Yup that's right. Monkey Love!
My husband and I have been married for nearly 5 years now. But back in 2005 when we were dating, the first gift he ever gave me was a stuffed monkey. And since he is in the Coast Guard and would go away for long periods of time, this monkey would get loved and hugged as I pined for my honey.
Fast forward 7 years. When I saw my daughter cuddling with the monkey I just knew it was a scrappable moment so I ran and grabbed the camera! At only 10 and a half months she knows her job is to ham it up when mommy is holding the camera!
I knew I wanted to use this awesome turquoise color combined with brown. The turquoise comes from a Colorbok paper pack I got for 5 bucks at Walmart (yay!) and the brown is a Bo Bunny paper patterned with flourishes. I had to convert the photos to black and white because my daughter's hideous green pajamas clashed horribly. But I really like the way the B & W adds drama.
This page is basically straightforward and follows the Thirds Rule: if my 12 x 12 sheet were a Tic Tac Toe board, my important elements such as photos and title are in places where the lines intersect. The ribbon was a scrap piece that came with my cat's new bed (score, free ribbon!) and the letters are Thickers. The little heart embellishment was another Walmart find.
The difficulty came in when I tried to add the stitching around the photo mat. It took 2 days to finish because it just kept tangling up every time I tried to make a stitch! But I am not one to let something else win so I kept at it. Overall I am pretty happy with how it turned out.
Well, that's it for my second-ever blog post! I hope you check back soon for another project. I will be posting one of my favorite pages so far with a yummy raspberry pink and green color combo.
Thanks for stopping by!