Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Kim's Challenge

I mentioned last month that Kim and I have become challenge buddies. We decided to do this as a way to hold each other accountable for some scrapping time. Last month I chose the Butterfly Crafts childhood fear challenge. For a reminder of what we did last month you can go HERE. This month was Kim's turn and she chose catalyst 70 at Creative Therapy which is as follows:

What's the best advice you received that encouraged you to follow your dreams? (or advice you’d give to others so they can follow their dreams.)

I wanted to record advice for my children. They are adults now and I no longer have much influence on their lives. I can share my motherly words of wisdom, but they are now responsible for themselves. I recorded my thoughts on a stamped index card and placed it inside the envelope.

I wrote: "The two of you are now adults. You've come to the point in your life where you will be making your way on your own. My wish for you is that all things will come easy...that the road ahead is smooth. But life is not always easy. And bumps in the road of life are inevitable. How you deal with these potholes and curves will define the person you become. The best advice I can give for dealing with tough times is to learn from every bruise and not let them stop the journey toward reaching your goals. While things may slow you down, please continue on and great things will be yours."

For me, perseverance has been the key to reaching my goals. Even more important is trying to learn from the pitfalls. It's not always easy, but I believe it plays a vital role in finding true happiness.

For this layout, I used a Scarlet Lime kit that I had yet to tap into. The pretty papers are exclusive to Scarlet Lime. I cut the butterflies from one of the papers, layering a few for more impact.

I also stitched underneath the photo with white embroidery floss and curled the punched border to create more texture.

Here is Kim's take on the challenge.

I love, love, love the design of this layout. I especially love the placement of the photos of her gorgeous daughter. And her advice of finding your passion is so important to remember.

A few days ago I received a sweet award from Jay and Lorry.

I am to post the award and list 10 things I love about blogging. So here are my 10:

1. Inspiration. My blog experience began as a stalker...errrr, reader of several blogs. I loved checking in everyday to see what was going in, what had been created. I have to giggle now because I would get so bummed when it would be a "slow day" in blogland...those days when it seemed no one had updated their blog. NOW, I get it!!!

2. Friendship. Simply that.

3. Opportunity. Through blogging I have been offered so many wonderful opportunities to stretch myself as a scrapper and as a person.

4. Connections. To directly quote Nerina, "Realizing that this world is not so big after all and we are all connected". She put it perfectly, don't you think?

5. Acceptance. It is so refreshing to have a place where you can be yourself without fear of judgment or disapproval.

6. Laughter. I never have a day go by in blogland that I go without a few chuckles.

7. Support. Good news are bad news, blog friends are THE best for building you up and encircling you with cyber hugs.

8. Praise. The sweet comments left for layouts, stories, well, anything are more welcome than a pot of gold.

9. Documentation. The story of me, while nothing spectacular, is one I want to record.

10. Therapy. Yep, given that blogger is currently a free place to vent, I would say it is the cheapest therapy available!!!

Jay and Lorry, thank you so much for passing this on to me. It was nice taking time to realize why I blog. I hope everyone is having a wonderful week. Until next time...

Hugs & Love,

P.S. You will be happy to know I learned how to fix the dark photos in class this week. Or was it last week? I'm behind and they are starting to run together! LOL! I just didn't have time to retake these. :(


  1. Wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww....that LO is WOW WOW WOW!!!!! LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE it!!!! And loving your blogging award list....very cool! :):):):):):):):):):)

  2. Hi Lisa (and Kim, if you get stuck for challenge ideas you could always support my new challenge blogs:
    ARtastic =
    'From Screen 2 Scrap'=

    I would love to see you two ladies have a go! :)


  3. Hey Kim, I LOVE THAT LAYOUT! Such great advice on both the layouts from you and Kim. Love what you love about blogging too! I might email you later on, b/c I have some questions about your photography class!

  4. i just love how you used that pocket! so clever. beatuiful layouts and i loved reading your 10 things about blogging. stalker, lol ;) i still do that, bah!

  5. CUTE LO & oh how I love that letter you wrote to your kids. I write a letter to Bryn every year for the last page of that year's scrapbook. Something to this effect will be in one of the letters at some point. Awesome advice... :-)

    Hugs ♥...

  6. It's beautiful! I love what you wrote. I also like what Kim wrote on her LO. Cheers!

  7. Hi friend! I Love, love, love your advice lo. And your kids are beautiful! Expected nothing less though:) What great advice you have too. I think I am going to keep that one with me also.

    It's almost the weekend so I hope you enjoy it! I still haven't worked on my flower lo. I am trying to find the right pictures to use. I have one from my wedding, but I just don't know if I am ready to take it out of it's frame. I might give in and do it though!

    Well I am so glad we have become such great friends. You are such an awesome blogging buddy! Talk to ya soon!

  8. Great advice and cute layout!

  9. hi Lisa
    i LOvE both yours and Kims layouts. they are so beautiful and the advice both of you give is so full of wisdom.

    the layout you did for your guest design spot at A Few of My Favorite Things so pretty. i love flowers. hard to pick a favorite.

    hope you're having a great week!

  10. Lisa, your advice to your kiddos brought tears to my eyes. They are truly blessed to have you as a mama!
    LOVE the layout, the layered butterfly is the bomb

  11. That is a wonderful LO Lisa - I love it all, especially the embellished envelope & that moving concealed note to your children.

    Congrats on that well desreved award & ditto on all your reasons to blog!!

    Have a fabulous weekend!


  12. i love your work with the butterflies. I think they add so much to pages.

  13. Can't wait to see your assignments in photography class! Isn't it great when things start to come together?!

  14. Great layout Lisa! I love the envelope and the colors. Your 10 things about blogging list is all the things I love about blogging too.

    I'd love to see an example of your dark photo fix. Yes, always wanting to learn more about photography :)

    Have a great day.

  15. i always love stopping by your blog! there's always something fun to look at.

    Loving that use of the envelope! :)

    Hope you have a wonderful day!


  16. I have this kit sitting on my desk!! I absolutely love the colors in it. I am just waiting for that "a-ha moment" to strike! I always love visiting your blog to see your beautiful creations, but I also love just to see your beautiful self. You are one amazing woman :) Thank you always for your support and encouragement! You are truly a blessing!

  17. Beautiful LO. Love your advice to the kids! Thanks for the beautiful comments you always leave on my blog. I am SO glad to have found you and totally glad you are not just a stalker:) Have a super rest of the week and weekend!!

  18. My sweet friend.....this LO is awesome and I just adore the ADVICE!!!!! You are so very talented!!!!! Kim did such a wonderful job also!!!! I just adore you two girls and how fun you are having doing the challenges together!!! Love ya!!!!

    Girl, I love LOVE your challenge layout! It is so beautiful and so were the words to your children. So true, so true..
    I love how you put the note in a little envelope on the page. Beautiful.
    And I agree TOTALLY on every reason why we blog! lol
    I also love that we have the "deep poems" in common. lol
    yeah, I have never shared my "REALLY DEEP" poems with anyone but Austin and a best friend.

  20. What an awesome layout from both of you, and such great advice for your adult children!! I really love going to the different blogs and seeing what kind of challenges are out there to scrap. Sometimes I just really get in a rut and those challenges inspire me to step out of my box and do something different!!!
    Thanks for the great post and reminding me of these things :)

  21. What a wonderful way to still pass on your two cents, um...advice to your kidlets (please tell me that even when they are grown, they can still be kidlets!). Actually, I love it and your partner in crime's advice as well. While I am still working on crafting my passion, or at least the time to, I hope for my kidlets that they find what they love, accept who they are, grow from those road bumps in life (if I could keep them no bigger than pebbles I would, but the reality is, there will be potholes...eventually), and life, in love, and their relationships with their friends and family.

    Your ten things about your blogging experience really resonates with me. I can feel each and every one of them. I, for one, am so glad that to have found you blogging! :>

  22. Hey girl!!! This is such a pretty LO, and I love what you wrote- what a great idea- I may just have to do this myself!! And thank you for your kind words, you are such a sweetheart- you totally made my day with your sweet comment! I appreciate you TONS!!!!!!
    love deb

  23. Lisa, your layout and advise are fabulous. I love the hidden journaling pocket, and you were so right about what we wish for our children, knowing that life is full of bumps etc. Loved the list for why you blog.... I can relate to many of those "the laughter, praise, Acceptance, and most of all Friendship" I love the challenge Idea, I need to seek out a challenge buddie.. this is a fun way to create and make lasting ties.


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