And That's Why We're Friends

I forgot to thank everyone for sharing their words for the year and such a couple of posts ago.  It's so much fun for me to hear how others are stepping into 2011 and what their goals are.  And I sure hope the sketchbook winner contacts me soon so I can get to shipping it. :)  I've been browsing the pages of my own copy and will be creating several pages using the sketches.  They are awesome.

I thought I would also share a fun layout with you all today too.  Lately, I've been taking time to really appreciate the friends in my life.  There are a few who have really stuck by me and have never left me to question if they are a true friend or not.  Never once have I been taken on a "friendship roller coaster" with them.  They are steadfast, speaking truth, loving me kind of women!  We giggle, cry, vent, encourage and LOVE one another.  These gals have taught me what real, authentic friendship should look like.  So even though I tend to scrap about myself, you might see a few more pages dedicated to these fabulous women in my life.

The following layout appeared in the Open Road article for November.  I'm surprised I haven't shared it yet or maybe I did and forgot about it.  Regardless, here it is:

Supplies: Paper, Chipboard: Cosmo Cricket, Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper, Alphabet: American Crafts, Flowers: Doodlebug Designs, Kaisercraft, Petaloo, Bling: Kaisercraft, Paint: Making Memories, Pens: Zig Memory Systems (Kuratake) Fonts: Traveling Typewriter, Other: thread. Tools: Electronic Cutter: Silhouette SD, Other: sewing machine.

I love kraft.  I'm all out of my Bazzill Kraft which, in my opinion, is the best kraft out there!  For my thickers, the original color was pink but it is so easy to just color over them with the color you actually need.  I just used one of my Marvy markers in black.  The green circles are the negative pieces from the scalloped patterned paper base that was cut with my Silhouette.  It's always great when you can minimize waste by using up those little scraps! Taking a black pen to outline the shapes helped to ground the photo and differentiate the journaling strips from the background.  Looking at this layout makes me miss my sewing machine.  Stitching is always the perfect accent to any layout; giving it that added texture and balance.  One of these days I'll get a new one. :) 

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!  Take some time to let your dearest friends know how grateful you are for them. 

hugs,
Melissa