Redesign and a Fave

I loved my old blog design but I felt like it was just a little stale.  It's a new year and I want to switch things up a bit.  I'm finding my new design a bit more cozy.  I don't like dark colors but love the neutrals.  What do you think?

Typically, I like to share my favorite layout from SFTIO for last.  Not sure why.  But this month I just can't wait to share this one.  First, let me begin with a little story before you view it.  Time to be real here.  So I'm a Program Coordinator at my day job.  I love my job.  And quite honestly... I'd love it even more if I didn't have to be there so early! (6:30 a.m.)  The good side is getting off early!  Anyway, my job as a boss is very difficult.  While I do love it and organizing a program and mentoring staff and such.. I will tell you that it's not easy.  Especially when you combine it with my personality which relies heavily on words of affirmation.  That is how I feel appreciated and loved.  My friends get that.  Those closest to me get it and my supervisors know but I feel weird sharing that with my staff.  Most of them don't know and as with any "boss" position.. the only time you hear any feedback is when you suck.  Even when you don't really suck.  Ha! 

But I don't hate my job.  I really do love it and do look forward to it each day.  Some days more than others.  And as with any job, there are pieces that you absolutely adore and others that you wouldn't mind not having to deal with.  If we spent enough time focusing on those negatives, we'd all hate our jobs pretty soon.  So the next layout is all about self-reflection and how I apply that to my job and my role.  It's a tough balancing act that's for sure. 

Supplies: Cardstock, ribbon: American Crafts, Patterned Paper, chipboard, office tab: Basic Grey, Alphabet: Cosmo Cricket, Flowers, bling bird, mask: Prima Marketing,  Pin: Jillibean Soup, Ink: Smooth Spritz (Clearsnap), Punch: Fiskars

All supplies are from the January kit - Reflection - from Scrapbooking from the Inside Out. 

Design wise - I find that most of the layouts that I am really processing emotionally are the ones that have the most design elements.  But I did quite enjoy using the mask and misting on this one.  I had to force myself to stop before it became to overwhelming. 

A note about my photo - that was taken by my good friend Kimberly Lee.  It's the first photo that I've shared (I think) that's of my whole body.  We had a lot of fun traipsing around a local apple orchard.  I have no idea what that contraption really is but we thought it looked cool for a photo.  :)

Until next time,