You may recall that the purpose of this challenge group is 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 our new Inspiration Elevator Blog, here.
We are also pleased to welcome Denise Morrison and her stunning artistic style back to Inspiration Elevator. Our challenge this month comes from the very talented Lisa Spiegel . Here's what she had to say in her very own words: "October is my favorite month of the year. Hands down. The temperatures
here in Southern California finally start to drop, we wear a light
sweater, maybe even a little boot. We pull out the scarves and the
jeggings and put away the capris and tank tops. Leaves begin to change
and we prepare for Halloween! My whole house is decorated, from top to
bottom, and it is no small feat. I even swap out my dishes and serving
ware in preparation for Fall and Halloween and I love to just keep the
festivities going all the way through the Thanksgiving and then holiday
season. My house will not return to "normal"
until January. So, Lisa, tell us, how does this relate to a
scrapbooking challenge? Well, what I've found over the years is my
scrapping even changes over the holidays. I layer more. Reach for the
bling and really dig deep to embellish with meaningful objects. Journal
my thoughts and stories and feelings. Fall just make me nostalgic. So
here is the challenge. Create a layout that is nostalgic...the feeling
should be evident from the title, the visible journaling and the
embellishments you choose. Choose deliberately and with purpose to tell
your nostalgic story. I can't wait to see how you interpret this
This is the page that I created:
So here's my "story", I decided to scrap about something that I feel nostalgic about and something that still makes me a little sad, almost a year later. Yes, I feel silly feeling this way, but it is what it is. Each and every year since my husband and I were married, 26 years ago, he has given me one or two special Christmas ornaments in my stocking. It is something I look forward to with anticipation and he enjoys sourcing out the perfect one(s) for that year. A few years into our marriage, I joined in on this and gave him one every year. Then when the kids came along, they got one every year, as well. I can tell you we had amassed quite a collection of 'special ornaments'. Last year in a sad Bulldogge vs. spider incident I lost almost all of them. I was crushed. I feel silly / guilty about being so sad as they are just things, however they were purchased in the spirit of giving and family memories and they were meaningful to me.
Now I will share some nostalgic touches on my layout, first off I used this MME Christmas line which is rustic looking and has muted colours. My husband and I both love rustic elements and muted colours. With touches of wood and a bit of sparkle.
The yellow/gold in this paper is almost exactly the colour of the walls in my home. And doilies remind me of grandmas, which should be nostalgic!
I used the current Stuck?! sketch to create my page.
I hope you will stop by and see what the rest of the incredible Inspiration Elevator designers have created:
If you feel inspired to play along with my challenge this month, please share it using the linky tool on our Inspiration Elevator blog and/or our Inspiration Elevator Facebook page. We'd LOVE to see what you made!
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