The papers are a mish-mash from Core'dinations black cardstock, Recollections white cardstock, and a piece of black cardstock that came with the scrapbook. The only embellishment that isn't DIY is the wood veneer Hooray! that I found at Bullseye's Playground at Target a long time ago.
The only equipment that I won't be able to link to that I used on this layout is a Hampton Art harlequin stamp, and a Recollections date stamp. And I think the only ink not sold here on SB.com is probably Tattered Angels Lime Light Glimmer Mist.
I started by applying some Heidi Shine silver paste through a Tim Holtz Dots stencil on white card stock. Once that was dry, I spritzed it with Distress Spray Squeezed Lemonade, Heidi Swapp Color Shine Navy, and Prima Color Bloom Sunshine (for a little yellow shimmer), and Tattered Angels Lime Light Glimmer Mist.
The matting cardstock is from Core'dinations, and I stamped the Hampton Arts harlequin stamp on it in perfect medium, then dusted a combination of pewter, perfect gold and perfect opal over the medium, and misted them with water to activate the fixer. I used the same stamp with Ranger Archival Cobalt in the lower right, upper lower left, and upper right corners because it felt like everything was in the upper right and it needed a little more balance.
I took the leftover white cardstock and sprayed it with Distress Spray in Abandoned Coral and Chipped Sapphire, plus Prima Color Bloom Sunshine, and die cut the paper with the flower from the Spellbinders Brilliant Butterfly die set.
For the roses, I stamped the little rose from the Prima Royal Menagerie stamp set with Distress Ripe Persimmon, and the leaves with Distress Shabby Shutters. If I had it to do over again, I'd choose a darker green. I dusted it all with Ranger super fine clear embossing powder and used my heat tool to emboss it. Then, a little fussy-cutting, add some upcycled cardboard to the back for dimension, and voila! Custom embellishments!
A little date stamping with Ranger Archival Cobalt, and a little journaling, and the layout is done!
About the photos:
I ended up journaling the longer story on the back, particularly about the photo on the bottom. The ones on the top are me and my husband, and me and my parents. The one on the bottom is my daughter, me, and my mother. Mom's mother had to give up her dream of finishing college when her brother graduated from high school. It was a different era, and she was expected to find a husband to support her and the family couldn't afford to send them both to school. Twenty-five years later, she and her husband had a lot of fights about withdrawing support from my mother's college education in order to send my Uncle to college. Grandma was against the idea, and I'm sure it brought up bitter memories. With support from my Dad, Mom finished her degree in the early 80s. I paused my education to raise my daughter, who earned her bachelor's degree last May. With support from my husband, I finished mine this month. So, all three of Grandma's female descendants have fulfilled her dream of graduating from college. Three months from now, my daughter will earn her Master's degree in Education (how appropriate!).
The other story about that photo is about alma maters that you graduate from, alma maters that you keep in your heart, and handsigns.
I graduated from TAMU - Commerce. Since I went through the online program, I wasn't really involved in any extracurricular activities. I learned what their hand sign was on the morning of graduation. My daughter told me I had to make TAMU-Commerce's handsign. To that, I replied, "Then your Oma has to put up Hook 'em Horns," (her diploma says University of Texas, but she's a Houston Cougar through-and-through). And that's why Ashley and I are both signing, "Gig 'Em," and Mom's using a sign used by U of H students.