Sunday, March 1, 2020

March SOTM Blog Hop

Welcome to the March Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! 

This month, we are featuring the stamp set called Family Legacy. It is a terrific stamp set to coordinate with the new Yesterday and Today papers as it has a definite heritage feel to it. 

You should have arrived here from Lauren Moore's blog
If you get lost, a list of all participants can be found on Melinda Everitt's blog

That heritage feel is what drove my layout for this blog hop. My mom, who passed away just over 3 years ago, was a tremendous community advocate and she ran a second hand shop where all the proceeds were donated to charity. This photo was taken about 10 years before she finally shut down the shop as she didn't have the energy to continue running it. At the time this photo was taken, she had donated over $1,000,000 dollars (that's right - OVER 1 MILLION DOLLARS!) to various charities in her community. Much more was raised in the next 10 years. This photo was scanned from a newspaper article (it was on the front page and I didn't want the entire front page heading along with this photo) as my mom was named the town's Citizen of the Year for her charity work. She hated having her photo taken so this was a very unusual occurrence. 

I chose to use the new Yesterday and Today paper pack for the basis of my layout. I used one of the sheets as the background and a couple of the zip strips for the cross pieces. A few of the stamp images were stamped before adhering the photo and I also used the Strokes of an Artist stamp set to provide some additional background images. The original photo was scanned in black and white. I also edge and ink distressed some of the pieces as well as swiping the Espresso ink pad across the layout base. A few gold gems were added along with a small bow. 

I hope you enjoyed my project. 

The next blog to visit is Brenda Lapp's blog.
I am sure she has something awesome to share with you! 

Products used are all Close To My Heart 

Paper: Yesterday and Today Paper Pack, Toffee Cardstock, Espresso Cardstock, French Vanilla Cardstock 
Stamps: Family Legacy, Strokes of an Artist
Inks: Espresso, Toffee
Accessories: Art Philosophy Cricut Collection, Gold Glitter Gems, Tri-Blend Markers, White and Gold Skinny Ribbon



  1. Beautiful page! I love all of the details you added to make the photo pop.

  2. What a beautiful layout and an even beautiful memory. Thank you for joining us in this month's stamp of the month blog hop. I can't wait to see what you create next! ☕đŸ’™MissC

  3. Wow, Wow, Wow, Alyson! Your Mom was an amazing woman! What a beautiful layout to honour her memory and what she did for her community. So impressive! I would have shopped at her charity shop for sure - I love thrifting!

  4. Your mom sounds like an amazing woman! What a great story! Love your layout, it is a fantastic way to remember what she accomplished!

  5. I love your tribute layout to your mom, Alyson. She was an amazing example and your page is calm and focussed on her. XOX

  6. Oh wow! This is beautiful! I love the use of the one photo and drawing attention to your Mom.


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