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It's a Water-loving day

I had already decided to submit a mosaic I did several years ago which fit the first August challenge of "Summer Stuff."  It turns out that I couldn't possibly have created something new, because we had a toilet stool overflow in our master bath and leak down into my craft area in the basement.  Of course, the water all dripped onto a large table on which I had about 150 completed pages--including mosaics.  You cannot imagine how much damage a little water can do in a short period of time, and we didn't discover it until about 15 hours after it happened.  I didn't cry, but I really wanted to. It will be a while before I recover from losing all that hard work and some pictures I won't be able to replace!

  The double layout "It's a Water-loving day" features five of our grandchildren playing on a slip n' slide in our yard several years ago. This layout has traditionally been the one I have used as an example in my classes and is the favorite of most of my  friends.  They have been anxious for me to "show it off" on Journella.

  I used 19 different photos and pieced them together to look like one large picture.  However, if you look closely, you will see that each child appears at least five times.  When I create this type of mosaic, I take great care not to cut through any body parts of the people in the pictures.  That is just a personal preference.  I always start at the bottom with close-ups, then as I move up the page, I use pictures that are gradually further and further away.  I am sure most of you also use this simple technique.  It gives the picture depth.  I especially use this plan on pictures such as scenery and water fun, because it is so much more interesting than just putting many similar shots on several pages.

   This layout was the most difficult I have ever done, because I wanted to make the slide go across both pages, and I hadn't taken the pictures with the idea of doing a mosaic.  The large glittery title resulted, because I didn't have quite enough pictures at a distance to fill the page on the right.

  I am also submitting a 1-page layout I created recently of an afternoon go-kart race between our family members at a track in Branson, MO.  My family really liked this one, and it fits the category of "Summer Stuff."  It also illustrates the technique of giving depth to the overall look.  There were other people there that day, but only my family appear in the pictures.  This one consisted of about 12 shots.

  The two projects give you an idea of what my "mosaic specialty" has been the last few years.  However, I really enjoy our challenges, because they force me to branch out and learn some new ideas.  Of course, I always get new concepts from all of you.  Thanks for being willing to share some of your creativeness!

Shared by Linda Holmes on August 7, 2012 | Memory Date: August 6, 2012
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While the first layout is good, I really like the single page. I get an incredible since of movement on the page.
Posted By: Dcookwrites  |  November 23, 2012 at 4:36 pm   
This will always be my favorite mosaic that you have done!
Posted By: Georgia Bizal  |  November 20, 2012 at 8:23 pm   
Love the pages! Good to see old fashion fun - slip n slid and go carts - it doesn't get any better than that. Sorry about the toilet...I know I would have cried!
Posted By: Julie Oconnor  |  September 14, 2012 at 1:55 am   
Unbelieveable! These layouts are amazing. Thanks for sharing and thanks for the info on how you created them!!
Posted By: Amy Jo Maruschak  |  August 23, 2012 at 7:04 pm   
What a great job. I can't imagine losing that much work and even more the memories recorded! I really feel for you. It's a little ironic about the title of your layout - water loving? :) Seriously, you did a wonderful job in putting these together. I realized in my last layout that I had cut right through the middle of my little guy, but I didn't have another picture to replace it so went on....
Posted By: Nancy Sanders  |  August 18, 2012 at 6:05 pm   
Oh no! Sorry to hear about the water damage! I am speechless but agree with what the other ladies have said. UGH! I've always loved, loved, loved the slide layout! But, I also LOVE the go-cart layout! Excellent job as usual!!! If you are going to be at Judy's Friday night, I will see you then! I need some serious scrapbook time!!! I've missed everyone and need to get back into it...have some serious girl time, laughs and scrap! Hope to see you then!
Posted By: Brenda Eaves  |  August 16, 2012 at 8:56 am   
Oh My Goodness I am so sorry about the toilet/water damage. That must be so disheartening. I love the slip n slide pages - they are just fabulous. Thank you for choosing to share them. The go-cart page is really fun too love the design - great inspiration.
Posted By: Tami Potter  |  August 12, 2012 at 10:08 pm   
It is a great job as usual! I definitely would have cried with the loss of all that work, and memories down the toliet!! :0
Posted By: Diane Williams  |  August 11, 2012 at 2:30 am   
I can't even imagine losing all that hard work and those 150 beautiful pages. You are certainly entitled to cry or scream if that helps. These 2 pages are great! You can tell the time and effort it took to do the slip n slide pages and I agree that it is better not to cut up those little bodies!Your eye just moves across the vivid blue slide and you expect to hear the happy cries of the kids! It is amazing the way the go cart page almost looks 3 dimensional. The staggering effect of the photos is just great. And you have the sides lined up so perfectly! Great job Linda!!
Posted By: Beth Glass  |  August 9, 2012 at 4:27 pm   
I can't decide. These two layouts have to be among my all-time favorite mosaics EVER!!! I love the water slide with the action moving across the page and all the 1" tiles. So cool!! And the gocarts have so much action and lend themselves so well to that particular layout. Great way to capture so much motion. Oh, and I had a kitchen sink to basement water leak a few years back. The water pooled in two open tubs where I kept all my hand-made cards stored and neatly organized in calendar/occasion order. Those were JUST cards, not layouts, and I was CRUSHED. I can't imagine what you're going through on that. My heart goes out to you!
Posted By: Deborah White  |  August 9, 2012 at 2:46 pm   

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