A New Idea for Using Buttons – SWAT Drill #24

Today I am sharing my last project for SWAT. Yes, you read that right. I hinted that I was easing my Design Team commitments in 2014 and this is the second team I am stepping down from. It’s hard. I’ve been with Lanette’s team since the beginning but … they don’t call them ‘hard decisions’ for nothing! I have loved my time with this team and will miss the behind the scenes interaction and comraderie. I hope you all continue to play along with their challenges!! I know I will!

And speaking of challenges, we have a new one for you today. We’ve got a sketch with a twist for you. Here’s the sketch.

SWAT Drill #24- use buttons

And your twist is to use buttons.

Here’s what I created.

Selfie Fun by Alison Day for SWAT Drill #24

I still had all my November Gossamer Blue kit papers and extras out so I just used them. There were no buttons in the kit but I raided my stash and added them in a creative way. Do you see them? If not, no worries, there are some close up shots coming up.

First a word or two on the layout overall.

The most glaringly different thing on this layout are the photos of me! I know, right? How pathetic is it that the main memory keeper of the family is rarely IN the pages I create about those memories?!  I’ve found it hard enough to not be a part of the memories because of work shifts, but I was really saddened to look through previous layouts and not see me. So, I have resolved (ack! I just said the ‘R’ word!!) to be in my stories this year. To heck with how I look, I am an important part of this family and my story needs to be told too!

Part of my story for 2014 was the purchase of an iPhone. I have been ‘making do’ with a cell phone that made and received calls and texts. Period. I needed to be able to check emails, Facebook, Twitter, etc and have been eyeing the various iPhones out there. Thanks to a well timed stop at the Virgin Mobile booth, I am now the (very – as in ear to ear grin) proud owner of an iPhone 5s. Part of the iPhone culture is the selfie so this layout is all about celebrating that.


Here’s my title and journaling and the first close up look at how I used those buttons. As confetti!


You get a better look at them here. I was adding the Heidi Swapp rubons and thought these little buttons would be a great addition to the confetti look I had going on. LOVE how it turned out! Sometimes when you get an idea you’re not sure how it’ll look on the finished product. This was a even better than I had imagined!


This little printable really just sums it all up. I am determined to enjoy the little moments in my life and stop waiting for the “next big exciting thing”!!

Okay, now it’s your turn. Link up your projects over at the SWAT blog. Can’t wait to see what you guys do with the sketch!


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6 Responses to A New Idea for Using Buttons – SWAT Drill #24

  1. Pretty selfie pics and page!! Love the splats and altered title pieces.

  2. Alison, this layout is lovely! Great selfie! I love your title work! You will be missed there for sure, just like your missed at LGS!

  3. Tracey says:

    Love the splatters with the buttons!! Fantastic page!!

  4. geezee says:

    You finally broke down and got you one. Yay for you! Nice selfies too. I haven’t gotten to wrapped up in that part yet. We shall see.

  5. Connie Hanks says:

    Gorgeous – you and your page! Love the selfies and the use of those buttons is perfection on your page! Great job : )

  6. Claude says:

    I love the use of yellow here! Good luck in your future endeavours, we’ll miss you!

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