Anyway, it all came together this morning. yay! I used the cardboard as well. Turns out, I had the exact same shape as Lisa because I bought a 12x12 acrylic piece that shape at CK convention a few weeks back. I actually sewed on the cardboard itself, used gesso, crackle paint, and UTEE on the cardboard after I inked all the edges. Crap! I forgot to ink and distress the edges of the background paper!
I used the flower technique that was shared in the forums using the "Got Flowers" and squishing layers of those little flowers to make rosebuds. The paper behind the photo is from the April kit, used some tulle behind the flowers which is an idea I got from Anne here: http://annespaperfun-aksh.blogspot.com/. I think all the hydrangeas are from a past kit. To explain the picture: my Grams died in January but we did not have her memorial service until April 16th which would have been her 93rd birthday. It was a wonderful time with family sharing our favorite memories of her. There were some tears but also a lot of laughter.
I know the twist was to include the journaling on the page but my journaling will be in the envelope tucked behind the picture. We all shared our favorite memories of Grams and I plan to include them in the journaling. The title reads, "Smile, even though your heart is breaking." We did a lot of laughing through our tears that day as we remembered her.
We had a wonderful time visiting with family, many that we had not seen in years. We played card games just as Grams would have if she were still with us. We are very blessed to have the family that we do and I thank my parents and my grandparents for that.