Friday, February 15, 2013

Inspiration Elevator: One Little Word

You may recall from last month's challenge that the purpose of this challenge group was to take our scrapbooking to the next level, to stretch our creative process and to grow as artists by embracing challenges that make us think, work and grow.

This month, our challenger was the super talented Lisa Spiegel. Lisa lives in California with her family and this month she asks us to think about our growth in 2013. This is what she wrote:

"Create a layout about your One Little Word. You know, the word that we scrappers choose in January upon which to reflect for the year. This word should have special meaning to you and be selected for it's potential to help you reach and grow...the only hard must use a photo of yourself and add journaling to the layout explaining the significance of the word..."

I choose the word "SLOW" for my One Little Word, as in slow down! My journaling will explain this later in my post.
Here is my layout:

a close up :

I used a sketch by Wendy Antenucci.
I am entering this layout in the S.W.A.T. Drill #1 All About You Challenge.
My letters are white Thickers painted purple. After the paint was dry I used a white Signo pen to add the inside letters.
I splattered purple, black and blue paint to get the colors of a black eye.
I took a scalloped circle Thicker and added black ink and Patina Glimmer Mist to also convey the black eye.
I accidently, OOPS, stitched my journaling tag to my layout before I wrote my journaling, so I compromised and wrote my journaling on the back of my layout.
My journaling reads:
"I am always in a hurry.
I hate being late.
When I do a chore,
I want it done now.
I have no patience!
That's why this accident happened.
I was in a hurry shoveling the front steps,
the shovel hit a chunck of ice,
came back and the handle hit me right in the eye!
I saw stars....
Once I got my senses back, I continued shoveling and then got the snowblower out and did the driveway.
When I came in the house an hour and a half later,
I checked my eye and the pictures are what I saw!
My kids and Greg are always telling me to slow down.
Guess I should listen:)

I hope you will join the rest of our Inspiration Elevator team to see what word best reflects their plans for change and growth in 2013.
Lisa Moen: You are here.


  1. Oh my! What a great word and something I can relate too. What a photo! And a gorgeous design to showcase this horrible event. It has great flow and I particularly like your attention to how the photos were placed. Wonderful!!

  2. Awesome layout and great word!

  3. Oh about a word just hitting you! LOL I'm sorry about your injury but hopefully it will continue to inspire's a great word!!!

  4. Such a pretty page, I love the rainbow of colours though I imagine they aren't as lovely on your face! I can totally relate to this after getting a black eye and split lip doing some gardening that I was too impatient to wait for someone else to do! Anyway, this is a beautiful layout, your photos are perfect if not painful and yes your should definite heed the advice of this word!

  5. such a great page and still ouch!!!!! I am the same way always in a hurry and can't slow down!!! great word choice

  6. Oh Lisa! What a painful experience your black eye must have been! Your page is a great reflection of your word. It is a word that I think many of us could be mindful of!
    Joanne xo

  7. That looks so painfully Lisa.. but doing a page to remember to "slow down" is perfect.

  8. Ouch is right!! The bright colours soften the topic and the paint splatters, to me, help signify the tension of it. Wonderful page - and I hope you slow down! :)

  9. Lisa, I love your deliberate choice of colour for those splatters to reflect the bruising. Slow is a process, which, ironically, that sewn on tag shows. Enjoy your year of taking it slow! Great page and story telling here.

  10. Ouch! What a great layout to share your black eye. Love all the elements that you used.

  11. ouch! but i love this layout and the lesson. Such a great reminder to all of us!

  12. oh OUCH is right! You poor thing! I hope you milked it while you could! :) My favorite things about this page (besides the story) is your paint splatters! I love the way the splatters came out!! Hope you are all healed now and are slowing things down!

  13. Great page! A word I must remember, as well! Sorry about your injury! Thank you for joining us at S.W.A.T.!

  14. Love your word and your way of scrapping it. Don't love the black eye. OUCH! Thanks for joining in the challenge at SWAT!

  15. NICE shiner!!! so fun that you did a page about it. THanks for linking up with SWAT

  16. Ouch is right! Hope your eye is feeling better by now. Love the paint splatters on your layout and how you painted the letters to get the colour you needed. Very clever! Thanks for joining us at S.W.A.T!

  17. Wow that looks bad... But it made for a great page! :) Thank you so much for playing along with us at S.W.A.T!


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