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Saturday, May 7, 2011

I Love... Being Your Mom - Plantin SchoolBook, Don Juan - 12x12 (12x24) Two-Page Layout

This layout has taken me days...  And I mean days...  There were moments that I stopped and just stared at the pictures.  I changed the color combination at least four times. I switched the pictures, took pictures out, and added pictures in.  Finally, at some point yesterday, it all started to click.  Whew.  It's HARD to scrapbook about myself!!  :)  Once I turned it into something that still allowed me to say something to my oh-so-precious-kiddos though...  Well, it got easier from there.
Okay, so maybe I've been a 'helicopter' mom for most of their lives (you know, the kind that 'hover'?).  And maybe I've always asked too many questions about where they are going, and what they are doing, and who is driving, and do they keep the radio turned down, and everyone wears their seatbelt, right?  And no one can deny that I've stood in the pouring rain for hours to watch a game or a track meet, sloshed through way more mud than I'm comfortable coming into contact with at plenty of cross-country meets, and driven a ridiculous number of hours for a 6-minute wrestling match. 
But ya know what?  Wouldn't trade a single moment of it.  Sure, I might wish for a do-over after a silly argument or think I could have baked brownies for a special occasion that came too quickly...  But if it meant changing one single thing about being a mom to The-Girl-Child with her infectious smiles and surprise hugs or to The-Boy-Child with his passion for everything-sports-related and peanut-butter-and-banana-surprise sandwiches, well...  nope...  I'll take the occasional eye-rolls, sighs, and bickering in Walmart bundled up with the blessings of PVC-pipe-sword fights in Home Depot, pajama days packed with movies, and their willingness to hang out with their mom in public! 
Yup.  Life as The-Mom to these two is pretty good, and that's why I decided that a scrapbook page all about me and what I love would have to be titled -- "I Love being your mom".
All of the paper I used is from Creative Memories (Black and White Power Palette, Fabulous Power Palette, cardstock colors: Raspberry, White, and Pink Lemonade).  The flowers are also from the Fabulous Power Palette. 
The faux stitched hearts were cut with Don Juan (LOVE that 'stitched' feature for adding pen lines!) and the title was cut using the base feature and shadow feature on Plantin SchoolBook.  I used SU!'s black ink and my CM distressing tool to distress the edges of the hearts and the pink striped paper. 
The black buttons are from a generic pack of buttons tied with a strip of ribbon that I trimmed down so it would fray slightly.  My journaling strips (featuring some of the little things I love) were cut with my trimmer and distressed with a little ink before I used a paper piercer to add the zig-zag stitch lines that I drew in with a pen.

I hope you have enjoyed my layout.  If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments section and I will be happy to get back to you.  I created this layout for the following challenges (I hope you'll hope over to see the other entries and perhaps enter a project yourself!):
Lasting Memories Layout Challenges -- Challenge #36 - It's All About You!  (a layout all about you)
Getting Cricky with K Andrews -- Simply Sunday Challenge - Sew Fabulous (use stitching in project)
More Than Favors - Cricut Cartridge Chaos Challenge #16 - Plantin SchoolBook or Pagoda
Patti-Lynn Creations - Creative Sisters Monday Challenge #7 - May Flowers (use flowers in project)
Fantabulous Cricut - Challenge Me Monday #58 - Flower Shower (use at least 3 flowers)
Lynda's Creative Touches - April Showers Bring May Flowers (favorite thing to do in spring)

Until next time,


Michele F. said...

Gosh Amy!! This is one jaw dropping layout! You ROCKED this one! So cool how you geared it towards your kids. I loved reading everything that you as a Mom does for them and than some! This is fabulous! The colors, layout, EVERYTHING!! I normally don't go on and on... but I just really like this one!! :-) Thanks for sharing with us at Lasting Memories!!

Rhonda Emery said...

you did put alot of work into this girlfriend and it shows. How precious to have those special memories captured in such beautiful work from the heart. what a sweet mom you are. hugs

Karen Wilson said...

Wow Amy...your post actually brought tears to me eyes. I love this and how you poured so much of yourself into this LO. It's beautiful and you, as well as your kiddo's, should be super proud of it. Thank you SO much for sharing and joining us at Lasting Memories!!

glassgraffitix2 said...

Wow,Amy I love your LO's! I love the stories! This truly is a GOOD MOTHER"S DAY LO and a perfect "you" page!Thanks for joining us at Lasting Memories.

sharon said...

I LOVE this, you and your words, are truly a treasure! The sentiments, and whole look of your l/o's are lovely! What lucky kids, and what a lucky Mom! Thanks for joining Lasting Memories Challenge!

Kate said...

Amy!!!!! This layout is AMAZING!! FABULOUS!!! I LOVED reading every word of the story behind it all. I'm sorry it took you so long but it was worth every colour change and photo reposition. It is perfect.... absolutely perfect. What a treasure!!
Thanks so much for participating in the Getting Cricky "Sew Fabulous" challenge!
Small Bits of Paper
Guest Designer for Getting Cricky

Kathy said...

OMG, what a great job! I love everything about this layout. Good Luck!
Thank you for playing our Simply Sunday Challenge at Getting Cricky.
Kathy - Getting Cricky DTM

pruttybird said...

Love this layout. As I was reading your post, I was l ike, yup, that's me too sitting in the pouring freezing rain watching my kids play the sport of the season, running them around from place to place, and so on. You really captured how I think a lot of mother's feel ... love being a mom. Hope you have a great mother's day!!

pruttybird at comcast dot net

Dana said...

Great layout. I agree with your sentiment and your post. Thanks for playing at FCCB.
Happy Mother's Day.

Dana said...

Great layout. I agree with your sentiment and your post. Thanks for playing at FCCB.
Happy Mother's Day.

Larelyn said...

What wonderful memories for a special mom. I'm sure just creating this layout brought back wonderful memories. Thanks for sharing at FCCB.

Lisa said...

What a great layout...awesome attention to detail! Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at FCCB!


jessica_haley555 said...

You have so many beautiful details on this page. Thanks for sharing!

tiffany said...

wow- this layout is gorgeous! congrats on being in the top 3 at Lasting Memories! =)Tiffany

joydee1963 said...

great lo,joydee1963 at yahoo dot com

Maquel said...

Amy! You rocked this one! I love your layout, but most of all, I love the emotion behind your daughter is only 3 and I'm already a 'helicopter' mom!!!! :) and I would never change that! Your children are your passion, and I think that is the most amazing trait any person can have...great job for scrapping yourself!! Be proud of the mom you are! And a day late, but Happy Mother's Day to you!!! Thanks for joining us this week at FCCB!!


Lisa R. said...

love the boy fishing. Cool background. Your scrapbook LO's are awesome. TFS joy4umetoo at hotmail dot com

BugBites said...

Fantastic layout- hope you will come back for our next challenge too. TFS with us at FCCB.

Brenda said...

Wow, what an absolute wonderful LO. I am in awe, speechless. LOVE it
Thanks for playing along on our Simply Sunday Challenge at Getting Cricky
Brenda DTM

K Andrew said...

Amy, this is absolutely fantastic girl! WOWWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!
I love the entire layout--but my favorite part is your photo caption strips and the way you placed them across. So creative!

Thank you so much for playing along in my challenge at Getting Cricky!

big cricky hugs,
kristal of getting cricky!

Annette_Marlow said...

This is absolutely beautiful! I love the creativity in this. The way you show some wear in tear with the fresh and crisp, the black and white with bright pinks! I completely compliments your story!

Seaweed and Raine said...

Gorgeous - and a lot of work too!

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