Thursday, March 15, 2012

Why We Foster Pets

There is a new challenge up at The Paper Variety! and we are teaming up with ScrapFIT!!
Its Easy as 1, 2, 3... 
The 'Its Easy as 1, 2, 3..' Workout is here and all you have to do is list out numerically your journaling on your layout! This could be a list of your Top 10 favorite moments from last year, or a list of goals for the new year.  Show us your numbered list! 
And use this sketch
Here is my take on the challenge...
I chose to do a layout about my family's passion to volunteer with homeless animals as a foster family. We have dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens come and go. Some need lots of attention, some need lots of training, but this is really something we love to do as a family. We foster for an organization in Minnesota called Wags and Whiskers, but there is probably something similar to it in your state. Their goal is to rescue animals from high kill shelters and give them a second chance. We have had some of our foster pets anywhere from a day to 4 months. We keep our foster pets in our four season porch. It is important to keep them isolated from your resident pets (at least for a while). Because they come from shelters, we often deal with diseases like kennel cough, ear mites, and respiratory infections. We do not want to take the chance that our beloved resident pets will get sick. Cats and kittens (if they are not sick) are the easiest pets to care for. Puppies are the most work! Constantly cleaning up messes and taking them outside to start potty training. We get to know the animal's personality and can suggest what potential families we are looking for. The dog in this photo was our longest foster pet. Dogs take longer to place. Everyone wants a puppy. There are advantages to adopting a dog though, the potty training is done.  His name was Jimmy. He was a wonderful companion. My husband and daughter fell in love with him and wanted to keep him, but this guy was high energy. He needed kids and my daughter was heading off to college. Jimmy needed room to run. He was eventually adopted by a family who had just adopted a 10 year old boy that they fostered. They wanted a foster dog to keep him company. It was the perfect match.  I am using Quick Quotes Dreamscape papers. The chipboard butterflies are also new from Quick Quotes. Here are some close-ups...

 I used a variety of Quick Quotes Powderpuff Chalk inks on the chipboard after applying a coat of gesso. After heat setting it, I used a stamp to add the swirls.
Here is a closeup of my journaling. I brushed some gesso on the paper underneath. This keeps the pattern of the paper visible, but allows me to read the journaling better. I placed a few butterflies underneath the vellum.
and reason #5
Isn't this the cutest kitten! I hope I have inspired you to join us in our latest challenge. Take a look at the awesome prize!!

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  1. First of all i would like to appreciate you for your blog. I like it very much specially with the designing part. Thanks for sharing.
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  2. Marcia, your family does a great work with volunteering! amazing layout, I just love the picture with a dog! thanks for sharing!


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