Thursday, November 15, 2012


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.  You can view all of the challenges on my blog

Please join me in welcoming Katherine Sutton.  She is a very talented designer and we are excited to be working with her!  You can see more of her work on her blog, Fruits of my Scraps.

This month, our challenger was the super talented Cathy Harper. Here is her challenge, in her words: 
"I have been thinking about my challenge for months now. This is such an amazing team, I am thrilled and humbled to be a part of IE...each of you are amazing designers. I often wonder what I am doing here amongst you.
I scrapbook for the joy of it, the creativity part of it, the love of paper part of it....I hardly ever bare any of my feelings in any of my work! I often tell my kids that they can make up there own stories to their pages..I am that terrible about journaling. I guess it is a bit superficial or a whole lot superficial.
So here is my challenge.
I want you to create a page about REGRET.
“No regrets”…they say we should live our lives without regrets… if it were only that easy, right? Most of us hold onto 1 or 2 (or a mountain full) of things we feel regretful for in our lifetimes. A lost love, those words you WISH you had said, the weight you wish you had lost….you know them, right?
I encourage you to confront them….take those suckers on and scrap about them… or just one.
This can be something superficial to something serious and painful… it’s up to you how far you want to dig. I DO encourage you to use this as an opportunity to really stretch yourself. Journaling is very powerful and you might be surprised by how you feel afterward.
This is going to be super tough for me (I may already regret it, lol ) I am one who lives with a mountain of regrets and know in my head that I should move on, let it go. I am hoping this challenge will help me actually "let go" of some of these things. Maybe by putting in down in 12x12 form, creating it, seeing it and feeling it, that I can put some of it to rest! It's worth a shot! Pictures, no pictures...that is all up to you!"

I thought long and hard about this one.  I really wanted to scrap my regrets but in all honesty I don't have a lot of regrets.  I mean, I do have little minor ones I suppose (like I regret having my picture taken in that ugly, wear around home, paint covered, ripped sweatshirt that is in this layout, hehehe) but just like when I did this layout way back when - I am quite happy with the decisions I have made and never regret anything.  I used my new Fancy Pants The Good Life collection, along with my Silhoutte for part of the title, my Cricut for the tags, negative arrow strip and the main title.  The stamps are from Close to My Heart and the twine is from The Twinery.

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

Laurel Seabrook (you are here)

Katherine Sutton, Guest Designer

We would love to see what you are inspired to create.   Add a comment below and we will be sure to drop by and say hello!


Christa said...

Laurel! I love love love this! It is a great collection and I love how you used that quote piece to balance your focal point photo. It's a wonderful design. I loved learning this about you!

Kim- said...

Oh wow, lovely page. Pretty sure you have become my scrappin idol hehe

1CardCreator said...

Great page and very cool that you have no regrets!

Laura said...

Fabulous layout Laurel, great design and love that collection for this challenge (obviously ;) ). And the photo of you is wonderful regardless of your shirt!

Ann said...

I think this is my fave layout that you've created for IE, Laurel. Your quote sewn on placed just where it is, near the photo and title - brilliant. Love the threads and tags, and layering. Beautiful!

Annette said...

such an awesome layout..this collection is awesome and really your picture is adorable..

Karen Pedersen said...

What an awesome page. Not only is it artistic and very pleasing the look at, it says something very important about you!

LisaM said...

Love your quote and design! Fabulous work!

Cathy said...

love everything about this, the quote, the awesome Fancy Pants line and the photo. Just perfect!

Lisa Spiegel said...

GAH!!! This is AMAZING!! You are the Silhouette GODDESS and I bow down to your greatness...PLEASE teach me how to use mine like this...this page is SO cool!!!!

Rose said...

awesome!!! yea for no regrets girl :)

Tracey said...

Absolutely love this! What an absolutely fabulous page!!

Joanne said...

Awesome layout Laurel! I adore that paper collection and I love how you did your title!
Joanne xo

Jeanne said...

Wonderful layout and what a joy to be able to live with little to no regrets. Your picture is fabulous. I really enjoy all the details you add to your layouts.

Audrey Yeager said...

Well I missed the full view, but the snippets looking so intriguing!!

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