Thursday, November 15, 2012

In the Moment - Inspiration Elevator - Fancy Pants

Hi there!

I am back with another Inspiration Elevator challenge post, can you believe a whole month has flown by?

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 here

 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!"

 Now I would like to share my thoughts and layout about regret.  For me regret is a funny thing, for it implies that life could have turned out differently if I had have made different choices.  My fear would be that if I had done one thing differently, everything would be different.  So, the question is, do I regret some of the choices that I have made?  Thereby, do I wish things had turned out differently?  I can honestly say no.  That said, it doesn't mean I have loved every step of this journey, that is my life.  It just means that I understand it is a journey.  A journey that has given me love and allowed me to learn along the way.    So I have chosen to document my phobia / detest of being photographed, as it is something that I often regret as I look through our family albums.  What if something were to happen to me, would my family remember meThe moments together?

And this is how I documented these thoughts.....
  "The Good Life' collection by Fancy Pants seemed appropriate for my layout!
  The details.....
And more of a new favorite way to journal - printing it onto vellum.

My journaling reads.....

"Not wanting my photo taken is something that I have struggled with for so many years. As a result, it appears I am not present when I look back through family photos.  This is something that I regret and have made a point to change recently.  I still dislike my photo taken and have hang ups about not looking my best, feeling fat, not wearing make up.... but I am trying to move past that and be involved in the memories.  This photo is a perfect example, messy hair, no make up, soaking wet and gasp ~ in a bathing suit!  But Timmy and I were having fun, making a memory and living in the moment."

I used this week's sketch at Creative Scrappers to create this layout....
.... isn't it so inspiring?

I hope you will stop by and see what the designers on this adventure have created:
Katherine Sutton, Guest Designer ~  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.
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!

Thanks for visiting!


  1. Gorgeous photo of you two Laura. I loved learning this about you. Your design is flawless of course and I do love the line you chose. It really does reflect this concept perfectly. I love your stitched circle and the clouds: the proportions are ideal. Thanks so much for sharing this piece of you.xo

  2. Love this photo and your honesty! Gorgeous layout, adore the stitching and popped up elements!

  3. I love that you really tackled the idea of regret and finding one, are addressing it. You did a beautiful job interpreting the sketch, and I love your little touches, like the long loopy bows on your buttons.

  4. Love all your white space and pops of red, really pulls you in to the photo!

  5. LAURA...I absolutely love this page...I can relate so to your feelings on this subject and considered it for my own page...but how you pulled it all together..JUST gorgeous!

  6. Oh it is super I love the accents of colour and the documenting on vellum's fantastic :)

  7. Gorgeous page Laura! Love the use of the Fancy Pants and great way to document your story!

  8. Laura, your layout is fabulous! I love the simplicity of it, the colours and most of all your journaling! You are a beautiful lady - with or without makeup - and you should never shy away from the camera :)
    Joanne xo

  9. This is such a gorgeous page! Love that paper ;)

  10. I love your thoughts on regrets!! This page is simply beautiful!


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