Cicada Invasion | A Scrapbook Layout

I have a quick layout to share today. My first layout working on a card table in my little corner space. It was OK, so I’m feeling better about the whole thing!

Apparently, 2011 was the magical 13th year in the life cycle of the Brood XIX cicada. Lucky me. (Not.) I’m not a big fan of bugs of any kind, let alone shirmp sized flying bugs with red eyes. Having masses of them swarming around and flying in your face when you walk to the mailbox? Not so enjoyable.

For several weeks in May and June, my afternoons were full of the deafening sound cicadas attracting one another. For as creepy as they are, they are also hideously fascinating. Ever the scrapbooker, I couldn’t let the occasion escape without a few photos and documentation. I will not be here in 13 years to experience another invasion and it was my stupid luck a once in a lifetime opportunity to still be here in Nashville when they emerged.

Supplies: Cardstock – Bazzill Kraft and Green Tea. Pattern paper – MME So Sophie Leafy Tree Tops die cut, Pleasant Stripe and Thoughtful Flowers, Basic Grey Confetti Cake. Embellishements – American Crafts JFK alphabet stickers and Enchanted Thickers, My Little Shoebox Seaside stickers, Prima flowers, Doodlebug brown sugared brads, DMC Memory Wire. Tools – EK Success Flourish Square Punch, Sketches for Scrapbooking Volume 7.

It’s kind of hard to see the masses from these photos, but rest assured, there are piles of cicadas in these photos. If you are like me, seeing one is all you need. I am so glad that the invasion only lasted a few weeks. It was rough but over quickly.

These are some older My Mind’s Eye papers along with that great wood grain B side from the Basic Grey’s Life of the Party line. I used a fabulous sketch by Scrapbook Generation. I don’t think I can do a 2 page layout anymore without their sketches.

Have you ever had the joy of experiencing a cicada swarm?

Thanks for stopping by today!

25 Comments

  1. Oh that was the worst period of a few weeks ever! I hated even leaving the house because just going to the card, those little suckers dive at you! I grabbed a few photos to scrap the once-every-13-year event too! Love yours!

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    • Thanks Sheri. I was horrified when I found out the cicadas were coming, but I was lucky that it wasn’t that bad in Franklin. Bad enough, but not horrible. πŸ™‚

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  2. **meant to say….”going to the car” not card….have cards on my mind today I guess!

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    • I hope that means you are creating some fun stuff!

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  3. Beautiful layout! I am petrified of cicadas. We had them about 5 years ago. I think I am going into hiding the next time they come around.

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    • I thought I was going to have to keep the blinds closed and just shut them out, but it really wasn’t too bad. I stayed indoors in the afternoon and did stuff outside early in the morning before they came out. The noise was the worst part!

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  4. Parts of Missouri suffered from that too, yuck! So happy you survived! πŸ˜‰ Love your layout, the papers are just perfect!

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    • Thanks! I had been trying to save these for some kind of nature photos. It was a perfect fit! πŸ™‚

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  5. Those cicadas were so noisy in some parts around here! Not so much by us though thankfully. Fun that you did a layout about it!! πŸ™‚

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    • It’s funny, I hear them every summer because they are always around. But until this “swarm” I had never actually seen one. And I can live a happy life without ever seeing them again……. πŸ˜‰

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  6. I have never (and don’t believe I want to) experienced such an invasion, but I really like that you took the opportunity to scrap such a unique experience! And I’m thrilled to hear the little table is working out for now – sending prayers for a buyer soon!

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    • Thanks! It was quite the experience and I hope the only one I have to endure. And, I got some great news on the job front in Orlando this week. Just hoping that my house sells right about the time I’ll be needed for a job and it all works out seamlessly. Hard to have patience but I’m working on it! πŸ™‚

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  7. Oh yes, the deafening sound of the cicada reminds me of my childhood. Lovely layout, great colors! I’m just like you, and automatically reach for one of Allison’s sketches if I have a 2-page layout to do.

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    • Thanks – I’m not sure what I did before I discovered Allison’s sketches. They always work for me! πŸ™‚

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  8. YES! 13 years ago, we lived in the south and got to enjoy them! Made me long for Palmetto bugs and love bugs (but I would still take them any day over spiders) LOL! It will be over soon…but I LOVE the layout! and how you used the shaped paper to create the focal pointe! Thanks for sharing! -Amanda

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    • Thanks! It’s funny that you say that because I will soon be returning to the land of palmetto bugs and love bugs. The love bugs don’t bother me, but the palmetto bugs… ewwww. I hate them. But I will be happy to leave the spiders behind in TN. Not a lot of spiders in FL with all the lizards around. πŸ™‚

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  9. Nice job with that shaped paper spread across the two pages! So glad we don’t many cicadas around here.

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    • Thanks – yes, be glad. It’s not fun to live through a swarm.

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  10. It’s hard to believe that they are so bad when they are paired with a pretty layout! I can’t conceive of a bug invasion like that (*crosses fingers*).

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    • I had never heard of them until I moved to the south. I don’t think you have to worry. It’s just when you travel someplace that have them. I was in DC on a business trip a few years ago and there was an outbreak there. πŸ˜€

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  11. We have them in August. We always said that is the sound of summer heat.
    Great layout!
    The card table is only for a short time πŸ™‚

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    • Yes, only for a short time in the grand scheme of it. Just keep reminding me….. πŸ™‚

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  12. We have never had them here, but have had other creepy crawlies.

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    • Guess we can’t avoid the creepy crawlies all together, can we???? πŸ™‚

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  13. Great double spread – I love the wire you added.

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