Monday, January 5, 2015

Remember This Moment Layout

Many years ago, I graduated from college in December, so I began my teaching career as a substitute teacher in Kansas City, a very large district. I only taught older students. I remember the first time I had to teach first graders. The principal had requested me to teach 5th grade and when I arrived he admitted he had tricked me to come teach first graders. I had no idea what to do with that age. A couple of years later I had a contract to teach first grade in a Christian school. I fell in love with those lovely six-year-olds.  In fact, I spent most of my 30 years teaching first and second graders how to read. Now my two youngest grandchildren are in first grade and I love to spend time with them. I'd like to keep them that sweet age forever!

My hubby and kids know that one of my greatest simple pleasures is simply spending time with grandchildren. I took the photos on this layout when we took a lovely walk through the Overland Park Arboretum this fall. This layout will help me remember how lovely and adorable our six-year-old granddaughter is, even when she's grown past this sweet innocence.

I used the layout pattern from Magic, "Levitate," on page 40. The great words in this January Stamp of the Month were perfect for this layout made with CTMH Heartstrings paper and stickers. (The grouping of three words on the left page were cut from one of the zip strips at the top of one of the papers.) I cut the heart on that page using Cricut Artbooking. I stamped it on the back side by turning the stamp upside down on the block so the words wouldn't show. I stamped all the images with either Cranberry or Black ink. I used red enamel hearts and Pixie extra thick twine to embellish the pages. I tried something new with the Hollyhock panel on the left page. I wanted the bottom of the 4" x 12" panel to be embossed with hearts but it couldn't fit into the Heart embossing folder the right direction. So I embossed a piece of Hollyhock cardstock that was 3.75" x 5" and attached it to the longer Hollyhock panel.

I wanted the Love Note to say something she can understand now and something to ponder in the future. The journaling block says: "God has blessed you with a loving, cheerful disposition. May you always grow in His grace. I'm glad you could be here on my birthday, October 4, 2014."

If you'd like more ideas using this paper and stamp set you can see the cards I made by visiting my blog here and here.

Thank you for visiting. May God inspire you to share and celebrate your love by making memorable layouts and inspiring cards!
I'm sharing this layout with the following challenges:
2 Creative Chicks #22 - anything goes, not cards
Crafting When We Can #85 - anything but a card
Lasting Memories #123 - Simple pleasures
Word Art Wednesday #164 - anything uplifting
Your Scrapbook Place - anything goes


Suzanne said...

Gorgeous double layout of your sweet granddaughter. I totally agree we want to always keep these memories special as they grow up so fast. Love your use of the stamps and the great colors and elements. Thanks for joining us at Lasting Memories for the Simple Pleasures challenge.

Paula A. Peluso said...

What a beautiful double page layout! I love the colors and the elements you used. Perfect with the picture. Thanks for joining us at Lasting Memories. Can't wait to see what you create next time!!

Andrea Martin said...

Gorgeous Layout! The colors you chose go perfectly with the photo. Great job with the challenge!

Andrea Jones

Lori said...

Beautiful layout! I love the stamps and paper you used - such pretty colors. I love spending time with my granddaughter, too. They are very special times! Thanks for joining us at Lasting Memories!

Tina Campbell said...

Beautiful layout and you have a lovely grand daughter. Thanks for joining us over at LM
Tina C. LMDT

Robin said...

Beautiful layout! Looks like all had a wonderful time. Thanks for playing along with us at CWWC and good luck! Hugs, Robin

Lyne Blodgett said...

Oh my goodness - you need to print this post and attach it to the back of your layout as it's just as precious a can certainly tell how much you love your grandchildren! Thanks for playing with us at Lasting Memories Challenge

Lynda said...

Aww so beautiful! love the layout and the all the love behind it.. perfect x Thankyou for joining us at Crafting When We Can Lynda x DT

Poppet said...

Great LO Vickie, I love scrap booking but I use CraftArtist to digi scrap. I really love all the texture you've got on your page and the way you used embossing to fill in a portion of your layout. I hope we will see you on our challenge again as we allow all creative mediums as long as they follow the theme and rules.

Thank you for sharing your wonderful work with us at Crafting When We Can Challenges. :-) xx

Just Me said...

Your granddaughter is adorable. They are so sweet at that age. Beautiful layout, so bright and cheerful. Thanks you for joining us at YSBP

Jo Ann said...

Totally gorgeous pages and the little girl in the pic is too cute. Thanks for blessing us with your artwork last week at Word Art Wednesday. There is still time to join us for our Challenge this week so, I hope you link more projects with us. Leaving you with God's Word in Hebrews 7:25 which says, "Therefore he (Jesus) is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them." God bless always!


Shell B. said...

Beautiful layout, wonderful photos and great design!
Glad you could join us for the challenge at Your ScrapBook Place, hope to see you come back soon!
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Shell in Alaska ~ YSBP~DT ~

Claire R said...

fantastic double pager, i LOVE it. Thanks for sharing it with us at lasting memories.

Beatrice Lawson said...

Looks like a gorgeous place to take your granddaughter too, awesome pics and layout.Thanks for playing along with us at Lasting Memories!

Nana said...

What a beautiful layout. Thanks for linking up over at 2 Creative Chicks

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Pam said...

Very cute layout!
Thanks for linking up over at 2 Creative Chicks

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