Octave has always demanded excellence and Gavin (who like most boys is naturally lazy) has usually managed to pull the cat out of the bag, even if it has only been at the very last minute.
In his final exam he received the highest mark in his group which was extraordinary considering just two weeks before Octave said he wouldn't be able to sit for the exam because he was so poorly prepared.
I don't have many photos of Gavin playing the piano but I managed to find two. One taken when he was very young (could have been his 1st concert) and one taken a few years back with Octave at a diploma issue. I thought it would be nice to share these with Octave so I created a pocket and a tag with the photos.
The background was created with alcohol inks and overstamped with a sheet music stamp from Stempelwinkel. The piano collage was from the internet. The rectangular collage was a portion of a wood mounted stamp from Stamper's Anonymous. The word "success" (just above the key) was printed using the American Typewriter font. The other stamp (used on the tag as well as the sentiment) was from the Paris Nouveau set from Waltzing Mouse Stamps. All images were distressed with Mahogany Distress Ink. Although this stamp set was designed for the Spellbinders Labels 25 set, there is this one stamp which can also be cut with a circle. This set has got to be one of my faves.
The design of this card was based on WMS sketch #104 the first I have ever completed - I hope it's okay that I've used a circle instead of an oval.