Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Nostalgia - Inspiration Elevator - My Mind's Eye

Hi there!

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 challenge!"

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:

Guest Designer Denise Morrison 
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!

Thanks for visiting!


  1. OH!!!! That is a indeed a tragedy! MY Mom lost all her favorite blown glass ornaments in a similar cat versus toddler incident a few years back- we all started crying at some point while cleaning up. We've since replaced some of those ornaments via Ebay but it's going to be a while before the tree starts to have memories again.
    Gorgeous page! That is a beautiful tradition you and your husband have started as well.

  2. Oh, so sad for you! I love the layout and that you've chosen to remember the ornaments in the spirit they were given...and you'll make new ones as you go! xoxo Perfect take on this challenge!!

  3. Oh Laura!! That is so sad! I know I would be devestated too! We have the same tradition here, that we started when my first child was born, and each kid gets to pick their own ornament every year... I love that you have preserved this memory... but at the same time I know how it feels when each ornament brings back a memory of a particular year :(

  4. I have sentimental ornaments, too. Brian and I have been doing the same thing. It would be sad to lose them all. What a lovely page to capture the memory of them and your feelings - good thing you have photos of them!

  5. Your layout is gorgeous, Laura! You have turned a tragic incident into a bittersweet memory by documenting it on this page. Well done!
    Joanne xo

  6. I would be sad to!
    This is so special and you captured that perfectly in your beautiful details.

  7. Gorgeous layout, Laura!! Love how you cut and separated the photo!! Beautiful Christmas page and great use of the sketch!!

  8. This is just beautiful Laura!! I love it!!

  9. What a lovely interpretation of the challenge. The photo itself appears to be a part of the flow of your design...which , of course is what we all strive for. So perfect.

  10. I would be heartbroken too, Laurel.
    Your page is gorgeous and I am so glad you had a few photos to document this.


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