This month our challenge was to create our own patterned paper. For my layout, I used a template from Designer Digitals called Ad Challenge 4/18/10 by Katie Pertiet. This is a free digital layout and I chose to only use the picture template and create all the other elements myself. I started by stamping a polka dot pattern from Round and Round all over the 12 x 12 page. It actually went together quickly; the pattern is very easy to line up. Then I cut and tore the top and bottom of a mat made from Scarlet Jewel and stamped it with two different stamps from Giga Guide Lines in Versamark. I stitched some white zig-zags on the top and bottom, cut a tag and positioned it under the series of five pictures of my daughter, husband and great-niece, Hayley. I love the progression of pictures as she goes from bored to full out belly laugh. You probably can't read the journaling I wrote, but I wrote that this is the first time it totally, straight up hit me that my husband would one day be a great grandpa and my daughter, Carly would be a wonderful mother. I always knew it, but it was demonstrated to me on that day in April. This layout is the third in an album I am slowly making, all using the words "I Want to Remember" somewhere on the layout, either in the caption or the journaling. I have more than enough pictures from years past to fill up at least several albums using that theme.
Paper: Unknown White 12 x 12, PTI Scarlet Jewel & Kraft
Stamps: Round and Round, Giga Guide Lines
Ink: Scarlet Jewel and Versamark
Accessories: Sparkly paperclip, white stitching, Fillable Frame #1 die and several sparkly beads