I do. I do. At least that's the quote that Eric and I partake in on almost a day-by-day basis. The path to the moon seems infinite, as does love. Such a wonderful feeling, isn't it? I went five years without, only to find it again with another wonderful person. Ask any widow and they'll tell you that to love a second time is a miracle...and a gift of grand proportion. When you lose it, the idea of loving another seems an impossibility. How could a broken heart ever heal enough to love another to the point of "forever-ness"? It's a strange feeling to make that transition. One has to be ready. I took a lot of time to mend my wounds and to make myself strong enough to sustain the vulnerability that is prevalent when opening yourself up to someone new. Even when vulnerable, I thought I wouldn't survive the perilous path of dating. I wasn't going to find true love..no way. Not at 36.
Funny thing, I found it in Ellsworth, Wisconsin (of all places!). I heart the new Eric. We spend a significant amount of time together. He is kind, warm and is always thinking of me. Our days are filled with new experiences. There is a learning curve within the blending process of two people's lives. Much joy is experienced, though a hiccup here and there is unavoidable. We're growing closer as is our love for one another. He makes me feel good. Life has taken on a lighter note. The impossibility of "loving again" is long gone...five years later. Finally, thy heart is free to do as it pleases.
Lately, I've been devoting a lot of hours to scrapbooking. I was asked to guest design for the beautiful Webster's Pages. It's my second appearance with them. I worked with the lovely "Postcards from Paris II" collection. From it, I crafted a handmade mini album meant as a gift for Eric. You can find the album here, and at Webster's BLOG.
The album came together using a variety of page mediums, including mini gray tabbed file folders from Paper Source (resigned product), a vintage flash card, a die-cut card, patterned paper and gold vellum. A combination of paper types is a popular trend right now within the industry. Altered materials dominate, as does mediums like watercolor, acrylic, pastel and so forth. I've yet to delve into these areas all that much. What about you?
Webster's cameos are no doubt, a stand-out set of embellishments! Lately, it seems, their cameo designs have been packed with color and stylish emblems. This Pink Eiffel Tower echos "love" in it's truest sense! Backed with black, it pops and is the focus of the page.
Lets talk sequins for a minute. Now, I made the mistake of melting mine, entirely by accident. While using the heat gun to dry a section of splatter, I melted the edges of a set of sequins. Ultimately, I liked the look, so I went ahead and melted the rest of them. Strangely enough, the deformed sequins are intriguing. They have a vintage quality that is appealing, at least to me. It might be worth looking into more - altered sequins!
This beautiful flower montage is once again, Webster's Pages. I overlapped it with a vintage "E" typography sticker purchased from an antique store. I then added two separate page tabs. Simple and graphic!
I packaged up the album and gave it to Eric as a gift last week. It tells the story of our meeting, and shows a photo that I think captures the "real us" - an exchange of meaningful emotion. He loved the album....
Thank-you to Webster's Pages for having me as a guest designer. It was an absolute joy! Moving along, you'll find me at Crate Paper's blog today! Here's a glimpse of the post in action...
I'll post the remainder of that project compilation in a day or two. In the mean time, check out CRATE's blog :)
Happy Halloween - be safe and much luck in the candy department! It'll be an exciting night for us..more about that, later!