Summer is Not a Walk in the Park: #thestencilfiedjournal Layout
Walk in the Park
The first week of summer vacation is almost behind us and it is nothing that I imagined it would be. Definitely not a walk in the park. We have suffered through drama, tears, and fist fights. I think my boys will remember this week as the worst start to summer that they have ever had. It all started with goals. I made the goal to have my 7 and 10 year old’s deep clean their room. I told them they couldn’t go out to play until it was clean, quoting the verse 2 Thessalonians 3:10b“If anyone is unwilling to work, he shall not eat.” Of course, I applied this to playing instead of eating. (My children ate three meals a day this week) Monday morning we started out strong. By Monday evening, it still wasn’t clean and we had endured lots of fighting. So we made cleaning our goal for the next day. Tuesday morning we were out of the house so after lunch they started cleaning again. Until the fighting started. I made one clean while the other one read in a separate room. And vise versa.
Wednesday rolls around and they are still cleaning but this time anger is building and everyone is annoying everyone else. How many times can I check a room that is supposedly ‘clean?’ At this point in my week, I have barely accomplished anything which is driving me mad! Every 5 minutes I am answering questions about what classifies as a personal item and what bin does my Nerf bullets go in? Seriously, just put them in a bin. Any bin. You choose!
After denying them ‘clean room’ status for the hundredth time (literally), I could see the steam rising from both my boys. I get halfway up the stairs and my youngest makes a few painful squeals before launching into a battle cry. Obviously curious, I crept to the door to see my youngest pounding my oldest with his fists, who is curled up in fetal position on the floor. Needless to say, we had a lot of words and not just with me but with Daddy, who was at work. It was a rough few days but I think things are finally looking up. They have achieved ‘clean status’ and are proudly talking about their clean room as though it took little effort.
I am wondering if they learned anything at all, seeing as they still drop their clothes on the floor right where they take them off. Meanwhile, I know what I need to work on this summer. Patience. Lots and lots of patience.
Creating the Journal Layout
I don’t usually play along with challenges but I couldn’t resist when one of my fellow columnist at StencilGirl® started a challenge using field journals and weekly prompts using only StencilGirl® Products.
As you can see, this first prompt is to use circles. This wasn’t easy for me as I don’t use a lot of basic shapes but I had fun and it was a challenge.
Stencil-wise I used the Decorative 6 Petal Flower Screen in my background as well as a few circles from the Art Deco Peacock Feathers. The lotus is one of my recent hand-carved stamps that I can’t stop using.
The paint in the background is PaperArtsy Infusions.
So far, this is not a favorite layout of mine but as I went out of my comfort zone this is to be expected. I am looking forward to completing more prompts.
If you want to see more of this challenge, check out #thestencilfiedjournal.