I'd like to share with you a layout that took me pretty much ALL DAY yesterday to complete! It was one of those days where the kids would not give me a moment to breathe- even during naptime- so I added pieces here and there and really had a tough time getting this one done. As always, I was instantly inspired by Nadia's gorgeous sketch over at Once Upon A...Sketch, and the journaling prompt which asked us to scrap ourselves and what we're good at. I've slowly been getting more comfortable scrapping about myself, but for this particular challenge I was a bit nervous as sometimes the "real me" can be misunderstood due to my bold and outspoken personality. I'm a redhead, what can I say- and I've got the attitude to go with it! But it also means I'm extremely impatient (my WORST trait), and a huge perfectionist. So when discussing this challenge with Kelly on the phone yesterday I joked that "I'm good at everything I do"- but that's only because, being a perfectionsist and a sore loser (lol)- if I'm not good at it, I don't do it. Simple as that. Isn't that horrible? But at least I can admit it, right? Here's my layout:I'm in LOVE with Bo Bunny's "Country Gardens" collection! Isn't it just beautiful?? Here's a closeup for you of my Dusty Attic lampost that I dressed up with some gesso and Prima rose ink, then wrapped with some little Prima flowers and burlap twine. I also love what I came up with for dressing up my photo- I used my Martha Stewart "Garden Rail" punch, then threaded some fabric through it:My journaling is a bit lengthy. I wrote it on a scrap that I cut out of the back of my page, folded it up and tied it with some burlap twine (if interested in my journaling, I've included it in the end of this post). I used the word "Discover" to fulfill the current challenge over at Bird is the Word- which is to use the word "discover" in either your title or journaling!Finally, here is Nadia's beautiful sketch- leaves so much room for interpretation!Thank-you for putting up with this lengthy read. As promised, here is my journaling:
"She's sun and rain, she's fire and ice- a little crazy, but it's nice. And when she gets mad, you best leave her alone. 'Cuz she'll rage just like a river, then she'll beg you to forgive her- she's every woman that I've ever known."
"She's Every Woman" by Garth Brooks describes me to a "T". That's me- emotional, passionate, unpredictable. And that's why, in most cases, I tend to do well at the things I do. I was just joking with Kelly this morning that I'm good at everything I do, haha! Not that I'm arrogant or conceited, but because of my extremely competetive nature and poor sportsmanship, I refuse to be anything less than good. And if I'm not good, I quit. Pretty sad, huh? I never would have made it in contact sports because I would have taken out my aggression on others. The only sport I did play - volleyball - I was pretty good at but quit because every time I made a mistake, I beat myself up over it. So now I really stick to independent hobbies and am learning to be okay with not being perfect. I've always loved outdoor activities- horseback riding (especially at a blinding gallop!), hunting (I've always been a VERY good shot), fishing (the only thing for which I have endless patience in wait of that 1 big catch!), 4-wheeling (I love adventure), gardening/canning (what a reward to harvest something you grew yourself!). I strive daily to be a better wife and mom. And discovering my passion for scrapbooking over the last 1 1/2 years has taken me places artistically I never knew existed! I'm so blessed to be the woman I am and be able to involve myself with so many things- all the while teaching me to appreciate my talents & accept when I fall short of my own expectations.If you get the chance, you should give this song a listen. It's one that ANY woman can appreciate! Take care :)~