Sunday, January 26, 2014

My Visit to the MLK Memorial

In June 2013 I was in Northern Virginia to attend my oldest granddaughter’s high school graduation. My son Daniel had flown in from Texas to attend as well. The morning of the day before graduation we drove into DC to see the MLK Memorial. An added pleasure close by is a marvelous gift shop.
I had taken numerous pictures while I was there. Now I have a great reason to move them from my computer to a layout. So, I made this two page layout to fulfill a SOC website third week blog challenge.


I decided to use the photo of the signage for the title. Blue is the color of peacefulness and that is how I felt being there. When I saw this monument after passing through the towering stone passage way I was awestruck. It is such a spectacular site to behold. Click on the pictures to get a closer look.

close up of left layout

close up of the right layout

full frontal view
close up of the face
two profiles of the monument
one of the numerous engraved MLK quotes on the surrounding inner wall
Cardstock: Bazzill, Wausau and DCWV; Ink: Ranger TH Ice Spruce Distress, Ranger Archival Jet Black; Stamps: TH Stampers Anonymous; Banner: Cricut December 25th Cartridge; Cricut Expression diecutting machine; Adhesive: Scotch ATG; Perfect Layers

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Botanical Explosion Box

This is an explosion box I made for a Christmas gift. The two part tutorial to make this beautiful box is on YouTube by kristinclarkmckee here. The way she explained how to make one these boxes are so easy to follow. There are at least thirty-two places for tags that can be used as small photo mats or journaling spots.

I used DCWV Botanicals stack for all the printed paper and DCWV Spring Fling matstack  was used to back all of the tags.

All the paper edges were inked with Ranger's TH Iced Spruce Distress Ink or Markers.

Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive was used for adhesion, along with Claudine Hellmuth multi medium matte for all the fussy cut pieces.

Lid of the box with fussy cut butterfly
Inside of the lid
Exploded box
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Martha Stewart Vintage Doily corner punch was used on the pocket flap of the hidden pocket and the border punch was used on the visible pocket. The buttons were attached with Glue Dots and American Crafts bakers twine was used for the closure of the flap pocket.
Pocket tags

The half pocket without and with tag on the inside of the outer layer of the box. A half circle was punched in the full pocket with a Fiskars small circular punch for easy access to it's tag.

Pocket and tag with fussy cut feather
Pocket with tag
Another pocket with tag
Another view of the box fully open