Thursday, September 13, 2007

One Little Word Scrapbook Challenge

I think all of you know how much I love scrapbooking (just a teensy-weensy addicted, perhaps!) and I've shared with you how much I love all of these cool scrapbook challenge blogs online. They give you ideas for scrapbook pages and challenge you to do your own "take" on the ideas. Probably my favorite is the One Little Word challenge blog. The gals there give you a word and you have to create something using that word.

I had gotten behind and actually had three words that I hadn't done (I'm making an album of all the layouts from OLW, so I want to do all of them!). So, I have several to share with you!

The first is the current challenge. It's using the word "Pure" and I have to say that I currently LOVE this layout. When I first heard the word "pure," I was trying to think of what that word meant to me. I could have done something on purity and it's relationship to my faith. Or maybe something about my pure love for my girls. But...this is what I came up with instead and I think it's perfect for the word.

"A Pure love of the game" . . .

The page tells of Delaney's "pure" love for softball. I really like that it's sort of dimensional; I have the journaling paper and some of the stars actually coming off of the page. It looks cool in "real life," I promise!

The journaling on it says: "Delaney has a pure love for softball! Ask her what her favorite things are and it's always on the top of the list. And if you watch her play, you see her love for it in action! She will dive for balls at second basae, pitch her heart out, run like the wind, make a clutch hit when we need it, slide with enthusiasm, and cheer loudly from the dugout! You can't force or teach such passion!"

Then here are the pages I did for the two past words I missed. This one was for the word "Balance" and I could have certainly done something on how I need to have more balance in my life. It could have easily been a serious page, but then I saw this picture! The way the girls (McKenna, Delaney, Scout, and my niece Lori) were piling up on each other showed balance in a way, and then I thought of how it could work on the page.

"Achieving balance through silliness"...

The journaling on it says: "Oftentimes the best way to achieve balance in my crazy, hectic life is to have FUN, laugh out loud, and be silly! Only then can my perspective be straightened out!"

And then the third word I did was "Automatic." To me, this was a very challenging word--because it didn't immediately make me think of a certain phrase or a certain "theme" for a page. But then I got to thinking about when I felt something come over me automatically. You know those times? When something happens almost immediately...automatically... and you just feel something so real? That happens the moment you give birth to a child and you feel that automatic love...or when you travel somewhere special for the first time and just automatically feel at home there.

Well, this moment is what came to my mind. And an added bonus? It involves showing you all a picture of Gary and I a big almost 13 years ago!! (Boy we look young in it!)

"Automatic Attraction" . . .

I decided to make that page just a real random, free-wheeling kind of page. With doodles, randomly-placed hearts and designs, even staples to attach elements. I really like it because it's fun AND it takes me back to those moments when I first knew I loved Gary (and to those days when we were cute and carefree in his little red Miata!).

The journaling on it says: "was it love at first sight when I first met Gary? Nope (even though that would come quick!), but it was definitely attraction. The night we met, he was just so cute that I couldn't stop thinking about him. And then he kissed me, and I was done for!"

Now..I also just wanted to share with you that I also do a lot of really simple pages. Not all of them are elaborate like those I just showed. Because scrapbooking is, after all, about getting my memories down in pages and into albums. And I think that a lot of new scrapbookers ( or just those who want to try their hand at it....like a lot of you have commented to me!) don't know where to start or think that their pages have to be done a "certain" way. So, I just wanted to show you that I do a lot of pages like this too...

This is a two-page spread with pictures from Delaney's birthday party this past summer. It simply involves some pretty background paper, some alphabet cut-outs for her name, a journaling block, and a ton of photos! And lots of great memories!!

I'm off to bed! I hope you all have a fantastic night and an even better Thursday! (And, oh, all of your comments yesterday were too cool! Good to know that there were other Dyna Girl fans out there and that a lot of you still do the "Wonder Twin Powers Activate" thing in your own life today! And, yes Kelly, I remember Isis. I LOVED her and pretended to be her on a regular basis! AND...thanks for the reminder that the "Land of the Lost" creatures were Sleestaks. How could I have ever forgotten that?)

30 comments:

Lis said...

Wow, fantastic layouts i love them all. I to am putting all my words into a mini album!

Adrienne said...

Love them! I love that picture of you and Gary!

Adriann said...

Great LO's!! The one of Delaney in action is fabulous! Love the stars!!!

Kimberly said...

Love the layouts..have a great day.

Leah said...

You on on fire lately!

And did you see yet??? Go over to Unpubbed!! I told you so!! :)

Cheryl Wray said...

Lis-- Thanks!!! I think it will be so cool to have an album of all the challenge layouts!

Adrienne--Look at us! lol

Adriann-- Thanks!!!

Kimberly--Thanks! You have a great one too!

Leah--oh, Woo Hoo! Going to check it out!! How fun!

~gkw said...

Great pages! I loved the one of Delaney! And that one of us! Do you remember that weekend? It was so much fun! NO KIDS!! And I don't think I ever got the sand out of that Miata!

~gkw said...

BTW, congratulations on your layout at Unpubbed!!

Gin said...

Thse pages are just so good. I really love the one of Delaney. you can see how much she loves softball in those pics.

Linda said...

totally love the los. The pure game is very fun. Love them all though, glad you got some done. L

Linda said...

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Liz Ness said...

LOVE your pages -- they are ALL AWESOME! Plus, I totally agree with you -- OLW ROCKS! I haven't been able to keep up, but that should be changing soon with our new schedule. Can't wait to join the fun again!

PS: Detta loves reading your blog about your life/adventures/family and asked me to pass along this message: "I read her blog but every time I try to comment I get an error and my Firefox closes down." She, also, appreciates all of your visits and comments, too!

ScrappinMyRoots said...

Great Layouts! I loved the one of Delaney!

Kathy said...

I love all of your layouts! I keep meaning to try the One Little Word Challenges but never seem to get around to it. ONE day I will! LOL So many challenges.....so little time!

Mississippi Songbird said...

Great pictures!
Have a great day!

I need to start scrapbooking sometime. Looks like so much fun!

Lynn said...

WOW!!! Great layouts! Love what you did with the word "PURE" Awesome!
Lynn
one little word

NancyJones said...

hey chicklit! SOrry I haven't been by its been wild. LOVE LOVE LOVE YOUR LATEST WORK GIRL and MISS YA TERRIBLY. Ill come back by and catch up on the readin.. gotta run get bug from school...ahhhh!

T*mmy said...

How creative you are!

My daughter always wished I would get into the scrapbooking but I stick with the smaller stuff, like cards and bookmarks!
:)

Deborah and Sally said...

They're all VERY good, you definately are talented !

Deborah

em said...

Love your layouts!! :)

Tip Junkie said...

Great layouts! You've gotten a lot done.

Melissa said...

Love the layouts :)
Email me girl at melissa@ raphael.com

Chataqua said...

Thanks for the cool comments Cheryl, I'm have to bookmark ya girlie. luv the Pure & Automatic " LO's !!!!

Gretchen said...

Cheryl, I love the one word challenge pages. I think "balance" is my favorite, but it's so hard to choose. Great simple lay outs, too.

Your girls will be so glad to have these (once they pry them out of your cold, dead hands of course). :) :) :)

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

I always love seeing your layouts~ you do such a good job!

Phats said...

Wow you are really creative, I should hire you to do our senior night stuff for cheerleading and tennis, how are you at decorating? haha

Just Me Again said...

Wow...look at tall those fantastic layouts! I love the one little word challenge. Always fun to work on those words. I LOVED the automatic one...such a cute picture of you two! :)

Wendy G said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE the layouts. I need to be inspired. Love the one with you and Gary. That was really pretty paper. And I'm commenting on the Dyna girl blog too. Thanks so much for taking me down memory lane. I used to watch all those shows EVERY Saturday morning. I was so in love with Will on Land of the lost.That was cool to remember again. Thanks~~~

Betty Jo said...

Oh WOW! You outdid yourself on these layouts. I really love them all, but especially the Balance one. What a unique take on that word. Isn't scrapping the best? I know you do paper, have you done any digital? xoxo

Dawn Bibbs said...

LOVE the LO's. And congrats on winning the Unpubbed challenge. See there, you DO rock!