Playing with the polar bears

Whenever we visit the Detroit Zoo, we always spend some time in the Arctic Ring of Life.

If you have never been, let me tell you, it is amazing! The exhibit covers four acres with space for foxes, polar bears and seals. There are educational displays that explain the customs of the arctic, as well as share details about the animals. But the best part is tunnel where the seals and polar bears swim all around you. Clear dividers prevent the polar bears from eating the seals, but when you are inside, it appears they are swimming together.

Last fall, we were fortunate enough to witness one of the bears swimming, climbing and posing all around the tunnel. Almost like a trained bear, he would go to a window, pose for photos, then move onto the tunnel, pause again, wave and move on to another location. I’m not sure who was having more fun — him or me — but it was an incredible experience.

To remember the day, I created a mosaic page, with the help of grid paper and tools from Wish in the Wind. I love the focus on photos that mosaic pages call for and Wish in the Wind makes it so easy!

Here’s what I came up with … (click on the photo for a larger view)

I started with white grid paper from Wish in the Wind and then lightly sprayed it with Perfect Pearls Mist. Once dry, I added Distress Ink to the edges and then set to work.

I did a mix of 1″ squares and full photos, showcasing some of my favorites of the day. I matted some of the photos with cardstock from American Crafts and added a few accents from Colorbök.

For the title, I used one of the photos of our hand prints on the ice wall. I cut it to size and scored the top so it will open easily and added a few brads to make sure it stays in place. The arrow photo turn from American Crafts holds it in place. Underneath, I added a piece of cardstock and journaled about our day.

Then, I used one of my favorite techniques to make the letters … I colored the chipboard (Maya Road) with Distress Ink and then added Stickles to the bottom half of the letters (to represent ice/snow). Once dry, I covered them with Diamond Glaze and then used Art Glitter Designer Dries Clear Glue to adhere them. Simple, inexpensive and elegant!

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