Today we are grateful to have guest designer Samantha Taylor join us on the blog. She is sharing a project that’s very close to her heart in memory of the tragic events that shook the world on September 11, 2001.
When people ask why I paper craft, or why I scrapbook, there are so many reasons. It’s fun, it’s a creative outlet for me, it’s a way to preserve memories. Today I’m sharing a project that is truly about preserving memories, even ones that are hard…especially the ones that are hard.
Sometimes it’s hard for me to believe that this happened before my kids were born. I know some day my kids (and probably my grandkids) will ask me, “Where were you when?” I wanted to get my memories down on paper, and I wanted to do it in a way that would be reverent and respectful as well.
I started by keeping this layout photo free. I cut the New York City skyline, and then made the towers out of gold foil paper. I didn’t get too fancy with the embellishments because I wanted the towers to be the focal point of this layout.
While this layout is a way for me to record my memories, I didn’t want my journaling to be the center of this layout – I wanted it to be a piece of this layout. The best way for me to accomplish this was to make a little hidden pocket under the skyline, and slip my journaling in there. I did add a bit of gold glitter washi tape. There is something hopeful and beautiful to me about glitter, and it may sound silly, but we found light in the darkness that day, and I wanted a piece of that reflected in my layout.
Finally, I used the same gold foil paper from Home+Made to create the Remember title for my layout. As a side note, I was a bit worried about how well the gold foil paper would cut with my Cameo. It cuts beautifully (almost better than regular paper) with a Cameo!
Thank you so much for letting me share my Remember layout with you today. This is truly a layout that is close to my heart.
Home+Made Gold Foil Paper
Home+Made Grey Whimsy
Home+Made 6×6 Paper Pad
Home+Made Decorative Tape
American Crafts Black Precision Pen