“2950 Days”, by Gail Lindner.
Mother’s Day causes me to be reflective of the amazing journey I’m on. I was thinking about the day my oldest was born and how it completely and utterly changed me and my life (for the better of course!) and the idea came to create a layout counting the days since I stared this journey of being a Mum, complete with photo of the very moment.
As this layout is from my perspective, I wanted to use supplies that reflected my style and loves and I couldn’t go past the She Blooms collection from Illustrated Faith. I swoon over those pops of bright color contrasted with classic black and white! Plus, the sentiments seemed quite fitting!
I had the idea to create a “shaker” of sorts as my background, with lots of floating hearts. I freehand cut a bunch of hearts from some patterned paper and arranged them on my background VERY randomly. To create the shaker effect, I stitched a square of the White Confetti Clear Cuts over the top.
I kept the rest of the layout quite simple, as it was already a bit busier than my usual style! A simple photo mat, a few heart embellishments with a small pop of aqua and yellow for interest.
And finally, my title. I love how playful the ‘2950’ is. I did calculate the days that had passed and in a way, it seems like it should be more!
I’m already thinking about other stories I can tell using this same ‘counting the days’ method - including marriage, friendships, hobbies and vacations. But for now, this layout will be proudly on display as we go into the Mother’s Day weekend, to remind me of how far I’ve come!
IF She Blooms: Mason Jars, Take Root Pink, BW Floral Stripe, 3x4s, Treasures & Text, Chipboard Icons, Paper Pieces; Clear Cuts: White Confetti; IF Homespun Alpha Stickers: Black Eyed Pea
"Mom" gift bag, by Laurie Schmidlin.
Hi there! Laurie here, bringing you a couple of projects that I created for Mother’s Day! Creating special cards and/or gift packages is one of my most favorite things to do! This is exactly the reason I started card making all those years ago. Creating something unique and handmade for the special people in my life is just one of the ways that I can express how much they mean to me!
My first project is a small gift bag that I dressed up and personalized. I started with a plain, flat kraft colored bag. I knew I wanted to make some paper flowers for the front, so I die cut several different colors (I used papers from the Color Chaos collection), glued them together, and then added a coordinating enamel dot. I love that there are enamel dots to match almost every Bella color! In the case that there isn’t a matching color (like for the orange flower), just take a Milk White enamel dot and color it with an alcohol based marker (such as Copics or Spectrum Noir).
I added some stickers from both the Color Chaos and Scattered Sprinkles collection to add even more color to my gift bag. Finally, I added a die cut “Mom” sentiment to finish it off.
Color Chaos: Scallop Strandz, Gulf Strandz, Peep Strandz, Bell Pepper Strandz, Orange Strandz, Treasures & Text; Scattered Sprinkles: Treasures & Text; Enamel Dots: Ice, Bell Pepper, Punch
“Wonderful Mom” card, by Laurie Schmidlin.
Up next is a card I made that can be used either for Mother’s Day, or any day really. I definitely think Moms should be celebrated year round, don’t you? I layered on some strips of paper from the Illustrated Faith Whatever Is Lovely collection. The wonderful sticker is from the Color Chaos Trinkets sticker sheet.
The fun chipboard flower is actually is from the Simply Spring collection. I just love how almost every Bella collection is so easy to mix and match! I spelled “mom” out using letters from the Amorie Alpha collection. For embellishment, I tied on a twine bow, added a bit of coordinating Washi Tape, and a couple of Illustrated Faith Enamel Hearts.
IF Whatever Is Lovely: Praiseworthy; IF Washi Tape: Criss Cross; IF Enamel Hearts: She Blooms Mix; Color Chaos: Trinkets; Simply Spring: Ciao Chip Icons