Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Snow Angels

When I made this layout last month, I was hoping the snow would be gone by the time it posted on The Crop.  Little did I know we'd still have two feet of snow on the ground, and nearly 30 inches of ice still on the lakes.  The calendar may say spring, but it still seems very much like winter here!

I have a layout to share with you today with a nature theme in mind.  I gathered twigs and birch bark from my yard and used them on a 2-page layout with photos from an ice fishing expedition in January.  Well, maybe I should call it a walk across the ice to the ice shacks in January.  The guys never actually let us in the shacks. 

There were 7 of us walking about 3 miles across the lake.  Three of us were on 2 legs, 3 were on 4 legs, and 1 was on 3 legs.  We took our time, enjoyed the mild 20 degree January day, and walked to the shack.  We thought it would be about 1.5 miles, but the fishing wasn't good in that spot, and the guys had moved further down the lake.  But, we found them.  We just had to walk a little further.

I wanted to use non-winter papers on this layout, so I went with Echo Park For the Record 2, purchased from my favorite place to buy most of my scrappy supplies, cropchocolate.com. I also used Clear Rock Candy Distress crackle paint from CC to adhere the letters to the birch bark, Tim Holtz distress ink in Frayed Burlap from CC to accent the crackle effect of the paint on the birch bark and for inking the edges of the papers. The letters in the title are by Making Memories (CC). The base of both pages in Carta Bella kraft cardstock, also purchased from cropchocolate.com.  There's also some My Mind's Eye Follow Your Heart twine used to tie the pictures to the twig.

Here's a close up of the left page:

My friend, Sheri's jacket says, "it's not where you walk, but its who walks with you that matters."  Perfect for the day, don't you think?  The wood veneer snow flakes are by Studio Calico.

And, the right page.  I used more wood veneer snowflakes from Studio Calico.  I also used a piece of wood veneer that I got at my LSS.  I ran it through my Big Shot, using a Spellbinders die.  I used 2 different stamps on it, the "Jan. circle" is a Unity SMAK kit from Nov, 2012.  The "2013" is a Studio Calico/Hero Arts stamp.

And, there you have it.  Ice fishing in Wisconsin. Friendship at it's finest, whatever the weather!

Leave a comment on this blog and on The Crop for a chance to win some blog candy.  Tell me a story about friendship, and double your chance to win!  I'll announce the winner on Saturday, along with some other exciting news!


  1. LOVE IT!! The stick hanger with the pictures are great. Blues are so pretty.

  2. I really think this is one of my favorite layouts of your ever... mostly for using actual wood on it :-)

  3. Great layout and i love your puppies.They really are your best friends.My mom's dog was here the other night and he looks at you like he really knows just what you are saying.He tilts his head to the side when you say dad and his ears perk up when you say home.It's so funny.

  4. Great layout!! What a fun trip!! Bet the pups had a blast too!! Love the veneers and for the record paper. My story of friendship is just one to say I'm thankful for all the great friends I have found at cc, who know how to make your day!!!

  5. Great lo, Julie! I love all of that wood, but I have to admit that I am afraid of putting wood and heavy metal with my pictures-afraid of scratching them up. I guess I need to get over that fear-this is really nice! I love the dog pictures-true friends indeed! My friend story has to do with an old friend from high school. Her and I were besties but with life, marriage, distance (me in Illinois and her in Oregon) we kind of lost touch with each other over the years. She told me recently via fb that she is trying to plan a trip back to the midwest and I am on her list! I will be so happy to see her again!

  6. Great layout! Love the pics in the blue paper. They really stand out nicely!

  7. Wow! How'd I miss this?? I am so going to steal the idea of hanging the photos off a stick, most of my scrapbooking is about dogs, birds or gardening, so I adore your idea. This is a fabulous double page spread !