Saturday, April 12, 2014

Layout - glad you were there

I hope you are all having a fabulous weekend! We are currently waiting for tropical cyclone Ita to pass over, she's much weaker than when she slammed into the Coast North of us last night, and now skirting down the tropical coast. By tomorrow morning it will all be over and the clean up will begin.  Nothing to report for our town yet, just heavy rain for the past 18 hours or so, but not inclined to flood - the dam is filling though which Is great! Hopefully some farmers are getting some rain too!

Here's a layout I've just completed to share. I fell pregnant with The Boy in my very last semester at uni and I ended up completing the last three subjects by correspondence when he was a year old, graduating just after he turned two.  By then we were over the initial new parents stresses, including everything that goes with premature babies.  Even though I got the order a bit wrong in my original life plan, I am so grateful for all of it and that he was there to celebrate with me.

Layout recipe:
Card stock/paper: Kaisercraft English Rose, SU!, Bazzill, page from an old novel (the book is being repurposed into an album by a friend so I snagged a few pages)
Ink: Baked Brown Sugar (SU!)
Dies: Alphabet (Sizzix), border (Magnolia doohickeys), leaves (Spellbinders)
Other: flowers, pearls, rhinestones, Crumb Cake seam binding ribbon (SU!), distresser

Scrapbook Boutique: photo inspiration
Once Upon A Sketch: sketch (+ theme: event that changed my life + journaling requirement, see hidden tag)

Thanks for visiting!


  1. Hi Messy Mamma. I hope Ita has not caused you too much grief. Love your sweet layout. It's perfect for the SB challenge this month and I love the soft flower clusters around your cute photos.

  2. What a great layout, it has as a real sense of fun to it. x

  3. I am loving your positive and joyful attitude, although it could not have been easy, I appreciate that your wrong way round life is all good now...such a meaning full page, beautifully scrapped! Thank you for sharing with us at OUAS...!

  4. Such a fun layout, love that fab sentiment, thanks for sharing with us at Scrapbook Boutique! Good luck with the Cyclone, hope you stay safe.

  5. Well congratulations that is no mean feat to complete uni with a child to look after as well. I have just become grandma to twins... born at 33 weeks so I know the stresses that come with that. I love this sweet layout to record this special time. Thanks for playing along with us at OUAS this month.

  6. Lovely work! Thanks for letting us know where your journaling is for our OUAS's great how you've used the book paper. Very appropriate to your story!!! And if you haven’t already done so, you can link this to our Once Upon A…Sketch Facebook Page for a chance at our special FB prize! So happy to see you joining in with us this month:):)

  7. What a lovely layout to celebrate these two special events!! Thanks for sharing your hidden journaling and I adore that it is in your own hand!! I’m so glad you have joined us for the April Once Upon A…Sketch Challenge and for sharing your layout on our Facebook page! ~ Blessings, Tracey

    Garden of Grace

  8. Wow, respect for what you did! That picture looks great, kind of girlpower :) Thank you so much for joining in at OUAS!

  9. Fabulous layout! So glad you could play along with Scrapbook Boutique this month!

  10. Firstly, hope the cyclone didn't cause you too much trouble!! Secondly, congratulations on completing your degree with a small child!!!!! That deserves a diploma on its own! How lovely your boy was there to celebrate with you. A gorgeous LO perfect for our challenge at Scrapbook Boutique x