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Friday, September 2, 2011

Who do you love? I said... Who do ya loooooove???

Happy Fabulous Friday, Friends!! :)  I have a quick-and-easy layout to share with you today!!  Over at Lasting Memories Layout Challenges, they have been having a DT call (submissions close today), so I've been so happy to be able to finish up a few layouts recently!!  Challenge #53  asked us... "Who or What Inspires You?"...

This is probably one of the toughest questions for me to answer, not because it's hard for me to think of something, but because there are SO MANY things...  The sun shining, the breeze blowing, the birds singing...  Yup, that inspires me!!  :)  Good music, good friends, good times...  That's inspiring too!! :)  The beauty in the world around us, the kind words spoken by a stranger, the songs heard on the radio...  All of those things inspire me too!! :)  I guess I could scrapbook for days on just the things that inspire me!!  Of course, three things that inspire me most of all -- My faith, my family, and my friends...  These things are the basis for all the happiness in my life!!  Life doesn't have to be perfect or easy when you have faith, family, and friends...  The hard times are easier to get through, the dark days have a little more light, and the path seems a little less stressful...

For those who have followed my blog for a bit, you know that I am very close to my family -- I look forward to spending as much time as I can with all of them!!  And so I created my layout with two of my favorite pictures from one of our trips to the zoo a few years ago...  My-Favorite-Nephew (I can call him that since I only have one) made his first solo trip to stay with Grandma and Grandpa for a whole week...  Since he is the source of many humorous stories, we were all really looking forward to this week (and, YES, he gave us a whole BOOK of funny stories!!)...
For these pictures, we had JUST made it through the Monkey House at the zoo (Egads! This is not a fun place for someone with a sensitive olfactory system!!)...  While I was inspired by the lovely fresh air around me, my beautiful family posed for pictures for me.  I love how innocent and angelic My-Favorite-Nephew looks in these photos...  :)
I created the "family" title for this layout by welding the font found on the Songbird Cricut Cartridge in my Gypsy...  I then embossed the top layer with my "Engtangled" Couture Creations embossing folder (a gift from my awesome Aussie friend, Carlene) and added a few flower embellishments...
Lasting Memories provided an optional sketch for this challenge, which I started to use, but then changed up too much for it to really fit the sketch...  Leave it to me to "color outside the lines"!! :)  But the sketch is where I got the idea for the circles...  See?
I have a few other layouts in mind for this sketch though, so......
After journaling on a few of the circles, I embossed all of them to match the title...  Although the green marker doesn't show up as well in the pictures, I'm actually quite pleased with how bright it is in 'real' life...
To finish off the layout, I used my white Signo pen to draw some faux stitching all around the page and add some triple dots next to the circles and letters of the title.



Lasting Memories

I hope you have enjoyed my layout today!!  I invite you to pop on over to Lasting Memories -- where the challenges are all about layouts only, so you're sure to find plenty of wonderful inspiration for all of your scrapbooking!! :)

Oh yeah...  About that title on my post...  All morning I've had this George Thorogood version of "Who Do You Love" running through my head...  Last year, one of our family events was a Pittsburgh Pirates game followed by a concert with George Thorogood and plenty of fabulous fireworks...  Whenever I hear this song, I always think of my family -- Not because it's about family, but because the chorus fits...  They ARE who I love, and I mean reeeeeaaaally loooooove...  Got the song stuck in your head now?  Well, here's the VIDEO in case ya want to sing along with me (I am inspired by music too, after all!!)...

Can't see the video above or prefer to watch it on YouTube?  CLICK HERE...  :)

I hope your Friday is as FANTASTIC as YOU are, my friend!!  :)  Until next time,

11 comments:

Brenda said...

This is fantastic. I love how you used and didn't use the sketch to get you started. The color combo is also very great and I love that you added the white triple dots here and there. Those pictures are awesome of your family and I am so happy that they are the ones to inspire you. I also believe that you only need FAITH FAMILY FRIENDS, because without them there isn't much else.
Thanks for joining us of at Lasting Memories and good luck with the DT call.
Hugs
Brenda
I would be honored if you came to see my blog here
PS I love the way you incorporate musical videos in a lot of your posts too...hugs

Janis said...

Amy, this is beautiful! I love the embossed circles and flowers on "family". :) Janis

Lisa said...

This is so gorgeous, Amy! I love how you used the circles and that embossing folder rocks! I love the look it gives the paper! The little added flowers are the perfect touch! And the pictures are just adorable! What an awesome, beautiful layout!! :D

Lisa
http://indymermaid.blogspot.com

Dee Burns said...

Amy, this turned out fantastic. My vote is for you for the DT...good luck and will be thinking of you. YES, that song was stuck in my head before I knew you had it up...now will be an all day event...thanks Amy...lol.
Have a great day!
Dee B

Karen Wilson said...

Hey Amy! You made it!! I love this LO and I think most of us chose family that inspires us. I love all the little additions on here .. thanks so much for joining us at Lasting Memories and good luck!

Amy E said...

DUDE! Now that song is stuck in my head too...thanks...I think!

Your layout is stunning! I always learn so much from you!

amyis300 AT hotmail DOT com
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Kim said...

Great LO. I just love the UT t-shirt!!! We play Rice tomorrow! HOOK'EM!!!

Jani said...

Great LO. Love all those circles and fun textures. It is great that you started with the sketch and then made it your own.

Jani
paper compulsions

glassgraffitix2 said...

Fab LO as usual! Hoping you'd make it! Thanks for joining us at Lasting Memories.

Rhonda Emery said...

I love this layout and its easy to see all the love you and your family has. hugs

Just A Pac Rat said...

Beautiful layout, love the colors you used. TFS

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