Backyard Fun

Here's the May sketch from The Scrapping Stamper:

And here's my interpretation:


Here's what I did to make the sketch work for me:
  • I took the overlapping pictures and separated them out a bit.  (I tried to overlap them, I really did.  I just couldn't do it.  It's simply not me.)  
  • I wanted to use tan vellum to make the large circle from the sketch, but I only had a very small piece.  I cut the largest circle I could and set it above my focal photo, then used the teeny scraps to make the other two circles.  None of the circles are complete. If you were to peek under the photo mat, you wouldn't see any vellum hiding under there.      
  • I moved the title down so that it rested on the horizontal strip, then dropped the journaling underneath that.

I love that my layout is all about the pictures.  My eye goes first to Trouble munching on swiss chard, then to his awesome tail, then to his giant back feet stretched out behind him. Adorable. 

This layout provides a good opportunity for me to talk about a facet of owning a house rabbit that I didn't discuss during Bunny Week, which is outdoor play time.  All rabbits need plenty of daily play time where they can run at top speed, investigate objects, and interact with toys. Trouble has free run of our downstairs from 5:00 am to 8:00 pm, so he easily meets his exercise needs indoors.  When the weather is nice, we'll take him into the backyard with us to provide a different environment for him.  When he is running loose outdoors, we do not take our eyes off of him and are always just a few steps away.  A rabbit can easily dig under a fence and escape or become victim to a hawk or other raptor, which are numerous where we live.  When we're doing yardwork or picnicking or crafting or doing anything where we cannot watch him every second, we put him in a large x-pen under our shade structure (to block raptors from seeing him).  We still watch him, of course.  We do not leave him unattended outdoors, even for a second. Trouble loves outdoor time - running at top speed without his paws slipping on hardwood floors like they do indoors, grazing in the garden, and lounging in the cool grass.


  1. Great tips on his outdoor time! I love love love your lo! LOVING the colors and the circles!!

  2. I don't like overlapping photos at all either. I did it on a page recently and I don't like it every time I look at it. I think it's awesome that Trouble gets to go outside and play. I did wonder about that. I wanted to let you know that the kids and I downloaded the forms to participate in our fair this Fall. I'm looking forward to it!

    1. Yea! I can't wait to see what you guys enter! Good luck!

  3. That is so cool that Heather and her kids are going to participate in their fair this fall! See how much you influence us, Cindy, and in such a positive way!!!! I love this layout about Trouble, and I liked reading more about him, too!

  4. I loved this layout when I saw it on IFS yesterday! The color is so striking!!! LOVE how you used the ivory/khaki color with the green in the grass. And Trouble is just adorable!!! :D

  5. Love this layout and I love hearing all the details of owning a rabbit! And Trouble is the cutest!

  6. You did a terrific job with this sketch. I tend to be very linear so circles and tilts are hard for me. Super cute pics too.


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