Monday, October 15, 2012

I Believe...

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You may recall from last month's challenge that the purpose of this challenge group was to take our scrapbooking to the next level, to stretch our creative process and to grow as artists by embracing challenges that make us think, work and grow. We love to have new faces join us on our journey and this month we welcome a new guest designer to join us.  Please join me in welcoming Denise Morrison. Denise's blog is aptly name "Life is Yummy" and so is her art!


This month our challenger was the very talented Ann Jobes. Her challenge to us is as follows:
This month's challenge is a journalling prompt. I realize some of us do not journal much on our pages, and if we're truthful, we mostly scrapbook for ourselves - it gives us joy, a creative outlet, etc. But we do hope that someone is going to page through these albums sometime in the future, right? For this month's challenge, I'd like you to think about some of those values or beliefs that are important to you.

There is no "right way" to do this. Spend some time thinking about this. It's your chance to share with future generations something that is important to you and makes you who you are. Take some time to collect some verses, quotes or sayings that speak to your soul. Choose one that you think is a "life verse" - something that really communicates the essence of you.

Use whatever photo(s) you think will suit your message. Enjoy putting a meaningful page together using your favourite techniques, style, papers - whatever makes it "you".

I know this is going to be difficult. I'm asking you to reverse your process and put the message first when we so often put our message/journalling last, as an afterthought, if at all.


For my project today, I decided to create a mini album using one of my mottos: "Everything happens for a reason".  I truly do believe this and thus do not ever really stress about things.  I believe things will always work out and eventually you will see the reason that something happened.  On my journaling cards I  have some photos and stories to prove my point.  One of which is the story of me having 2 ectopic pregnancies (one which I almost died from) and a miscarriage.  Although very tough things for my husband and I to go through but in the end I ended up with beautiful girls that I am very proud of and love a lot so "everything happens for a reason"

I used the Story Teller Collection by Crate Paper and I cut the album pages with then new Mini Book Cricut cartridge.  The stamps are from Close to My Heart and the twine is May Arts.









Oh and I really had to stop and think about this quote as I tried and tried to submit this project on the weekend but it would not go through, LOL!

 I hope you will stop by and see what the designers on this adventure have created:





 We would love to see what you are inspired to create. Add your comment below with a link, I will be sure to drop by and say hello.

Until next time, keep doing what you love to do.
Christa


15 comments:

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

This is just gorgeous laurel! I love that crate collection!

Denise said...

wonderful.
so pretty and what a great thing to remember!

Annette said...

totally cute mini album...

Ann said...

What a terrific approach to the challenge, Laurel. Your mini book is lovely and will be a great reminder to you and your family!

Tracey said...

What a fabulous project! Beautiful!

Cathy said...

Amazing, such a great take on the challenge. So super inspired by this gorgeous project!

Karen Pedersen said...

Love the album and the philosophy! We would all be so much happier and relaxed if we could not only believe it but live it!

Laura said...

great project, so pretty and fresh. such a great way to document your feelings!

Lisa Spiegel said...

Laurel..this is just stunning...love the pockets and the embellished envelopes...

Joanne said...

Well done Laurel! I love that you created a mini album to convey your belief. All the bits and pieces and encouraging words are truly a treasure! Very inspiring :)
Joanne xo

Christa said...

What a great motto! I too believe life is an adventure. I love how you made this little book. Such a great idea and beautiful construction. Love it Laurel.

yyam said...

I love this little book. Just so pretty with the quotes and patterns! :)

LisaM said...

Super cute mini Laurel!

bonnie said...

Beautiful project and motto! I believe that too....sorry to hear you having to go through that, glad it all turned out perfect in the end. Hugs x

Audrey Yeager said...

I have been living by these words lately!!! This is a beautiful album! I love the threads!