I know it’s completly normal for me to gush all over every Jot Magazine Mood Board offering but just so you don’t think I’m completly one dimensional this time I’m throwing a curve ball. My first thought on this months mood board was not ‘aaahhh’ but rather ‘eeeeeppp, what on earth am I going to scrap with that?’. Don’t get me wrong, I adore Natalie Elphinstone and pretty much every layout she creates is inspiration worthy in my opinion, but girl you really challenged me with this one. Originally I really wanted to scrap in my comfort zone and go with a heavy emphasis on pink and black and white polka dots but this is a mood board challenge after all so I decided to take the challenge portion to heart and step way out side of my normal. I just love the results. I just found this particular colour combo and chosen motifs completely intimidating. The most imtimdating part of it was the lime green factor. For some reason lime green and I have just not been able to find scrappy peace with one another. It’s the colour that I seem most frequently to pull out and play around with but when it comes to it I almost always end up putting it right back again. Red and pink together have a similar effect on me in that I can’t seem to get them to play nice with one another either. Luckily for me my son just happens to have a lime green rash vest and these poolside picks from his very first school swimming sports where such a complimentary choice for the summery fresh vibes of those watermelon hues, that it was a match made in heaven. I knew I had quite a few papers with a lovely lime colour to them but as far as embellishments went, I wasn’t so sure where to look. It just so happens that Heidi stepped in yet again, for me, with her September Skies Project Life Mini Kit and a superb selection of bits and pieces to suit. I even manged to get a little stamping in using the mason jar motif from a Dear Lizzy stamp set, a few different Kaisercraft sets to splash around the place and a Kelly Stamps ‘good for the soul’ stamp that legitimately sums up how I feel about any sort of water related summer past time.The finishing touch for me was this little accordion fold album that came from a Better Homes and Gardens magazine a million years ago and could hold both my story and additional pics from the various swimming events the David participated in. I loved the imaginative sports that his school included for the lower grades and just their whole approach to building school community and student participation. It really is a wonderful school for him to attend. I love that the ‘medals’ awarded came in the form of stickers since it meant I was able to include that ephemera in both my title and some additional ones in the booklet, rounding out my penchant for using memorabila and the like on layouts. In these somewhat dreary and soggy winter months this reminder of warmer weather was definitely a welcome way to pass a few hours as I pulled the layout together. While it made me a bit uncomfortable and intimidated to begin with I am so pleased with what I was able to achieve on this layout. So thanks Nat and Jot girls for a bright spot of sunshine.