Sometimes when I look over the pictures that I take, I notice that I take pictures of seemingly inconsequential things; however, upon further introspection, it becomes clear that I take the pictures because I want to remember how something made me feel. The picture that I scrap on this page falls in this category. It’s a picture I took of a toy monkey. He has boxing gloves on and you can’t tell this in the picture, but if you squeeze his stomach, he punches out. It’s quite entertaining, but inconsequential, right? I mean, it’s a toy and while that’s true, the story behind the toy is so important. I’ve liked monkeys and have collected monkey statues and stuffed animals and every other iteration of the monkey motif for as long as I can remember, so you may be wondering why this one is so important. To answer that question, I have to talk about the person who gifted the monkey to me.
You see, everyone in Stew’s family has an animal. Stew’s dad begrudgingly picked the walrus because he thought no one would ever be able to anything having to do with a walrus – well, we’ve proven him wrong time and time again, but I digress. Every year for my birthday and for Christmas since Stew and I started dating, Stew’s mom has found me the most interesting of little monkey toys. I have one that slings across the room like a slingshot and screams like a loon while it does so, I have one that walks across the table, one whose eyes light up like flashlights, the list goes on and one. What these monkeys are or what they do is not the important part of this story. The heartwarming part to me is that Stew’s mom takes the time, puts forth the energy to find these things for me. They’re more than just simple toys. They’re symbols of how much I’m accepted, how integrated into the family. When I married Stew I gained so much more than a husband. I gained a father unlike anything I’d ever experienced and I gained another mom – one who doesn’t hold back in speaking her mind when I need to hear it and who shows me through all that she does the continued love of the mother/daughter relationship.
So that’s the story behind the layout – so let’s talk about what I did to capture these memories. I used mostly the Scraptastic Kit from May and ignored the colors in the photo and went with a pink/yellow/gray/black color combination. I originally titled the layout “It’s A Monkey Thing” but when I created this weird gap between the acetate “feeling the love” embellishment and the picture, I had to fill it in somehow. I chose to do that by adding the “What Can I Say?” part of the title. The picture was originally printed at 4x6 but I used the frame that came in the Pink Paislee, Bella Rouge sticker collection and cut off the excessive negative space of the photo. The acrylic Xs lend balance and fill space around the title. Using the negative letters of the We R Memory Keepers little stickers brings emphasis to the word “monkey” in the title. The black bow above the photo keeps balance with the very heavy black sentiment in the lower right that says “to think of you is to smile”. I also outlined the chipboard hearts to give them more weight across the layout. I rounded out the layout with some Freckled Fawn accent pieces and some American Craft puffy stickers.
Full supply list as well as the process video follows. Hope you guys enjoy and I’ll catch you next time.
Paper Text Paper: Pink Paislee, Bella Rouge, Heartfelt
Yellow Cardstock: Scraptastic, May 2015
Background Paper: Pink Paislee, Bell Rouge, Shine
Arrow Paper: Kaiser Craft, Shine Bright, Bumblebee
We R Memory Keepers, Alpha Black Stickers, Love Notes
Journaling Pen: Zig
Fabric Border Doily Strip: Freckled Fawn, Oh Deer Me Kit
Precious Happy Little Moment Diecut: Elle's Studio, Cienna, Cut outs
Smile & I Love Right Now Puffy Stickers: American Crafts Dear Lizzie puffy stickers
Chipboard frame and Hearts: Pink Paislee, Bella Rouge, Stickers
Acrylic pieces: Scraptastic Club
Acetate Feeling the Love: Stash
Emoticon Diecute: Kaiser Craft, Shine Bright, Die Cut Shapes
Fabric Bow: Scraptastic Club
To Think of You is To Smile Diecut: Kaiser Craft, Shine Bright, Buttercup