Monday, April 25, 2011

Dad Said "Always Finish What You Started"

I have a couple of layouts that I made a few years ago.  I made the background but never finished the layout because I really loved it.  As part of my journey I decided to grit my teeth and finish the layouts.  I had several challenges along the way.

The Story
When I was in graduate school I participated with a group that went to an area of government housing once a week to play and work with kids after school.  On one of those trips a friend came with us and took photos.  These are just a few of them.  I remember the love and warmth of these children.

 
The Layout Before

The Layout Finished
Things I Learned
  • Never do a layout like this without having your photos picked out ahead of time.  Good grief I had a hard time choosing photos and then arranging them on the page.  I loved this background so much.
  • I decided to use a few older products like the die cut flowers.  I inked them with Tim Holtz's Distressed Ink and Stains.  I  added an older Maya Road flower.  Both ribbon pieces are older.  The "imagine" tag is older and I think from Karen Foster. I'm not sure.
  • A little Snow Cap paint really helps to age the embellishments. 
  • Adding the journaling on the page makes this page priceless for me and my family.
  • Late night with the family asleep is the best time to quietly sit and stitch.  I love to hand stitch quilt patterns on my pages.  I remember my grandparents and great grandparents.  Quilting was for warmth, not so much to display. 
The challenge is on and I have another quilt pattern layout I will be finishing for Wednesday's post.  I've also challenged myself to use those die cut pieces that are so pretty but I never use.  It's my journey to learn my craft and try something new. 

Happy Crafting

Gratitude List
1.  air-conditioning
2.  my husband Jimmy
3.  great kids
4.  my beautiful Hannah
5.  my caring, loving church

15 comments:

  1. As always Debbie love your work :)

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  2. Beautiful layout Debby! I can see why you had such a hard time covering up that wonderful quilted background!
    My Mum always said to always finish a project before you start another, but then she doesn't really practice what she preaches... She has many half finished things in the understairs cupboard!!

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  3. This is fabulous!!!The background is stunning~and stem and leaves so much button love~

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  4. I love it, it turned out beautiful!

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  5. Wow - that quilt background is gorgeous. I can see why you had a hard time completing the layout. Fantastic story - that's what I love about scrapbooking so much! Documenting and sharing. :)

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  6. Wow! What an amazing layout. Really beautiful.

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  7. oh how awesome! love the buttons and those amazing details

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  8. wow so beautiful; it's no wonder you had such trouble choosing photos.... great job tho xxx

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  9. Very nice layout. I love it!

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  10. GREAT finish! I have layouts like this that way for me to finish. You are an inspiration!

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  11. Amazing layout from start to finish~!
    Donna #4454

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  12. Beautiful!!! A fabulous layout!!

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  13. Debby,

    This whole lo is beautiful - everything about it. The job you did artistically and the story that goes with it. I'm sure those children still think of the time you spent with them.

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  14. both of them are stunning! I want to be a quilter, but don't think I can handle one more hobby right now. You've motivated me to do some more paper quilting.

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