Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A Plethora of Thanks

Good day all!

As we get immersed into the holiday season, don't forget to have your arsenal of Thank You cards to send out after all the gift receiving. 

I'm sharing more about this card and a couple more on the Paper Issues blog today!

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

No Apologies

Happy Tuesday!

To me, being Authentic means you be your true self 100%. 

There is no one else quite like you.

You embrace the characteristics of your personality. Your mannerisms. Your opinions. Your faith. Your likes and dislikes. Your quirks.

We're all one of a kind. 

Back in my school days, I took issue with that. I didn't want to be one of a kind. I wanted to fit in. So, I adapted to other personality types. That included what I believed it. I experimented. I said I believed in certain things to fit in.

Now that I'm all grown up and have lived through those crazy years, I don't care about fitting in when it comes to my faith. 

For me, seeing the result of my life thus far, makes it easy to not apologize for what I believe in. I won't hold back. I won't keep silent.

I might lose friends. (Yeah... that hurts deep down...)
I might create debates.  (I actually enjoy those.)
I might be admired.

And I think, because I've reached this conclusion of not apologizing or trying to "fit in", it enhances my authenticity.

When it comes to the design aspect of this page, I really love layering and combining patterns. It doesn't always take on a symbolic role for me. And I don't think it has to. Sometimes I just like to play with colors that I like to create a pretty page. This page is one that I wanted to have fun with. There is almost a snarkiness to it as I declare "NO APOLOGIES". 

I included the transparency in my layering because I actually do like the symbolic nature it brings. Because I won't hide my beliefs... there is definitely a transparency there. 

I added the doilies from my own stash because I just love the femininity and softness they add. It was the perfect addition to help balance out this bold, somewhat sassy page.

Is there a piece of YOUR authentic self that you are not apologetic about? Grab a kit and express yourself on a visual journaling page! 

Monday, December 8, 2014

And Then There Were Three

Hello everyone!

Today we are starting a new "issue" over at Paper Issues and it goes a little something like this:

No. We haven't gone to the dark side and started a "Paper Issues After Dark" theme. We're having fun with punctuation! Yay! It's a fun trend right now. I'm especially fond of the ampersand. I'm not sure why. It could be the curves. It could be the simple and quiet statement. Who knows. But I like it and so I used it!


My heart did explosions after looking at the photo too.

Those are not my children. They are, however the cutie pies of my friend Kirsten. She is also the amazing photographer. I'm so thankful for friends who produce adorable scrapping material for me. Haha! 

So, let's talk about the ISSUE for a minute. 

Feed Your Craft is our sponsor for this Issue and I loved the flair with the ampersand on it. The collection I chose to use, Capture Life by Allison Kreft, also had this fun ampersand. It was a no brainer what i was going to do. I love the contrast of these two different fonts too. 

Now let's move on to the content of this page...

The title is reflecting the three children Kirsten has. The first son, Ewan, blessed us with his life for only a few weeks. But wow. What an amazing impact he left us on this earth. The monkey that his little sister is holding, was with him in the hospital. And now, we welcome sweet little Streiter. 

I am so thankful that Kirsten is letting me use her photos. I mean, seriously... how can I not with such CUTENESS being photographed! I'll be sending her the pages I create as a keepsake. I'm happy to do it. :) 

Thanks for swinging by and head over to Paper Issues to link up your @$%&! pages!!!

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