This month, it was MY turn to issue the challenge for the lovely and talented ladies in my Inspiration Elevator group.
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.
So my challenge was to create a layout about their "One Little Word" or "Soul Mantra". This year, I have chosen two words instead of one. I tried and tried to get myself focused (Focus, my word from 4 years ago) and to select one, but both words kept popping up in my consciousness and presenting themselves as important, so I decided to accept (my word from 3 years ago) them both this year. More (last year's word!) is better, sometimes. I decided that one would be my main word for this year and the other, it's "subtitle" if you will. My main word is LOVE. As in, LOVE Myself, LOVE Others, Show LOVE, Accept LOVE, Give LOVE. My secondary word is PEACE. As in Be at PEACE, Create PEACE. I created this layout as an outward expression of both words. I focused on LOVE, but in a layout that is very PEACEFUL. ;) There is a very subtle gold glimmer mist on the entire layer of woodgrain cardstock that is difficult to photograph...but I can see it in real life and this layout is displayed in my scraproom to remind me of my OLW.
and some close up looks...
The journaling reads: I picked the word "Love" to be my One Little Word this year. My Soul Mantra, my focus for so many reasons. First, to love myself, and to be a more loving wife and mother. Also,to give more hugs and kisses, to tell people I love them and hopefully cultivate more love in my life. 2013.
I really took time with this layout to reflect upon the meaning of it, not just literally, but figuratively. I am so happy with how it turned out to reflect both PEACE and LOVE....not only because the layout turned out lovely (in my opinion!) but because I actually am at peace with the photograph of myself!
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.