So what the hay does this have to do with LOAD? I'm happy to be creating each day and I really credit this class and other new circumstances in my life. So - on to today's challenge. Mondays are titled "Mother May I" by my scrap happy teacher Lain Ehmann. This Monday's assignment - scrap an alternative page. Do the thing you normally wouldn't do. Now let's be clear - you don't have to follow the assignment. You can do whatever you want - but Lain is an evil genius. At the end of each assignment she suggests trying the assignment if you're feeling any "resistance." So let's just say - I was feeling a little resistance and I decided to take Lain at her word and give it a try. I started with something new I found on Shimelle Laine's blog - it's a starting points "challenge" for each week. This week's starting point was really a lesson in layering (even for a girl that loves to pile it on like me). Shimelle has started to post the starting point on Saturdays and her finished layout on Sundays. Have I mentioned how much I love her blog!
I knew from the beginning I would not be doing a 12 x 12 page - which broke my heart a little. I decided to go with a standard 8 1/2 x 11 page and put it in a horizontal orientation - something I did when I first started scrapbooking. I have to say - I like rocking the square much better than the rectangle. I wish I would have thought about it and taken a picture at the starting point stage - but I didn't so here's the finished project.
It's been a long time since I've done a page on the boys. I love these dogs so much and they are too far away from me. I haven't seen them in almost 20 months - not that I'm counting or anything. It just sucks. I miss seeing them - even if it was only once or twice a year. I really am happy with the finished product despite it being outside my comfort zone. However, it was nice to go back to a somewhat familiar place. I don't have any grids in this size paper so I was "forced" to go with a solid gray background. I think it worked out okay. Let me give a quick product run down. Papers are from Archivers (gray), My Mind's Eye (Stella Rose) and Authentique. The embellishments/brads/stickers are from My Mind's Eye and American Crafts. The journaling card and letter stickers (Thickers) are from American Crafts too. I have no idea where the flowers are from - sorry.
So that's it for today. I tried something new. I layered like nobody's business. I participated in a challenge. I knocked out Layout #5 for the Mother LOAD. I took a trip to Borders (my third) and don't intend to go back. I wish I would have thought about that more when I was there today. It's just a little hard. I know it sounds lame - to be broken up about a store closing - but I am and that's just it. So - I hope everyone has had a nice Monday. I'm looking forward to work tomorrow. I'm looking forward to crafting tomorrow. I'm looking forward - I can barely believe it. It's so great. Anyhoo - Until then..