Saturday, March 9, 2019

Calvinball Layout #2

Nine days into Calvinball, I have completed my second layout. I'm waaaay behind the others, but that's okay -- I"m a weekend scrapper, and the only way to keep Calvinball fun is to create when I'm not exhausted...and to create pages that I really want to make, like this one of our newest addition, Freya. 

You KNOW there's no way I'd make a layout without journaling. You can't see it above, because it's tucked under the photo block. I really couldn't keep it short, and once I finished it, I realized it wasn't going to fit on the page easily, so I incorporated it as a hidden element. 
Calvinball provides great motivation for using one's stash. There are items on this page that I've had for years, including the vintage "F" monogram from a Jenni Bowlin Mercantile kit, lace ribbon, KI Memories paper, and Love, Elsie buttons. I also finally found the perfect use for the Scraptastic Club patterned paper on which the entire layout is built. It reminds me of Freya's previous life and her search for a forever home. 

All of our pets are rescues, and though there is always an adjustment period, there is never regret -- these sweet creatures just long so deeply for love, and the love they give in return is such a gift.


  1. Hi Jill,

    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your sweet Mazie. Your lovely layouts always showed what a wonderful and integral part of your lives she was. I hope that her memory continues to bring you joy throughout the years.

    Thank you for taking the time to share your amazing talent with us. I hope you know how much you are appreciated and how much you inspire others with your work. You are an amazing artist!

    This layout is so very beautiful on so many levels. The pictures of sweet Freya and her story are heartwarming and heartbreaking. I hope you all have a beautiful and loving life together.

    Again, thank you for your willingness to share.
    Maria ()"o)

    1. Maria, thank you for taking the time not just to visit but to leave this wonderfully thoughtful note. I appreciate it so much!

      Mazie was so very loved, and though I worried that it was too soon for us to welcome another dog into our home, I'm realizing now that the best way to carry that kind of love forward is to share it with others who, like Mazie, were mistreated and in need of healing and kindness. Pets, like people, aren't disposable. We all deserve to be loved for life -- and beyond.

  2. I'm so sorry for the loss of your dog! ((HUGS)) and OMG my heart hurts for Freya and her sad beginnings but I am so happy she found her forever home w/ you. I need to ask so I completely understand... she has no tongue? How does she function as far as eating and most importantly drinking? TIA for your response.