Every two weeks at Bird is the Word, they release a new word for that fortnight's challenge. They include a sketch too, although you don't need to use it. When I saw the sketch (by Mary Thomas) for the word Discover however, I just knew what I wanted to do.
I love taking flower and insect photographs so made a collage using one of the Scrapbooks etc collage templates (no 505) that I flipped and altered slightly. The quote "For observing nature, the best pace is a snail's pace." by Edward Way Theale, Naturalist, 1899-1980 is a photo of one of the quotes inscribed into the boardwalk at the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve - it's so true. I then printed it onto canvas paper. Unfortunately this meant that the quote wasn't terribly clear anymore, but I still like the textured look.
Then I set about putting the layout together, following the basic design of the sketch. I used only things from my stash: cardstock from TLC, a remnant of some green patterned paper, some handmade paper covered by a piece of (Colorbox) printed vellum. I embossed the vellum with the Ornate Treasures
embossing folder by Craft Concepts before layering it over the handmade paper. Secret Garden
The circle and frame dies were from a die cut swap I participated in (thanks Lainie!), and the Fanciful Flourish is by Cheery Lynn Designs. I layered a Martha Stewart butterfly punch over a butterfly cut with the Cheery Lynn Designs Exotic Butterflies (small) die. To finish off I added some Kaisercraft pewter pearls and some pieces of ribbon that I bought recently at Costco.
All in all, I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. Hope you like it too!
Till next time, happy days!