This image of my beautiful mother holding an eight-month-old me is the perfect photo to use for the May Swirlydoos Round Robin, with its theme of "All About Mom".
What's a Round Robin? It's a special kind of creative challenge, with a lot of people coming together to share ideas and techniques throughout the month. Sign-ups are held in advance; then the participants are broken up into teams of 4, with the first person in each team assigned to complete a layout at the end of Week 1. The next person must "lift" or copy that layout using her own style and materials, but keeping the basic idea of the first design; this is due at the end of Week 2. Then the third person "lifts" that page for publication at the end of Week 3 and the last person in each team will do the same for Week 4. There is a prize given to the person whose layout receives the most votes of all members of the group (not just the Round Robin participants), but I've always thought that most of the fun is seeing all of the different takes on a theme and a design, sort of like a game of telephone.
I've used some of the last of the Blue Fern papers that came in the April kit, punching and fussy cutting here and distressing a couple of strips there.
The large yellow flower (as well as the brown one peeking out above) are from a RAK sent to me by Bec Genet. The beautiful rosette trim is from Cheryl Merrihew, something that I've been hoarding for a long, long time. Thank you to both of you ladies for such pretty embellies...
The title is from an old Kaisercraft rub-on set that came in a long, long ago Swirly kit.