Monday, June 13, 2011

I'm back!!!

Hello and my apologies---
The last few weeks at school have been absolutely insane and my craft room has not gotten a lot of use! I ended up working a full day today (I usually work part-time) and so tonight wasn't looking good either.  But I had ingredients for tuna casserole and all of a sudden the stars aligned and I was able to complete one page (Can you hear the hallelujah chorus swelling in the background?  Can you?).  I can always turn to Sketchy Thursdays for inspiration (see their sketch in a sec).
Here's my page, of Lu's first day of kindergarten:
The challenge called for this layout:

However, they added a twist---you had to take inspiration from two of the following:  juicy fruits, cool popsicles, and patriotic treats.  May I just say WHAT THE HECK?  Well, I gave it my best shot---especially since my pictures were not summer pictures.  When I think of fruit, the first thing that popped in my head was citrus.  So if you look closely, you will see that I stickled sections of citrus in some of the circles on the paper, and added some bling to the center.  Whew, one inspiration down.
I was totally not getting anything from the cool popsicles, even though my daughters and I are going nuts for EDY's coconut fruit bars (imagine coconut cream pie on a popsicle stick) so I figured I was stuck with patriotic treats.  Even though the picture showed cupcakes, when I think of 'patriotic treats' I think fireworks and stars.  So that led me to silver---and the silveriest material I have is this meshy stuff that I cut flowers out of.  I made little "flags" with pins and chipboard stars.  I placed them along the left side of the pictures.
One other cool thing---I read about this in a magazine a long time ago and have used it several times...use a foam brush dipped in paint and run it along the edges of your pictures.  A quick and unique way to 'mat' your pictures.
There you have it!  Thanks for looking.


  1. I love it! I think you used your artistic interpretation quite nicely.

  2. Awesome LO! Love your 'paint the edges of the photo' trick ... I'm gonna have to borrow it! Love the mesh flowers also ... they really draw my eye in!

  3. Very AWESOME lo! I loveeeeeeeeeeeee the mesh flowers, the star wands and loving the colors.. perfect for the challenge that Heidi gave! Thanks sooooooooooooo much for playing along with Sketchy Thursdays! :) :):):):):):):):):):):):)