And here's my take on it:
I started this layout by adding a grunge border in photoshop to a wedding photo of my handsome groom. Next I took one of the large chipboard gears, covered it in newspaper and inked the edges to give it a distressed look. I then broke apart the nested gears, covered each of them in coordinating papers, then distressed them in a variety of ways including black ink, black chalk, sand paper and a texturizer. These gears became the base of my design.
I really loved the idea of using song lyrics for my journalling so I began scouring the internet for the perfect verse. I started by going through a few of the songs that had special memories for the two of us, then thought of using a song from our wedding, which lead me to the artist Steven Curtis Chapman. A friend of ours sang one of his songs "I Will Be Here" during the signing of our registry while his wife accompanied him on the piano. I decided to check out a few of his other songs and stumbled upon the perfect lyrics in the first few verses of his song "Echoes of Eden."