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Apr 26, 2011

It's No Fairy Tale Layout

Buenas tardes fellow scrappers! Today's page is a trip down memory lane for yours truly. Yep, that's me in the stroller some many moons ago. This page is actually a letter for my future child(ren). They say scrapbooking can be used to send letters to those that have passed & to those that are yet to come. So with this picture I've taken the opportunity to send a message to my 'to-be-child(ren)' regarding a very important lesson that I've already come to learn. Journaling reads as follows:

I know you don't currently exist & I'm not sure just when you'll arrive. What I do know is that I already have a message or you that I hope to pass onto you when the time comes. You'll refer to this piece of advice quite often in your journey called life.

Unfortunately, life is not a fairy tale. I've discovered that life is more like a storm--you'll find yourself basking in the sun one moment & then be shattered on the rocks the next--but it's what you do in those moments that you're shattered that defines you & makes you stronger. You'll have your ups & your downs--your laughs & your sorrows--& your own mistakes will be your best lessons. Yes, life is no fairy tale--but every second of every minute of every day is so very much worth living.

So I got a bit philosophical or maybe Shakespearean--but I base my advice on my own experience! Before I go on any further--just some tid bits on the supplies used on this page.

Once again I used a sketch from Creative Scrappers to design this page. All papers are from the Bittersweet collection by Basic Grey. I've had these papers just about forever & finally found the right page to use them on.

As usual I stamped the entire background--this seems to have become my 'must' technique on my pages lately. I used a combination of stamps. Here is a closeup of some stamping. The clock & circular texture designs in pink are stamps by Stamp Enjoy. The small script stamp is by Prima.

Other stamps used on this page are by Stampers Anonymous.

On this closeup you can also see the hand stitching I did along the borders of the page.

A closeup of the chipboard flourish. This chippie is by Maxine's Melange. To get the texture you see here, I first painted the chipboard in black acrylic paint. Then I heat embossed it with clear Star Dust embossing powder. In person, this flourish is very 'blingy'!

I added the title along some of the scrolls of the chippie.

A closeup of the flowers. The large dark pink flower is by Prima. The two smaller flowers were handmade by me. I refer them as 'frosted flowers' because the glaze on the vellum give them a frosty look. They were made with hand punches, vellum, inking & some glaze. To see a brief tutorial on how these flowers were made, please go here.

I tucked small white twigs of baby's breath (also known as gyp) underneath the flowers.

Finally a closeup of the lacing. This fabulous lacing technique is by my scrap buddy Natasha. I've been wanting to use her 'twisted lace' technique for a while now & this page gave me the perfect opportunity to do so. If interested in learning this lacing technique, please go to Natasha's post here. She did a great tutorial on this lacing technique. Thank you girl!

Thanks to all of you who stop by--I appreciate your visit so very much! Hope you didn't mind taking this brief trip down memory lane with me.

Till my next post...


Alia said...

Love how neat and pretty this is! Great work with the sketch!

Cindy Gay said...

It's beautiful. Great job with the lacing, stamping and details.

Natasha said...

The stamping is just WOWWWWWWW!!! I love stamping and wish I did it more, but you know how OCD I can be and am always scared of messing up! The flowers are beautiful too! Really digging this color palette and the blingy chippie!

Nancy said...

an absolute VISION! gorgeous layout! LOVE your details! you ROCKED this sketch!!!! really fabulous job!

MARILYN said...

BEAUTIFUL!!! love the pretty details and the lovely journal!!! Hugs!! :)

Jillian Deiling Cassity said...

what a beautiful page kay! Thats sucha cuuuute pjc of you and I love love your advice! Its perfect advice for your future children!
Thats so cool that you made all of your own favors for your wedding! Even though I was going to try to buy some to save some time but as I keep looking it looks like ill prob end up making most of them anyways lol!
Ill bet all of yours were amazing, just like your scrapping!

kashagray5 said...

So many amazing details! The lacing is fabulous! You always create GORGEOUS pages! Have a great day! Mandy

Fi said...

Awesome details on your layouts, especially love the way you are using your stamps.