July SFTIO Kit Reveal!

This post was going to happen later this afternoon but since I'm sick I just couldn't wait anymore to do it!
The July kit for Scrapbooking from the Inside Out - COURAGE - is revealed and ready for you to purchase.  Let me tell you... this was a stunningly beautiful kit.  Between the gorgeous fabric, resin wings, ribbons and yummy papers... it was a blast to work with!

Here is one of my layouts using the kit.  (I did five but reveal them one at a time throughout the month):

As you should know by now if you are a regular viewer of my blog - my layouts can tend to go deep.  Turning my life inside out for the world to see.  (See?  How appropriate is it for me to be on this team???)
There's some symbolism going on in this layout.  Even in the principles of design stuff... there is symbolism.

We can begin with the journaling: "There once was a girl who had the courage to overcome her past and live a life that didn't revolve around the label of "victim".  This girl could have spent life blaming every characteristic, every emotion, every fault - on her abused and assaulted childhood. She could have hated the world and hated the person who violated her. But... no. She overcame. She fought. She let go. Her identity is not in being a victim but it is in having the courage to FORGIVE and be renewed."

I knew I wanted this layout to have a storybook feel right away.  I knew it was going to be a no-photo layout and I wanted to use Core'dinations embossed paper with this.  The stars everywhere symbolize Light in my darkness.  That Light is my faith in Jesus Christ.  The cardstock is the base of the layout just as the Lord is my foundation.  The fabric flowers were twisted and turned - ones that I created myself.  They weren't super hard but seemed difficult at first.  Another symbol - going through my renewal, I thought it would be harder than it really was and the final product was something beautiful.  I chose blue paint as the base... not only because it was a good design choice but because of the peace I have now.  And I used gesso underneath to not only grab the paint well and allow it to not sink into the paper but also because it symbolizes the permanence of that peace. 

Most everything else is simply design stuff but I did want to point out those small things.  Just going through that explanation helps me to be even more attached to this layout and I can't wait to share with you the rest in the coming weeks!  Hurry and get your kit today!!!!  And come join us as we explore Courage together at SFTIO!