Monday, May 19, 2008

Words + Pictures

(A busy--but very GOOD!--weekend!! Delaney won her softball tournament, and I have pictures below! But first...)

I was inspired this past week by artist/scrapbooker Ali Edward's challenge on her blog to combine ONLY words and pictures (well, she said maybe one additional embellishment too) in order to create a scrapbook page that would really capture a MOMENT or a MEMORY or a STORY that you don't want to forget. I had already decided to spend some time this weekend on finishing a few pages, so I tried to take her challenge to heart and focus primarily on the words and the pictures (because, as a very verbal person, the story is usually what I'm trying to capture anyway!).

I developed this first page after looking at two different blogs this week. One (Scrapjacked) had a cool design using multiple copies of the same photograph; and the other (One Little Word) challenged people to create something using the word "today." I combined all of those ideas and made this...

I wanted to capture what I felt about myself and life right now...TODAY.. and I wanted to do it with just words and pictures (the only other thing I really added were those two different patterned papers).

You can see some of the journaling in these pictures...


(the words down the bottom of the first picture are some words that I feel pretty close to right now: contented...creative...grateful...positive).

And when I first read the idea of Words + Pictures, the first story I thought of wanting to tell was the one I shared with you back here at THIS post. Sydney set up a lemonade stand out in the driveway, and the "payment" for the lemonade was in hugs and eskimo kisses. An added benefit was that she wore one of her fairy Barbie costumes for the event. I got some pictures, so I KNEW I had to tell this story. So--the layout ended up being VERY simple (just words and pictures, with some solid cardstock, a few decorative circles, and a title added to it), but I personally think that simple is sometimes just what you need...


This next one doesn't really have many words to it, so it doesn't really fulfill the Words + Pictures idea, but still it just makes me really HAPPY so I had to share it. It's a page I did of McKenna and I on her 16th birthday and the design inspiration came from yet another blog I read this past week (the Unpubbed challenge blog). I just really like the interaction of the different, fun embellishments (rub-ons, circles, notebook paper, etc.) ...



It felt really GOOD to create some stuff this weekend (we had a very busy Saturday, but after church on Sunday I just plopped myself down in the living room and worked on some stuff. It was nice!)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
And now, as promised above!, a few pictures from Delaney's softball tournament this past weekend. Sydney had a BLAST with her "ball friends" and Delaney's team won another First Place championship (very exciting, of course!)...




I'm off to check out some of your blogs, and to get all that normal Monday stuff going!

Have a great day!

30 comments:

Monogram Queen said...

CONGRATULATIONS DELANEY!
Great pics Cheryl! :)

Adrienne said...

Oh congrats to Delaney! I LOVE your LO's!!

Jeff said...

Congrats to Delaney! Well done!

Mom said...

Congratulations to Delaney and her team. I know you all are tired!

Mom

Sheila said...

Great LOs and congrats to your daughter.

Cheryl Wray said...

Patti--Thanks!!!

Adrienne--I had fun working on those los! Did you do any this weekend?

Jeff--Thanks!!! We love winning!

Mom--Hey Mom!!! Yep, a little tired but really not too bad.

Sheila--Thanks!

beth said...

thanks for lifting my layout! it looks great!
:)

Leah said...

Love the layouts and BIG congrats to Delaney!

Anne Thompson said...

Cute pics of your girls! Loving your LO's!!

Yvonne said...

Great lo's Cheryl. Congrats to your little one for doing such a great job. This moment will last a lifetime for her.

Cheryl Wray said...

Beth--I LOVED lifting your layout. It was so inspiring!

Leah--Thanks!!

Anne--Thanks!

Yvonne--You know, we've already won four tournaments this season (and come in second place twice), but winning never gets old and Delaney is so excited EVERY time. I love it!

hippochick said...

The LO's are great. I love the idea of only words and pictures. I don't journal enough.

Congrats on the Softball. Also, isn't that Sydney just the cutest thing?

hippochick said...

One more thing. I don't think I have commented on your new pic I think it's the greatest.

Kathy said...

WOW! Cheryl! I LOVE how your pages turned out! The pages about you are wonderful, and the story about the leomonade stand is precious! You captured a great memory there!

I keep looking at all the different challenges but never do any of them. And the thought of combining several is even BETTER!

Big CONGRATULATIONS to Delaney's team! WAY TO GO!

Corey said...

Love the LO's Cheryl!!

Kimberly said...

Congrats to Delaney! We start our tournaments soon! I am loving this t ball stuff! Can't wait till next year.

Mandy said...

Congrats to Delaney! I love the sweet sixteen layout.

Auburn Kat said...

You really are a great scrapbooker!

Your pics made me miss being a kid!

Cheryl Wray said...

Pam--I really do love journaling and try and include it on almost every page I do. And thanks about my new profile pic.I was ready for something new. :-)

Kathy--Yep, if you can COMBIne challenges it doesn't take as long to do them. LOL

Corey--Thanks!!!

Kimberly--Travel ball gives us A LOT of tournaments and keeps us busy on weekends, but we love it!

Mandy--Thanks!!

Kat--Being a kid definitely had its advantages. Ha!!

jennifer said...

The scrapbooking was wonderful. I have REALLY got to get back into it.

Congratulations to your daughter. After having been through a season where we have had ONE win, I am VERY impressed.

Take Care.

Jennifer

Mississippi Songbird said...

Congrats to Delaney! and the photos are precious!

Linda said...

C - just read your last post...I love the United States, that just cracks me up...so adorable, and yeah, where do they come up with this stuff...the middle school thing, you know the drama is killer on some of the kids...email me would you...just want to share something. dirtbikinmom@hotmail.com

Love all the pics. L

Lynn said...

Great layouts as always! Love what you did with the word TODAY!!!!

Lynn
OLW

Cheryl Wray said...

Jennifer--We have had seasons like that, in both park and travel ball. It is NOT fun when you're losing. :-)

Songbird--Thanks!

Linda--Hey, I'll email you in a bit.

Lynn--Thanks!

Ms.L said...

Woohoo! WTG Delaney!

I love the photo of the 3 littles all squished up together:)

Kari (GrannySkywalker) said...

Love your pages! I'm trying to scrap a little book about our Mini-Moon trip to OKC...I was going along great and then got interrupted - again and again and again! It's maddening. lol I have it all laid out in my head but can't seem to get a chance to get in there and do it. Maybe this afternoon....

:)
Kari

P.S. I'm so glad you post your scrapbook pages. They inspire me!

Kingcover said...

You never seem to run out of scrap booking ideas C. Can I challenge you by doing a set of pics that only have animals in them? ...... Andddd telling little Scout to crawl around on the floor isn't counted. Haha :-P

Brown English Muffin said...

ok so congrats on the softball win but i'm still staring at the sydney pics I just love them!!!

Maria said...

OMG Cheryl! Your LOs are FABULOUS!!!

I am so sorry I haven't stopped by your blog in a while and also about the fact that I never got around to making my poems for the poem challenge! Things have been so darn hectic and all around busy with no time left lately for the good stuff! That must change! :D

Dawn Bibbs said...

LOVE the LO's. You do great work.

And Miss Delaney...you GO GIRL!!! Congratulations!!! That trophy is as big as you are,lol.