At this point, my husband is feeling quite well, thank you, and his surgeon has asked that he get out a bit if he can. This is all while we are awaiting a date for the surgery. It's going to be quite extensive, and requires the operating room to be reserved for a full day. But with all the drugs the medical types are pumping into Harry, he really is able to get out a bit. So out we've been getting him.
One trip has been to the Foster Botanical Garden in Honolulu. This is a great trip because Harry really misses his garden at home, and he can look at some plants that are similar to what he has at home. Great for him and for us.
Meanwhile, Harry shows off the album I made for him that features his very own garden. Last week I shared the pages featuring our pets, and today I'll start showing off some of the garden pages. The overall colors throughout the scrapbook (pet pages not withstanding) are Garden Green/Certainly Celery and Pumpkin Pie/So Saffron. The scrapping technique for today's two-page spread is one that I use a lot with the small (6" x 6") page spreads: I take a whole bunch of photos and make them into a collage and print that as a larger photo on one page. Then, on the facing page, I feature 2 or 3 individual pictures of the objects in question. Here I'm featuring the tropical rhododendrons, or Vireyas, that are current blooming in our garden. The photo at the left shows how you can get 11 nice pictures on one small page!
The paper for this page is from the Designer Series Paper, Flocked Together. I really wish I had "found" this set earlier! This coming year I'll pay better attention to ALL the designer series paper sets so I don't miss anything. The stamp sets featured on this page – as well as on the right side page – are Paradise and Tropical Party. I originally thought this would be too busy, but I really like the effect when it's all put together in the scrapbook. You can see that I matted the photo with So Saffron and Garden Green. I didn't mat most of the photos in this album because of my time constraints. But sometimes, I just had to get out the card stock and the paper cutter and mat away!
On the right, I used a page from the Designer Series Paper Jackpot. Now, because my dear husband runs the local ACBL bridge club in Hilo, Hawaii, I already had a big stash of this Designer Series Paper. And I'll be keeping it for Bridge Club use even after it retires. But I digress. The fact is that this paper is NOT just for cards and games. Look at that lovely diamond pattern in So Saffron! OK, it's Diamonds as in Hearts, Spades and Clubs. But it's also diamonds as in a cool pattern!
As the new papers come out I promise that I'll be much better at looking at them ALL to make sure that neither I nor you just discount a set because the paper that the catalog features just doesn't appeal.
ALERT! These Designer Series Paper sets are going to retire July 1st! They are absolutely perfect for scrapbooking and, if you're a scrapbooker as I am, you might just want to stock up a bit before they're gone for good.
I only have computer time late at night as the rest of the time I'm spending with my husband. But I really hope to be back here with some analysis of the Stampin' Up! retired products lists and some suggestions for what you might want to snap up before it goes away. Meanwhile, please keep my dear husband in your thoughts and prayers!