Yes, I did announce "Cutest Week" on Debby's Dare.  The cute layout I had planned for this post decided to submit itself for publication.  The layout today is not in the cute category, but it was a real lesson in non-clustering.

I found a wonderful design that I knew I could learn about design.  The long and short of it is, it doesn't look anything like the original.  LOL  Boy, did I learn a lot.

The Story
These are my wedding shower photos.  The first photo is me opening gifts, my friend writing down the whos and whats, and the third person behind me is a friend writing down everything I say.  The second photo is my friend reading everything I said back to everyone with the title:  "What Debby will say on her wedding night."  Embarrassed doesn't even cover it.  These are Christians and we are in a church.  LOL  Edgy fun for us "back then."  The third photo is a of the quilt my Grandmother made for me and Jim.

The Layout
What I Learned
  • The graduating circles did not quite make the impact I wanted it too.  I was trying to be true to the layout I was learning from, but it didn't turn out the way I wanted.  Honestly, I don't know why or how to fix it.  If you have suggestions please leave a comment.
  • My Core'dinations really rescused me.  I wanted some type of design on my circles without using pattern paper.  Core'dinations is great for embossing and sanding.
  • Space...anit-clustering.  Talk about hard for me to do.  The flowers are spread out instead of clustered.  I spent more time with the flowers than anything.  I did make the little tiny eyelet elements by using my Fiskars hole punch and a Making Memories brad.
  • I love the new element I made.  It's Core'dinations rolled up, sanded, and glued together.  I added a string around them and a button. 
  • Paint can just about make anything pop.  I added a frame of paint around the photos.  I also added paint to the Thickers to tone down the black. 
It is different.  Sometimes when I do different it takes me awhile to warm up to the finished product.  I'm still struggling with the layout I posted Monday (beach bum).  I think this week is challenging me to learn to work outside my comfort zone.

Epiphany Crafts
EC will be on HSN TODAY at 11:00 am and again at 6:00 pm eastern time.  You can watch it live on the internet as well.  HSN LIVE.  Connie Mercer and Emily Branch from the Epiphany Crafts Design Team will both have projects on air.  Connie's is her unique bookmarks and Emily's is a card.  Don't miss out.  If you can't purchase Epiphany Crafts Shape and Button Studios locally this would be a great time to pick them up.  Have fun!

Have a Crafty Day!

Gratitude List
1.  how Little Honey warms my heart
2.  the small things that bring me such joy
3.  safety of my home
4.  God's protection for my neighbors
5.  despite my "fussing" I have the best boys  


  1. I like your Gratitude List :)

  2. This layout turned out great Debby! I can imagine the pain you must have gone through spreading out the flowers, but the flow is lovely. I really like the painted frames and the added hole punch (to the flowers) is very clever and adds so much.

  3. I think that your layout turned out great! Love the "declustering" technique! Thanks for sharing!

  4. I think you are brave for trying new things...I can tell this LO challenged you. Be OK with it! As for the beach bum LO, I loved it. Even if I don't like how a LO turned out in the end, I try to recognize what I learned...and I found out, that others often like the LOs that I don't. If it's made with love, you can't go wrong.

  5. wonderful layout girl!!

  6. cool layout

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  7. Debby, this is a very lovely layout! I love your concepts, too! Great job!!

  8. Great work on that LO - your work is always sooo beautiful!

  9. oh I go through that too~not liking it trying to fix it sometimes I just move on LOL~ your work is fabulous!!

  10. Great LO, love those co-ordination papers too, and the gifts you got look great, hope you weren't too embarrased that evening :) - great story.


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