Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Shimelle's Eleventh & Twelfth Challenge

I combined Shimelle's eleventh challenge to mix two contrasting patterns to create a background with the LOM Community weekly challenge to create a Storage Binder layout with one focal photo & the remaining photos cropped & lined up side by side. For my background, I chose a newer floral paper and an older striped paper from my stash.

 Journaling reads: It's always fun to stroll through the booths at Canton and see the wide variety of items for sale. This Saturday (March 2012) was an absolutely beautiful day to be out & enjoy the sunshine.

I started with sketch 13 in the 28 Sketches Workshop to complete Shimelle's Twelfth Challenge - create a page with one photo printed twice. I believe this is the first time I've ever used the exact photo twice on the same layout, but I absolutely love the way this turned out.

Journaling reads:
*The 17 staples in Daddy's swollen arm - the one he broke both forearm bones in just six days before.
*The 2 days & nights Mama stayed awake so she could be with him, even sitting up in the 5th floor waiting room the second night because they were not able to put Daddy in a private room due to the hospital being full.
*The relief that it was ONLY a broken arm when Daddy fell off the A-box onto the cement floor of the shop while putting some bed rails up in the rafters.
*The exhaustion and pain they endured. (OK, maybe this one does show a little in their eyes.)
*The 46 years of great times, good times, bad times, and ugly times they've endured together.

(For those of you who didn't grow up with a Daddy who worked for the telephone company, an A-box is simply a box that resembles the shape of the letter "A" - it could be used to sit on when working on those gray telephone boxes on the side of the road or as a step to reach something higher.)

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13 comments:

Beverly said...

The first layout is cute but I LOVE the second, melissa...the layout, the pics and the journaling, awesome!

Stephanie Joanna said...

I agree with the comment above, both layouts are wonderful but the second one is outstanding! I really love the "what this photo doesn't show" concept and your journaling is really touching. Seems like a great class Shimelle's offering, wish I had signed up!

Jane said...

love both the layouts melissa, the love for your parents shows in the second one.

Sian said...

Wonderful scrapbooking! You couldn't have chosen a better page to add the same photo twice too, it does so much to add to the already compelling story. i love it

Cynthia said...

Wonderful job on the challenges! I love the colors and the layouts of both. Really nicely done on both of them!!

Tammy said...

Fabulous layouts! Love the fun floral pattern paper and stripes - one of my favorite pattern combos. And I love what you did with your double photo. That's one I can't do right now because my photo printer is packed. You've been so productive this week! I'm working on my fourth layout from Shimelle's crop and still might do a few more. :)

Alison said...

Love the journalling in the second one..you have been great at keeping up with these challenges!
Alison xx

scrappyjacky said...

Your 2nd page is wonderful....and such perfect journaling.

Carol Labuski said...

great layouts but I think I like the second one best! maybe 'cause I'm also doing the 28 Days of Sketches class? ha ha!

alexa said...

I hope things are better now ... Ouch, that sounds painful - and such a lovely piece of journalling about what doesn't show. Those two papers in the top layout are such a good match for each other.

Karen said...

I'm another fan of the second layout! Ditto to the comments above.

Mel said...

Love both layouts and especially the edge of the second layout!

S said...

What great ways to meet the challenges. You know I am especially pleased with that first page - it's so bright and happy and full of fun.