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June DT Layout Challenge - Page Pattern 23, Granite Paper


For our second June Design Team Challenge, we were asked to work with Granite Grid Paper, using pattern 23. 

I was still feeling a whole lot of inspiration from the photo challenge with the elements because as I had worked through my pictures, I also found that I had a lot of "old" pictures of Christopher that spoke to his hobbies.  He is a member of a group called "Dayton Diggers."  The group organizes outings for metal detecting, privy digs (blech), caving and sometimes arrowhead hunting.  The bottom line is if it comes from the earth, they will seek it out and dig it up.  His screen name on their forum is "digs2much" and I couldn't agree more!

On any given day you will find these "dirty" gifts from mother earth scattered around my house - near the sink where they were washed, in cups of various solutions for deeper, more specialized, cleanings, piled on the dining room table for photographing/sharing with his forum, on the entertainment center for, um, ahem, "DISPLAY."  These are the every day moments that so often don't get scrapped, so I thought this was a great chance to showcase more "elements of Chris." 

So, in keeping with the earlier theme about "elements" I designed one page featuring his metal detecting finds and a complimentary page with stone elements.  I used patterned paper from a line called "Woodstone" from Cloud Nine Designs that had a rough, manly-man, stone feel to it.

As you can see from his beautiful handwriting (much better than mine), I asked Christopher to include journaling about what the pictures said and meant to him in the "list ladder."

Shared by Deborah White on June 4, 2012 | Memory Date: June 4, 2012
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Love your choice of pattern papers for these layouts! Having Christopher describe his treasures was brilliant! Seeing as you don't necessarily share his thrill at "digging", your descriptions may not have accurately described his labels! The two challenges will be great companion pieces!!
Posted By: Andrea Fisher  |  June 24, 2012 at 8:06 am   
Wonderful pages! I love how you rotated the pattern to create the second page. The detail images & the paper are great! Love the handwriting on the lists.
Posted By: Tami Potter  |  June 23, 2012 at 12:17 pm   
Did you just happen to have that stone paper, or did you purchase it recently? It is perfect for this project, and as usual, you have created something which your son will treasure--even more in years to come! I love that he was included. The arrowhead on the right lends itself well to the long vertical shape. The whole layout is wonderful!
Posted By: Linda Holmes  |  June 21, 2012 at 6:04 pm   
I think it's wonderful that Christopher got involved hands on. You matched the paper perfect for the theme.
Posted By: Julie Oconnor  |  June 20, 2012 at 11:48 pm   
I think is it wonderful that you asked Christopher to do the journaling. Wonderful way to get another voice into your work.
Posted By: Sarah Lewis  |  June 11, 2012 at 5:13 am   
Great photos! It looks like he has a lot of interesting treasures and you documented them beautifully.
Posted By: Beth Glass  |  June 7, 2012 at 11:00 pm   
Love that paper your found - it was absolutely perfect!
Posted By: Nancy Sanders  |  June 5, 2012 at 10:08 pm   

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