The Spell

I can’t say there is much in my life that has cast a spell over me, except for the occupation of motherhood. From the moment I held my firstborn in my arms, I have been completely under my children’s spell. I melt when they cast a smile in my direction or produce a beautiful deep belly laugh. I can’t help but stop and snap mental pictures when spontaneous moments happen between siblings, such as snuggles and kisses. And when they hurt or are in danger, my Mommy mode kicks in and I can’t think straight. My brain screams at me to find a way to make it stop but somehow my rational thought processes are gone. This is usually the time my hubby has to step in and be the voice of reason. Thank goodness one of us can think straight in a crisis situation.

I suppose that is one reason that I never wanted to be a trauma or ER nurse. I spent most of my career time in rehab, which turned out to be low key and rarely required me to make spur-of-the-moment decisions. As life goes on, I realize I am a slow-paced kind of girl. How thankful I am that my routine (and my hubby) allows me to lead a mostly stress-free life, which in turn allows me to spend more time with the little be-witching creatures in my life.

Creating the Journal Page

The background for this layout was created using two different stencils. My favorite is the Art Deco Borders by StencilGirl. Off course I used my PaperArtsy Infusions for color and a Seth Apter stamp by PaperArtsy for texture.

The mermaid image was found on Pinterest. The shells are a mix of Craft Secrets and PaperArtsy stamps. To create the textured sand I used Clear Tar Gel, PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paint and micro-beads. I mixed it all together and spread it with a palette knife. After it dried I started layering all the stamped images, the mermaid and the circular die cut.

Lastly, I added glitter glue to make the shells and the mermaid tail sparkle and some splatters.

Other Mermaid Art Journal Layouts:

I Have Fins,Do You?

Always Be A Mermaid

Pollution Makes for Creepy Mermaids

A Beautiful Story

Sea Treasure In Simple Things

No Tears

Happy Tea Day to those playing along with Elizabeth and Bleubeard. I am sharing a older picture of my cuppa although not much has changed except for the lack of leaves on the trees. Our grass is getting green and we are still having temps of 80 degrees one day and 30 degrees the next. Crazy weather that keeps us guessing!

And guess what? My oldest sweetie went to the Science and Technology Fair on Saturday and came home with 1st place in his division. He won $300 and this enormous metal. What does a 10 year old do with that much money? He says that he is going to spend $100 on a new wallet and lego set and save the other $200. I am so proud of him, not to mention that we had a great family day.


Challenges Entered:

 Simon Says Wednesday: Add Some Texture

Simon Says Monday: Let’s Doodle