Many months ago I won a paper kit of Authentique Splendid. There were two great papers from this kit that I used for an altered box but I wasn't quite sure how I would use the other patterns, especially a rather orange-tinted distressed wood sheet. When I came across this photo of my daughter having fun playing in the frontier house at the Dallas Arboretum I thought maybe....since the orange of her shirt in the photo didn't really go with anything else I said "fo for it".
I paired it with the Authentique scraps left from the altered box project (the back-most mat is actually three different pieces plus the date tag to the left of the photo) and then brought in two papers from another Authentique line - Loyal. I wanted one other pattern/color but the other patterns from the Authentique sets just weren't working with this layout. So I turned to a small sheet of a blue-and-green diamond pattern I had in my stash. This was perfect for the one mat and the tiny banners at the bottom (love these - its a new die from Verve).
And finally a few embellishments including brads, lace flowers from Close to My Heart, and some random buttons.
The photo of my DD having fun made it great for the "Something Fun" challenge as Sketches4All. And none of it would have come together if not for the second monthly sketch from Paper Secrets. And what a coincidence that it's Authentique month (wink) ! Since the paper kit that started this came from a "friend" (Grand Diva's blog - love it!), I thought the layout would be a perfect entry for DL.Arts Thankful Thursday challenge that asks us to use something from a friend (the paper prize) and all the paper distressing I did is for Hiding in My Craft Room's Distressing challenge.