Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Me? Intense?

Hi everyone!

Today I am sharing more about this page that I created using the ENERGY kit from Inside Out:

I want to preface everything with saying that this layout, design wise, was completely out of my comfort zone. I hate black. Paint is fun but, it scares me. And I have a hard time making purple look good.

But, there is a reason I stepped out of my comfort zone. I wanted to address the word INTENSE. It has a lot to do with Energy. In fact, we have a journaling prompt about it. Check it out:

Intensity: Some of us are more intense and driven than others, and our drive changes based on our circumstances and our challenges at any given time. Are there areas in your life where you show a real intensity, and how do others react to it – are you ever ‘too’ intense? Are there both benefits and costs to being driven, and what have you given up because of your drive? Would you change anything about those choices looking back?
I have never considered myself an intense person. One thing I am learning, however, is that this is not how others view me. Necessarily. As I get older, and have more conversations, I am slowly gaining perspective on how others view me. And it's all verrrrrrrrrrrry interesting. INTENSE has never been a word that someone has described me as. However... the word PASSIONATE has crossed lips.

When I created this layout, I wanted to exude intensity. I chose the black background because it is such a strong color. By painting with white all over the background, there was no turning back with the boldness it portrayed. Add in the bold colors... here we go.

I love using layers for design purposes but I also love the symbolism they add. Our personality can be compared to an onion. Yeah? Okay so go with me here. As you peel back the layers, our character is revealed more and more. As people get to know me better, they realize that I do have an intense side of me. And, as my journaling tells you, it has to do with my faith.

If you ask me about my faith, I will go full throttle with you. Full. Throttle. I will turn red because I get excited to share my story. It's... well... intense.

It felt good to record this page for more than one reason. 1) Because I stepped out of my comfort zone in order to exude and energetic and intense layout. 2) I learned more about myself... I am intense when it comes to certain areas of my life. 3) In answer to the prompt, I don't find that people get turned off by my intensity. In fact, the opposite seems to happen. I get asked questions. Which keeps me talking. And I definitely think that's the opposite of being turned off. :)

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Cut it out Saturday: It's Been a Journey

Happy weekend!

Today I'm sharing  a layout using an awesome cut file that is available at Paper Issues. The fabulous Jen Chapin created this cut file. It was so fun to work with. And it has been way too long since I've gotten to use my Cameo. It's been packed since I moved back in July and, last weekend was the first time I got to push that blessed power button. SO good!

Here is the full layout with a little back story...

Some design notes: I really like the grid potential of this cut file. So, I went almost full page with it. I punched out various pieces of patterned paper from a favorite collection. I'm always intrigued by layouts that use so many patterns and colors. I really love this collection from Allison Kreft for Echo Park and I knew the combo of patterns wouldn't overwhelm me. I'm too clean and simple for my own good! Also... kraft matted on top of kraft helps calm it all down. I also found that embellishing this type of "grid" is really easy. A little cluster there and a little cluster here. Wah lah!

As you can tell, hopefully, from my photo and the pieces of flair, this layout is dedicated to the journey of being  a TRUE Seattle Seahawks fan. The highs and the deep, deep, frustrating lows. I am such a Washingtonian. A true PNW Washingtonian. I love football and I sure love the Seahawks. 

And that flair??? How FUN is that??? Those are from Toni From Designs. She has a fantastic collection of flair in her shop. I just about eeeked with delight when I saw the Seahawks flair! She has other team flair, as well as, everyday collections. They are such good quality. I can't wait to add more to my collection.

Here are a few close ups to show the dimension and details...

Supplies used: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics, Patterned Paper: Allison Kreft (Echo Park), Wood Veneers: Heidi Swapp and Pinkfresh Studio, Letter Stickers: American Crafts (Amy Tangerine/Journal), Flair: Toni From Designs, Cutting Machine: Silhouette Cameo, Cut File: Paper Issues

Most of the supplies can be found in the Paper Issues store.  While there, make sure to use code melissa20 and save 20% on your order! How can you not???

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

I Will Give Rest

Happy Tuesday!

So happy to be with you all here today.

The page I'm sharing with you today was inspired by one of our journaling prompts:

Lazy: How generous are you to yourself when it comes to ‘lazy days’ and giving yourself a break from the hubbub of life? Do you feel guilty when you’re not producing? If so, why? What inside you, or outside you, pushes you to create or build something in your life? How might you reimagine ‘lazy’ to mean something more like ‘self-protecting’? What would fit into your best ‘unenergetic’ day and how would it change the day after?

I really appreciated this side of Energy. In order to "bank it", we must fuel it, right? It's good to rest our weary bones. Take a nap! Go on vacation! Read a book! Go sit in a mall! (To understand that you'll have to see my Behind the Art from last week.)

For me, it is taking some time with God.

I'm not very good at sitting still. My mind wanders. Or I think about all the things I could be doing instead. But, when it comes to my faith, and how it relates to Energy, it is so important to stop. Rest. Take a break. Protect my soul.

The typewriter transparency is two-fold for me when it comes to this page. I like the idea of being transparent when it comes to my faith. God sees the deepest parts of me and I want to not try to hold onto something that I don't need. Also, the typewriter. It's pretty simple symbolism when one thinks about that... recording thoughts. Writing it out. Processing it.

I used the crosshatch stencil on this layout because I like to think that my faith and the rest of my life are interwoven. It's what holds me together. And taking these moments of resting, finding comfort and peace in those quiet moments, help me be stable and live out the hubbub of life.

I also used some tilting. Think balance. Balancing it all in the day to day! Balancing my energy with moments of quiet time are what will make me thrive in life. I also like that thought of using the feathers. I find feathers to symbolize protection. I'm protecting my soul when I make time for those moments to rest and refuel.

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