I made this layout using the pagemap for our ScrapbooksPlus September kit. Actually, I ended up making two layouts from the same pagemap. You can easily reuse your favorite sketches just by changing a few elements.
First, the sketch for the month:
And my first layout. I loved the Imaginisce woodgrain paper - it was my favorite from the bunch. I wanted to make a tree with it really bad. So I freehanded the trunk, grabbed a green patterened scrap to make the leaves, and had my tree. You'll notice that other than the tree I stuck pretty close to the sketch.
And my second layout. This one has two photos: one of Tom when he was around 7 years old, and one of Thomas about the same age. Sometimes it's uncanny how much he resembles Tom, but other days I can see myself in him.
I really wanted a Prima felt branch for this layout. But I just couldn't get one anywhere (without waiting several weeks for shipping). So, inspiration hit me and I grabbed a tree branch from our yard to use. I actually like this much better. I used a bit of Zipdry to adhere the branch to the layout.
It still gets me. I can clearly remember being in downtown Boston at my desk when Jane told me a plane hit the World Trade Center. And thinking how odd it was, assuming it was a small cessna-type plane. Then Jane coming back shocked and saying "A plane just hit the Pentagon. Where's Tom?"
Which caught me by surprise. And I had to stop and think about where exactly my husband was that day. Because we had just come back from a weekend in VA. And he had just been in the part of the Pentagon that had been hit.
Someone wheeled a tv into a conference room on a stand and everyone watched through the grainy reception. We saw the replays of the attacks. Saw the towers fall. Heard that two of the planes originated from Logan. We had several employees on one of them.
And I clearly remember the anxiety, the shock -- just general freaking out wondering if and how I was going to get home that night. And the stronger anxiety in the morning I felt stepping foot on the train to Boston, wondering what this next day would bring.
God Bless all the families and friends of those that lost their lives that day. We will never forget.
We're done with the first week of school and I finally had a bit of time to finish pages for the past few days.
For some reason I was fixated on 4:15 -- when my son's school would let out and I'd need to be waiting at the bus stop. I was so fixated on this time that I completely forgot that Rachel's bus would be showing up around 3:50. Yikes! Luckily all the buses were late coming back, and everyone was playing and having a good time at the stop when I showed up at 10 after 4. Rachel didn't even miss me, but I missed seeing her jump off that bus.
I think this sentiment speaks for itself! How easier & less stressful to run errands without the kids :)
I'm doing another Shimelle class. For this you create a minibook with a page for each day of the month. I thought with the kids going back to school it would be the perfect incentive to scrap and get my creative juices going again.
So, while the kids were at school I was able to do just that and pretty much catch up.
I'm using a chipboard binder and I covered it with paper from a shopping bag I got at ScrapbooksPlus. I love how they use these beautiful paper bags and had been wanting to incorporate one into a project. Then I started raiding my stash for product -- particularly older product. I used a section of Donna Downey's canvas then altered a chipboard frame by inking, spraying with both Maya Mist and Glimmer Mist, then finishing off with some Tim Holtz rock candy crackle paint.
The interior got covered, too. [Basic Grey paper, 7gypsies metal, Tim Holtz stamp]
I'm keeping a journal with notes each day and have decided to incorporate pockets into the book to hold these sheets. Each page is just a summary of one thing that happened, i.e., one lesson learned. I found these seed pocket printables from the Just Something I made blog that are perfect and easy to assemble. Now all I need is a template for library pockets!
It's the first day of school here. Rachel's going into first grade and Thomas is starting a new school with the GT center. It's been a tumultuous few days with Rachel being sick and Thomas still dead-set about not switching at the end of last week. It's not easy leaving your friends and your comfort zone, but we had a good experience at the open house last week. And found all the Star Wars books in the school library.
But there was nothing but smiles this morning. And lots of back pack adornments.
The September kit for ScrapbooksPlus is Imaginisce's fall collection. Apples, pumpkins, fall sayings -- well, I was really stumped. I've scrapped our apple picking ad nauseum and we're still in the midst of summer here.
However, we had our family trip to NYC over Memorial Day weekend -- aka "the big apple." Perfect!
I added some of the Tim Holtz goodies leftover from August's kit, along with a few of Bo Bunny's Mamarazzi things left over from Karen's uber-fun class the other weekend.
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