designed January 2008Ahhhh, this project makes me smile. I made it the year my daughter Anna was a senior. When we had her senior pictures done (by the awesome Holly McCaig) she insisted on including me in one. I really do not like having my picture taken, I am probably the most self-conscious uneasy person in front of a camera. But I agreed and we ended up with one of my favorite photos of us together. I always smile when I see it. It is kind of bittersweet looking at this project because I included a photo of us together when she was just a week old. When I look at the two I feel a bit sad for the years that are gone and a bit confused about where they went. Somedays it feels like it was just yesterday that she was that wee baby in my arms and somehow we are nearly 20 years later and she is away at college making her own life. They simply grow up too fast. sigh. If I could go back and slow down time and have more moments with this sweet girl I would. I am choking myself up. . . so anyway, about the project. . . This project was for CHA and features the Sultry collection from BasicGrey. It was one of those projects that I sat down with no real direction and ended up with something pretty cool. I could have gotten a similar look in probably a less complicated way, but the process was fun and just evolved along the way. I started out with a box canvas and ended up turning it into a shadowbox. I had no real plan when I started, I just sat down with stuff and let it take me somewhere. After painting the canvas, I adhered thick chipboard to the inside to give the front surface strength so I could cut through it. I added pattern paper to the front and then cut an opening. I added rub-ons to a piece of plexiglass and adhered it to the opening on the inside of the frame. I covered all of the wood framing with pattern paper on the inside. For the inside back, I covered another piece of chipboard and added photos and embellishments and adhered it to the back of the frame. On the front I added rub-ons, chipboard elements, buttons, brads, and sticker letters. I think the whole project turned out so soft and pretty looking and probably way more simple and less complicated than it was.