Before I ever picked up a stamp or made my first card, my primary paper craft passion was scrapbook pages. I still continue to love to make 12 x 12 single and double layouts but not as many as I should to preserve the precious moments of my family's life. First, and most obviously, scrapbook pages take longer to complete (especially for me.) Even with my own craft room, it is not wise to leave a layout in progress unprotected- something aka Rachel might happen to it. My second deterrent for posting my 12 x 12 work on my blog is simply due to the fact that I am not set up to get what I consider a good photograph. I'm often not pleased at how my cards post so certainly scrapbook LOs pose a problem for me. I do have plans to continue scrap booking my daughters as the grow but I have learned not to feel pressured about it. This is suppose to be a hobby and hobbies are suppose to relieve stress not create it!
So, on to my layout. The photos were taken at the Knoxville Zoo for Boo at the Zoo. Every Halloween, the zoo would "dress-up" in true Halloween style to allow the children of Knoxville to trick or treat. This was Mary Elizabeth's first year to attend the night time version; the previous year she had attended Itty-bitty Boo at the Zoo and that is a daytime event. But as a much older woman of 2 years, she was able to dress-up in the Raggedy Ann costume Nana (my mom) made her and attend with the "big kids." Going to the zoo was one of her favorite past times, she has a tremendous passion for animals. Unfortunately, Boo at the Zoo was a bit of a disappointment because all the animals were asleep and this was truly just for Trick or Treating.
It has been awhile since I created this layout and my already feeble memory is a bit fuzzy on the details-lol. The paper is from a now de-funked direct sales company called Leaving Prints. I used to really like to use the clean designsof their paper because they were so easy to personalize with stamping. The scalloped border on the red flower piece was created by tracing a scalloped piece of Bazzill CS and cutting it out with scissors. The only stamping on this particular page are the "o"s in the word Zoo from an Autumn Leaves alphabet and the little kraft tags that say "good," "Halloween," "fun" from Everyday Flexible phrases. Ribbon and rickrack are from my lss and buttons are Autumn Leaves. The little suspender clasps were hand sewn to the black elastic but I do not remember the manufacturer of either of these.
I will be posting a couple of challenge cards this week. I'm working on one for the Jacksonbelle Design Team for Jacksonbelle Tuesday and the Ladies of Leisure will be posting their monthly challenge later in the week. Don't forget about Way-to-go Wednesdays. If you know of someone that is deserving of recognition, please, feel free to give me a cyber shout. It's ALWAYs A Stampin' Good Time! Take care!