She Inspires Me

Every once in awhile there comes a time when someone crosses our path and we feel completely inspired and in awe by their quality of life. How they approach adversity. How they embrace who they are and show integrity, passion and character. One such person is my friend Kirsten. She is the mama of Baby Ewan, which many of you have followed along with Ewan's story last year. I am impressed, specifically, with any woman who has lost her child. No matter how and no matter how old - I can't even imagine the grief, sorrow and loss that comes with that. I admire Kirsten for her boldness to share publicly how she is processing life and her experiences. I think more should do that and not be so afraid about the thought that it's private life. I think if we are honest, practical and do it with purpose, so many lives can be touched and influenced for the positive.

Supplies: Paper: October Afternoon, Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper, Die Cuts With a View, Chipboard: BasicGrey, Alphabet Stickers: Making Memories, Title Card: GCD Studios, Bling: Zva Creative, Pearls: Kaisercraft, Doily: Little Yellow Bicycle, Specialty Ink: Tsukineko, Pen: Zig Memory System (Kuretake). Tools: Electronic Cutter: Silhouette SD, Border Punches: EK Success, Fiskars, Martha Stewart Crafts.

Design Notes: I loved the delicate texture the doily brought to this layout. It fit perfect with the subject matter but the bright white was too much so I used some walnut ink spray to help it match the cardstock. I also made the title card work for me by adding two more words with the alpha stickers.

Journaling: When I think of someone influential in my life, it doesn't always have to be the obvious. There are many in my life that stand out as people who have affected my life for the better. One person in particular is Kirsten. She has taught me through her vulnerability that even though life isn't always nice, that there is an inner strength that comes from depths we can't begin to comprehend. And through that strength, we can continue and grow from all the difficulties life brings us.

Who has been influential in your life?