Sunday, May 3, 2015

I did it!

It is not a flattering photo of me. 

Normally I wouldn't have the guts to post it but, at the time this photo was taken, I was feeling amazing on the inside. 

This was at mile 3 of my very first 5K. 

Since the beginning of March I've been a health revolution. Being overweight for most of my life, I reached a breaking point. I started Whole30 and have kept it up. The next goal was something big for me and that was the 5K. 

And I did it.

I used the I Am collection from Simple Stories for this page. It fit so perfectly with the topic I wanted to record. The background cut file is by Nicole Nowosad from her new cut file shop Just Nick. I loved it right away and do even more now that I see it on the layout.

I love utilizing the negatives from cut files and layering paper behind them. I've done it with words and circle shapes but not a full page like this one.

I also finally got some wood veneer words from Evalicious and I love them! She even threw in a little flair, which I used on this page. SO cute! 

Thanks for swinging by today!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Crate Confetti

Hi everyone! 

Over at the Paper Issues blog we are spotlighting some awesome Crate Product!

Here is a card I created featuring the Confetti collection.

The star background is vellum over white cardstock. It is so pretty. And gold! 

To see more lovely inspiration by some of my teammates, head over to the Paper Issues blog. 

Sunday, April 26, 2015

It's been awhile! How's it going?

Holy smokes!

Where have I been?

It seems as if I went into a slump the past week or so but, I am still here. Creating like crazy and trying to remember to post everywhere. Ha! So, I guess I shall share with you a page I created using the Soft & Strong kit at Inside Out Visual Journaling

Living in a developing country really does broaden one's world view. Back when I lived in Guatemala, I had the amazing experience of volunteering at an orphanage. I thought maybe I would bless the kiddos and staff by providing my knowledge and ability to care for children.

Boy, was I in for a surprise. Instead of me changing or influencing them, I was the one who was inspired and amazed. These kiddos that have grown up with so much less than me, monetarily, have so much more than I did, resilience and spirit. I was moved by that. No parents - for whatever reason. No TV. No electronics. Soccer balls were cherished. Handmade bracelets were loved until worn out. Hugs were tight and genuine.

When it comes to our kits theme of Soft & Strong, I knew I wanted to record my thoughts from this time at the orphanage. 

I wanted to use lots of contrasting elements to exude the two words Soft and Strong. Black and gray and blues and reds. I divided the page to create a "balance" of sorts. This gives the feeling that Soft and Strong are equal. You need both. And I learned that it's possible to be both.

I threw in some of the sparkly gold to represent how invaluable this whole experience was and how it affected me. This will forever be embedded into my soul and I hope to continue remembering those children when I live out my daily life. 

Thanks for sticking around and swinging by today!