My wonderful parents have recently celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary (26th March, 2011), and when I found a photograph of them when they had first started dating, I knew it would be the perfect centrepiece for a layout titled "A Love That's Lasted".
Such a beautiful couple - and they still are! I absolutely adore my Mum and Dad ... they have been the perfect parents, grandparents... and have shown me how a marriage can work and last (I've now been married almost 17 years). I really can't say just how much these two are loved and admired, respected and adored - not just by me but everyone who knows them.
Okay, okay... I'll try and stop tearing up here and get on with explaining how I created the layout...
Of course I used my hand-made flowers - I wanted a rustic, almost shabby-chic sort of look, with lots of little buttons and sewing. I also used some inexpensive foam lettering that I inked with a sage green ink and then stamped over the top with a sepia inked Tim Holtz stamp from the "Love" collection (it's not easy to see, but I liked the effect).
The "Anita's" holographic butterflies were used, but (as always) I cut off the surround, as I prefer the look of these embellishments without the holographic bit. The buttons are so cute - hearts and cupids - and I bought these from Hobbycraft a while ago.
One other detail I added was to "rough-up" some of the edging of the background paper - scrunching it up quite a bit and glue-ing it in place. The space left was backed with the same paper as I used to back the photograph - it's a "My Minds Eye" collection piece. I'm not too sure where the main patterned paper came from - it has a lovely linen-look, and is double-sided with plain green and red polka dots on the reverse.
I stitched around the photograph, and also tied some of the embroidery thread around the "LOVE" lettering.
I like that if I scrunch up my eyes and peer at the layout, the flowers form a heart shape...
but most of all I love that these two people are my fantastic Mum and Dad!