this month over at Lily Bee Designs its all about New Beginnings. Go check out todays post over on the Lily bee Blog. I copy and pasted what i wrote here so i didn't have to type it all up again! I got a little carried away :). I used the Audrey line for this layout because it went so well with pictures and i think still may be my favorite. And i used this Crepe Paper Ribbon by Jenni Bowlin Studios which is so fabulous, it was so easy to create the flowers, it worked really well, i just added adhesive to the back of the punched circle and gathered it around behind the circle and then added stitching. I also used the sun kissed action by Maggie Holmes for the pictures - i LOVE IT! definatley worth the purchase - i bought the combo set so i had a variety of actions to choose from. I have come to accept the fact that i SUCK at photoshop and this works so much better for me to have the leg work done and then just messing with it after i've added the action.
For me - looking through all of my pictures, i started with Spring, went to babies and i couldn't help but going back to these pictures of my nephew Bridger. After he turned one my mom and I noticed every time we were around him - he was always upset about something. He didn't talk at all, he always put his hands a certain way - pinky pointed outward, he wouldn't connect with anyone (but mommy and daddy), i had watched him a few times and was always very nervous too, because he would never make eye contact with me and couldn't communicate well. He would watch a 2 hour movie barely blinking an eye - always the SAME movie : ).
Finally my mom decided to bring up Autism to Karie (my sister). In the beginning, they didn't want to believe it, but as time went on....they tried to learn more, the became very active in changing his diet to see what things caused him to be better or worse, they put him in an early intervention pre-school and over time we have all learned to know what upsets him and what doesn't - what he can eat and what he can't. He still doesn't talk and just turned 3 in January but has made great strides, Karie and her husband do an amazing job at taking care of his needs and making his little world just the way he likes it. Sorry for the rambling - but the New Beginning for me - was looking at these pictures and seeing his smile and knowing that he just wanted to be understood!
So - i hope this month there are many new beginnings for you and your families - i have another give away - i have SOOOOOOOOO much stuff that i'm never getting around to using and if your home needs some new scrappy stuff - leave a comment about what New Beginnings means to you - and i will randomly choose someone to recieve a flat rate box chuck full of goodies. (internationals welcome but will have to help with shipping costs :( - thanks!) **If you still want to comment but don't want the goodies - just say so in your comments - i would still love to hear your interpretation of New Beginnings!