And so we meet, 35
I do like birthdays. Traditions in my family have been the birthday person gets to choose dinner (home-cooked or restaurant), and there’s cake and ice cream. Unless it’s an ice cream cake. And I’ve had some wicked awesome birthdays. One of my favorite cakes was a graveyard cake (my birthday’s in October and I LUUUUURVE Halloween/Samhain). And one of my favorite birthdays was my 20th, when my boyfriend (now-husband) had all my favorite dishes made, along with cake, ice cream, and sparkling cider.
Certain birthdays have definitely gotten my attention, like turning 25 and turning 30. Life didn’t go exactly as planned (when does it ever, right?), and recent events that have been brewing for awhile seemed to finally come to a bit of a head this time around. I fell into the melancholoy for a bit, and art journaled about it (I’ll post that soon), and came to a conclusion of sorts. So this layout is really about the good and the food for thought around my birthday.
I used several stash papers as well as some Amy Tangerine. My background is several layers. First is a piece of patterned paper that I gessoed and painted over. Then I grabbed some FP Me-ology and Amy Tangerine Cut & Paste paper (I’ve seen grid paper all over and I really love it!). Cutting the FP and AT papers in half, I also cut off blue border around the FP paper, as well as the center graphic (it would be covered by other paper). Then I adhered my half papers to my gessoed patterned paper and set about continuing the background work.
I took a page out of one of Donna Downey’s Inspiration Wednesday videos and grabbed some mini number stickers. After putting a bunch of them on, I lightly layered gesso, then applied paint through a stencil. Lastly I took a small brush and wrote “life” over and over (by the way, I like the graphic, brush script style letters/words too :D).
My four mini photo mat stacks were made with AT and stash papers. I used my black Sharpie to doodle in spots.
Also featured are an altered chipboard title and round frame, die-cut, fiber, thread, metal lightbulb clip, feathers, sequins, a transparency frame and border sticker, paperclips and a mini clothespin, and part of a PP canvas Halloween border sticker. My journaling spot is the other half of a Glitz Design journaling card I used on my “Too cute” layout.
And now, some more close-ups 🙂