...and although it's late, here it is:
1. Thrifty Finds
Give me a free hour or two and I don't head to the mall. I head to the local thrift shop...and come away a few dollars more poor, but a few treasures more rich :) The guy ringing up my total said, "These are grandma things."
He was like 70.
I said, "Well I feel like an old lady trapped in a young person's body most of the time."
I don't think we either one had any idea what to say after that.
2. Instead of sneaks how about the real deal?
Meet an "Old Acquaintance"
Used a part of a chipboard flower to mask here and some recent photobooth pics of my cousin, her baby boy and I. Loved the toned down feel of this. Journaling about how I can't believe we are in this place in our lives, how blessed we are and how I wish we lived closer. The paper is Bella Blvd. as well as the paper flowers--aren't those awesome? You get one in the kit, but they has so many layers I pulled them apart for more ideas...although I also messed them up in the process ;( Guess that's how it goes!
When I saw the October Afternoon aplha in the kit it immediately made me think of all the pics I have of Aven creating. Here he is, Bumblebee Transformer costume on, painting away. My journaling talks about how he loves art and said on this day, "When I grow up I want to be an artist, but right now I'm just a little artist." Totally fine by me! I used the bottom of an old metal basket as the misting mask and some new spray ink. My stocking was filled with 8 new colors from Maya Road..guess I was on the nice list after all ;)
And this might be my most favorite project of the whole kit and it was so easy! Thrifted this frame for 50 cents and cut out some beautiful paper from Basic Grey to fit.For the life of me I can't remember where I came across this quote or who it is by. But I have always loved it and thought it could mean so many things..
*I took a deep breathe and let it go....and walked into the room to face my fears.
*I took a deep breathe and let it go...and pushed my baby into the world.
*I took a deep breathe and let it go...and chose to move beyond past disappointments.
*I took a deep breathe and let it go...and drove away for the last time.
You get the idea. Anyway, I loved how the butterflies seem to be flying away and kinda went with the quote. Plan on hanging this by my computer as a reminder that sometimes all I need to do is take a deep breathe and
A couple of cards in the gallery, as well as some super inspiration form the January guest and design team. Be sure to check it all out!
3. Be my guest
There is a new prompt over at Category Stories and a new guest designer you might know ;)
The prompt was "perfect fit". Here is my interpretation:
I love that they give prompts and then you just jump off with it and create. Be sure to play along with them this month. All you have to do is link your creation to the January 1 post and/or their Flickr group (do both for a second chance to win!) The prize is determined by a random draw so you have nothing to lose and a cool new layout to gain! Please link me up if you do play along. I would love to see what you do with it :)
Hope you all had a wonderful ringing in of the new year. Wishes of the most blessed year for you and yours!