Hello my friends! I'd like to share a layout I made & finally finished today after several days of indecision of just about everything! This picture has always been very special to me. It was taken when I was about 5-1/2 years old and the little boy is my double-cousin Oliver Don. I had just gotten off the school bus when he ran out to meet me and gave me a sweet hug. Whenever he visited, that's what he would do. I loved him dearly. He passed away just a few months after this picture was taken. He was 2-1/2 months shy of his third birthday. He loved butter and bread and John Deere tractors. He would get so excited whenever he saw one. I have missed him so much over the years. His father (Uncle Oliver) was my Dad's brother and his mother (Aunt Jerry) was my Mom's sister, thus the double-cousin. He was their only child and as close as a brother to me and my siblings. He had the sweetest disposition and I always felt that God gave us a little angel even though such a short while.
This is one of the few layouts that I've done a little journaling on. I know the image of the John Deere tractor doesn't exactly fit in with the design but it was such an important detail of his short life, that I couldn't leave it out. Did a lot of inking, some stamping, distressing and odds and ends. The angel image, frame and oval image were all printables I got from Pinterest. The beautiful butterflies and clay corner pieces are from Angelica Franssen's littlescrapshop.etsy.com, the stamped verse in the oval is Fiskars All Around Quotes, the beautiful cloissonne button was from my Mom's button collection so that is pretty special to me, the little grass and bunny stamps are Morsels Spring/Easter stamp set, the flowering branch is Jolee's Boutique, the bench is Prima (now discontinued). I added a piece of ribbon over the arm to make it look like a little blanket. Also added a little glitter netting (under the key) that I got in the dollar bin at Joann's.
Thank you all so much for taking time to visit my gallery. I appreciate it more than words can say! Hugs, Elizabeth