It all started when I was browsing through my "unread" Bloglovin blog posts. I came across a weekly challenge post on Shimelle's blog. The challenge this week is to start your layout with a subtle patterned paper as your background. I had these photos of our, (me and my husband's), first dog Shannon that were waiting to be scrapped. I pulled the first neutral, or subtle patterned paper that was in my stash. It is from the My Mind's Eye/The Sweetest Thing collection. I knew I had several scraps from that same collection in my scrap box, so I dug through my scraps and found what I had.
Next, I remembered that The Memory Nest had a great sketch that I wanted to give a try. Here's the sketch:
April Sketch #1
There is a twist the the sketch challenge at The Memory Nest. It is to do something you have never done before, or something that is outside of your comfort zone. I did some sewing on my layout which is not my forte and is always out of my comfort zone.
I was really surprised when I was typing up my journaling and when I was writing the words to a popular song from 1976 called "Shannon", written by Henry Gross. (If you've never heard it, you can hear it in this You-Tube video. It gives me a lump in my throat every time I listen to it). We named our dog Shannon because of this song. Anyway, the layout reminded me, and brought up those feelings again of the sadness of losing her. But after 27 years, she deserves a place in my scrapbooks.
Thanks to Relly Annett-Baker from Shimelle's blog and The Memory Nest for inspiring my layout! And if you haven't shopped with Lesley from The Memory Nest before, check the store out here. I have ordered some products from her, and she has excellent customer service and I was very pleased!
See you soon! Happy Scrapping!