Hi friends!  Thanks for stopping by to take a peek at my layout.  I know I haven't been uploading or posting much lately, but I have not been feeling well.  Plus, my husband had to be taken to the ER on Thanksgiving night, and it turned out he needed an appendectomy!  So aside from being ill, I have been helping him get around and do whatever he is unable to do himself.  Add working, house chores and caring for my children on top of that... well, you can imagine why I haven't had much time to scrap.  Thankfully, though, we are both much better and I have a teeny bit more time for myself.
I actually started this layout before Thanksgiving, but it took me forever to finish.  Not only did I lack the time, but I just found it to be one of those layouts that gave me trouble.  Nonetheless, I finally finished it and am satisfied with it.
The larger picture is of my children about 4 years ago.  They used to always go to work with me, and one day I just found them on the floor in this hugging position.  I found it to be so precious and sweet (especially since my son wouldn't go near my daughter for months after she was born).  The other picture is one I took of them sleeping.  I found them this way- with my daughter's foot on her brother's head LOL.  I thought it was hilarious and could not miss this photo opportunity.  I know these aren't 'picture perfect' photos, but sometimes the candid shots are the most sentimental :o)
This flower, as well as the other three larger flowers on this layout, is my Pinched Flower.  Click here to be directed to the tutorial.  I inked the edges with worn lipstick Distress Ink and added a layer of Diamond Dust.
I found this quote on the internet.  I am very lucky to have children who are very close to each other and that protect each other.  So I thought this quote was appropriate.  The journaling strips are adhered with dimensional foam tape.
Here's another close-up of my other Pinched Flowers.  The light blue flower is covered with Martha Stewart's tinsel glitter.  I love the effect of this glitter.
Beneath the title I set a row of snaps.  Aside from being an eyelet freak, I also have tons of snaps that I bought YEARS ago.  I'm not even sure if they sell snaps anymore.  For those of you who are not familiar with them, snaps are like a combination of a brad and an eyelet.  The top part looks like a brad, but the back is similar to an eyelet and needs to be set with an eyelet setter.  I added a touch of Stickles to my snaps for a little extra bling.
I also did a bit of stitching on this layout.  I love the look and texture of stitching.  QUICK TIP: If you find that you don't have the right color of embroidery floss, or if you just don't want to buy every color out there (like me), just take your white floss and ink it in a coordinating color.  Problem solved!
If you are familiar with my work, then you have probably noticed that I love to lace.  This time I created a circle with a zig-zag type of lacing.  I have seen this pattern stitched before, but I have no idea what it is called.  So "zig-zag" will have to do for me :o)  For a simple tutorial of how to make this Zig-Zag Circle, please click here.  Generally, when I lace I use eyelets (my favorite!), but this time I decided to go with brads.
Inside the circle I did a little masking using a Tim Holtz mask and Distress Ink.
At the top and bottom of my layout, I used a new Martha Stewart punch to punch a partial border.  I added a little bling to each flower center. 
I altered this chippie by first coating it with white acrylic paint.  Then I inked certain areas of it using Distress Ink in worn lipstick and broken china and added a layer of coordinating Stickles

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