Knock It Off: using the Monterey Add-On. Love the little Walker's Drug Store journaling stamp this add-on offers. (And reading Kelly Purkey's description of how it was designed, made me love it even more.)
Mom's Boo Hoo Moment: using the Sonoma Add-On. I also used the O's from the awesome alphabet stamps in the main kit (Napa Valley) and Barn Door Ink in order to bring more attention to the grommets in the envelope and the fact that I intended those grommets to be O's. You got that they were O's didn't you? I hope? Well, if not, those are O's. And that should help the title make a lot more sense to you. Mom's Bo Ho Moment? Not so much. Also, a note about the star. A star might seem like a bit of a perky page element to accompany journaling of a rather sad nature. I know. But I wanted the star to reflect on Sean, and what an amazing help he was to me that afternoon. He deserved a star. And so he got one. :)
Reason #472509386: using the main kit (Napa Valley). This kit was a true joy to work with. The colors were rich and representative of fall, but in no way drab or limiting to pages about fall, if you know what I mean. Case in point. A layout about me not having to pump my own gas has nothing to do with fall. Except for the fact that I love, love, love getting to stay in my warm, dry car in the fall while my fuel depletion issues are tended to by hard-working fuel depletion experts. See? Mucho flexibility.
A note about the title, because I've been asked. I started by stamping a sheet of cardstock with repeating rows of the fabulous Jett Number Stamps. Then turning the paper upside down, I traced some chipboard letters that I had on hand, and cut them out, then traced around their edges with a medium point marker. I wanted the title to hang over the edge of the page, so I trimmed the background sheet of paper down by ~3/4", so that once the title was adhered, it could still fit easily into a standard 8.5x11 page protector. (To be clear, that black border you see on the left isn't black paper...that's the title hanging off into space and the background of the photo is dark. Looks fun in person...might not translate quite as well in 2-D. Sorry.)
...And Chews: using Napa Valley, the alphabet from Sonoma, the delightful Jett Number Stamps, and the Add-On Patterned Paper kit. Again, the dark border isn't paper...it's just the background of the photo. I chomped right into the edges of the page with my scalloped circle punch to make it look like the little shiznit got a hold of it and did so herself. But who are we kidding? It's just a matter of time before she finds it and does so, anyway. I love my dog. And it's a good thing I do.
One of Her Favorites: using Napa Valley, and the Add-On Patterned Paper kits. This is probably my favorite of the pages I made this month, for sheer sentimental value. Love this poem because it just has such strong ties to my mom for me. And it's certainly the page that took me the longest. All those itty bitty paper piecings gave me old-lady hand cramps. I'm just now starting to feel my fingers again.
Going Places: using bits of Napa Valley, Add-On Patterned Paper, the Jett Number Stamps, and the Walker Drug Store stamp from the Monterey add-on. I opted to use the stamped images of the drug store stamp upside down and not include the stamp text on this page. I started out with it, and then thought...this is a page about where my son is going in his young life...do I want him to think I was insinuating he was heading for a life of prescriptions and cold remedies? LOVE the stamp. Just thought I'd edit it down in this particular case. :) Just in cases. (Name the movie reference and you get a bonus. Don't know what yet, but you'll get one. Paige...you don't count.)
So, that's it! I've got one more page (and hopefully a project) that will be featured on the Studio Calico Blog in the next week or so. And then I can breathe easy again. :)
Please take some time to check out the entire Design Team Gallery this month. It's beyond inspirational. Those Studio Calico gals...they've got mad talent.