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24 October 2010

Mend a Broken Heart - Take 2

You may have seen my layout here, about my daughter's open heart surgery as a baby. While I made it for a Page Maps competition, it was kind of inspired by the fact that one of my online friends in the US was going through the same thing at the time with her grandson. Well, Evan has had his surgery and is well on his way to a full recovery. I really liked my layout of Kyaa and asked whether I could do a similar layout for Evan. I'll be sending it to his parents next week.

Kyaa's layout used the black and white monthly competition kit from my LSS. I just added all the pink touches since she was wearing a pink top in the photo. Since I still had enough paper left from the kit I made Evan's exactly the same, but with different embellishments and I used blue instead of pink. Kyaa actually likes Evan page better than hers, but then she doesn't like pink! I like the blue version too, but I still like the pink version as well.

Enough chit chat - here are both layouts side by side so you can judge for yourself.

I think I'm going to change a few things on Kyaa's layout before I hand it in for the competition, like adding some feathers to the chipboard heart embellishment, and doing the white lace as a pull on the tag like I did on Evan's (If I can get it off first without damaging the layout!), and changing the clear DYMO tape for pink at the bottom of the layout.

I decided also to enter Evan's layout into the Southern Girls challenge. You can do anything as long as you add glitter. Well, all the blue colouring in was done with my Sakura star pens which add lots of glitter, and the 'lace' type border along the bottom is also glittered. It was white to begin with and I actually rubbed ink over it to turn it blue. It turned out really well IMHO. Here are some close up pics so you can see.

Even the flower I used on the chipboard heart embellishment has sparkle in the ribbon!

Speaking of glitter, I was making a set of Artist Trading Cards last night as well and I ran out of gold heart brads. I was three short, and yes I should have checked how many I had before deciding to use them, but I didn't, so I had to come up with something else. Well, I used different coloured brads and used Stamp N Bond adhesive powder to add gold glitter to them. I hadn't used this product before and it worked great! Here's what the previously green heart brad looks like now:

I'll do a post soon about the ATCs I've been making recently so you can see the whole thing that I used the brad on.

Till then, happy days!



Axel....{Carol} said...

What a gorgeous layout,i love what you've done with the hearts.Isn't it amazing what they can do these days,and just look at that beaming smile..fabulous..Thanks so much for joining us at southern girls

karenw said...

Yay Francine, love these Lo's - the blue works exceptionally well. And the lace and the beading. Love it. Hope you friends grandson is still going ok as well, this is a very sweet thing ti do (although we know you ARE a very sweet person)xx
Thanks for playing with us at Southern Girls.

Autumn said...

Fabulous layout, great job! Thanks for joining Southern Girls!

Kathy and Ed said...

Francine I had no idea you dyed the bottom ribbon and I am looking at the original! Wow you are so talented. I love it more than words can ever say. TY

Evan's Gramma

Anonymous said...

Francine, thank you So So So much for this layout!!!! It is absolutely beautiful and I cannot wait to put it in his scrapbook! I feel so lucky to have had you and you sharing your own experience with me throughout this journey, and now this! I love the hearts strung down the page - just like all of the beads Evan recieved and had hung in his hospital room! Now I have to make a trip to my moms to see it in person today! It's gorgeous! Seeing Evan now, it's almost hard to believe he had open heart surgery less than a month ago!

Mandy. :)