When I was a kid, school ended right around Memorial Day and started again just after Labor Day. The Fourth of July sort of marked the middle of the summer, even though technically summer had just begun. Now that my own kids are grown up, we don't go to the fireworks most years; but this year we're going to a party along the Illinois River -- my husband's cousin has fixed up the former office building of the brewery that their family operated for four generations, and he lives there now -- so we will see the fireworks over the water. Looking forward to that!
Do you love zoos as much as I do? My mom and I spent a couple of days in Kenosha with my youngest daughter's family. While we were there, we visited the "Pride of Racine" -- two 3-month-old Transvaal lion cubs at the Racine Zoo. Talk about adorable!
This layout features my very own jungle cat, Ed -- or "fast Eddie". He is an indoor kitty, but he does love sitting outside. His favorite place is in the grass and foliage under the neighbor's hedges, which is where I found him when I took this photo. The inspiration for this layout was the Summer Lovin' Crop blinkie at Simply Obsessed:
I finally completed a layout done using one of my favorite photos from among those I took of little Anna playing in the puddles. Couldn't wait to dive into this October Afternoon "Fly a Kite" paper -- so cute! The inspiration for the design was a sketch from Pencillines, via The Everyday Scrapper site.
And this was an "experiment". I followed a tutorial that was linked on The Everyday Scrapper to use stamping and ink on a layout. The green paper is stamped with various medallion and snowflake stamps; then the inside background was inked, stamped, distressed. I think I got a bit carried away with the inking and stamping. So totally out of my style but it's growing on me!
I'm heading up to my older daughter's in Minnesota right after the Fourth of July. I'll be there for a week; planning to pack a couple of kits and some photos so I can scrap there. Have a great holiday weekend!