Thursday, March 6, 2014


I really loved doing this layout for the Creative Embellishments challenge this month. I used a photo of my daughter's Austinie and Chandler because I just think they are adorable together here.
Here is the astoundingly beautiful sketch I worked with and the mood photo. I really don't know if you can make a layout more lovely than the sketch? In fact, I thought it was so pretty that I actually used some of it on my you will see in a moment.
I loved the colors and the movement in the mood photo and I tried to emulate the undulating flow in my layout. Also, I think my daughters look a little pixie-ish in the photo.
I thought the sentiment was so perfect - as I love it when I see how my daughters are kind and loving toward each other - it really does make me so happy.
As usual, I really enjoyed doing a lot of background work of layering, stencil w/texture, water-color painting, inking, stamping and gesso - fun, fun, fun! I found the clock on Pinterest and printed and fussy cut it out - it almost looks real. Additionally, I used some plastic netting (like for fruit) in the backdrop and just painted it with gesso, too. It was a really cool effect.
I made the little trinket with some gesso, Stickles, beads and Crackle Accents.
Okay - am I a fan, or what of this amazing chipboard by Creative Embellishments - I'll tell ya, I LOVE it and I really give the company their props - really intricate designs and perfectly cut! I used gesso, clear glitter and Liquid Pearls to dress this beauty up.
Now, for the interesting part. I printed out the sketch on cardstock and made this cute little banner out of the sketch and backed each one with some crocheted trim! How about that for resourcefulness...and it fit my layout perfectly!!!!
Lastly, I added some scrumptious flowers (I really love the Wild Orchid Crafts roses,) a little gesso and some pretty little pearls and rhinestones that I ripped off of my daughter's pants - I don't know if she was too happy about that but that is what you get when you live with a creative person.
So I hope you think my layout is pretty and I really love your endearing comments...
Have a wonderful day, friends!


  1. Lanie. Another gorgeous layout. Love that picture!!!

  2. Wow wow wow! I love every detail to this layout. Thanks so much for playing along at Creative Embellishments. xoxox

  3. Awesome page! Love the sweet photo, bg details and fabulous layering! AWESOME resourcefulness with the printed image, rhinestone and mesh. You definitely found a unique way to literally combine the March sketch with the mood board for your layout! lol Thanks for playing along w/the Creative Embellishments March Challenge!

  4. This is so gorgeous! The colors and mixed media are fab! Thanks so much for playing along with Creative Embellishments!


  5. Your page is absolutely beautiful!!!!

  6. incredible detail, love all the layers and textures, thank you for playing along with us over at Creative Embellishments

  7. Michelle took the words right out of my mouth! LOL SOOO STUNNING!!!!!!! WOW Jaw dropper!! :) Happy you liked the sketch! :)

  8. Visiting from the CE design team, great work Lainie & thx for participating in the March monthly challenge!!
    xo Wendy