Sunday, August 29, 2010

Better Living through Scrapbooking - September Challenge #1

Ooooh, I so loved the challenge this week!  I have to tell you, even though I am on the design team, Better Living Through Scrapbooking challenges me in a unique and wonderful way!  When you do one of the layouts for the challenges, you will find that you think a lot more and the layout takes on special meaning.  Have you joined in yet?  What about the Facebook page?  You can follow there and keep up with everything going on!

All rightie, on to the first challenge for September!  Cehct out my right sidebar for the prize this month - it's a really good one!  Play along with all four challenges in September, and you have the chance to win!!Here are the deets for this challenge.  I've highlighted the options I used in my layout.

"Inspirational Quote challenge"

Create a layout that is based on your favorite inspirational quote. Need some ideas? Visit for a great searchable collection of quotes.

Chose at least 2 of the following:

1. Use one 5x7 photo of a place or thing that inspires you.
2. Use a palette similar to this one:
3. Make this a double 12x12 or double 8 1/2 x 11 layout, with at least 2 photos per page.
4. Place your title on a circular or wavy path.
5. Use a transparency of some sort on your page, whether an actual transparency sheet (Hambly Screen Prints, Fancy Pants) or transparent embellishment (Heidi Swapp Ghost Shapes, Making Memories) that you purchased, or a handmade transparency made by hand or with your computer printer.

Now I know everyone has a favorite quote!  Grab a picture or two and create!!  Here's what I created:

I so love this picture of Shane.  He was such a tiny little peanut, and I love what the studio did with the background.  Seemed like a perfect time to use Graphic 45 papers! 

It was very easy for me to choose an inspirational quote for the challenge this week. I prayed this Proverb for Shane non-stop. “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Not because he was a difficult child to raise, but because children find their own wings at a certain time in life. There was a point as a parent that I had to understand to let go and trust that what we taught Shane would stick for the rest of his life. And today, I still find myself meditating on that Proverb.  Once a mother, always a mother!!

Items used:
Graphic 45 (Hallowe’en in Wonderland and Christmas Past)
Bazzill Cardstock from Discount Cardstock (Natural Smooth and Midnight Black)
Bazzill Flowers (Raven and Kisses)
CTMH (Bamboo Bitty Brads, Swirl Clips, Black Grosgrain)
Slice Cards (Big Kids, Noteworthy; Spring); Colorbox Chalk Ink (Chestnut Roan)


Laurel said...

Wow this is so sweet! What a gorgeous picture.

Elizabeth (Beth) Moore said...

This layout is awesome, and what a wonderful inspirational quote! It all came together so beautifully! Fantastic work!

Jamie Harder said...

ohhhh that photo is gorgeous! Love your page...that quote is fabulous and the train is so cute!!

Dawn said...

Great choice of a quote, love the sentiment and how adorable is this picture?
I will have to think about this challenge, I know I will enjoy.

Irena said...

Awesome page, great paper in lovely colors.

Cindy Gay said...

Beautiful. Love the papers, photo and especially the title alphas.

Debbie said...

Brenda this is beautiful! Wonderful quote, great layout and a fabulous picture!

Karen Pedersen said...

So clever!