Pond of Inspiration
The lotus flower is quite exotic and one of my favorite flowers. It reminds me of all the different places in the world I would love to visit. But my first memory of the lotus flower was my Dad's backyard pond. He loved to garden and could be found most summer evenings and Saturdays playing in the dirt. He transformed most of our backyard into beautiful flower beds by the time I went off to college.When I was a little girl, I remember he designed a pond, dug the holes and put in a waterfall. I went with him to the garden center where he allowed me to pick out fish and water lilies (lotus) and then we put them in the pond together. My Dad was so proud of that pond and I found it to be a source of relaxation and comfort. I spent many hours sitting and playing in the pond while growing up.
Creating the Layout
Backgrounds are my favorite way to use stencils as they create so much depth and texture.
But they also make the best focal points.
I used PaperArtsy Chalk Paints to color my stenciled images. And who doesn't love a little bit of gold glam from embossing.
I created a flip out page because I love interactive pages.
I loved the background texture and decided I couldn't cover it up so the flip out allowed me room to decorate.