Yesterday was so much fun with PTI's February blog hop. Fabulous inspiration, I tell ya. I had a blast!
The blog hop means that the month is almost over. Yikes, already? Leigh over at to the full gave us our Pages with Papertrey challenge to create our own background paper at the beginning of the month. I have had my pictures with some paper on my larger craft table since the 7th. Yes, I am admitting that I tried to start my layout that long ago. I am actually pretty thankful that the busyness of Valentine's Day made me put this project on hold. You see, when I went to work on it again and moved some things around on my page, I discovered that my new Spring Moss premium dye ink actually changed colors!!! It was now Neon Green. Really!! I couldn't believe it!! I am so glad that I waited to work on this page since Neon Green doesn't quite work with my page ;)
So I broke out my old Spring Moss pigment ink and inked up my Houndstooth to create my patterned paper for my border strip. As dry as it is, I still managed to get some decent coverage. That strip started off much larger, but after adhering a sticker border from my kit and then not liking it, I trimmed it off. I am also glad that I waited to work on this page, because I was able to use my new Studio Calico cloud image which was a perfect addition to the page.
The papers are from the Becky Higgins Sweet Baby kit except the ivory. The orange is rather bright, but I managed to tone is down by adding some Tim Holtz Antique Linen distress ink all over it. I am happy with the results and will probably do this to the remaining orange papers from the kit. To help anchor the circle title, I added a portion of Tag sale #3. I stamped Library Ledger in Antique Linen and added some Grunge Me circles. Love that tiny little tag! I used PTI's alpha block die for the second half of the title.
The photos are of my son, Joshua, surrounded by the gifts given to us by my co-workers. My daughter helped me pile them up around him. Some of the clothes are propped up on boxes of diapers that we received. I wish I had a video to share of her carrying them over to her brother. I couldn't believe she actually carried those boxes! Joshua was not quite 3 months old at the time.