I have been so caught up with a few projects for work that I haven't been able to get much scrapping in but all work and no play....So I forced myself to pull out my supplies and created a two-page layout. Early on in my scrapping days I created lots of two-pagers but haven't for ages. It was fun to do one again.
This layout is photos from a trip to downtown Dallas we took with a friend visiting from overseas. The "Big D" of the title is doing double duty. First, Dallas itself is often referred to as the Big D. Second, we have also referred to this friend as the Big D - he is 6' 4" and named Derrick. He has been a dear friend of my husband's for more than 40 years - since kindergarten! Amazing how friendships can last so long over many continents (Derek is from the UK, lived in New Zealand for many years and is now in Canada while we're in the states)!
The start for this layout was one of the weekly challenges at Sletches4All. You only have to complete two of nearly 20 different weekly challenges by the end of month for a great prize. In this challenge - Let's Get Cooking Week 2, the challenge was to a bingo board where I chose metal (the jumbo brads and silver studs), ink (the butterfly stamp and inked diamond stencil), and 3 patterned papers (three from Marjolaine by Basic Grey and one by Glitz Vintage Blue).
The sketch is from Scrappin' Happy's March challenge. The color scheme was inspired by Rochelle Spear's March challenge. For the diamond embellishment in the corners, I created a stencil using my Silhouette and sponge stamped the diamonds using a moss green ink and a denim ink. Perfect for Kristi B's masking/stenciling challenge!. The tags were inspired by Lasting Memories but I didn't get the layout posted in time - instead, I am repeating the green for this week's Green challenge :-)
Not to leave anything out, I added some simple stitching to the tags on both pages and the butterflies for ACOT's March Stitching challenge. I was happy to have the butterfly prompt as I felt something was lacking before I added them.