I'm also back with the layout I was hoping to share with you yesterday. I mentioned that there was some misting in it, and I was hoping that it would show up in the scan. Thankfully, it does! And, I think it looks fantastic!
Secondly, the journalling tag was perfect to journal my thoughts on miss Addison, who is smooching the dining room door window in this picture. All the small moments in life, with her around, definitely makes for a big adventure! I giggle anytime I see this picture. What a monkey! (There's your title, LOL). The huge brackets came from a stash of goodies I had forgotten even existed. Somehow, my husband unearthed a box full of old die cuts (from my Cricut) and inks) from the basement. I began picking through it when I began working on this layout. Its eclectic and fun, isn't it? The flower die cuts are also out of that box. I just took some patterned paper scraps, and cut around the outside edge of the flower to mat them.
I mentioned that I used a card sketch as the inspiration for this layout. I thought it would make a great layout, so that's what I did! I may still try making a card using the sketch, but I'm incredibly happy with how this turned out. SO. ADORABLE!
When we think of the girls, the song that always comes to mind is Chasing Girls, by Rodney Atkins. There's some lyrics in the song that really ring true to us. So, I had to scrapbook it! I used some left over Carta Bella patterned paper for the hexagons, a mixture of alphas from different CB collections (Alphabet Junction and Well Travelled), some Jillibean Soup (banner sticker), and the patterned papers that make up the 'fringe' are My Minds Eye (Lost and Found Market and Blush- 6x6 paper pads). You may recall that a Point to Ponder I posted to my group page today, suggested making a fringe on your next project. This is my version of it! Lastly, for a little bit of bling, I added a few pearl rhinestones. Aren't the papers great for a little bit of country appeal? I love the little hexagon with the roosters in it. A.dor.a.ble!!!! I think I may have to submit this one for publication.
How did I create the 'fringe'? I cut strips of patterned paper that were an inch and a half wide and six inches long, cut them in half, then folded them in half. I stuck some adhesive in between them so they would stick together at the top, where the two ends meet, then pressed lightly on the fold, so there was a small bit of dimension.
It occurred to me last night that it would be a neat idea to let YOU, my wonderful fans and readers, to pick our your favorite card or layout of mine (from my gallery), and that would be this months' monthly sketch challenge. What do you think? I'd love your feedback! What if we had a guest designer (a guest that would come by and share his/her work with you for a month) that would create a sketch for us? I'll make one up just in case I don't hear back, but I'd love to know what y'all think!
I can't show you which one is going to be published. Instead, you'll have to go out and purchase your own copy of the magazine, which will be out in stores on September first. Don't worry, I won't let you forget. I'm sure I'll be mentioning it off and on until the due date. Ha. So, little tip: don't ever think your work isn't good enough to be published. It is. And, you'll be pleasantly surprised. Even if you're not selected your first or tenth time, it will happen. I submitted quite a few times before I was published my first time. Don't get discouraged!