Monday, August 24, 2009

My Way

On Saturday I had a little of a 'me' day. DH took the littlest into town with him to run some errands (buy chocolate, hire DVD, buy bounce-back) and this guranteed me with at least 1 1/2 on my own.

So i did this:

Papers: Bazzil, Webster & 7 Gypsies; Lettering: Ali Edwards
Remember Wordart; Flower: Petaloo; Creative Memories Corner
Rounder & Circle Punch; Fiskars Threading Water Punch

I have done a great deal of thinking this past week and decided that i wanted to document this photo for my eldest, as it is one of her favourites. Now it just needs to go into a frame and then be put above her desk in her newly sorted study room.

I also found this website, which i fell intantly in love with Karenika. Wow, what an incredibly talented photographer/life-journaler she is. PLUS she has free digi giveways weekly. What's more to like? Do go and pay her a visit.

Whilst reading through her archives, I found a post where she quotes Rebecca Cooper from (also a magnificient site):

Embrace who you are as a scrapbooker.... where your strengths lie, what you do best, and don't be afraid to just stick with it! Let go of some of that pressure to create this way or that and I guarentee you'll LOVE the results!

And it resonated so with me. It's so true. My best pages are the ones where i've done what i wanted. Stuck to clean, simple lines. The odd embellishment here and there. Not the ones that i've had to follow 'a recipe' in order to submit for a guest DT or other challenges. I'm the one who i'm scrapping for. Not for anyone else. These are my memories and my pages. And I'm doing it to make ME happy.

So, no longer shall I be doing pages full of a million bits & pieces, different papers and a whack of pics. I'll stick to what feels right in my heart and go with that. And if it means that i don't make a DT or guest DT appearances, then so be it.

My pages will tell my stories in the way i want to.

As i did here (my submission for JJ #63):

Papers: Bazzil, Webster, MME & 7 Gypsies; Lettering: American Crafts;
Brad & Felt Flower: MM; Creative Memories Corner Rounder & Circle Punch;
Fiskars Threading Water Punch

I did this page on Friday, the same day I blogged about my bad week. The topic for this Challenge was 'Document how you are feeling right now', so I thought my post would be a pretty good subject. It's not often that we get the 'bad' memories down on paper, we so often focus only on the good and happy times. This page will allow me and my eldest to travel back in time and for her to understand what I was going through. The photo i used was taken whilst in CT in July - and i thought quite apt. I copied and pasted my blog post as the journaling and added a title.

Simple and I LOVE it!

Thanks for looking xx

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