I was very happy to finally get around to creating another layout. With Christmas just around the corner most of my focus has been on getting my cards made for the year.
This layout is for the monthly sketch challenge over at Two Scrapbooking friends.
This month Christa's challenge was not only for the sketch, she also suggested an additional challenge of scrapbooking the “harder stuff” in our lives. I knew immediately the photos that I wanted to use. They were ones my husband took of my youngest daughter when she was just over a year old. Although she is very sad in the pictures, I find them so beautiful. I loved both pictures and didn’t want to separate them, so my additional challenge was to modify the sketch to accommodate the second photo.
Here is my layout inspired by Christa’s amazing sketch. I flipped the sketch because I felt it suited the position of my photos. I also extended the vertical paper layers to the top of the page to balance out the additional photo on the horizontal. I have some hidden journalling under the one picture (it's peeking out in the photo).
I really love the circles Christa shows in her sketch and what they represented for her. When I started scrapbooking I never really gave much thought to the story that could be told from your layout, the papers, embellishment, even the placement of your photos. My daughter and I worked together to hand stitched the circles on the layout. The changing colours and shifting circles not only represents how much my daughter has changed in the last few years, but my growing understanding of the person she is becoming.
I struggled to find a title I thought represented my layout. I wanted the focus to be on these amazing photos, so I tried to keep the title subtle. When I first started the layout, I kept thinking “sad eyes”, then I started singing (to myself of course), “you with the sad eye”, which is the start of the song “True Colors” by Cyndi Lauper. When I thought more about the song lyrics, I realized how appropriate they really were. So I decided to add add the song lyrics around my layout.
More of the song lyrics.
Paper: My Minds Eye "Cut & Paste - Adorbs"
Stickers: Authentique "Delightful" and "Fresh"
Letters: American Crafts
Other: Recollections - Wood butterfly, MME tape
Thanks for taking a look at my latest layout.