In November of 2013 at Thanksgiving we went out to Chappel Hill to eat with my husband's family. We were all dressed nice, and I asked my Mother in Law to take a family picture. This was the first family picture we took after my husband got back from being deployed. I love everything about it, my boys have smiles, my husband is smiling without his eyes closed, I look great, and my little Catherine looks so grumpy it is the perfect juxtaposition to all of our happy faces. We tried everything to get her to smile (she was just 14 months at the time), but she did not want to have anything to do with looking the least bit happy. Either way, it was great to have my family back together again after being apart for so long!!
I used the wonderful Fleur Collection from The Robin's Nest to create this layout. Below are some hints and tips about how I created this layout.
Here you can see some of the wonderful paper from The Robin's Nest. I used lots of layers in strips, squares, rectangles, and punched hearts using the Black Daisy Glitter Stripe, Plum Fleur, silver Roses, Tropicana Fleur, and Vanilla Fleur Glitter papers from The Robin's Nest. The backsides of the Fleur papers have this wonderful striped paper to them, I used both sides for this layout, as they worked so well together.
You can also see some of the beautiful diamond shaped Dew Drops in black, I used them as an accent to each of the large hearts on the page, and also the silver Dew Drops on the tiny hearts in the right corner.
Here I used the backside of the Silver Roses Glitter Cardstock as it is just plain black for the journaling strips. I took a white pen and lined the perimeter of the strips and then also wrote in white. I also used The Robin's Nest Alpha Glitter Stickers in White (the blue is shown below) and outlined them with a black fine tip marker and placed them on a black outlined journal strip (FYI Reed is our last name).
Here you can see the beauty of the Fleur Glitter Cardstock, the wonderful glittered Fleur-de-lis is accented so wonderfully on this paper. I also added in some extra Dew Drops in a pearl along the top left border for some more interest.
I used to shy away from having myself in the pictures, partially because I was taking them, but then I never see myself at any of the events I know I was at. Now I make sure to include myself, and I really enjoy myself in the pictures!! Never shy away from capturing yourself in the events!!
Chipboard - Want2Scrap
Paint - Plaid
Glitter - Ranger
Punches - Marvy Uchida
Embellishments - Recollections
Pen - Tombow
Adhesive - Tombow