Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Monkey Love

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!


  1. Love how that picture turned out - especially since the thread was giving you such a hard time!!

    1. Thank you so much! I learned a little trick towards the end to help feed the thread more smoothly. I will NOT be beat by a piece of embroidery floss!