The challenge over at These Are a Few of My Favorite Things this week is to focus on our favorite manufacturer. After getting the word from Ms. Julie herself, I went with creating a layout using patterned paper all from my favorite line at the moment. Now, I am a rather fickle person when it comes to styles. Right now I seem to be gravitating towards themeless patterned papers and LOTS of them. One thing I love about this brand is that you can usually pick up 3-6 papers that all coordinate perfectly together to layer in a single project. My favorite papers of theirs are the distressed looking prints. This line is called 'Addison'.
My title is a quote I found that reminds me so much of my son. "Each time we face our fear, we gain strength, courage and confidence in the doing." He is afraid of everything including his own shadow. I try to nudge him into trying new things, but usually he just feels more comfortable sticking with the things that are tried and true. The words 'strength', 'courage', and 'confidence' are cut from a Sizzix die and I found that they blended too much so I used a ivory gel pen to add some faux stitching. It doesn't show well in the photo, but in person it pops them very well.
The ribbon is pleated and tucked behind a pocket I received in a swap so I don't really have any details on that. It is popped up with dimentionals so that a bit of hidden journaling could be tucked away. Inside reads, "You always had a fear of getting hurt. You often let it stop you from exploring new things. When you climbed this rock because everyone else was, you fell and scraped up your knee pretty badly. More important than anything else, you learned that the pain went away much faster than the memory of the climb! -June 2010-