Friday, April 29, 2011

"To The Last Drop!"

Remember the old Maxwell House coffee line "good to the last drop?"  I often find a paper line that I can't manage to throw away any of the scraps.  Graphic 45 is one of those lines.  G45 had a challenge this week to use your G45 scraps in honor of Earth Day.  I added another challenge for myself:  use as many different G45 paper lines as I could.  I used Times Nouveau, Playtimes Past, A Proper Gentleman, and Le Romantique.  The eclectic look reminds me of the things of Lilly.

The Story
Lilly is my son and daughter-in-law's tiny blessing.  Lilly showed up on our doorstep one day and wouldn't go away.  We asked around about the pup.  No one claimed her and no one came looking for her.  After several weeks we called the Humane Society to find out when we could claim her as "ours."  They said "the day she showed up on our doorsteps."  Lilly showed several signs of abuse and neglect.  Although she is still skittish about certain things she has become the heart of Vanessa and Adam.  A dog should only wish to be so well welcomed to a family. 

The Layout
What I Learned
  • NEVER throw away my scraps!  LOL  I know that is not always possible, but in this case it worked for me.
  • Adding texture to a page brings flavor to a page.  I loved using the fiber. 
  • Last minute ideas can often go astray.  At the last minute I decided to add texture to my layout.  I thought of running the fiber down the edge of the paper.  Because everything was already adhered I just picked up the edge of the striped piece of paper and punched it with Fiskars Border Punch Leave It To Weaver.  I did not get the paper all the way into the punch.  I cut some of the edges off by mistake.  I ran the fiber anyway and used Tim Holtz's Tiny Fastener to secure the edges.  Creative solutions.
  • Little "Mary, Mary Quite Contrary" was already cut in half.  Fortunately I had both halves.  I thought I'd have fun and not put it all the way back together, but leave a bit of space in between. 
  • I'm doing more journaling on my layouts.  Just don't ask me to hand write anything. 
Check out Graphic 45's blog.  They have a giveaway every week that ranges from "leave a comment" to making something out of G45's products. 

It's nearly time for another blogger appreciate giveaway.  Check back on Monday!

Have a Crafty Weekend!

Gratitude List
1.  trust
2.  tiny moments that warm your heart
3.  making memories for my family to pass on to their children
4.  learning the meaning of "a life of Grace"
5.  the struggles God uses for our growth and strength

5 comments:

  1. awesome Lo!!!Love the sewing part~home spun look even though it is G45. The tags at the bottom caught my eye~I like!!!

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  2. Oh, I love that layout! Just beautiful. And what a sweet-looking dog. :)

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  3. Great page! Yes, I agree never throw away scraps - I have a HUGE tub of scraps that I will have to use this weekend! LOL! THanks for the reminder :)

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  4. Such a wonderful layout.
    I love graphic 45, but can't get it here, I have to go across the border and hope they have what I want there

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  5. Debby, this certainly is a blessing! Your layout is adorable from the pics to the great design!

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