Here is a scrapbook layout featuring Sammy and his smile!
I have been wanting to do a layout to focus on Sammy's smile - how engaging it is and what a charmer he can be! Then I found I was able to use the just-the-face images in Picasa's facial recognition to find all the perfect photos. It was great because Picasa makes a thumbnail of the face for you to confirm the facial recognition and by selecting those thumbnails and using the collage feature I could print a bunch of small images without having to find, crop and collage the images myself. It made it soooo much faster!
This beautiful color combination and a lot of the embellishments came from Cheryl's great Scrapbook Class, where I always learn something cool! Here (on the right) is the design we made in class. It is designed to have several large photos in a grid pattern but since I had just done some grids and I had a bunch of teeny photos, I had to mix it up. Which was ok because I like to mix it up anyway! :)
The original title was "Key to my Heart" but I really wanted the "Smile" aspect so I added some elements from a very old embellishment pack with a matching stamp, epoxy sticker, and chipboard piece. The journaling is a little letter to Sammy that I wrote and then cut into strips to match the strip-y page design. I also added some extra hearts to fit the wind-blown design and inserted one extra color (I can't seem to help myself, I almost always find myself adding one extra color after the page is almost done!), the bright pinky-orange (Calypso Coral by Stampin' Up).
And you notice that I couldn't resist the counter-example photos - three little frowny faces by Sammy in the bottom right of the layout. Those are "so Sammy" too!!