Friday, April 4, 2014

April 4th — Kiwi Lane Blog Hop

Happy Friday everyone! Happy April 4th! Happy Blog Hop and blog resurrection day for me!

If you are playing along with the Kiwi Lane blog hop you should have arrived from the amazingness over at Jen McDermott's blog. 

Yes, my blog has been severely neglected and I thought maybe once I quit "having" to blog that I'd get a little more active around these parts. Truth is, I haven't so much as even sat at my creative space since this week. Thats about 6 weeks of doing absolutely nothing crafty-wise, and it's been kind of a nice break.

However, I'm grateful that I was able to create a project for this months blog hop at Kiwi Lane Designs, as today is a very special day as it marks the 17th birthday of one of the greatest gifts in my life, and the 1 year passing of my dad. 

I don't know whether or not it's a curse or a blessing to have this day shared with mixed emotions, but all in all I think it's a blessing as a day that is etched around the edges with heartache is also filled with light and remembrance of why we are here on this earth - to continue a legacy for good and to be happy, and what better way to preserve those memories than with a scrapbook page. 

I always greatly struggle with 2 page layouts, but I needed the space to express my feelings and one page wasn't going to cut it. 

I was thinking of using the Kiwi Lane Celebrate Designer Template set in a traditional fashion of a birthday banner, but it seemed a little off to me, so after much relocating, my "sunshine" was born. I'm happy with that as this time of year is truly a representation of re-birth and without the sun or Son, none of this would be possible. 

The banner from the Celebrate set worked well for my title block. 

And I had to add a little embellishment by cutting out the butterflies from the Nature and Tiny Nature template sets in an adhesive backed metal paper, and then I ran it through my embossing machine. I love the shine and texture that it adds to my page. 

So there you have it! And guess what, it DID feel great to create again.

Now don't forget to leave a comment as one lucky random winner will be receiving a $25.00 gift code to spend in the Kiwi Lane shop. You have until 11:59 PM on Sunday night to do so. Winner will be announced next Thursday on the Kiwi Lane blog

Have a great day and a great weekend and be sure to swing on over to the blog of my dear friend Heather Conklin and see what she's got to show! I know it will be fab!