Saturday, July 23, 2016

I Am Simply Me

Hello, hello!

I'm sharing a page today that's all about ME! I love showcasing how you can utilize all the amazing things this industry has to offer and use it to document your thoughts, emotions, life-stages and even as a personal vent session. SO therapeutic!

For this page, I documented an event that I never would have thought myself capable of doing. In fact, I'm doing something, in the photo, that use to have me trembling. Public speaking was something I tried to run away from. I still remember sitting in class, in high school, sweating profusely just hearing the word "speech" or "presentation". UGH! Even into college I would get nervous. So nervous. And look for ways to skip out.

Alas, even in my nervous state of mind, I remember not completely hating it when I was in the moment. If I felt confident, and believed in what I was sharing, I usually got through it okay. To top it off, I would usually receive positive feedback from my teachers and peers. Say whaaaaat?

Now, years later, I'm in a role that has me shoved in front of others. It has me sharing more, being open more and speaking in front of a lot of women. And men, I suppose. But, my focus is women. As the Womens' Ministry Director at my church, I have an opportunity to share my story with others. The goal is that other women would feel empowered with their own story as a way to share about the hope they have in Jesus.

So, naturally, because I am a "me" scrapper, I had to document this moment. My first time speaking at a women's conference, in front of many women. And I think I did okay. The most important thing, I was myself. I was simply me.

I decided to have lots of fun with this page. Sticking with the "story" this page is telling, I wanted it to be bright and full of lots of LIFE. Lots of texture. Lots of movement. While the colors aren't crazy, the pops of pinks and reds and the GOLD give it life. Plus, the I AM collection from Simple Stories was beyond perfect for what I wanted to record.

I love that paper in the background that has all the "i am" phrases. I chose that, purposefully, as a backdrop. I want those mantras, shaped by my faith, to be the foundation of all I seek out to do. All those moments when I step out of my comfort zone; trusting God's plan. 

Whether you share my faith or not, I hope that you can see how wonderful it is to choose a moment in your life and record it on a scrapbook page. I have books FILLED with pages about me and I love looking back at them. Some of them I cringe at because I remember that moment in life or maybe I laugh because of how I created a page. Ha. But, I'm never going to change them because they reflect who I was... and am... perfectly.

Thanks for allowing me to share! Have a great weekend!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Gum Wall | Just Nick Studio | Creative Scrappers

Hey there!

Today I'm sharing a page using the FREE cut file, and sketch, as part of the team up with Creative Scrappers. I have to say, this page has fast become a favorite of mine and I truly think the credit has to be given to an awesome sketch and a super fun cut file!

Here is the page I created:

This was relatively a simple page to put together. Time consuming - a little bit with taping the papers behind the cut out background but, adding the clustered embellishments and washi tape, took no time at all. 

I've said it before and, I'll keep saying it - background cut files are my favorite because they give the illusion of lots of detailed work when, in reality, they take no time at all!

I followed the sketch pretty closely. Sketches are great because they can give that spring board of inspiration when in a rut. I love how, sometimes, my pages morph into something else but, this one, I stayed pretty close. It was just that good! And it worked perfect for my photos! (Ewwww... that gum wall was disgusting!)

Here are a few close ups:

Thanks for swinging by today! Don't forget, you can get the Chopsticks Background cut file for FREE this month! Just use the code CSFREE at checkout! After you create something, make sure to share it on the Creative Scrappers blog so you have a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the Just Nick shop. Wow!!!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Here's the Story | Just Nick Studio

Hey all!

I'm up on the Just Nick blog with my introduction post! I've got a new role I'm excited about and a page that took me out of my comfort zone. Here is a little sneak:

To see the full reveal, head over to the Just Nick Studio blog HERE.