shocker! she blogs again! i made this layout back in may right as i apparently fell off the blogging train. i super love it (the layout, not the lack of blogging). it's one of those rare ones that got made for no particular reason. well, except that i had new goodies that needed justification. shall i tell you about them?
anatomy of the layout - the base is a piece of studio calico patterned paper. those clouds are amy tan (i will confess to collecting cloud paper). I did quite a bit of layering under the photos with a large sheet of dear lizzy yellow dots, a studio calico chevron (punched with a fiskars border punch down the side), a sliver of amy tan hearts, and another sliver of heidi swapp map paper. to the left is my journaling on a piece of canvas corp striped patterned paper. i'm very much into striped patterned paper for journaling these days. the bottom is a piece cut from fancy pants subway art paper. i adore this paper and bought two sheets, something i rarely do. and then the tiny bit of green dot bottom right, well, forgive me but i don't remember that one. so then we embellish. the thought bubbles are from marcy penner (hello forever). i thought her packaging was so cute i used it too to make the little tab on the left. i also cut an amy tan cloud out and pop dotted it for balance. the gems are from queen & co. a little sparkle is always good. of course the chipboard alphas are american crafts thickers. of course. and the plastic are tim holtz. i was stoked to find those. anyone remember back in the day when heidi swapp did the plastic letters? i bought them all (there were only three that i knew about) and am hoarding them to this day. i'm sure seven years from now i'll be hoarding tim's letters too.
and the journaling because my sister likes to read the journaling - i try not to get frustrated with myself. i've gotten a little better at that through the years. the thing i have not gotten better at is finding my way. literally. i have the worst sense of direction in the world. i lose my car in the grocery store parking lot quite often. at least i have you (gabriel) around to ask where i parked these days. your sense of direction is so much better than mine. you knew how to get to your little friends' houses by the time you were three. i went to college in tallahassee for four years and after graduation i still could barely find my way around. you have had to learn to be patient with your directionally impaired mom. i am forever turning around. you are realizing it's better to just not even ask as i get so frustrated and tense in those moments. this week was worse than most. i got lost two days in a row. friday in downtown nashville trying to buy you a new cub scout uniform and then again saturday on the way to the memorial day flag planting. and yes, i had directions both times. oy.
the photos are of g looking at a zoo map several years ago. i like finding non-related photos that fit my thoughts. it's kinda fun. and effective i think. :)