Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Some Scrappy Creations
(including two really fun challenges...ScrapHappy & OLW)

I had a BLAST doing these first two scrapbook pages, and thought I'd share them with you all! The first is from Lain's awesomely-inspiring blog; she is with Simple Scrapbooks magazine and posts challenges each week from her blog. This week's challenge was to do a page using at least: one photo of yourself, buttons, ribbon, and bling. As soon as I read that, I was ALL OVER IT! (And, oh yeah... it had to be a page you could complete in 30 minutes!!! And my page looks more complicated than it is. Just alphabet stickers, glued down ribbon and buttons, and then the journaling. It took right at about 25 minutes, once I had my idea formulated!)

I looked everywhere for a really good recent picture of me and thought of some different concepts for a page...when I realized that I wanted, instead, to use a picture of me as a child. And that the page concept would be what I would tell my child-self based on what I know now.



The "note to myself" is this journaling:

"What would I tell the 6-year-old Cheryl in this picture? I'd tell her to treasure those wonderful parents you have, read all those books and climb all those trees, sing those songs and write those stories, show that sensitive side, and befriend those friends, but also...step out of that comfort zone, don't be so afraid of heights, take a chance, and dream some big dreams. I would say, 'Cheryl, before you know it you'll be almost 40. So, enjoy that childhood...and be excited in the knowledge that you have a wonderful future filled with love and joy."

THAT right there is why I love scrapbooking!!

And then I tried the challenge this week from the One Little Word challenge. They pick a word each week and you have to make something using that word. The word this time around was BLESSED, and this is what I came up with for it.

The title says "Way 2 Blessed" and the journaling pretty much covers up the whole page. It basically tells how I think it is so important to stop worrying about what you don't have and instead stop, take a deep breath, open your eyes, and realize how very much you have right in front of you! When you do that, you will realize that not only are you blessed...you are WAY blessed!

And then here are some other pages I've done in the last week or so.

I really like this one (because, obviously...look at that cool paper!!!) because of the meaning behind it. Delaney recently interviewed her Gan Gan (Gary's grandmother) for Social Studies class about her memories of World War 2.

And one with Sydney all glammed-up in her dance recital costume. (By the way, this one and the one before it are layouts I did for last month's kit at Scrapbook Mania.)

And one of McKenna at her recent Winter Guard competition. Two things of note here--the patterned paper is from the Dollar Tree (!!!) and I have started doing more 8 1/2 x 11 pages. I really like this size and my new concept for scrapbooks is using 3-ring albums so that I can put different sized pages in the same book. I LOVE that idea (I will have to share my new organizational idea and pictures of my books with you sometime soon!)!!

And, finally, one I did using two of my favorite pictures from Easter. At our church's Easter egg hunt, they had a "golden egg" that earned an extra door prize for the kid that found it. Of course, Sydney found it (look at the expression on her face in the second pic!).


Have a WONDERFUL rest of this Wednesday and tomorrow. I'm off to go to a Bama baseball game! (The weather is beautiful, so we're off to make some memories!)

22 comments:

Dettao said...

Wow, you did some scrapping. Love the picture of 6 year old Cheryl.

Adrienne said...

Great pages!!! I might try this OLW challenge! When does it have to be finished? Or am I already too late? LOL

Etta said...

These are ALL awesome! Love you 30MT layout! Great concept and that circle is too cool! Thanks for your kind words about mine as well!!

canadacole said...

You've been busy! Great job on the 30-minute challenge! I really love that LO. That's some inspiration. :)

Kimberly said...

I am so in the scrappy mood..so I can't wait till our crop friday nite. We have t-ball tomorrow nite and I hope it isn't too cold. Have a super dandy Thursday!

Edleen said...

Cheryl!!! love your pages and journalling :)

6yr old you, so Sweet & Lovely, just like you are now :)

Disney Scrapper said...

Boy you have been busy. I love the flowers and buttons. Think you can send some of that mojo this way?

camport said...

LOVE the LO's, especially the Gan Gan one. I wish I had interviewed my grandparents about the important stuff.

:)

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~Telah said...

Love all your scrappiness! I hope to get my scrap on this weekend!

Lynilu said...

I'm not a scrapper, but I appreciate your pages, as I always do. Really nice, and so meaningful!

Lynn said...

Great pages Cheryl! Love what you did with the OLW challenge!

Lynn
OLW

Cheryl Wray said...

Thanks for all the sweet comments!!!! I hope you are all having a great day!!

Patti said...

Oh I SO wish I had the time to scrap. Maybe soon as Madison gets older. You do such a great job! I'd love to talk with Gan Gan. I heart older people so much!

Leah said...

great pages! I love that you caught Sydney's expression on that last one!

ScrapHappy said...

Gorgeous pages! Love the one of you as a child. :)
xoxox
Lain

hippochick said...

I love, love, love the pages. Especially the one to yourself. I have so many pictures from this trip I need to get busy. Right now I'm just tooooo tired. Happy Day!!!

Latharia said...

Oh, those are just some beautiful pages!! I love the stories behind them & the journaling the best!!!

Mandy said...

Love the layouts! We were just in Scrapbook Mania last weekend.

You picked the wrong game to go to, LOL. We beat UAB on Tuesday night. Did you jinx us? :)

We started to drive up to Hoover last night but didn't make. You should drive down one weekend to T-town and come to a home game. We have a blast!

Susie Q said...

These are just beautiful!! Treasures...

Love,
Sue

Delia said...

I love the Note to Yourself! There was a blog thing going around a while back where people were writing notes to their child selves. This is a much more beautiful way to do it.

Rachel said...

I love, love, love your layouts! I saw the link on Lain's page. Way to go!