Thursday, September 17, 2009


This month, Scarlet and I were invited to help out at Category Stories. If you haven't heard of this challenge site, please check it out. Every two weeks, they give a journaling prompt, so the style of your layouts is completely open. We had a blast participating and I thought I'd share my layouts with you.

The first prompt of the month was "Saturday Morning Cartoons." At first, I was stumped on what direction to take because I wasn't allowed to watch a lot of TV anytime, let alone Saturday mornings....but then I thought that was the perfect thing to write about.

The journaling reads:
Only 30 minutes a day to watch TV. So, as you can imagine I got to watch one show on Saturday morning. I chose "Saved By the Bell." Screech kept me giggling and I was oh so envious of Kelly and Jessie. I just knew high school would be just like that show!

Lemon Maya Mist, Studio Calico & Sassafras patterned paper from August kit, Bazzill Dotted Swiss, Basic Grey Brad, Making Memories Alphabet, Studio Calico Stamps, Pin from stash at home.

To get the pinked shape, I used die cut paper by Collage press, sprayed the lemon mist a few times, then outlined with a precision pen.

Now, for the prompt this week: "As Far As I Can Tell."
I made this layout before I knew I had miscarried, but I still love the thought and wanted to share it with you. I still believe every statement on this layout and I hope that it's something I look back on in time with happy memories instead of sad ones.

The journaling reads:

You love making children laugh.
You are determined not to spoil our child.
You will not enable bad behavior.
You understand training a child takes time and effort and you are willing to make that commitment.
You have already begun reading parenting books about training children.
You have been praying for the wisdom to make the right spiritual decisions for our family.
You will appreciate the value a child brings to our family.
You coached a 5-year-old soccer team - TWICE!
You are willing to take feedback and implement change when necessary.
You want to learn.
You are not selfish.
You place more emphasis on a spiritual education than secular education.
You realize that our relationship as husband and wife comes before your relationship as parent child.
You love to teach.

You will be a great dad.

All items came from the April kit, Jack & Jill.

To make the background to this layout, I cut a piece of 12x12 paper into 4 strips. Then, I punched circles using the mega circle punch by Marvy. I stitched them onto the cardstock, then cut the page in half so I could put it through the typewriter. After typing, I adhered the two halves to another sheet of cardstock and added the embellishments.

I love the idea of making lists this way and ya'll know how much I love circles.

Please take advantage of this challenge, it's a great way to use up your kits so you will need more supplies in October :)


Karen said...

these layouts are awesome. hope you are feeling well. hugs....

lisa truesdell said...

as a fellow circle addict, i love this. =)

justem said...

Love that second layout. And it still completely applies. Because he will be a great dad, hopefully soon. :)

maggie holmes said...

april, both layouts are awesome as usual!!
but i especially love the 2nd one... the technique with the circles is amazing and brilliant and something i totally want to copy!! and then the layout itself - the idea and the journaling... it is beautiful and touching and so heartfelt and i love that you shared this because it definitely still applies! bless your hearts... i can't stop thinking about you guys!

Kimberly said...

Wonderful layouts. I loved your journaling on G's layout. You both will be wonderful parents.

Tara said...

Love them. Especially the second one. But I have a complaint. You're making me cry!
Aside from that, I definately plan on trying your circle strip technique. Very cool.

sylvie said...

Great pages, especially the second one... I just might have to scraplift that one. Your journalling is very touching and still very true even though your baby project is postponed a bit... I'm glad you made it and shared it with us((HUGS))

Sweet Peripety said...

just wanted to say- i hold you up in prayer everyday. your page is beautiful and very very touching. **HUGS***