If you have been reading my blog you will remember that a few Sunday's ago I managed to have some time crafting with friends. I mentioned it in the post with the deviled egg chicks ... the ones with the 'evil' eyes! I was so unorganised for that afternoon with friends (except for the food!) that I just grabbed random things and threw them into my craft tote. I had the new Simple Stories collection 'Awesome' and thought that it would go well with some cadet photos. As I had watched Shimelle's sketch of the week video only the day before, her sketch was fresh in my mind and so I used it for these two photos of the boys getting ready to leave on their first cadet camp. I went outside to take this photo this morning in the sunlight and everything was WET! Beautiful! It was our first rain in 32 days, so I propped it on the windowsill as I was not expecting water everywhere :-)
In some ways I feel like I cheated a little bit as so many of the Simple Stories papers are already collaged. The right side of the layout was almost all pre-done! But I think that is why I was drawn to this range. Time is very short at the moment and this page was quite quick to complete. In my mad rush to pack I grabbed a container that was labeled 'alphas' and threw it into my bag. It was not the one I had thought it was and it was full of the old 12x12 sheets of cut out letters. However, these were perfect for my page and another great example of using up my old stash. I pulled these out of one of those HOTP 12x12 books when I reorganised all my papers a while back. Remember when I filled half the house with papers and re-sorted them by colour? These ended up in that plastic container then and then I promptly forgot about them!
A bit of stamping and stitching and I was done. I only got another half a page finished in the 5 hours we were crafting together. I think I did too much laughing and talking!!!! But a great sketch and some easy to use papers and this layout at least didn't take me too long. Maybe it was the hand stitching on the next one that took the time????