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american crafts dear lizzy lizzie tim holtz distress paints radiant rain sprays fussy cutting fiskars scissors and paper trimmer

In February I turned 37. 

Do you remember when that seemed old?  There was a point in time when that age meant life was over and everything would all be downhill – anything over 35 seemed that way.

Now that I am here, I look back and forward and realize I still have a long way to go.  I feel like I am just really figuring out who I am, what is important to me, and what I want to do with my life – what I REALLY want to do.  Not what they told me I should do or what I thought was expected of me when I was in college.  Not what I assumed when I was in my 20’s. 

Maybe by 40 I will have a better idea… Until then, I keep searching and learning and growing.  I continue to become more comfortable in my own skin and I continue to find out who I am, to be “me.” 

I think this is the normal progression of life and growing up, right?

Anyway, to mark the occasion, Matt and the boys took me out to a very nice dinner at Francesca’s al Lago here in Madison.  If you ever get here, I highly recommend it.  They also have several locations in Chicago.  They then surprised me with a red velvet birthday cake – which is my absolute favorite guilty pleasure cake.  It was a great night with my three favorite boys and I felt absolutely blessed. 

Here a quick and bright little layout I did using the Dear Lizzy line from American Crafts.  The colors and the patterns were so bright and fun that I just had to use them.

american crafts dear lizzy lizzie tim holtz distress paints radiant rain sprays fussy cutting fiskars scissors and paper trimmer american crafts dear lizzy lizzie tim holtz distress paints radiant rain sprays fussy cutting fiskars scissors and paper trimmer american crafts dear lizzy lizzie tim holtz distress paints radiant rain sprays fussy cutting fiskars scissors and paper trimmer

To start, I cut my base cardstock to 10.5×10.5.  Then I trimmed my photos and a few patterned papers into squares to use on the layout.

american crafts dear lizzy lizzie tim holtz distress paints radiant rain sprays fussy cutting fiskars scissors and paper trimmer american crafts dear lizzy lizzie tim holtz distress paints radiant rain sprays fussy cutting fiskars scissors and paper trimmer american crafts dear lizzy lizzie tim holtz distress paints radiant rain sprays fussy cutting fiskars scissors and paper trimmer

Next I took my Tim Holtz Distress Paints and my Radiant Rain sprays and added some drops and dots to the corners of the cardstock pieces.

american crafts dear lizzy lizzie tim holtz distress paints radiant rain sprays fussy cutting fiskars scissors and paper trimmer american crafts dear lizzy lizzie tim holtz distress paints radiant rain sprays fussy cutting fiskars scissors and paper trimmer

I used my micro-tip Fiskars Scissors (FTC – I work there) and fussy cut out the little tree branch from the paper to add to the layout with some pop dots for additional depth.

american crafts dear lizzy lizzie tim holtz distress paints radiant rain sprays fussy cutting fiskars scissors and paper trimmer american crafts dear lizzy lizzie tim holtz distress paints radiant rain sprays fussy cutting fiskars scissors and paper trimmer american crafts dear lizzy lizzie tim holtz distress paints radiant rain sprays fussy cutting fiskars scissors and paper trimmer

Finally I layered it all together on the cardstock, adding in stickers and a little “smile” banner from the collection.  Once it was all done, I mounted it onto some cute pink chevron 12×12 paper from Jillibean Soup.

In the end I think the bright colors really set off the contentment and happiness I felt that day…

american crafts dear lizzy lizzie tim holtz distress paints radiant rain sprays fussy cutting fiskars scissors and paper trimmer

american crafts dear lizzy lizzie tim holtz distress paints radiant rain sprays fussy cutting fiskars scissors and paper trimmer

I really enjoyed putting together this quick and simple layout. 

Take time to craft, even something small, every day!

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Comments

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  1. Love love! Isn’t it interesting how our thoughts on ages change as we actually age? I like the idea that it’s okay to still be figuring out what really makes you tick. It’s all good!

    Great pages too!

  2. Happy Belated Birthday! Wow 37, I remember that…it was a while ago for me (almost 50 now) and now that seems so young! It’s all perspective 🙂 Your layouts and phots are great!

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