Daddy's Arms...

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

I've had these photos of 'the farmer' and our little man stashed away in safe keeping and had completely forgotten all about them until I went looking for something else and stumbled across them. We were at our daughter's pony club event and the two boys were sitting on the top rail of the arena fence and Benjamin clapped excitedly everytime Gorgia road passed on her horse Cisco. It was one of those moments in time that you just want to freeze forever.

Now at first glance it's not that obvious that this layout is all from the My Little Shoebox collections! There isn't a tree or critter in sight. But that just goes to show the versatility of their paper as the flip sides hide lots of wonderful combinations that can be mixed and matched to create a totally different and more subtle look that is perfect for a boy page.

And shock horror... I did some glimmermisting! I thought it was about time I stopped being afraid of the stuff and learned to add it to my projects. It's just a little hint, but it's a start! And the cute little buttons were a wonderful find in my local quilt shop... they matched perfect!

I decided to add a hessian covered brad using my i-top as I've been really enjoying playing with the different texture and look that it creates on layouts. This is just a simple addition to give the layout a bit of dimension.
 And finally lots more journalling which is totally unusal for me. I've decided that I really need to focus more on journaling and so have begun a bit of a campaign to make sure I add a little story to most of my projects... for a while anyhow!

Products Used:
My Little Shoebox 'Heartfelt' Angel Patterned Paper
My Little Shoebox 'Heartfelt' Ella Patterned Paper
My Little Shoebox 'Heartfelt' 12 x 12 Die Cut Sheet
My Little Shoebox 'Heartfelt' 6 x 12 Cardstock Stickers
My Little Shoebox 'Sew Cute' Hand Made Paper
My Little Shoebox 'City By The Bay' Golden Gate Paper
My Little Shoebox Glitter Alphabet Stickers 'Toffee'
My Little Shoebox Mini Alphabet Stickers 'Linen'
Imaginisce I-top and medium brad daddy
Kaisercraft Sentiment Rubons 'Father'

Tattered Angels Glimmermist 'Chocolate covered Cherries'
Embroidery Thread

Random Heart Buttons

If you would like to see some more Mix It Up projects from the My Little Shoebox team them head on over to their blog HERE.
From farm to you...


  1. Awww, what a sweet layout! The pictures are precious!

  2. This is gorgeous my friend!! Just stunning!!!

  3. Love it! And yes it is a breakaway from your usual critters and cute (which I adore by the way). And hooray for Glimmer Mist!

  4. Gosh that twine looks divine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Oh this is so so pretty!!! I love all the texture from the burlap, twine, etc. Fantastic page, Melinda!!

  6. I LOVE everything about this layout Melinda! The pics, the twine, the button... just everything! :)

  7. Everything in and about this LO is wonderful, just absolutely beautiful, WOW.. .. :0) AWEsome

  8. Precious photos! Love the layout design and details, TFS

  9. What a beautiful LO! Awesome quote and it goes perfectly with the pics. The colours and papers you used are great and all your embellishments really add to it instead of distracting. You are so right about the journaling. It's fine to add dates and notes but a page with the story behind the photos are the ones the generations to follow will always appreciate most. (Can't you just imagine someday your grandchildren reading this and loving the story of their dad and granddad)
    Thanks for sharing and inspiring! :)

  10. Beautiful layout, lovin' all the I really want the iTop!

  11. Wow this is such a gorgeous layout!!! Love the texture!!! :D

  12. Gorgeous!!! Love your style huney ;)

  13. Going to be great working with you this year on the Pebbles team!

  14. The button is very different... absolutely STUNNING as always dear! LOVE Love LOVE your work as always hugs xx :)

  15. congrats on staying in the Pebbles team for another term! I am a huge fan of your work and I can't wait to see your creations this year!

  16. Gorgeous masculine page!
    Love the details!!!

  17. Total perfection my friend! Love everything about this!!!