A floral paper worked well to highlight the nature element, so I went with patterned paper from the giant Best Of book (K&Co) that you can find at Walmart. I used kraft paper both in the background, and as a mat for my photos and the rest of the scraps of paper I threw on there. For a little more interest, I used a plant stamp that I've had in my stash for quite some time, using the first, second and third value of stamping technique.
I came across this technique through the Canadian Scrapbooker magazine- an article that Cathie Allan had written in one of the recent editions (not sure which one). Your first 'value' of stamping, is the first time you stamp on your paper; the second value is the second time you stamp, without refilling it with ink; and the third value is the third time you stamp, without refilling with ink. It gives some depth to the element you're stamping, and I think its the neatest (and easiest) technique ever!
The black card stock, red polka dot patterned paper, green card stock and the punched border are all scraps that I had lying around that I wanted to use up. Lastly, I pulled out some glittery paper flowers (that I originally used on the table placements at my wedding!) and adhered them in a few places for some vibrancy!
This photo was today's Photo Friday picture. I actually got a ton more today of the girls- both of them- using the potty, but I'm waiting to scrapbook them. I'm so proud of them! Especially Addison. She patiently sat on the potty all afternoon before she finally got anything done. And, she was so.proud.of.herself! When I gave her a high five and told her I was proud of her, she said, 'I did it! I finally did it!'
I love seeing how good the girls feel about themselves when we (myself and Kyle) approve of something they've done, and applaud them for a job well done. Miss Maren had her own moment like that tonight, too, but totally different than the potty scenario.
During chit chat tonight, she was asking me if I could make a chocolate cake with banana. I told her that I didn't have any chocolate cake in the house, but I did have chocolate icing. And, instead of banana cake, I could make banana bread. Then she asked if I could make chocolate cookies. I told her that was such a good idea, and that I would definitely bake her something like that. Well, the smile that lit up her face gave me the warm and fuzzies. I knew that telling her she had come up with a really great idea just made her feel like a million bucks.
I love moments like these with my kids.
See you again tomorrow!