Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Playing with Paper

Bella Blvd is having a fun, challenge filled week!  Today's challenge was to use patterned papers from 4 or more collections on your project.  For my page, I used papers from Finally Fall, Christmas Wishes, Family Dynamix, and Spring Flings and Easter Things.  This was such a fun challenge and I love companies who create collections where you can mix and match the papers and embellies.  It makes your supplies go so much further.

I also combined this challenge with one of the newer challenges at Club CK, that was started by Erika H. at the beginning of this year.  The challenge is called Thanks Living and we are encouraged to keep a daily journal with statements of things we are thankful for.  I actually just got started with my journal this week.  Things have been a little crazy over the past two months, but I've kind of had a break in the clouds and the opportunity to get started with this challenge.  

Here is the story of why I created this page, based on one of the statements in my Thanks Living journal:  This page is about Ewok, who has been in the family before DH and I even got married.  My sister in law actually ended up bringing him home with her as a puppy, because the original owner took him and left him on the side of the road.  He went to live at DH's grandmother's house because she needed a watch dog and had a huge yard for him to play in.  He was always such a sweet dog and loved attention and having the kids play with him.  He ended up passing away last week on Valentine's Day, because he had been diagnosed with cancer last year.  I was so thankful that we got to snap some pictures of him on Thanksgiving Day and we were able to print them out yesterday and take them to Tyler's grandmother to help console her, because she has really been missing him since last week.

Now, I am usually the type of person who tries to stay detached from pets, because I know how difficult it can be to lose one.  I've seen my grandparents go through 3 dachshunds in my lifetime and it was always so sad when each one passed away.  But I will have to admit that I had a soft spot for "Wok", which is what we called him most of the time, and I shed a few tears last Tuesday when they had to put him to sleep.

I wanted to get this page completed pretty quickly today, so instead of spending so much time on the design of my page, I decided to use a sketch by Diana Fisher that she created for the Imaginisce Blog.

Products Used:

Cardstock:  Die Cuts with a View

Patterned Paper, Stickers, & Chipboard Alphas:  Bella Blvd.
Pen:  Sakura
Pearls:  Recollections
Buttons:  Michael's
Baker's Twine:  The Twinery
Embroidery Floss:  Janlynn
Teeny Alphas:  Glitz Design


  1. So sorry for your families loss... our fur babies do become part of the family... I loveeeeee your lo! I love love love love your heart, the pennants and LOVEEEEEEE the PHOTO!!

  2. Oh Ashley, your page is incredible! What a great way to preserve this memory by doing what you do best! I love it all! The little twine heart is my favorite!

  3. super cute! Great job using 4 collections! I would have a hard time with that!

  4. Love how you mixed so many collections! I agree that it is terrific when manufacturers do this. That is what I love about BG! Your heart embellishment is stunning! :)

  5. Love this layout Ashley! You did a beautiful job with it and remembering Ewok (love the name by the way). My heart goes out to DH Grandma at this time. i know how hard it is to loose such a loving companion.

  6. Another great layout here! I really like the heart. Thanks for the detail shot.....I could get a really good look at it :)