Boy does it feel good to be back - I feel rejuvenated, revitalized, reinvigorated! Maybe my crafty mojo will decide to stick around for a bit...
I often joke that my youngest is the one who will end up giving me every gray hair on my head. Lately, those "gray hairs" are caused by worry when I see my daughter struggling. Being a teenager is hard, much more so today than when I was one way back when. And being a teenager with severe ADD can make things so much more complicated. So, this layout was created as a visual reminder - to her, to me, to the world - that no mater what, forever and always, I love her. (Of course, Bailey-Boo, the Huntress' faithful companion is in the pic, too; because wherever the human one goes, the little furry one follows!)
So, let's talk about this layout. Mojo gone and left you in a pickle? Then head over to a good sketch site such as this one by CREATIVE SCRAPPERS. I used this SKETCH to get started. This past weekend (after my little scrapbooking hiatus), I literally printed out a couple of photos, grabbed my paper trimmer, scissors and glue, and picked up a bag of scrapbooking goodies I had purchased a month earlier but never even opened before heading over to my BESTIE'S house for a little creative therapy. Luckily, it contained papers and parts by GLITZ DESIGN, which were pretty much perfect for my layout.
Wanna see the entire layout? Here you go...
Hearts - check.
Stars - check.
Arrows - check.
I found some cool Glitz transparencies (I think from the Color Me Happy Collection). I really liked a garland of circles included in the pack, but I couldn't get it to "fit" on my layout. Finally, I just cut several of the circles apart and sewed them individually on my layout. I outlined the edges of my stars and hearts with a black marker to help keep them from getting lost against the patterned paper.
I LOVED the You.Are.So.Loved sticker but thought it was too small to use as the title, especially since my layout included rub-on phrases. So, I sewed it next to my photo instead and then repeated the phrase with my title letters.
And that is it, no extra journaling needed. "You are so loved" says it all. No matter what issues we face, no matter the hard times, I love this child fiercely. And I am humbled that God gave her to me.