My niece in Texas asked me to make her two layouts using these pictures of her little boy and my brother. I had a lot of fun with this. I decided to use the lattice work technique, inspired by JoRosie, who gave me permission to "lift" from her layout "Incredibly Sweet Together" and she gave me the following link for a tutorial from Rae at Swirlydoos - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhM6aLB-hC0 - just copy and paste if you're interested. Anyway, thanks so much Joan!
I ended up not covering the entire page with the lattice work as I was actually using the scraps left over from the first layout I did and didn't have enough to cover it all so I came up with the graduated lengths. I like the end result! Also, I had originally planned to put buttons at various points on the intersections of it when I got this wild notion at the last minute to do a Texas theme since that's where my brother and his family all live! I knew bluebonnets were the State flower and I printed a couple of images out that I got over the internet and fussy cut around them. Also the Mockingbird is the state bird and I did the same with that. Then I thought of the state flag but when I found what appeared to be a buckle with the Texas shape and the flag in it I liked that even better. The tune "Deep in the Heart of Texas" also came to mind so I printed that out using my Print Shop program.
The button at the top of the little picture is from my mom's old button collection so that adds a little special touch. I made the little twine flower from a Tracey Sabella tutorial (thanks Tracey!). The little stars, "blessings" and scroll looking piece in the blue gingham I cut out on my Cricut a long time ago. Glad to finally put those to use on this layout! The piece in the middle of the blue gingham was actually the top of a Stetson cologne bottle my husband had and gave me. He cut it off the lid for me!
The background paper of diamond plate is from Hot Off The Press in a Steampunk paper pack that I got at our local Bi-Mart. The key, lock, gears and compass are all from Hobby Lobby - The Paper Studio Spare Parts line. I just love those products and they are very reasonably priced. I believe the clock is Jolee's Boutique as well as the road sign.
Thank you all for stopping by and for your continued support and encouragement. Your comments really make my day! Wishing you all a wonderful Memorial Day weekend and I give thanks to all of our Veterans who have given the ultimate sacrifice to serve our country and those that continue to serve.