LOAD #11-Countdown to Independence

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Not only am I out of order, I'm off now by 2 days as well.  Good thing I will have some time the next few days to play catch up.  I finally finished LOAD 11: School Days.  I loosely interpreted this prompt.  I wanted to use this CK Sketch, and also submit this for the ScrapFit "blank canvas" challenge.  I really wanted to use these photos.  I am ready to tell this story.

I wanted to create some movement like the wheels of the bus, so I used round shaped punches, in yellow and blue to both highlight the color of the bus and add some contrast to my son's blue jacket.   I wrote a quote on the yellow scallops to help keep the eye moving to the right.  To add texture, I added the monochromatic brads at the peaks of the scallops,  added buttons to the wheels of the bus sticker, and used pop dots on all the stickers.  Lastly, I highlighted in red ink the 5 descriptions closely matching the numbers on the photos.  The journaling is the email I sent to my family and friends on this day and reads:

Today was quite the day for Joshua.  SInce Dec 2007, Joshua has been riding to school on the bus, but in his wheelchair. 
5.Today, he walked to the bus 
4.He walked onto the bus with my help. 
3.He sat down in a seat, just like his friends.  2.He rode to school.  
1.His aide Kelly, helped him walk off the bus and she and I walked with him into class.  He knew I was there, but never turned to say goodbye once he was in his classroom.  His teacher told me this was the highlight of her professional career.
John, Evan and I are so proud of Joshua. I can’t believe how very emotional we are today.  This is a HUGE milestone for Joshua. What we've seen most from Joshua lately, is his desire for independence.  I know this is only the beginning of new territory for Joshua, It will only help and encourage him. He just wants to be like everyone else.  He took a step in that direction today.  I can’t wait to see what comes next!


  1. Awesome layout Derv!!! So happy for Joshua's achievements! Good wishes for many more to come!

  2. Love what you did at the top with the border punch and the bus at the end. The title is perfect and the story to tell...priceless! This is fabulous, Devra! The extra time it took is well worth the end result.

  3. Awesome job with this layout, Devra! I love all the papers you used, and that you did an actual countdown! What a special milestone for Joshua and a very proud moment for you! - Margie (Club CK)

  4. lovely 2 pages you have made great title to.

  5. What a fabulous LO to showcase this very special day!! What a wonderful event to celebrate! Thanks for working out with us at ScrapFIT! ~ Blessings


  6. I love this page, it is soooo fun! Thanks for playing with ScrapFIT!