Friday, August 28, 2009

Layouts, sad news and good news

Sad news first. I gave Christina my resignation for the DT at Creative Twist. It was such a short time but I knew in the back of my head that I probably shouldn't take on such a task. Especially with everything else going on but being the gracious lady she is, she understood what I needed to do. I encourage you all to continue checking out that blog. The challenges coming up are going to be so much fun!

Good news is I completed two layouts today! My sewing machine has been on the fritz and I got it fixed. Did it all by myself actually. Just needed a little oil and cleaning. I need to remember to do that more often. So I got to stitch on a layout which I haven't done in awhile. I love it! It's nice when your machine will actually stitch correctly. :)

Both of these layouts are for two different Friday Challenges at scrapsketch:

This one is for last week. I used some Amy Butler fabric scraps I had lying around as a the background. Adhered it with a couple of glue dots and then stitched. I love the unfinished look of the stitching and the frayed edges. In person, you can see the fabric bulging a little bit where it isn't adhered to the paper. LOVE it. The journaling says this: "I'm learning to laugh again... I love this photo of me because it shows how I can laugh at myself and be a complete dork without feeling stupid. I still need to seek approval and affirmation from people but I also know Who my identity belongs to. After years of heartache, pain, feeling lost and alone - this picture is a complete example to the woman I've become. A most dearly loved daughter of the King, washed clean of all past pain and mistakes. I love to laugh!"

Other materials:
Wooden flourish - Kaisercraft
Flowers - Bo Bunny
Wish sticker - 7 Gypsies
Journal spot - I made this in Photoshop using some brushes by Rhonna Farrer
Patterned fabric - Amy Butler

Here is a layout using this weeks Friday Challenge sketch:

The lighting isn't so great in my house. I might try to take a different photo tomorrow. The journaling for this one says: "Me and Danielle August '09 I love this photo of us! We are so silly! This was at Kaari's birthday dinner and we had to do a photoshoot!"

Background CS - Bazzill
Patterned Paper - Fancy Pants
Blue flower and journal spot - My Minds Eye
Blue brad - SEI
Ribbon, thread - stash

This layout also uses some digi - the title on the journaling spot was created on the comp. Used some of my downloaded fonts. I almost was going to create it similar to those letter stickers by Making Memories but decided to do each word a different font instead.

Thanks for swinging by again!


Clair@Obstinate Pursuit said...

That's fabulous journalling on your first layout Melissa. Keep on being brave - you're becoming a bit of an inspiration actually :)

Steph said...

So sad to see you leave Creative Twist but good luck on your own DT :] Your layouts are gorgeous!

Suzanne said...

Love your layouts, especially the 2nd one with the pleating at the top! :-)

Melissa said...

Melissa, that first lo is so heartfelt and gorgeous, thanks for sharing. The second one is so much fun.

I'm sorry you had to leave your DT, but believe me, I feel ya :)

Jessica said...

love these pgs. love your stitching and love the journaling on the top one..really wonderful!