This was a kit from my Creative Memories consultant from their Buzz and Bumble line. I reworked it a bit to change it from the 12 x 12 layout to my favored 8 1/2 x 11. When I saw what this month's project would be, I knew that I had finally found the perfect layout for my story. I've been buying bee-themed products ever since I made this lip balm, just knowing that I was going to record it. I even got the camera ready (but not with the "right" settings I'm afraid) to snap this one-shot-only picture. So it is out of focus and full of motion blur. But, as are most of my layouts, it is more about the story than the pictures anyway.
This is the first of two pages of journalling. It fits into a page flap over the top of the second page. The lovely little flip flap adheres right to my page protector to protect all of my layout from sticky little fingers.
I really love the simplicity of this layout, the clean lines and minimal embellishments that is so contrary to my normal style. As is the fact that this was completed in ONE SITTING! The only scrapbook products in this that were not part of my kit, were the black and gold acrylic bee bubbles that I picked up in the clearance section at Hobby Lobby. But they fit so perfectly here, don't you agree, my beloved Peeps?
Had TONS of fun with this one! I printed my picture onto cardstock, modgepodged grass paper on top of the page and gravel paper below it, then added a layer or two of white tissue paper, some green paint, stamps, die cuts, chalk, rub ons, flocking, embossing paste, painted metal letters, a variety of brads, a Shrinky Dink, crystal flourish, and a charm.
I am going to do this "canvas" playing/technique again; I really loved the artsiness of it.
I decided to play at My Creative Sketches again this month. I think the sketch is so pretty, don't you? I realized that I had never documented the ordeal with the dog, so I put it into the journalling that I did on the page. And as usual, there is more journalling than anything else, so I tried to include it into the "background", so you can read it, or just enjoy the pictures of the cute pooch.
This is my take on the sketch, with tons of vellum, border punches, and bling. I used a Sizzix Originals die to punch a flower through all of the layers before I adhered the whole block to the background. I like this effect and plan to use it again.
It has been brought to my attention that a beloved member of my family has gone unmentioned to many of my friends. Well, I guess that it is true that the squeaky wheel gets the oil.... and my life is full of squeaky chickens and rodents and a cat that seems to have been a Tazmanian devil in a previous life.
So this is Nala. She "belongs" to Miss Thing, but we all love her. And she was plenty squeaky in the beginning... wild, not coming when called, running off every chance she got. And then there was the time that she was run over by a car and broke three bones in her hip, back, and tail... and when those healed, she started walking on the top of one of her back legs and we had to keep her in a brace. And then she got all better, slipped off her chain and ran right back into the road. But with age comes wisdom, and Nala has turned into an OK dog.
She likes to wait until Miss Thing falls asleep and then jumps up on her bed and sleeps there. Unless it is thundering.... and then she abandons "her" nice warm bed and comes and sleeps on the floor by me.... which irrates both her owner and my husband, who thinks that he should be the dog's hero.... "Why does she think that YOU can protect her better than ME?"
So this is our dog. She might not have any pedigree or disernable breeding.... but she loves us and keeps our back stoop chicken-free.
Scrapbooking is the self-medicating therapy I use to deal withthe stresses of being a slightly less-than adequate housewife, mom of a pre-teen, and full-time laborer with great responsibilities but no real power.