This month the ScrapJazz challenges are alphabet-themed, starting with A-B-C. One challenge is to "Get out your dictionary and peruse the A words. Then, create a layout using a one word title starting with A. There is one word you cannot use and that is "Art" - that would make it too easy! Once you pick your word, you have to use Buttons or Butterflies somewhere on your page as an accent."
And the other is to "Create a page using the word Celebrate as your title for a page or as the subject of the page, not necessarily using the word. It could be celebrating a birthday, the 4th of July, Christmas - any kind of event that you would celebrate. There is a catch to this one too - you must have a photo of yourself somewhere on the page!"
Hmm. Interesting. Well that little lot got me thinking for most of August....! I decided to combine the two challenges into a double page LO, with one for each page. It seemed to work.
The LO is about the annual independence celebrations in Singapore every 9th August. When we lived across the river from the National Indoor and Outdoor Stadiums, they were holding the celebrations in the outdoor one and we must have had about the best unticketed view on the island from our 15th floor apartment. We could see the aerial displays: the fighter planes, the Chinooks carrying giant flags right across the island, the parachutes, and of course the fireworks.
In 2006 we held a party. We all saw the aerial displays from our balcony, and watched what was going on inside the stadium on the TV. It was great fun!
I used My Mind's Eye papers, gesso to fade out the design a little to make the photos stand out more, my butterfly punch from Hong Kong market, some Stickles, a couple of butterfly buttons and my Silhouette to cut the titles.
Here they are together: