The first of my layouts is based on a sketch (see yesterday's Scraptastic "Sketchy Thursday" blog post). The sketch called for two photos and a tag, but I adapted it to accommodate four photos and lots of journaling.
Here's the full text of the journaling:
Weddings are full of rituals and traditions, and one of the most common and revered is the first dance as husband and wife. The groom takes the bride by the hand, and as they sway back and forth to a ballad, the guests smile and comment on what a beautiful couple they make. At a Hawai’i wedding, however, this lasts for all of 30 seconds, if that. Just a few steps into the dance, just a few beats into the song, another layer of sound distracts from the tune — it is the sound of hands rummaging through pockets and purses, of feet shuffling toward the couple. A moment later, before the song has even reached its first chorus, a long line has formed on the dance floor. Someone stuffs a ten dollar bill in the bride’s mouth and nudges the groom to fetch it out with his own. Red-faced, the groom drops it to the ground, from which the flower girl, giggling, plucks it up and places it in her basket. Now there is a twenty tucked behind the groom’s ear for the bride to retrieve — will she need to use her teeth? Soon the crowd gets more inventive. Someone places a fifty in the bride’s cleavage, a ten in the waistband of the groom’s trousers, a twenty in the bride’s garter. The crowd revels in watching the couple contort their bodies in response to this tribute, this romantic and hilarious game of newlywed Twister, the money dance.
My second layout documents a milestone.
There is an abundance of yellow in this kit, and I am loving it, as evidenced by my third layout.
Needle and thread in hand, I stitched together a garland of accents down the left side of the page.
I've had such a great time getting crafty over the past few days. Once I kick this turkey coma, I plan to get scrapping again soon!