Telling a little of my life story

Mum’s the Word is the challenge this week at Heart 2 Heart Challenges. You can interpret that any way you want — make a Mother’s Day project or make a card or layout about keeping a secret.

I put a spin on the second variation. In this layout I tell a tiny part of my story and family history.

In short, I was 35 before I learned who my father is — and that I have three sisters (two still living) and a brother.

That’s not the only “secret” thing about my layout this week. My sisters, Barbara and Linda, are good at keeping secrets — specifically when Barbara is going to visit. TheĀ  first time I was to meet Linda, Barbara came in from her home in Ohio to surprise me. And when I was meeting Linda for lunch to celebrate my birthday this year, Barbara showed up too! That’s the occasions on which these photos were taken.

SecretSisters

I wanted to use the Blossom paper pack and feature colors in it — Sunset, Lagoon and Glacier. I found Slate cardstock made a good base. I wanted to make flowers that had some meaning. I consulted the Old Farmer’s Almanac and found that zinnias represent “thoughts of absent friends.” I cut the flowers using the 3-D object feature on the Artiste cartridge (shift B) — it’s part of another project. I just cut several of the flower part and layered them under a Cocoa circle for the flower’s center. I cut the centers of the flowers using the Serenade Cricut cartridge. The small zinnias are stamped in Sunset and Ruby ink on Canary cardstock; the stamp is from a discontinued set. Some of the flowers I popped up with Thin 3-D Foam Tape and others I raised with the thicker foam tape.

For the title, I stamped “Secret” in Outdoor Denim on Glacier cardstock using the Handwritten Print alphabet. I cut “Sisters” from Cocoa cardstock using the Art Philosophy cartridge.

If you’re looking for inspiration or if you want to take on this challenge, head over to Heart 2 Heart! You have all month to link up your project.

 

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