I tried. I really did. I tried so hard. All I wanted to do was make one card for the latest Color Throwdown. But, my daughter just wouldn’t have it. No way. She was pretty unhappy today. I have no idea why. She just cried and cried. She’s not sick or anything… So, my card never got made.
Please click on my photos to see them bigger. There is actually a lot going on in this layout. Let’s start with the photo itself.
You really need to see this one blown up… Why? Because I am IN this tree! It’s hard to tell with the photo being so small. This is the same cemetery I wrote about the other day. It’s in Salem, Mass. I love this tree. If I could take it home and keep it forever I would. It’s so majestic, old and beautiful. Yes, I am a Tree-Hugger! I sit in this tree for so long whenever we visit Salem. It could be my favorite place to be in that city. Please note: that little tombstone in the lower right corner is a tiny embellishment that I aged a bit and added on. Looks like it belongs there huh?
So I drew this title. But not only that, this was a plain piece of cardstock to start off! I used my beloved wood grain stamp across the whole thing, then I tore the cardstock, and aged it with Distress Ink in Weathered Wood, Walnut Stain and a bit of black. Then I drew on my title. This was my second try. The first was too small.
I used the same techniques on this piece of cardstock. These are my feelings about this tree. It’s been a few years since we’ve visited Salem. I was hoping we could get there this year, but that doesn’t seem possible. Maybe next year…
I made this layout in 2006, but it is still one of my favorites. I really love everything about it. The distressing, the words, my title, the photo itself… but I especially love the emotions that I feel when I think back to sitting in that tree. I was at peace. One with mother nature. The tree and I were so very alive, in a place that housed death. A beautiful contradiction.