Sunday, August 8, 2010

Better Living through Scrapbooking Reveal!

Happy Sunday!  That means it's time for the second Better Living through Scrapbooking reveal!  Before I show you my layout, I want to let you know to head on over to BLTS and sign up for the newsletter.  It's going to be WONDERFUL, and I know it will be something you look forward to in your inbox!

Okay, now on the challenge for the week.  You are going to be scrapbooking about the most influential person in your life.  Chose a person, living or dead, whether you know them personally or not, that has had a big influence on your life, and create a layout about them. This person can be a friend, relative, historical figure, celebrity - anyone at all.

 Choose at least 2 of the following:

1. The photo must be black & white. If you don’t have a black & white version, change the photo to black & white in Photoshop, or take the photo to your local 1-hour photo and have them do it for you. You can also make a black & white copy of the photo at your local office store. If you do not have a photo of the person (if they are a historical figure or celebrity) find one on the internet and print it out.
2. Use at least one major circular element on your page - whether it’s the photo, photo mat, or other noticeable circular element.
3. Use paint or ink in a fun and unusual way.
4. Hand make your own flowers and use them on the layout.
5. Include hand written journaling.

Now doesn't that sound like a great layout? Here's what I came up with using options #1, #2, and #5.  This is a layout of my son, Shane.  
I love handwritten journaling for two reasons. First of all, I think my grandchildren (and so on) will find a great connection to me through my penmanship. But the second reason is that I think I speak more freely from my heart when I have a pen in hand. Yes, sometimes I make mistakes. Sometimes I don't even like my handwriting that much. That is the beauty of it! My pages are a reflection of me - right here and right now.

In case you can't read the journaling, I'll share it with you. "Since the day I found out you were in my belly, you influenced my every decision. Where I went, what I did, what I said, what I ate - everything. That continued on through your growing years, and it became second nature to think 'Shane' first. What I realized one day (and I can’t pinpoint the exact day) is that as much as I lived to impact your life, you were actually the one who influenced me. Your kindness, love for others, generosity, and willingness to be yourself made me a much better person."

Items used: Adornit Nancy Jane papers; Stampin' Up! ribbon; Bazzill and Prima flowers; Creative Imaginations epoxy stickers; CTMH gems

I do want to mention that there is actually another person in my life that has influenced me tremendously.  That is my husband, Jerry.  You know I was going to put both of them and my thoughts on one layout, but instead I'm going to do the exact page for Jerry and put them side by side in my book.  These two men have truly helped me become the woman I am today!

Now it's your turn?  I hope I see your work linked up over Better Living through Scrapbooking!  Remember your scrapbooking is for a monthly prize - see that on my right sidebar.  Also, if you are on Facebook, look for Better Living through Scrapbooking there.  This is a truly wonderful website, and I think you are going to learn a lot about yourself through these challenges.  That's what scrapbooking is all about!!


Irena said...

Gorgeous page. I like all details. Great color combo.

Laurel said...

Fantastic page!

Dawnll said...

I am sitting her crying, just seeing the picture and title! Then I read your words...this is just lovely sweetie!
This is a real keeper and I know Shane will cherish this page! Will you show him now?

Jamie Harder said...

Beautiful journaling!!! This is a fabulous page and what a great challenge!!!!

Debbie said...

Beautiful layout Brenda! Lovely journaling and a wonderful picture!

Scrappin With Tammy said...

I love this layout of Shane! Keep up the great work, Brenda!

Unknown said...

Oh how I adore this photo of your handsome young man! I love how you edited the color, those big blooms, and ribbon. I agree handwritten journaling is so key! Yours really touched my heart. Oh the joy of being a mother and Nee Nee! big hugs!
kim xXx

Unknown said...

This is such a wonderful and personal layout to your son, and what a fantastic idea to do one for your husband to go next to this... such a perfect keepsake for your whole family.