Craft Szafa and Bird is the Word have some great challenges this month. At Craft Szafa the theme is the end of fall – and they want some yellow in the layout, and at Bird is the Word, the word is inspire.
I have five children who inspire me and this layout features my youngest daughter, who is camping at Presqu’ile Provincial Park with me, as our family does every year. We participate in all the park programs while we are there, and this particular visit, we happened to be there for the Monarch Migration Weekend. Mary is a vibrant personality who is fierce about fairness, has a great artistic talent and has a great love of nature. She inspires me – as do all my children because of all their unique gifts!!
Here is Mary participating in the Monarch release. I used American Crafts Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm papers for this layout.
We have two challenges right now at Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge … the 1st of the month prompt, and the 15th sketch challenge. Click here to go to the blog and play along with one or both of our challenges if you would like to have some inspiration and fun!
Bird is the Word has a new word – PEACE. This layout of our daughter Jacqueline Pennington and her niece (our granddaughter Emma) has the title PEACEFUL as those two young ladies look so very peaceful in the photos. I also used the sketch by Diana Fisher posted for August at Scrapfit for this layout.
We are getting some wonderful layouts submitted for our 1st and 15th of May challenges over at Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge … If you have not submitted yours, please hop over here and play along with us. Our scrapbook challenge website is a lot of fun, encourages you to scrap memories of your own past and present, and has a lot of wonderful designers to inspire and encourage!!
My wonderful father-in-law Ron Pennington fills stockings for each of us at Christmas. We look forward to Christmas mornings at his house where we open them and the rest of our gifts to each other. He gathers eclectic stuff year-round for his stockings, and we never know what we will pull out of them!!! One thing is for certain, they make us smile. One Christmas he was uncertain which of our daughters would show up with dates, and he wanted to be prepared. We all laughed when we read the names on a couple of the stockings – Boyfriend 1, Boyfriend 2, Boyfriend 3 – Ron never wants anyone to be left out or feel unwelcome! Here is a layout of our son Chris grinning at the small bottle of Scope mouthwash that he pulled out of his stocking Christmas 2010. I used one of Shimelle’s Scrapbook Starting Points for this layout, and used Bird is the Word’s prompt SMILE. Paper used is Basic Grey Nordic Holiday line.
… that’s how I often feel when I remember my twin brother, Gary, who died when we were only 35. He lay dying in hospital in Toronto, while I lay in my hospital bed in Belleville very sick the last month of my pregnancy with our son Chris. We lied to each other every day when we called each other to chat – oh yes, we were both doing very fine we would say. Gary died August 9th. When they brought me the news that evening (I knew inside all day that he had died and I was screaming inside that no one in my family came to tell me – don’t tell me there is no deep bond between twins) I went immediately into labour for Chris. A labour in shock and grief with a sick mother and baby is not a good thing, but that is another story.
My journalling reads: “You were my friend my whole life, always with me – you were my buddy since the womb. You had always been with me, my friend I brought with me whenever we moved with Mom and Dad. We were both in hospital miles apart that last month of your life after having had a wonderful weekend camping at Presqu’ile in early July. You were never to come out of that hospital, and I left my hospital with Christopher Gary Ronald Robert in my arms. He was named Gary for you. I didn’t think I’d ever recover that loss, but time helped strengthen me. I had another child to add to my family. I dressed them both in the sweater and hat you made for Chris and snuggled them in the blanket you made. I wish they’d have known you too! Attending our 40th high school reunion this year was so sad without you!! I’ll never forget you, my twin!!! ”
Here is my layout using the prompt word “Time” from Bird is the Word and Crate Paper School Spirit Collection Geometry paper, a Cosmo Cricket embellishment (My Best Friend scroll) and Heidi Snapp clock faces. I love to use sunburst design papers, they give so much energy to a layout. Please go to my posting here at my challenge blog another Freaking scrappy challenge … for a tutorial on how to use these papers. I meant to get this done sooner, but as you can imagine it was a hard layout to tackle, sometimes the emotions still run very deep.
design by Anne Pennington
how my son Chris Pennington has grown. And I’ve discovered a blog that is new to me this past week or so called Bird is the Word. Their challenge this week is to use the word “amazing” in a layout. Well, our son went to his first prom this past week, and frankly, I found it amazing how he was transformed when he put on his grandfather’s tuxedo to wear for the event. It has been a year of changes for sure with him. Loving how he is turning out.
The sketch I used for this layout was from Sketchy Thursday’s challenge this week. I used a bit of Crate Paper Toy Box Collection Story Time paper, Basic Grey lettering, Jinni Bowlin pennant stickers Sassafrass paper and a border, and an October Afternoon Fly a Kite Wild Card.
Here is the sketch from Sketchy Thursday:
Here is my layout based on the sketch and on the challenge word from Bird is the Word:
by Anne Pennington