Hey guys I hope everyone is enjoying using their kits this month. I am still loving mine and getting so much use out of it. I know I work so much better with a kit and get loads more done.
I’m here with my take on challenge 2 – Lessons learned. I had been thinking about this layout for a while before I actually put it together. On the walk to my sons nursery I’d been noticing lots of plants and flowers growing in strange and unexpected places, through gaps in stones and rocks and even between the road and the pavement. I do this walk 4 times a day, 2 mornings a week and it’s not a short walk so my mind tends to wander. I just thought how cool it is that no matter what we (as humans) do to the environment, no matter how many stones, bricks or how much tarmac and concrete we pour on the land, these tiny flowers find a way of bursting through.
It made me think about growth and how it can’t be stopped. It gave me hope that you can still grow even against all the odds and in the harshest of environments. No matter what gets thrown at you, just keep growing. I get deep when my mind wanders!
So I decided to take photos of all the different varieties of plant life growing where it shouldn’t and I put them into a collage on the PicStitch app on my phone.
I used some ombre green paper from Pinkfresh Studio – Life Noted and cut it down to 8.5×11. I layered some dark green tissue paper behind my photo and printed out my typed journaling on to white card.
I used black and gold alphas from Ali Edwards for my title which I decided to place on the photo. I really like the look this creates. It’s not a technique I’ve used before because mostly my photos are of people and I don’t want to cover anyone’s face up with the title but for this layout I think it works well, I tried to set the ‘G’ and the ‘O’ where some of the flowers could be seen through the letters. I used some black and gold washi tape along the bottom of the page which matches the letters.
I added a die cut piece from Cocoa Vanilla Studio that has the words ‘bloom’, ‘grow’ and ‘love’ on which fitted this story really well. I stuck the frame down flat and put double sided foam tape behind the cut out words so they stood up for some dimension. I added a blue flower and some cute and tiny wood veneer pieces to the corners. And I finished the layout off with some sequins (Peacock mix from Lucy’s Cards)
I love the finished look of this layout and I feel like every time I see these plants I take a different message from their perseverance.
What lessons have you learned, recently or in the past? Have you scrapped them?
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