Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Once Upon a Sketch

I am sure everyone has heard of "Once Upon a Sketch" but just in case you haven't you should pop over and have a look. I have been wanting to participate for the longest time. I love Nadia's sketches but I just never have much extra time to do challenge sites. So this month I made it a point to get this layout done and I think I am just minutes shy of the deadline!!!!

I followed Nadia's beautiful sketch for inspiration and the layout and journaling are in answer to the question she asks" What is the best thing about being a woman?"

My layout focuses on what has so richly defined me for the last 16 years ---- Motherhood.

This photo of my youngest daughter and I was taken over this past summer by my now famous friend Gina ( Gina Coppolino Photography) I wish I had known her when my older daughter was a tot. I would have a lot more special photos of her if I had.  I used Prima papers on this layout. The fence was cut on my Silhouette. The vines are a clip art file that Lisa Gregory generously shares on her blog.
I like hidden journaling so I tucked this in behind the scripted circle paper. It reads "My greatest joy as a woman has been the gift of Motherhood. Being a Mom has made me a better person."
It's funny how when I was young, I never wanted to have kids. Then the clock started ticking and so did the desire to have children. My first child came after a heartbreaking miscarraige. The second one didn't come until 11 years later. Bless IVF and the dedicated doctors that assist in making dreams come true. At 25 weeks I went into pre term labor with her and was frightened with my entire being that I was going to lose her. I made it to full term on faith and prayer and when she drives me insane I try to remember what it took to get her here.  Since I have had children I really have become defined by it. The real me is on hold until they grow up!

I love my kids beyond words. There really is no journaling to describe that.

15 comments:

Julie said...

Very pretty layout!! I love the vines!

http://julies-thisandthat.blogspot.com/

Bellaidea said...

lovely!

Jasmine S said...

Oh my this is just stunning. There is something very magical about it too. Beautiful page and thanks for joining us at OUAS.

Georgia Heald said...

Wow, this is beautiful. Love how your embellishments have added such a soft feel to your dark papers. Scrapped to perfection! Thanks for playing along with us at OUAS =)

Heather Jacob said...

one word for this SPECTACULAR !!!!!! xoxo
thanks for playing with us .. hugz x

Cindy Gay said...

Very elegant!

phamil said...

WOW, this is gorgeous, what a precious photo! This is just stunning! Thank you for playing along with us at OUAS!

LISA said...

Goodness Lisa, this is really really beautiful!! Not only for it's material beauty, but for the beauty of what it portrays!! I love it sister!!
xoxoxo

Nadia Cannizzo said...

Well Lisa...lets just say that your words touch a sensitive place in my heart due to recent experiences. Nothing more I can add to that! Just that i understand how precious children are.

Thank you for your kind words. I m so happy you find some inspiration in my sketches and the journalling criteria. Glad you found some time to play along and I have now found your blog too as your work is just stunninG!

Take good care and thank you again!

Patricia said...

What a pretty lo.
The picture is perfect.

LG said...

Gorgeous!! Love the colors and the journaling :) Thanks for joining!

Natalie Elphinstone said...

What a beautiful page. The colours are quite different but so eye-catching. And the photo is gorgeous too! Thanks for playing along at OUAS

Helen Tilbury said...

Beautiful layout! Thanks for sharing at Once Upon a Sketch!!

Marivic (Berry71Bleu) said...

I hope you win!! This is a stunning LO!! Keeping my fingers crossed for you!

LISA said...

Just wanted to come back and say Congrats!! Wow, this one blew me away!!

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