I have loved trains ever since I was a child - and this was way before Thomas the Train! Growing up in Mexico, train travel was common for me as a child in the 60's. In addition, I had an uncle who was a train conductor, so I got to travel with him on one occasion. As a child, it made me feel very important. Of course, I also had a couple of train sets that I played with all the time. I could spend hours arranging my train tracks and creating scenarios along the way. It was so much fun! I love trains so much, that my wife gave me a miniature train set on our first Christmas after we married. I'm not really a train hobbyist, but I do like to set it up around the Christmas tree.
As I mentioned in yesterday's post, I am participating in the CPS 5th Anniversary celebration. For Day 2, Linda Beeson and Gina K Designs challenged us to use layout CPS #166 to design a new card. As I was perusing through my materials to find something suitable, I found a Creative Imaginations' Lionel scrapbooking kit set that I bought last summer at a local Ross Department store. The set included a jumbo strip sticker and a circular epoxy sticker that worked perfectly for the center of the layout. I also remembered a rub-on steam train engine that I got with some other set. (As I said, I love trains!) I used my Fiskars circle ShapeTemplate and ShapeCutter to cut out the window on the background sheet, and then cut it in half with my guillotine paper cutter. I also added a peach colored chipboard tag that I made, on which I wrote the phrase "All aboard!" As a finishing touch, I edged everything with a blue stamping pad, before gluing down the elements.
This layout was a little more difficult technically to work with, but it was a lot of fun. Thank you to all of you following my blog, and invite others to join it. Blessings!