Saturday, February 15, 2014

Perspective ~ Inspiraton Elevator ~ Stuck?! Sketches ~ Authentique

Hi there!

I have a project to share with you today, that combines two challenges for me.....

First off, I used the current challenge from Inspiration Elevator, 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 extend ourselves. You can view all of the previous challenges our Inspiration Elevator Blog, here.

We are thrilled to welcome back Audrey Yeager (a previous DT member) this month as a guest designer!  Audrey recently became the new of My Scraps & More, an online store, and has graciously offered a prize this month! Read on to find out how you could win!


Our challenge this month comes from the very talented Michelle Hernandez. Here's how she expressed this month's challenge:

"Inspiration Elevator Challenge February- Phoenix Rising.  I'm going through one of the toughest times of my life right now. Huge changes, dashed expectations, embarrassing set backs- it's all overwhelming, all the time. I have the love and support of my family and my health- so it could be worst but still - it sucks.  My challenge for February:  Tell a story visually or through your journaling that speaks to your greatest challenge and most importantly how you dug yourself out. This should be a celebration of your faith, personal resilience and/or creativity. A story you'd like to tell your kids, grandkids or yourself when things get rough. "

For me, it was easy to decide what story to tell,  that's not to say that I have only ever had one challenge to overcome but there is really only one that I am willing to share on the WWW.  Here is my layout....

Oddly, I snapped this photo of my eyes upon returning from an eye specialist appointment, after I had received some good news.  At the time, I had no thoughts that it would get scrapped, but it worked out perfect for this challenge.  I started off my layout with the current Stuck?! Sketches sketch, but added my journaling to the background using my Silhouette.  I was a little disappointed that my bronze pen ran out part way through the journaling, but it is what it is and my gold pen made a decent substitute.  I guess I just had too much to say!

I used papers from Authentique, but had fun adding embellishments from MME and Pink Pailsee, rub-ons from Tim Holtz and some Mr. Huey's mist.


I created the title by combining a pair of glasses and the giant 'E' from an eye chart and the word 'perspective', I think it turned out kind of fun!

In case you are interested, this is what my journaling reads, but I won't be offend if you skip on past it and get to the more important details!

"It’s all about perspective, becoming visually was life changing to say the least.  I lost more than just my vision, but also my job, and a part of my identity.  Re-inventing yourself at the age 33 with little more than the support of your husband (I am so very grateful for that man), is so scary.  Determined to still have a life, be productive and happy necessitated trying new things.  Being stuck at home all day everyday was oh so boring.  That is when we became foster parents and took care of many, many little ones, giving me something to do and to keep self-pity at bay.  Though it seems odd, I also re-embraced my long love of crafting and started scrapbooking, at first for our foster children and later for me. 
The other week I found out that a cure for my sight issue is on the horizon, which is exciting but a little scary all over again.  When it is my turn to have the surgery, I will begin a journey of re-inventing myself once again. 

If you ask me would I change the path my life has taken, I will most assuredly answer no.  It has been hard, don’t get me wrong.   But it was my journey to take and along with the pain and challenges, there was so much joy; in the form of one sweet little boy who came, and stayed.  And in the amazing people I have met through my hobby."

Now it is time to see what the other ladies have created, I hope you will pop on over to their blogs and check out their creations.

Guest designer: Audrey Yeager

We would LOVE to see your take on Michelle's challenge this month, so if you play along, please share it using our linkup on the Inspiration Elevator blog,

So, how do you win Audrey's prize? It's simple - leave a comment! Audrey will choose one random comment from one random blog to win the $15 gift certificate to My Scraps & More.  You have 1 week to comment.  Thanks so much, Audrey!

And speaking of  My Scraps & More, I have a coupon code to share with you!  If you enter this code upon check out you will save 30% on your order!  And yes Canadian friends My Scraps & More does ship to Canada now with flat rate shipping, too!  Please use coupon code ILOVEMYSCRAPS30 .

Thank you for visiting!


  1. Wow, Laura! I think this is one of my all-time favs of yours! The design, the colours, the journaling, the title - all of it is amazing! Thank you for sharing your story. I am sure that this challenge has made you the strong and caring person that you are today :)
    Joanne xo

  2. Oh are so brave to write directly on your layout like this...but it's GORGEOUS!!! I totally, totally love the layout...the clusters, the rub it!!

  3. I love this layout - one of my favourites of yours. The photos are so compelling and the title work is really genius. Beautiful page!

  4. I love this layout, and learned so much about you---never ever thought to do journaling with the Silhouette, and I think changing colors gave it sort of an ombre effect. I LOVE it :)

  5. WOW! What a powerful and beautiful layout. Love how you did the journaling! SO cool. And what a great story!!! Wishing you all the best, and I learned some things about you. This is what makes connecting with other scrappers so great!!!

  6. Really pretty layout to showcase a great story!

  7. Love your title work and journaling on this amazing page Laura!

  8. love everything about this and I learned so much about are amazing!

  9. I really love this page Laura - its such a great take on the Stuck sketch too!

  10. This page is just so so unique and incredible! I LOVE the photos and your WRITING is so PERFECT!!!! The colors are great, but so is the story!!!! Wonderful wonderful!

  11. I spotted this over on the Stuck! blog and had to come and comment directly. What an eye-catching (no pun intended) page - great design, clever embellishments and what a great piece of journalling. And I found your clever butterfly embellishment too - Thanks!


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