Saturday, February 25, 2012

Good-bye Shade - Layout

We had a couple of bad ice storms the last few years, and thankfully this year we have been spared the horrid stuff. Two years ago after a particularly bad ice storm the big elm outside the front of my house got hit pretty bad. My daughter's father wanted to cut it all the way down and I told him I didn't want it cut down because it helps shade my car in the summer and besides it's the tree my daughter use to climb almost daily when she was little. He was nice enough to trim it up and save the tree. It is starting to leaf out a little more and hopefully this year it will be back providing good shade.

Supplies Used:
Cricut Expressions
Paperdoll Dress Up Cartridge
Songbird Cartridge
Handyman Cartridge
Basic Grey Figgy Pudding
Various Cardstock
Colorbox Chalk Ink

I got the tree from Paperdoll Dress up and sized it to fit most of the page. Since I wanted it off to the side a little I clipped off the branches even with the page and then used them along the bottom of the page. The saw came from Handyman and I used brads where the saw would be put together.

I used Songbird to make the title. I distressed the Coredinations cardstock before I cut it. I keep saying it is easier to distress before cutting and I will keep saying it so I can save others some time and mistakes, at least I hope! I have distress afterwards a few times but it is often easy to tear the cuts when trying to sand after the cardstock is cut.

I got quite a few comments at the swarm about the tree and for the life of me I couldn't remember which cartridge I got it from. I had to look it up on Design Studio so I could post where it came from. I think sometimes the carts all start to run together after getting so many...but you didn't hear that from me!


  1. cute LO Okie!!!
    I could make one similar to this. My Big Evergreen has died out front and it was here when we moved here in 1982 :(

  2. Great layout! I'm glad you're posting some layouts instead of cards, although I do love your cards. I need to get back to my scrapbook pages and since you are such an inspiration, when I see your pages, maybe...just maybe, I'll start scrapbooking again.

  3. Awesome layout Okie! I love the papers you picked for it...they look great!


  4. Love the layouts. The colors are great! Your daughter will treasure these always:)

    Sandy R. MN

  5. You have such good stories. I love your layout and the reason to make it.

  6. Love the LO and the story behind it. Love the paper/color choices.

  7. Love your layout! Love the story behind the pics and I love your idea of trimming off some of the branches and putting them at the base of the tree! I would never have thought of doing that...awesome!

    Thank you for sharing!

  8. Very cute layout :) Thank you for sharing, you're the best writer.
    mhalford6 @aol. com

  9. Nice memory. I always feel bad when we lose a large old tree. We have had a couple of tornados in the last few years ans one of them dumped trees from somewhere else,who knows where, on top of a large dogwood in my back yard, breaking it off at the ground. So sad. We do have to remember though tress are living creatures. They go through a youthfull period to middle age to aged with bouts of decline just like we people do. Why is it men always want to cut them all the way down instead of doing a little hsircut as such?

  10. LOVE this tree LO, Okie! Really cool, as always!