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Rose Garden | Emily Pitts

Rose Garden | Emily Pitts

12 x 12 | materials cardstock (Bazzill) + chipboard alphabet, metal butterflies, mists, butterfly masks, twine, alphabet stamps, flower, and leaf (Maya Road) + adhesive (Glue Arts) + pen (EK Success)

A Note from Emily
‘Tis the season for roses! My parents began rose gardening in earnest when they moved to Utah. My dad is nearing retirement and it’s a hobby they both enjoy. Hot dry summers create really big and beautiful rose bushes, so I thought this would be a good topic for this month’s gallery. They have 17 or 18 plants, of which I have 16 photographed (a couple are repeats, thus the numbers being different. They are in the process of pulling out most of their perennials and replacing them with more roses. They’ve ordered 13 more! I wanted to do a mini album for them and their roses, but sometimes I struggle with minis and so talking them out helps me form concrete ideas. When I was explaining the photos to a friend, she said that sounded like a scrapbook page too. So the journaling and title are word for word what I told my friend. I made the background using layered mist colors and a big butterfly mask. Add the little tiny photos and stitch around their favorite varieties and I have a page documenting their hobby.

August Fun Fact
We got TP’d while we were on vacation in June. The neighbors said it was spectacular, they must have used thirty rolls of toilet paper. One of our neighbors graciously cleaned as much up as he could, but we’ve been finding little bits on our lawn every day. I was weeding and looked up into the tree branches to see a bird picking at the toilet paper and pulling it off the branches. I like to think it was cleaning its house. We love that we have a bird helper and may yet get all the paper out of our tree.