Vintage Button Basics

This month's challenge over at Papertrey Ink is to use their new Vintage Buttons on a project.

Yes, it is a scrapbook page…. even though there are no photos. Sometimes you just have words and no photos and that's ok! They said to use buttons, and yep, I used buttons… a lot of them in fact! I have seen this idea done before and have always wanted to do something like this… so this is my take on the button tree. I cut a trunk from the Bitty Dot Basics paper and then used my white poster paint pen to freehand the tree shape onto the cardstock. Then I grabbed a bunch of green buttons and started adhering them all over! It was pretty random – just placed them wherever they seemed to fit! The best way that I have found to adhere buttons is glue dots. There are quite a few brands out there and they all work great! I know that a lot of people like to hand stitch their buttons down but I just don't have the patience (or the time for that matter)! 🙂
Then I used some Papertrey stamps to create a place for my journaling to go. I used the "fresh snow" ink and embossed with white powder to make it pop more. I added the title and a hand drawn border around the edge and I finished it off with a few embellishments. Pretty simple actually! And it was a lot of fun!

As a sidenote: The idea came from the fact that my grandparents had a huge tree in the middle of their backyard. I remember running around out there for hours on end playing under that tree. Since I have been married, we have lived in new homes and we haven't stayed in any of them long enough to see the trees get very big… so I dream of someday having a big tree like this. 

The journaling reads: Someday… 
We will have a big shade tree to sit under with the kids. 
reading, laughing and being together! 
and I will be in Heaven!
Papertrey Ink Stamp Sets: Mega Mixed Messages, Background Basics: Retro, Beyond Basic Borders
Papertrey Ink Ink: Fresh Snow, Dark Chocolate
Papertrey Ink Cardstock: Aqua Mist
Papertrey Ink Patterned Paper: Bitty Dot Basics
Papertrey Ink Ribbon: Dark Chocolate, Hibiscus Burst
Papertrey Ink: Vintage Buttons
Making Memories: Brads
Basic Grey: Chipboard Bird
American Crafts: Letter Stickers
Jenni Bowlin Designs: Butterfly
7gypsies: Flowers
Zig Writer: Pen
Sharpie: Poster Paint Pen
Fiskars: Border Punch

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  • Tina Cockburn
    March 31, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    Maggie! This is unbelievably adorable. I just might need to have some of those buttons. Love the birdie, too.

  • Cathy
    April 1, 2009 at 4:49 am

    love the ‘someday’ text on the side of the trunk. really nicely done.
    If you have a taste for vintage, you might fancy a post I just wrote ( Would love to read your comments.

  • Kari D
    April 1, 2009 at 5:05 am

    LOVE this layout, Maggie. Especially enjoy the sentiment. Reminds me of my Mom’s house….we used to have SO MANY maple trees to play under before big wind storms damaged them and they had to be taken down. AND you are right, sitting underneath them, close to family and friends is HEAVEN. Good luck finding your shade tree!

  • Ashley Newell
    April 1, 2009 at 5:22 am

    Love it! It’s like a HUGE card! 🙂 You have been a great guest designer for PTI and offered much inspiration to me! Thanks so much!

  • Michelle Wooderson
    April 1, 2009 at 5:53 am

    Maggie, your page is absolutely adorable! Your style is so fun and fresh and fantastic! I’m so glad you were a guest designer for Papertrey! I’m keeping you on my blog list as I’ve loved your work for quite a long time! Michelle Wooderson

  • Amber Zimmerman
    April 1, 2009 at 7:57 am

    I LOVE this page! The journaling bits are so cute! =)

  • Sarah
    April 1, 2009 at 8:02 am

    I couldn’t agree more with what you said! I LOVE this page! I’d be so afraid to use all of those buttons! Very pretty!

  • rubberbandgirl
    April 1, 2009 at 9:07 am

    This is SO cute!

  • lauravegas
    April 1, 2009 at 10:47 am

    this is a seriously cute layout maggie! i love doing layouts with no photos … and this is perfect just like it is. love the button tree … i could see something like this framed on the wall!

  • Char
    April 1, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    So cute!! I love it!! I’ve been trying to get button’s from them for awhile now……they are out!!!

  • Shawnna Samples
    April 1, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    This is SOOOO Cute

  • Carol
    April 1, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    I love your project. I tend to horde my buttons but you have shown me how I can still keep them with this scrapbook page.

  • Heather Curoe
    April 1, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    I love the no pictures layout. It has been a blast to see your take on Papertrey. You have such a great style that inspires me to stretch a little. I love it. Great job! Blessings!

  • chriss blagrave
    April 1, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Beautiful page! Love the sentiment especially. Thanks for sharing this with us!

  • Eveline van Heijst
    April 2, 2009 at 3:50 am

    I know what you mean about the big tree, my parents had a huge birch tree in the garden and in the summer we always moved all our garden furniture so we could sit in its shade. Happy memories. I really like your LO. Love the buttons.

  • Amy
    April 2, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    Love your button tree! And the journaling is so sweet too, what a treasure!

  • Maria Burke
    April 2, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    Wow, that is SO beautiful!

  • Liz MIller
    April 3, 2009 at 6:20 am

    Beautiful..i love the colors they are just perfect!!!

  • Lisa Harris
    April 4, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    Hey Maggie. Poppy’s headband is from Forever 21 awhile ago. They have some really fun ones right now though. You may still be able to order it online. Thanks for the comment.

  • Jeanne
    April 5, 2009 at 11:18 am

    What a beautiful layout! I love using buttons in my work. Maybe SOMEDAY the trees will give us shade in our yard too:-)

  • Jane
    April 6, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    Okay I just love it! ah, I love this Maggie girl!

  • Religion Dissertation
    January 5, 2010 at 12:16 am

    Blogs are so informative where we get lots of information on any topic. Nice job keep it up!!

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