Hello everyone, welcome to a new week!
I’ve got a double page layout to share with you today, but just a word of warning: the subject is sensitive in nature, so use your discretion while reading this post!
Here’s a little back story: my daughter was upset about something and was storming about her room. Her foot happened to find a broken umbrella that also happened to be in there (lying on the floor. Who knows why it was in there- it should’ve been in the garbage). Anyways, said foot connects with the broken (and sharp!!) edge of the umbrella, resulting in a foot that got sliced wide open. The layout I made is the story that unfolded after cutting her foot. (I had one look at it and told her to get her shoes on because we were headed to emergency. Thankfully it happened in the middle of summer, and she could wear flip flops rather than full shoes). She got stitched up by our family physician, who happened to be on call that evening, and now she’s got a nice looking scar on her foot. It took 6 or 7 stitches to see her up.
She was afraid of getting stitches out in, so he put some topical freezing on her foot, causing us to sit and wait for about 30 minutes for it to take effect. She was so brave!
I thought the cactus themed papers and elements were perfect for the prickly situation she found herself in, and I couldn’t resist adding free hugs from the CTMH Sticky Notes stamp set. I chuckled to myself like a wild woman as I stamped it and fussy cut the cacti to attach beside it. You’ll notice a lot of cacti on this layout- they came from patterned papers from an older CTMH paper packet. They were my saving grace, because I was originally going to stamp, colour then fussy cut cacti from the Sticky Notes stamp set. This was much quicker and easier to accomplish. For some added texture, I tucked some white sewing thread under the embellishment clusters. See, I told you the colour of the sewing thread would eventually change from black 😂
The addition of the butterflies was an after thought. I used another older CTMH stamp set (D1885 Survivor) that has a phrase in it that was perfect for summarizing how brave my girl was getting stitched up. I stamped the phrase in Sapphire ink on scrap white cardstock, and trimmed it to the size of the journal spot. I attached it to the layout with foam squares. The butterflies were the perfect addition to embellish (and complete) this layout. I coloured them in with Coral, Pale pink and Turquoise Spectrum Noir markers. I used the lightest and medium shades to colour them in. The butterflies bodies were coloured black, then I filled the wings in by colouring them with a CTMH clear Shimmer Brush.
Last, but not least, I added some splatter with black re-I let. If you try this in your crafting, track down scrap papers or some printer paper to cover up the areas (such as your photos) you don’t want splattered. Then, splatter to your hearts’ content.
Thanks for joining me today. I hope this layout inspired you to document the not- so- happy occasions in your life. Our albums shouldn’t be reserved for just the good times! The tough stories, and those that start out not so great but have a happy ending (the sad ending stories, too!!) counts too! I’ll be back again soon with more creative inspo.