Monday, March 14, 2011

Lasting Memories Challenge #29

Good day all,

As you know I have been playing over at Lasting Memories for their weekly challenge and adding my personal challenge to use up my stash.  This week's challenge over there is Green and White.  Here is my take on the challenge.

Every year we go on a canoe and hiking trip to Northern Minnesota.  It's an area called Boundary Waters Canoe Area, BWCA for short  You rough it there and when I say "rough it" that doesn't even come close to explaining it.  No motorized vehicles are allowed.  The only way into the camping areas is by canoe.  We stay for a minimum of 4 days and really enjoy the peace and quiet.  No cell phones, no tv, no work.  Well, it's work but not the kind you hate doing.  We have to trek in all of our gear, cookware, eating utensils, food, tents, sleeping bags, fishing gear, clothes, etc.  Whatever you need to survive for a minimum of four days of uncivilized camping.  We walk portages of anywhere from two yards upto one mile, canoeing anywhere from one mile to 13 miles to locate a campsite.  You don't always get the one you planned on because it  depends on where we want to set up camp and if someone is already there.  Of course you plan it out very carefully, but it doesn't always pan out the way you want it to.  We didn't get to go last year because our DD got married in June and that took our family vaction to Colorado, instead, for the wedding.  This year we will be entering Boundary Waters on the 1st of August and we plan on staying until at least the 5th of August.  Always weather depending.  We've had some doozies, let me tell you.  We've had everything from major hail storms with dime sized hail to scorching hot heat, but never once regretted going.  I am so excited about going after making this layout but I know that once BWCA is over, so is summer, so let's let that get here first.  LOL  So anyway, here is my layout.  The last day of BWCA of 2009 we went out once more in the morning for some last day fishing.  I caught this Northern.  It took me about 15 minutes to get him into the canoe.  If you have ever fished from a canoe, you know you can't land it all by yourself.  My oldest son had to use the net to try to get him into the canoe.  The Northern was so big and strong that he ripped right through the net and back into the water he went.  We finally got him in the canoe and Carl had to try to unhook him.  We were able to measure him using the handle of the net before letting him go.  That was probably the funnest (is that a word) time I've had catching and releasing a fish.  Enjoy the layout.

I backed each picture with white paper and inked the edges with green.  The top of the page has a piece of metal embossed using my cricut with the letters BW for my title.
The canoe I cut out with my cricut using SCAL.  The image was from Scrapping Table that came in the Outdoors theme.  I used my white gel pen to write out BWCA 2009.  I used walnut ink to distress the canoe and paddle a bit

The netting is the actual net that the Northern tore through.  I kept it because I knew I was going to use it someday for a layout.  The fish is also cut in SCAL from the same theme from Scrapping Table.  I used it as my journaling tag.  I used brown chalk ink to edge the fish and give it some color ontop and then I also used my white gel pen to put dots all over the fish simulating the spots on a Northern.  The lure and sinker are just added embellishments but they are the real thing.

I hope you've enjoyed taking a trip to BWCA with me and hope to see you all again soon.

As always, have a great day and god bless.


  1. Your LO is awesome! It sounds like a whole lot of FUN! Thanks for joining us at Lasting Memories.

  2. I love nature/outside adventure layouts!! This is great. That is so cool that you used the actual netting. Love it.

  3. Great layout Brenda. The inking was a very nice touch on all of the elements. Using the actual net, and using a real sinker and lure was an awesome touch. Sounds like you had a really great time camping. It's sounds like tough work though. I'm so glad that you have some plans set already for this year. Missing last year for the wedding was a great substitute I bet. Will your daughter and her husband be joining you this year? I am thrilled you are enjoying our challenges at Lasting Memories.

  4. This is fantastic, Brenda! I love that you used actual pieces from your trip. I like to do that to. Thanks for taking us on your journey and thank you for joining us at Lasting Memories!

  5. Gorgeous layout! I LOVE the "fishing net" on your layout. Thanks for joining us this week at Lasting Memories!

    LM DT

  6. Sounds idyllic and great use of stash. Thank you for sharing at Lasting Memories.

    Hugs Ali x

  7. This is beautiful! I love how you put the canoe in the photo! Thanks for joining us at Lasting Memories.



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