oh!! Scrapbook something exotic! What a great challenge up at Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge!
I love it! In my ongoing quest to populate an album I am working on for myself, I decided I'd mix it up a bit. Earlier they had a challenge about scrapping the year you were born. I had great intentions of doing that challenge as well, but missed it. However, in keeping with that theme, I did also add my birth year & place on my page. I think this page will work out nicely towards the front of my album!
I also really wanted to use the colors yellow, blue, and turquoise on my page. It sounds odd, but I KNOW that table cloth in the back is a pale yellow since I grew up with it.
Also, turquoise is a very prominent color in Iran, where I was born.
For some reason lately, I have been drawn to really simple backgrounds. I had this whole page layout on a piece of kraft I had painted up and ended up redoing it after I decided it was too busy.
Anne did include a sketch for us to follow along with. I thought it was fun and inspired me to use up this piece of cream colored card stock I had cut a HUGE circle out of. Plus, all the patterned paper were scraps! I don't quite recall from which line, so let me know if you remember. I'll do my best with the materials list.
I also want to thank my daughter who wandered up at some point and saw the page out and suggested I write out my name. I had the BIG HUGE M there but not the rest of my name. It seemed so simple after she said it.
And on a personal note, I feel a bit bare putting this page out here. I really struggled with a unique name growing up. My born and raised in NY parents opted to go into the Peace Corps when they graduated from Syracuse University as jobs were scarce. I don't think they necessarily planned to have a baby in Iran, but those things happen at times. ;-) But, explain to a six year old to not tell people where you were born who are already freaking out about the Iran Hostage thing during the late 70ties. I remember being in elementary and some big jerk getting in my face singing Born in the USA by Bruce Springsteen. Hello! Having a kid in a foreign country by two people who ARE Americans still makes that kid...well, an American. And, regardless of where you were born, it doesn't give anyone the right to judge.
But, in the interest of "love the skin you are in" I am a lot better about my name these days.
I did look it up the origins on Wiki and learned some interesting facts that I had sort of already known. My favorite quote about the God I was named after:
"truth-speaking, ... with a thousand ears, ... with ten thousand eyes, high, with full knowledge, strong, sleepless, and ever awake."
Better tell my kids. They already think I know too much about what they are up to.
Cream Colored Cardstock from Close to My Heart
Yellow Lined Cardstock from Wild Saffron K & Co.
Pale Yellow Knitted Flower & Chippy Tag from Helen's Stash
Turquoise Circle from Close to My Heart
Various fonts from Webster's Pages & Cosmo Cricket
Glimmermist: Trunk Bay
Architural Swirl: inked up with Tim Holtz/Ranger Stream Alchohol Ink from ArtChix
Yellow gems from my stash