Saturday, December 15, 2012

It is not all Fun & Games - Inspiration Elevator - October Afternoon

Hi there!

 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.  

Please join me in welcoming Michelle Hernandez.  We are so fortunate to have her joining us this month as we explore our scrapbooking limits. Michelle uses a variety of techniques to take her pages to the next level. You can see her amazing creations at her blog "My Analog Life".

This month, our challenger was the super talented Sue Sykes. Sue writes an ongoing article for Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine called Leaving Your Legacy and her challenge this month for Inspiration Elevator was also featured in the Winter edition. This is what she wrote:

"The idea of “Leave Your Legacy” first came about in 2007 when I was sorting through some vintage photos of my parents. I realized that while I knew most of the standard information about the images, the profound information about my parents and relatives was missing - information that would give me a glimpse of what they had been like when they were younger. 

To me, scrapbooking is, of course, a means of artistic expression, but more than that, it is a way to leave a little piece of history for future generations in each layout. And so, it amazed me, in talking with friends who scrapbook, to learn just how seldom they scrapbook about themselves. All of these incredible people, and their families may not really know anything personal about them: their hopes, dreams, habits, likes, dislikes, fears and accomplishments. With this article, I hope to encourage fellow artists to scrap more about themselves to avoid that from happening.

I think it's important to document your fears as well as your happy times and accomplishments. Many times, things of which we are FEARFUL, often characterize our personalities. It's also rewarding to be able to look back, once you have overcome a fear, to realize how far you have come. On the heels of my husband's heart attack, this was an obvious choice for me, but it's difficult to put into words the FEAR that you feel when faced with the possible loss of your partner. I want to remember the fear that we both felt, so that it will help us to stick to our commitment of living a healthier, less stressful life.

So what is it that you FEAR the most?

Not only do I want you to scrapbook about a FEARFUL topic, but I also want you to include at least ONE product that you have avoided using. Maybe it's because you are hoarding it and are FEARFUL of using it all, or maybe you are intimidated by it. Whatever the reason, spread your wings and challenge yourself to use it."

For me, my number one fear is that something will happen to one of my boys.  We have had a few challenges in our lives to make this feel more imminent or real at times.  What they don’t tell you about parenting – along with the joy comes fear.  This fear that something will happen to one of my boys, factors into every day, every  decision, every thing. Some of this fear is valid – Jon’s year long illness and then near drowning had a huge impact on my fear of losing one of my children.  Worrying that we were not going to be able to adopt our youngest, after we already loved him, was a fear for another kind of loss.  Worrying about some issues my eldest has struggled with, just compounds these feelings.  World events also effect these fears.  I'm sure I am no alone in hugging my children a little tighter last night after the horrific events in Connecticut.   My heart breaks for these families.

My goal is to raise happy, healthy kids that are outgoing and embrace what life offers, by keeping  my own fears in check.

 The second part of this challenge is to use a product that you are fearful of or intimidated by.  For me, it is paint - not the spattering, flicking or misting... but in large areas.  I had seen the technique of smearing paint with a piece of scarp paper, and while intrigued I hadn;t taken the plunge.  Sot the timing seemed perfect to give it a whirl.

I also used 3 photos of my boys, taken at various times in their lives - sort of a nod to 'I got them this far".
 The clock signifies passing of time of course.
 A multi font title - because they are fun.
 I used a lot of circular elements on this layout... they just seemed to flow nicely with my theme.
 Ah, cork - love!
I thought when planning this layout that it might end up being dark and sad or 'neurotic', well maybe it is that - but I am glad it didn't turn out dark and sad - my boys are fun and so is this layout, I am glad it looks happy!

I was super thrilled to have this layout picked up by Sue Sykes, to be published in the most recent winter issue of Canadian Scrapbooker magazine in her 'Leaving our Legacy' article. 

I hope you will stop by and see what the designers on this adventure have created:
Michelle Hernandez, Guest Designer

Thanks for visiting, and if you decide to play along with us this month be sure to leave me a comment with a link and I will come a visit and leave you some love!



  1. Beautiful page layout. Caroline xxx

  2. I think every mother out there can relate to your fear!! A wonderful layout Laura!!

  3. Laura this was stunning in print as well. Congratulations! I love your exploration with paint and that you used lots of fun elements in your design. The colour palette and the brown paints are favourites. Wonderful!

  4. Love that you chose 3 photos over time of your boys. You articulated those fears well, and why they are valid. Nice work with the paint and congrats on the publication!

  5. Wonderful page, love all the bits on it!

  6. I know your fear Laura! Love your painted background and all the little details you added, perfect!

  7. What a beautiful and meaningful layout! Congrats on the pub, too!

  8. Stunning layout and we can all relate. So happy for you to have this published. All the details and colors are perfect!

  9. I love everything about your page Laura! The colours, the photos, the techniques, the details! Thanks for sharing your fear... I can relate!
    Joanne xo

  10. Yes exactly- I second everything you just wrote here- beautifully put. I love how you layered the buttons and other circular elements on this page! Congrats on the pub- that is awesome! I also fear misting over large areas and now I feel like I played it too safe with my page! Thank you so much for being such a great host for me this month- I truly enjoyed my time with your group and will be returning next month for more inspiration!

  11. Well, you know I love this layout!! The little bits, mixed with paint are just perfect! Thanks again for contributing to my article!!

  12. Love all the earthy elements on this one.


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