Hi everyone!

This past Saturday I had the joy of getting together with some fabulous scrapbooking friends. We all meet at an Archivers in the 'burbs. It's such a great time to get away and create with like minded ladies. I feel really blessed that there is a group that share this passion and that I get to crop with them monthly. I don't know what I'd do without that kind of community!

So many folks always comment about how they hardly get anything done at crops. I use to think that I was the same but I noticed I actually get a lot done! Yes, I manage to yap and scrap! I love it! So, I was able to finish a layout and also created several birthday cards for my friend, Nubia, who works for the Ronald McDonald House. That was also a blessing to be able to create something handmade for families who stay at the RM House.

Here is the layout I completed:

Ahhh... another Chicago layout! 

There are three reasons why I chose to document this Chicago journey again:
1) I needed to use this Amy Tangerine collection and it always seems to work best with projects pertaining to a journey of some sort. 

2) I found those awesome maps via a Pinterest link somewhere. And did I repin it? Of course not! I got distracted by clicking onto the site. If I find it again, I promise to come back and add the link.

3) I haven't recorded the emotional aspect of this year long journey. At least the tough parts. 

I've spoke a lot to the journey leading up to the move, the initial experience of living here and the beauty of this city. I've created layouts that record how unbelievable it is that time has flown by so quickly and all the different ways I have grown. But, I haven't really "gone there" with the yucky feelings of homesickness. I guess I was afraid to address that feeling because I didn't want to realize I made a mistake by moving here. 

Au contraire my friend. 

Addressing this emotion of homesickness only allowed me to "let it out". It did NOT say to me I made a mistake. It simply allowed me to affirm the feeling I had of missing my loved ones. I think it's something I'll always go through, no matter how many outstanding relationships I create here. I lived in Washington a VERY long time and worked VERY hard to maintain the close friendships I have. 

Anyhoo... that's that about the emotional back story of the layout. Here are a few close up shots for design sake:

Mostly American Crafts product was used with this layout including Crate Paper and Studio Calico. I also added some trim from Websters Pages which added THE perfect amount of texture. Love! 

Thanks for swinging by! Hope you have a good day. :)