Thursday, January 12, 2012

Spilling my heart

I never used to really journal on my layouts. I gave the who, what, where, when... you get the picture. But I never really told the stories behind the stories.

Not long after I joined the Digichick as a CT member, I was invited to represent our site as a member of the Just Write team in the Artisan Notebook. This is the team that focuses on the journaling we put on our pages. Because I take the assignment literally, I have learned to add real journaling on my pages. Not only the facts and surface stories. In fact I don't really like to make pages like that - just to remember one particular moment. I prefer to add journaling that spills from my heart.

When I'm writing my journaling, I don't over-think it, I don't try to control what I'm going to say - I rarely even have a plan, and I especially don't edit until I've said what needed to be said.

I remember when I first started scrapping Cathy Zielske was just becoming big in the scrapbooking world. Her layout style is clean, blocked and minimalist. I've never been able to pull that off. But it was always her journaling that inspired me. She advised us to keep it real. So that's why I try to do on my pages.

I don't make my pages in order to please my teams, my shop or gallery viewers. I make my pages to please myself. Call me selfish. I make my pages instead of keeping a diary. Its not complete by any means, but its why I scrap. I make my pages to speak to my children mostly - the things that I do not (or cannot) tell them right now to their faces. I hope that one day when they are looking at the pages I make for them, they take the time to read what I've written to them as well. Not so much stories of day's event - although I make those pages from time to time too - but stories from my heart to theirs.

My daughter is turning 13 this month. Its incredible for me to grasp that she is no longer a child. I know that I'll have a hard time letting go.

In just a few weeks you are going to be an official teenager. No longer a child, not an adult. Its going to be a tough time I fear. We've already gone head to head more times than I care to remember. You are so strong willed and we allow you to speak your mind. I wish I could promise you that I will respect you and your desires. But after all, you are still too young to make all your own decisions. I know we will have a battle of the wills again and that while we are so angry we will momentarily forget how much we love each other. But we do know. You know I love you. I know you love me. It will be hard for me to let you go. So much of my life is wrapped up in you and your brother. But I know that letting go is my ultimate job as your mom. I'm not ready for it yet - and neither are you. So let's just take it slow, and hopefully with a great deal of love and laughter. You are my precious daughter. I am so excited to see you bloom and grow.


papers and elements from Count Your Blessings by ViVa Artistry
page template from Gimme Layers Lite 11 by Cluster Queen Creations

This is a page I made for a challenge at The Color Room. I like their challenges because they give me the colors I need to use and I decide everything else. I'm a fan of the Brave Girls Club and get their love letters sent to me everyday. This one especially spoke to my heart.

Dear Irreplaceable Girl,

You are in just the right place in your life right now, doing just what needs to be done at this time. You are learning just what you need to be learning at this time. There’s a plan for your life and even if you are in the middle of where you were and where you are headed. Everything is going to be ok. You can do difficult things.

You are surrounded by the right people at this time, even if you feel rather alone. Things are working out exactly as they are meant to work out, though you may not see what is happening behind the scenes. You are becoming exactly who you are meant to become, even if you feel like you are not really becoming anything or anyone at all right now.

Please, sweet beautiful friend…during this magical time, simply let yourself be. Let your life be. Let go of expectations. Let go of your attachment to specific outcomes. Notice little miracles. Understand that you belong here. There is a place for you.

You belong. You are loved. Everything is going to work out beautifully. You are cherished, thought-out, thought-of and watched out for. You have not been forgotten. Not now, not ever.
Everything is going to be ok. Please rest in that truth. You matter, so very very very much.
papers and elements from Around the World and Emporium, both by the Digichick Designers
journal and bee from Old Garden by Etc. by Danyale
page template is by Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs

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Friday, January 6, 2012

A New Year

Welcome to 2012. The busy holidays are finished for now, decorations put away, house cleaned and winter vacations finishing up. School starts next week for my kids, work started today. How were your holidays?

Come this time of year, after all the holiday hubbub, I usually feel like hibernating. A long winter's nap - a time of quiet and rest - is a wonderful blessing not only for animals but also us humans as well. I tend to go overboard with it sometimes though and end up shutting myself off from the outside world a bit too much. I am a homebody. I like my space, I like my quiet, I like my alone time. But I need to get out and be with friends too, otherwise I start to feel all the more anti-social. Rest and quiet are good things, but sometimes I need a little push to get up and move.

Have you heard of "One Little Word?" One Little Word was created by Ali Edwards and is simply defined as a word that we "can focus on, mediate on, and reflect upon" as we go about daily life. You can learn more about the origin and meaning of One Little Word here and about Ali Edwards' One Little Word 2012 class here.

One Little Word is all the rage in the scrapbooking world. I've heard of it many times over the past several years, but never jumped on the bandwagon. Well, this year I jumped. I almost always make resolutions and for the most part I'm pretty good at keeping them - or at least keeping them mindful. This time, when I was thinking of what I wanted to accomplish this year, I started to notice a pattern in my goals. I noticed that in all of them I wanted to advance from one point to the next. So instead of making a long list of resolutions, I decided to choose a word. My word is MOVE.

Move my body - exercise more
Move my brain - learn something new
Move my talent - try some new creativity
Move my soul - deepen my relationship with God
Move my heart - strengthen relationships with friends and family
Move my work - get fired up about teaching my classes new things in new ways
Move my determination - make the decisions that I have been putting off for years
Move in general - walk away from the computer and get something done around the house

credits: most papers and elements from The Daily Details by The Digichick Designers
some elements also from Emporium and Shutterbug both by The Digichick Designers
stamps are from Cluster Capers by Karen Lewis
font is Traveling Typewriter

I'd love to have you come join in my One Little Word Challenge at The Digichick.

One last little scrapbook page, here is a layout that I made for the December Artisan Notebook.

Handmade beaded ornaments and Christmas, they just go together don't they? When I was a little girl I would look with wonder at the beaded ornaments my Grandma had. She told me she wasn't the one who made them, but that she had received them from someone or bought them somewhere. I forget. But I do remember marveling at how simple beads on a pin, stuck into a foam ball in an organized pattern could make such a beautiful ornament. Years later, as a young newlywed I remembered the ornaments and thought to look for them on the internet. I never did find exactly the same kind that my Grandma had, but I did find some that I like even more from a shop called The Cracker Box. These ornaments are so intricate, so complex, so beautiful. Each one comes with hundreds of straight pins, thousands of beads, and pages and pages of written instructions that have to be followed precisely in order to make the ornament correctly. Each ornament has taken me between 25 and 30 hours to make. I made five ornaments in one year, then two more a few years later. After I had children I didn't have the time to make any more. I still have one unmade ornament kit. One of these years I'll find the endurance and willpower to make it too. The finished product is well worth the effort.

credits: all papers and elements from Sound the Trumpets by ViVa Artistry
page template (altered) from Fuss Free Paper Play by Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs
font is DJB So Much to Say

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