It’s the first sign of summer, the first long weekend of the year when everyone heads out to their cabins, cottages, parks in trailers, tents, etc. for some relaxation. It’s been a longstanding tradition for B and I to go somewhere, anywhere on the May 24th weekend. It almost always involves lots of food, drink and time with friends.
When we first started dating way, way back in the 80’s, we would head out in our tent which almost always ended with me sleeping in some vehicle to get in out of the cold, snow and rain. We graduated to a tent camper in university which at least got us off the ground. Then after the children were born we moved to a travel trailer which morphed into two more before we finally sold it off and bought a piece of land at Goose Pond. Those days in the trailer were awesome and the kids still talk about the great times that we had with our “camping friends.” The fishing, softball games, BBQ’s, campfires, epic games of monopoly and, when the boys got older, Texas Hold-em, the horseshoe tournaments, the lobsters, the feeds of Jiggs Dinner, the s’mores and spider wieners, the shed, the dogs. Ah, the good times.
As the children turn into teenagers, their interests change and it gets harder and harder to convince them to come along. Yet they are not old enough to be left home so the days of camping get less and less. One by one our friends starting selling off their trailers and staying home more. Now we are embarking on a new adventure with a cabin at Goose Pond. We will take what time with the kids that we can get and it’s big enough that they can bring some friends along if they do decide to join us for the weekend.
Today I am sharing a layout that I completed at The Paperie Retreat last fall. The Design Team each put together at kit to be sold at the retreat and this was a kit that was put together by Design Team Member Lori Smith. I am always in awe of Lori’s layouts, she has a very distinctive style which focuses on the little details and visual interest. Her layouts often combine many different elements but she manages to put them together in such a way that you are not overwhelmed even though there is so much different stuff going on.
I chose a photo that I just love of L from Thanksgiving weekend which was the last overnight that we had at Goose Pond in 2012. It was an amazing day and L is sitting on the wharf looking out at the pond which is completely still and the fall sky is reflecting in the perfect mirror.
Lori’s kit had everything in it to complete the layout, most of it already cut so I just had to put it together. She chose a white card stock base which was tap-tapped with some black mist and the hexagons were cut from a sheet of patterned paper. The photo was mounted on a black cardstock and the edges of all of the bits and pieces of patterned paper were inked with black distress ink. The matted photo was placed on some strips of card stock and adhered, then the hexagons were fitted together in a haphazard pattern and adhered. There are 3 different washi tapes used at the top and bottom of the page and under the photo. Then all of the little bits, the wood veneers, buttons, letter stickers, additional hexagons were added randomly.
You will also notice that some of the hexagons are mounted with pop-dots and some are not, just to give the extra bit of dimension. And I can’t tell you enough how much I am loving the wood veneer pieces!
Lori made good use of her Silhouette on this layout. She used it to cut out the letters for the title for me and the geotag with the word “here” was also cut out using the Silhouette. It was glued onto some book paper which was then trimmed to fit.
The great thing about the Silhouette is that you can take any font that is located on your computer and create cut files. The Ariel font was used here and makes for clean and simple letters for titles. Love it!
Enjoy the long weekend! Make sure that your camera is never too far away so that you can capture those memories as they are happening!