Thursday, May 24, 2018

Grand Canyon Adventure Layout

Last month my hubby left on a photo and graduation trip to the picturesque Southwest. Lizzy was graduating from Grand Canyon University with her doctorate in psychology. I was there in spirit. (Long auto trips and camping are too hard on my now.) We've taken decades of wonderful trips rich with memories for me. Now I get the pleasure of scrapbooking his photos. This layout is about hubby's camping in the Grand Canyon so he can get to the rim before sunrise for the best photos. He posted some of his favorites with technical details on his blog, Light through my Lens. Each time I've stood at the rim looking across layers and layers of canyons it was like standing in a great cathedral in nature and worshiping the amazing Creator of such wonders!

I was inspired to use the double page sketch from Stick It Down.

Here are close-ups.

In order to know what size I should cut my Cricut embellishments, I tried something new. I set up two 12 x 12 pages in Cricut Design Space and added photo sizes and pieces to be cut. I wondered why I hadn't tried this before?  This is what that planning file looked like:

When it was time to cut, I hid all of the rectangle/square pieces which didn't need to be cut with the Cricut. Feel free to use my cut file if it would help you.  I used papers from an old set of Fundamentals which had a shiny clear embossed pattern on one side. I thought the shine reminded me of sunrise. The green is from the Fresh Air paper pack. The mountains were cut from Nutmeg and Kraft cardstock. They were images from You Are Here, Flower Market, Artistry, and Camp Out cartridges. The other embellishments are my leftovers from the Fresh Air Complements in the workshop kit and an extra set of the wood Fresh Air Shapes. I also added some New England Ivy Burlap Ribbon under the mountains. The copperfoil trees, star and word banners are showing up as almost black, but here's a close-up showing all the textures:

Thanks for visiting! May you be blessed with sweet memories of your own adventures!

I'm sharing this layout with the following challenges:
Card Mania Challenge #104 - anything but a card
Heart 2 Heart Challenge - Scrapbooking

Lasting Memories Layout Challenge- photo layout with one or more hexagons
Not Just Cards - anything goes
Pause Dream Enjoy - Scrapbook layouts
Stick It Down - May Double Page Sketch

Psalm 30:5 (WEB)
For his anger is but for a moment. His favor is for a lifetime.
Weeping may stay for the night, but joy comes in the morning.
365 Promises - Promise #144: My displeasure may last for a moment, but My favor is yours for life.


Colleen said...

What a great two pager. Thanks for joining us at Stick it Down.

Colleen--DT for SID

Lauren said...

This looks awesome! I love how you showed your planning file too - great idea. These cricut cut files are perfect for the layout! Thanks for joining us at Stick it Down and Lasting Memories!

DT Stick it Down
DT Lasting Memories

Deanna said...

Really beautiful!! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Lasting Memories! :)

Janis Lewis said...

So Cute! Thanks for sharing at Pause Dream Enjoy Challenges.
Pause Dream Enjoy

Jackie C said...

So happy that you have linked your great artwork with us here at Pause Dream Enjoy. Good luck hun and do come back again!
Jackie DT @ PDE

Miss Emerald said...

Great work, amazing details. Thanks for joining us at Card Mania Challenges. Good luck and hope you'll join us again.

Janis Lewis said...

Oh! I forgot to mention... I have a new scrapbook challenge blog starting Friday. I'd love you to join us.
Pause Dream Enjoy

Granmargaret said...

Lovely layout. Thank you for joining the challenge at Not Just Cards and Pause Dream Enjoy. Hope to see you again next time.

Sandy Ross said...

Fabulous double layout! Thanks for playing along with Lasting Memories Layout Challenges!!!

Cathy Sanders said...

Fantastic layout. Thanks so much for playing along with us at Stick It Down!

Ashley H said...

What an amazing experience and well worth it to sleep in truck. These pictures are beautiful!

Thanks for sharing at SID :)

Sue Reynolds said...

I'm always so awed when visiting the Grand Canyon and you gave your husband's awesome photos a lovely background. I know that tree and probably have photos on my backup drive, it's so intriguing and has a great background of the canyon...I believe it might be the last view site of the Grand Canyon. We have done the Southern Canyon, the Northern and the West which I the glass walk...all different, all awesome. Thanks for sharing with us at Heart2Heart.

Brandi said...

Great layout, I love the use of the Cricut cuts, adds great details and embellishments! Thanks for playing along with Heart 2 Heart Challenges (H2H).

Brandi R.
DT member H2H

Melissa Robinson said...

Very, very nice; every bit of it. The design of the layout, the elements, etc. compliment those beautiful photos perfectly!

Thank you for playing with us at Heart 2 Heart!
Melissa Robinson
Design Team Member