"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." -Thomas Merton

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

"Same Time Next Year" (Featured at Once Upon a Sketch)

This was featured at Once Upon a Sketch for the January 1 2012 Challenge.

I call this layout "Same Time Next Year". Have you ever had a friend that no matter how much time has gone by between your last communications, when you meet again, it feels as if time has stood still and you pick up your conversation right where you left off? I have been blessed to have had such a friend for over 33 years years. Every year we meet for high tea, lunch or dinner and go over what we did the prior year, discuss our dreams and goals for the coming New Year, laugh at things we did, cry over losses, and support each others choices and decisions.
This Once Upon A Sketch Challenge has inspired me to scrap and journal this reoccuring event, and remind me how important it is to have such a friend. The layout reflects a picture of my friend and I, circa 1983, in a photo booth at Santa Catalina Island, California. This particular sketch is so beautiful, I'm already creating new layouts in my head using this same sketch.
Journaling reads:
"No matter how much time has gone by between us, when we meet again, it feels like time has stood still and we pick up right where we left off. Thanks for meeting me every year at the same time to share laughter, stories and reminding me just how good a friend you are to me."
Stop by Once Upon A Sketch to see some of the other fabulous entries. http://onceuponasketchblog.blogspot.com/
Here's a close up of the Golden fiber paste background treatment using a new plastic mesh I found at Gotta Mesh. http://www.gottamesh.com/BasicMesh/811
Papers: Creative Imaginations (Iron Orchid Designs collection); Minds Eye (Lost and Found collection); and Bazzil cardstock paper.
Die Cue: Sizzix (Tim Holtz - clock); Spellbinders (Parisian Accents).
Chipboard: Dusty Attic (dress form).
Medium: Golden's Fiber Paste; Perfect Pearls Medium and Perfect Pearls (gold).
Embellishments: Tim Holtz plate (used for title of layout); various trims and flowers; Prima clock tile.
Thank you for stopping by. Let me know where I can find you to stop by to see what you've been up to.


  1. Awesome layout. Really love the colours.

  2. Gorgeous details and beautiful , wonderful layout, Truly lovely Joyce, Love this totally inspiring :)

  3. Joyce...I LOVE this gorgeous LO!!! So flippin gorgeous!! And I to have such a friend!!

  4. Totally in love with your amazing layout, Joyce! WOW, everything is so perfect! Thank you for sharing and for playing along with us at Once Upon A ...Sketch!

  5. this is my alltime fav Joyce!!!!! what a gorgeous creation!!!!

  6. It's GR8 to have such a Friend like that.....
    Love your Background & well everything REALLY!!!
    This Layout is SENSATIONAL Joyce!!

  7. Joyce your layout is absolutely stunning......(I have been stalking your blog waiting for your next post it has been ages!!!!!!...so happy to see you posting again)
    I am in love with the gesso fibre paste I will have to see if I can find it here in Greece the effect is fabulous!
    I love the colours ,the details and the photograph is gorgeous......
    so happy to see you back!!
    Thanks for playing along with the challenge at Once Upon A ...Sketch!!

  8. This is a gorgeous page and I love the colour palette!

  9. Joyce, this is just exquisite! I love those colors and that background looks awesome! So nice to see some Swirly Sisters playing along here at OUAS! Love your page!

  10. oh my goodness joyce... YOUR BLOG YOUR CREATIONS.. are simply beauitful... oooh.. I am sooOOO thank ful today that I foudn your blog all because you left me a comment.. THANK YOU Ever so much.
    Happy weekend x

  11. If this page doesn't end up among the featured ones for the current challenge, I promise to eat oatmeal for breakfast every single day for a whole week! This is absolutely STUNNING Joyce and I really mean it! firstly the subject is just so special, have the same relationship with a girl friend of mine dating back just as long as you do. Secondly the colours are just amazing and the Gesso fiber paste gives such a really really cool effect! All in all this is top rate! xoxoxo

  12. Wow! This is just absolutely gorgeous! Love all the details! Tks. for playing along with us at OUAS!

  13. Your work and techniques are amazing and I love the layouts you make!! I'm a new folower!!


  14. Oh this is totally gorgeous!!! And your friendship is priceless--What a gorgeous tribute, indeed!! It's "over the moon" beautiful!!! Wishing you a happy weekend~XO Cindy

  15. Your header is totally exquisite too!!!

  16. It's a beautiful layout and I'm glad to see the detail photos. Think I'll get out my drywall mesh tape and do some creating. . .

  17. absolutely fabulous !!!! love the soft colors and the details are exquisite Joyce .... hugz x
    pleased to hear you like my photos ... yes we are connected ... I always see a beautiful aura around your profile photo, really beautiful.. I use the principals of Louise Hay every day .. ( she is a magnificent soul) I have a precious photo taken with her when I was doing the training .... love her so much ... she is 80 years of age now ... so wise and gracious ... I find her principals a beautiful way to live life ... hugz x

  18. Beautiful layout and how great to have such a friend.. Thanks for playing along with us over att OUAS...

  19. Love, love, love your page. Beautiful details and beautiful colouring. I must also thank you for your last comment you left for me, vintage ladies in graffiti street,.....you so got it ! ( it was encouraging because a few people didn't get it at all and I thought it was obvious ha ha ) xx

  20. Absolutely love this layout!!!!! Thanks for playing along with us at OUAS! :)

  21. This is just sooooo cool - I love when you experiment - great things happen

  22. *happy dance* noooo oatmeal for me! CONGRATS darling on the feature, TOLD you so!! xoxoxo