Hello friend! This is Laura sharing my first layout for the design team today. After being a 6x8 scrapbooker for over a year, I recently discovered the joys of working big in 12x12" and I can't stop making layouts! Today I have created a layout using the wonderful Hello Beautiful kit.
When I looked through the supplies, my attention was immediately grabbed by the phrase die-cuts. I love to use typography in my scrapbooking, and titles are often a starting place if I need inspiration.
In this case, I loved the phrase "Love & Courage" and it immediately reminded me of my relationship with my service dog. We've been working together for over six years, and he is a huge part of my life. Two years ago he was diagnosed with cancer, and we fought hard together to keep him healthy and alive through months of chemotherapy. Today he is in remission and healthy, but it still takes a lot of courage to get through the days not knowing the future.
During those weeks of chemo, he was sick a lot, and I was in my last semester of college working in the dorms as a resident assistant. I happened to live on the 5th floor, far away from the elevator or stairs, so when he was sick we spent a lot of time sitting on the grass outside killing time. One particular day I passed the time by making flower crowns out of the little daisies that were growing in the grass and snapped a photo of him wearing the crown. It has remained one of my favorite photos representing a beautiful moment in a difficult time.
This year, to celebrate his two year remission anniversary, I took another photo of us together wearing flower crowns. And the two photos came together in this layout.
While I was gluing down the photos, I left the top photo without any adhesive on the top to create a pocket for the cute tag die cuts from the die cut pack. I love making tags and having interactive elements to my pages. My journaling also felt personal and I like having it tucked away.
To bring in more of the pink, I cut down the striped 12x12" paper, using just the pink section. I layered all this on top of a piece of 11.5 x 11.5 "cardstock that I had prepped with silver paint and ink splatters, and then sewed those layers on top of the beautiful green and pink patterned paper from the kit.
To finish the layout I popped the title up on some foam adhesive and added a few more die cuts. I love seeing these two photos side by side and it inspired me to make flower crown photos a tradition on his remission anniversaries each year. I hope you find some inspiration in my project and I'll see you all back here later in the month with another project from this wonderful kit!