Friday, March 15, 2013

Extravaganza Entry 1 - Layout

As several of you know, I was fortunate enough to be selected to teach at Extravaganza last year in Dallas and I loved every minute of it! I decided to apply again this year and I have spent a LOT of time working on my entries. I know many consultants will not share their entries but I don't have a problem doing that. I just prefer to wait until after the deadline so that my ideas are not copied by other applicants. 

My first entry is my layout. I chose to do a tribute layout to my father. I lost my father in 2006 and it was a very difficult time for me. He was my rock and my mentor. We were extremely close so his death was a real blow to me. I am including several photos, including the journaling. The journaling took me several tries to write and resulted in many, many tears. I miss him as much today as I did almost 7 years ago when he passed away. The small photo of him as a boy is the only photo my family has of him as a child so I treasure that one. The other small one was taken on my wedding day with him giving me some final advice. 

 These pictures show a close up of each page, followed by a close up of some of the flowers and the detail in one section. I have also enlarged the journaling so you can read that as well, if you chose to do so. 


Products used are all Close To My Heart

Paper: For Always Paper Pack, Black Cardstock, Topiary Cardstock, Pear Cardstock, White Daisy Cardstock, Glitter Paper - Black 
Stamps: Trinity Alphabet Stamp, Distressed Backgrounds, Card Puzzle, Harvest Happiness
Inks: White Daisy, Topiary, Pear, Black Distressing Ink
Accessories: Art Philosophy Cartridge, Artiste Cartridge, Topiary Alcohol Markers, Pear Alcohol Markers, Black Shimmer Trim, For Always Assortment, Green and Blue Epoxy Bubbles, Stardust Glitz Glitter Gel, Foam Tape, Flip Flaps - Small Assortment, Black Tulle Ribbon, Computer Font - Black (CTMH - ret.), Computer Font - Honey (CTMH - ret.)


  1. Beautiful layout, work and journal. I wish I had your talent and patience.

  2. Alyson -

    A beautiful and touching tribute layout. Your journaling brought me to tears. I am so happy for you that you had such a strong relationship with your Dad and I can hear through your words how much you still miss him. Thank you for sharing your story.



  3. This is a lovely tribute and beautiful piece of work. Good luck!

  4. This is gorgeous, Alyson, just gorgeous! Love it!

  5. Beautiful layout. Your journaling is superb. Thanks for sharing.


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