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2012 MMDT February Challenge #2

Love Notes to My Grand-daughter.

Welcome to my take on this month's second challenge.

Have you ever had a plan for a layout that takes on a life of it's own? When we first received our assignments, I thought this would be so great to use all my scallop punches, and colorful twine...We would be doing the Chocolate Festival and I thought I knew where I would go with this. Then Isabella arrived a bit earlier than I counted on...and all of a sudden frilly girly things started rummaging around in my head. At the same time, so did a huge list of things (thanks to Tami for this exercise for organizing ideas to scrap and journal about) I wanted to say to my granddaughter....and so for the past week and a half I've been trying to reduce those thoughts into this layout, rather than the book, I know I will probably have to "write" one day!

This month's challenge:


  • Lotus paper
  • Mosaic Moments pattern 19-checker inset border

options to include:

  • handwritten journaling
  • hearts & strings
  • scalloped edges
  • a Mosaic Moments free download

The Lotus paper is a very soft green. I didn't want it to disappear in the background. I had paper I'd picked up for announcements or thank you notes that co-ordinated with colors my son and his wife were decorating the baby's room with.  I chose two shades of pink, a dark brown and cream that all co-ordinate with the pattern paper that contained those colors.


I have also used:

  • Cupcake Doodle Twine by Doodlebug Design Inc.
  • heart shaped brads
  • 1" scallop square punch
  • hearts-classic and scalloped dies by Spellbinders
  • small punched hearts
  • dotted heart stamp from a Petit Four heart set by DeNami Design
  • Martha Stewart scallop heart ribbon punch
  • craft wire from Darice
  • Sharpie Ultra fine Brown marker
  • Sharpie pink metallic  extra fine point water based metallic paint  pen
  • Dew Drop Brilliance ink-Pearlescent Orchid
  • Dew Drop Versa Magic chalk ink-Pixie Dust
  • pink cardstock-Bazill Mono Pinks
  • cardstock brown and cream-Hollos

I wanted to play up the checkerboard elements in this pattern in a baby quilt-type feel. In the top "quilt squares" I have inserted some of my "Love Notes" with the tiny hearts in the scalloped boxes opposite. The boxes down each side have "chocolate" hearts...sorry, it WAS Valentine's Day this past week! The center section with hearts and bows continues to play up the checkerboard/quilt square feel, and while when I tie quilts I don't use a fancy bow, it did seem to be the girly thing for this spot.

My Title: " Love notes to my granddaughter"  title block is handwritten and is placed beneath the larger 'Love Notes' visual, like the lyrics in sheet music . This is the Cupcake Doodle Twine strung in a musical staff, complete with a "score" made with stamped hearts and craft wire. 

Okay, I'm going to tell you this is a detail shot is of the bows and layered hearts that are stamped and embossed, but really, it's a close up on Isabella with her eyes open, and her biased 'Grandy' thinks it's a great photo!

love this "ribbon" punch from Martha Stewart! It's about 1/4" to 3/8" wide and covered the gap between my 4" photo and the 4 3/8" space without making a mat.

Photos here include a 3D Ultrasound photo, at 10 hrs old and one day old.

Love note with photo of David and his daughter says "Honor your Father... Ex 20:12"

My daughter congratulated me for beginning a scrapbook for Isabella and having one page done before she's a month old. I hadn't thought of it like was just the there's pressure to actually DO an album for Isabella...oh, wow, what have I started?

thanks for stopping by for a look!






Shared by Andrea Fisher on February 20, 2012 | Memory Date: February 20, 2012
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Posted By: Dcookwrites  |  November 18, 2012 at 1:41 pm   
wow - hard to pick a fave element. The music "notes" are so awesome. Then, the little baby feet - oh, so sweet! Love it!!
Posted By: Deborah White  |  March 1, 2012 at 3:09 am   
LOVE,LOVE,LOVE!!!!!!! Love the baby, the design, the joy you obviously had creating it, her feet, and your terrific name: GRANDY!!!!! I love your name, soooooo perfect. xoxoxo Sheila
Posted By: Sheila Deptowicz  |  February 23, 2012 at 5:40 am   
One of my favorite pages...its awesome
Posted By: Deemahn  |  February 22, 2012 at 2:52 pm   
I agree with Donna - this deserves the OMG and AWESOME award! Absolutely breathtaking! I love especially the music staff embellishment!
Posted By: Nancy Sanders  |  February 21, 2012 at 10:07 pm   
Posted By: Amy Jo Maruschak  |  February 21, 2012 at 4:53 pm   
WOW! There are so many amazing details to love on this layout. Your music box using string and hearts is genius. All your scalloped boxes and hearts are lovely and I think your love notes are so sweet. Congratulations on becoming a grandmother (and getting a page done before your dear one is a month old)!
Posted By: Sarah Lewis  |  February 21, 2012 at 2:10 pm   
THANKS Everyone! for your encouraging words,I wasn't sure this was going to work out getting the actual 'love notes' in the way I first took time and playing around with a few ideas to get to this. @julie oconnor...the punched scallop square is lined up in the "dip" of the scallop along the edges top and left side of the Mosaic grid lines. So that they are covered. It is a very slight deviation from the pattern so you can miss that on first glance, and hopefully second and third glances. ;) Again, thanks...I think we're all having fun trying new things out, hopefully others will try the Mosaic Moments papers if they haven't yet and enjoy them as much as the DT members do!
Posted By: Andrea Fisher  |  February 21, 2012 at 1:22 am   
We need to tell Tami to add AWESOME and OMG to our selection of cheers , This page is OMG AWESOME ! Your pages are incredible,each DT assignment gets more creative. I love how you explain so much detail with pictures of how you worked to make your page, I am so impressed with each page I have seen o far, can't wait for each month to see what you have in store for us !
Posted By: Donna Bossone  |  February 21, 2012 at 12:56 am   
Andrea - you created an awesome layout. I can't stop looking at it. The colors and the embellishments are wonderful. I love the little pink bows you tied. Wow.
Posted By: Dale Hill  |  February 21, 2012 at 12:43 am   

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