thanks for stopping by my blog today to check out my goofy Fry Guy layout.  I hope that it brought a smile to your face. 

14 comments:

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

I love the way you use leftovers and scraps to make "lovelies" to look at!

Fiery Sunrise

Carol L said...

What a fun story and layout! I love how you represented the "fries." Very creative :)

Lisa Rukin Swift said...

Great cutwork and use of the scraps to make the fringe on your page.

Lynette said...

So cute...love this lighthearted layout.

Marília Lopes said...

Beautiful Denise! Very colorful and cheerful

June Houck said...

Denise, I love that you captured this memory in a LO. I remember that fry guy from my childhood days at a local McDonald's...I had nearly forgotten. Thanks for the smile and walk down memory lane :)

Lean said...

Love this so creative cool page.
byebye,Lean

Angi said...

This Fry Guy page is sooo super fun. Love the journaling too.

ANUPAMA CHOUDARY said...

Love the scraps, Denise. What a cool story to document! When I visited the mid-west sometime in the 90s, I was told that there were two seasons there - Winter and Construction season !!!

Jeanne said...

It's so interesting what one can do with leftovers and scraps. I always hate to throw away anything! Nicely done!

Patricia Roebuck said...

Great layout and love the story behind it!

Helen Tilbury said...

Oh yes indeed it sure brought a smile! Love the fringe too!!

Svetlana Austin said...

such a fun and interesting LO, Denise! I love that you always have something interesting to share that goes together with your project. i especially like those curled paper trims - looks very cute :-)))

jeanie g said...

Love the page you created around this fun guy and the interesting story behind it. You really are the queen of scraps. xx