Monday, September 26, 2011

I Will Always Remember

As many of you know, I am not a chronological scrapper. And, I don't consider myself an event scrapper either. Yes, I do scrap trips and pictures from birthdays and Christmas but I do those pages as much to tell a story about that period in time more as I do to tell about the particular event. Maybe this is why I have had so much trouble doing a layout about Melissa's first day of school. You see, her first day of school was September 11, 2001. I have always felt a need to do a layout about this day but I have never been able to capture the emotions of that day on paper. That is, until this year. Possibly it was the magnitude of the 10th anniversary or the inspiration I drew from the My Mind's Eye sketch and their American Made collection, but I finally felt ready to create this important layout for her album.

Here's the sketch:

And here's my layout:

To create this layout, I started with the blue on blue stripe from the Lime Twist collection. (The white that you see is the background where I photographed my layout.) I pretty much followed the sketch using patterned papers from the American Made collection and then I got to the journaling. I knew it had to be typed since I had so much to say and I thought that two columns, commemorating the Twin Towers, would be appropriate. You can double click on the photo above if you want to enlarge it and read the journaling.

To create my title, I combined American Craft Thickers with a stamped image. I fussy cut the word "remember" and adhered it with foam adhesive to give it the same dimension as the rest of the title.

I didn't want to add a lot of embellishments. After all, this layout is about the journaling. However, the layout needed something. I thought butterflies would do the trick. I first tried punching different sized butterflies from the patterned papers but they all looked to fussy. Then, I pulled these Jillibean Soup corrugated shapes, distressed them with some mists and added the buttons and twine. Finally, I found the small word stickers in my stash, added them using foam dimensional adhesive and drew a dashed line around three sides of my page.
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye (Lime Twist; American Made);
Vellum: The Paper Company;
Stamps: Technique Tuesday (Studio AE -- April);
Ink: Stampin' UP! (Night of Navy);
Letters: American Crafts Thickers (Sweet);
Mists: Tattered Angels (Frost): Studio Calico Mister Huey (Calico White; Calico Shine);
Tools: EK Success Border Punch (Double Embossed Dotted Lace); Fiskars Border Punch (Scallop Sentiment);
Misc.: My Mind's Eye Accessories (American Made); Jillibean Soup Corrugated Shapes (Corrugated Butterflies); Doodlebug buttons (Ladybug); twine (recycled from my stash); word stickers from Girl's Paperie.


hanes132 said...

Ohmigosh! Can't believe how LIL' Melissa is here! Or that this was only 10yrs ago... Hard to believe I didn't even Know her in 2001! Like the layout, but LOVE the CUTE pic! oxox

Beth Hallgren said...

Amazing journaling, brought tears to my eyes!

Kara said...

what a sweet layout!! love all of the details and that sweet little girl:)

Susan (rainy) said...

Oh, Linda! Truly you have created a beautiful and meaningful page. Loved the journaling as well.

Jennifer Larson said...

That is a terrific page. I love how the photo shows what should have been important about the day, and the journaling goes into the rest of what happened that day. Amazing! Thanks for posting the link on my blog.