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 challenges at our Inspiration Elevator Blog, here.
Our challenge this month was posed by the very talented Ann Jobes. Here's how she expressed this month's challenge:
"First, for those of you who are getting tired of journaling-based challenges, I apologize. This idea has been cooking since the fall (just not articulated).
My daughter subscribes to the Dance Spirit magazine and I sometimes browse through it, too. One of my favourite monthly features is an article that features a different dancer each month, some photos of that dancer, and a description of their current work, and (the best part!) a letter. The theme is a Letter to My Teenage Self. The content ranges, depending on the dancer and his/her experience, morals, ideals, etc. So this month's assignment is to write a letter to your teenage self. You can take any approach you'd like to this - scrapbook page, art journal page, canvas. However the prompt inspires you. And your content is of course up to you, as well. Some topics might be: what would you try to teach yourself? Or, what would you counsel yourself to do or not do? This does not have to be a page about regrets. It could be about congratulating yourself on something you did right that has contributed to who you've become today. Here is a photo of a recent magazine feature, if it inspires you:"
I am going to be real honest, this challenge was the first one that we have done at IE that I seriously thought of backing out of. I even turned to my husband for advice (he is my go to ear) and he thought it might be best to skip this one as well. Without going into any details, because they do not belong on the www, I will just say this - not everyone's childhood is a happy place with fond memories that they like to revisit, or even a place with normal "growing pains". But, and this is a really big but, I am no quitter, and I have a determined disposition. So despite my fear that this page would turn out ugly or unsharable, I forged ahead, this is what I came up with.
Buttons and Badges, they have the cutest things!
Creative Embellishments,love them, they were natural wood but I painted them with black chalkboard paint.
Some of my embellishments are symbolic - the window, the key, the ruler, the feathers.... and some are just well, embellishments. The photo is also symbolic. The journaling was not easy to write nor is it shareable, but I do have a little bit written on the card in the canvas pocket that is viewable, and therefore shareable. It reads' "Note to my teenaged self. You are more than a sum of your parts. Look ahead, look up. Don't let the past dictate who you are. Make a new you, a new path. Be strong. Be brave. You GOT this!"
Did you notice that my page also has no title? Not something I ever do.
Please visit the other Inspiration Elevator designers' blogs and see how they worked with Ann's challenge:
We would LOVE to see you take up Michelle's challenge this month, so if you do, please share it at our linkup on the Inspiration Elevator blog.
Thank you for visiting me today.