Tuesday, 28 May 2013

pagemaps boy girl challenge AND bird is the word

good morning
i lost my mojo for  a few days so i needed to do a challenge that wasnt too far out of my comfort zone. i have combined two challenges here. the first one is the sketch from Pagemaps boy/girl challenge. the idea is to tranform those girly elements on a sketch like flowers and butterflies into something else. being a mum of 1 girl and 3 boys i find myself doing this all the time.
and the second challenge is for bird is the word - he/she/him/her to be used in the title. 

we were so excited to finally fall pregnant with our second baby as we had so many set backs due to my husband being deployed when we wanted to start trying again and then with an upcoming deployment all the training for several months prior. when we told people at 12 weeks everyone had made the essumption that we wanted a boy as our first was a girl, or that they were too close in age ( although 27monthapart it was not close enough in our opinion), or that were we still not married. but the one thing that really stuck into my head was that she was going to be so jealous that i would struggle being on my own so much and that i had to make sure she was never left alone with the new baby and all that crazy stuff. well,they couldnt have been more wrong. she adored him ( and all the other babies we have since had) from before they were born. she is a little mini mummy. she is my big helper and with my husbnad away alot i do wonder if things would run as smootly if i didnt have her help. i put it down to her confidence and knowing no matter how many babies i bring home they all know they are all loved and nothing will change that. we have never had a problem with jealousy and my babies have only gotten closer in age. 

so here is the sketch which i rotated

i saw the circle title and thought of the bike wheel which i have cut out from the paper so the title got moved to where the flourish was suppose to be. my photo was already printed out smaller so i used the gorgeous quote on the otherside. all the flowers on the sketch became birds with glossy accent in all the hearts. 

so here is my page

thanks for looking and any comments you may leave. 


  1. Wow awesome layout!!!! And I can understand some of the thought u had as when had them when we fell preg with our 2nd. We where not married and had another girl so every did the whole 'bet u wish it was a boy' an we though our oldest girl would not handle it well. But she love having a sister :)

  2. This is a lovely layout and thanks for telling the story behind the photo too.. We do not know what our older children will do when we bring home a new baby, it is a wait and see thing.. how wonderful that your DD is like a mini mum, she sounds like a mature and loving girl.. I like how you have used the sketch to suit you and thanks for joining in at BITW this time too!!

  3. I just love photos of the elder child meeting the younger one; E is so much like you it doesn't surprise me that she is a mini mum as well! The paper choice is peerfect and the colours of the title really pop!

  4. Lovely page,thanks for joining in at BITW

  5. Hi Bel, I came over from Bird is the Word and I'm so glad I looked at your layout, it's really beautiful as is your lovely story. I am your latest follower.

    1. oh thanks so much for your kind words

  6. Love the way you interpret the sketch by putting a bicycle in the middle! Very beautifull page Bel!

  7. Love this interpretation of the sketch!!

  8. Love how you used so many colors!
    Thx for joining us at BITW :)

  9. Lovely layout...and such a touching story!
    Thanks so much for playing along with us at Bird Is The Word