Monday, November 2, 2009

Prompt 12 ...continued....

so for prompt 12, we continute to focus on expectations. I know this such a hard one to do. What do people expect from us? Do we care? Does it affect how we perceive ourselves and our actions?

I just love how Peggy talks openly here about how we feel the need to know and understand why we are so curious about what other people think of us. I know I feel this way, too.

Peggy's Layout:

You Rock, Peggy!

Make sure you link us up if you have done this challenge, we would love to see....

Friday, October 30, 2009

Winner for Prompt 11

I am here for an update to post the winners for Promt 11

The winners are.................................................

for our first prize goes to Drea!!!!!!!!!!!!!

and for the second prize......Bessie!

Congratulations, ladies!!!!

DON'T FORGET TO CHECK THIS MONTH'S PROMPT {PROMPT 12} AND another HUGE thank you to Genuinely Jane Studios for sponsoring us this month!!!

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Prompt 12

I cannot believe Prompt 12 is here! It is so crazy how fast time goes. We are sponsor free this month. I have been involved in a Breast Cancer crop over at Serendipty Scrapbooks and my time and energy has been poured into that this month so I hope you join us over there to raise money for Breast Cancer. It is so very important. And a huge thank you to Kim who won last month's prompt...I was a bit late getting her prize package to her.

So who is ready for this month's prompt!? We have one of the nicest and most talented people I have ever met joining us today....Lucy Edson. PLEASE check out her blog here...just oodles of gorgeousness!

We are focusing on letting go this month and how we free ourselves from the expectations of others.

I feel at times that I sacrifice things that are the most appealing to me because of what other people expect of me. For me, a lot of it surrounds working. I tend to bare a large amount of guilt for wanting to work and loving it and finding satisfaction in my success in my career.

Think about many times have you done something because of what someone else implied or because that is just how it has always been done? And this behavior, to me, is self defeating. When we do what we choose b/c that is what we want, we free them of their expectations too, liberating them of their judgments.

I am not sure when we became a society that constantly just judges each other...maybe now I just notice it more b/c I am older but regardless...I think it is liberating to be able to free yourself from expectations of others...whether it's society...your parents...whoever.

Now go forward...progress...I hope you enjoy this one ;)


{journaling reads} Once I let go of the expectations of others, life became simpler...better


{journaling under photo reads} Expectations, they can weigh on us from birth, some good, some bad. As an adult I try to live up to my own expectations now, and not be controlled by other's ideas of what my life should be. Living up to your own expectations is hard work, so give yourself a break and just do the best you can.

PS...we will have a winner for you in a few days from Prompt 11!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

I spy...

Some of you know I am an active member over at Serendipity Scrapbooks and I was in the gallery last night and came across this layout from Rebecca. Rebecca has been a long time member there and I have gotten to know her and this layout just touched me and I instantly thought of our prompt on forgiveness here.

Thank you so much for letting us share this Rebecca! Please visit her gallery here and blog here for some more wonderful inspiration!

Don't have a couple days left for Prompt 11 and a chance to win a prize package from Genuinely Jane Studios! Make sure you check out their blog...they just posted some NEW releases!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

The Fabulous Peggy...

I have been really sick lately and finally got to the dr. yesterday for some flu though! phew.

so i have peggy's layout here for is amazing!

i know how hard this prompt really hits home about how we touch the people around us and if we really do at all? And when I read what Peggy wrote and these lyrics, I cried and cried. It just touched me so much. I mean the part about "her rescuing me" true is that? I don't know about you but I just blogged about how I never saw myself as a mom, that I dreamed of a life of traveling and adventure but then came along this whole new life that well, saved me.


Here is what Peggy had to say about her layout and the process:

Well, do I really, I wonder? The only persons I could really think of, of course, were my children. But then again, they touched my life as well, they changed me completely, they changed the way I feel about things, how I think, how I love, they changed the way I look upon life itself. I didn't really know how to put this into words, so I used the lyrics to a Martina McBride song, "In my daughter's eyes".
I used to think a lot about my place here in this world. When I was younger, I really wanted to matter, to make a difference in the world. I never did of course, which made me wonder about the meaning of it all. All of this changed when I had my children. I didn't have to look for a purpose, for "the meaning of life" anymore, I had all the purpose I needed and still need. The only thing that matters to me now is creating a warm, loving and safe home for my children, giving them a good start in life, teaching them to be good and strong. I guess I still want to matter, but now in my own little world, I don't feel the need to matter in the whole world anymore. I guess to me the meaning of life is just being happy, and trying my best to make sure that the ones I love are happy as well.

In my daughter's eyes I am a hero
I am strong and wise and I know no fear
But the truth is plain to see
She was sent to rescue me
I see who I wanna be
In my daughter's eyes

In my daughter's eyes everyone is equal
Darkness turns to light and the
World is at peace
This miracle God gave to me gives me
Strength when I am weak
I find reason to believe
In my daughter's eyes

And when she wraps her hand
Around my finger
Oh it puts a smile in my heart
Everything becomes a little clearer
I realize what life is all about

It's hangin' on when your heart
Has had enough
It's giving more when you feel like giving up
I've seen the light
It's in my daugter's eyes

In my daughter's eyes I can see the future
A reflection of who I am and what will be
Though she'll grow and someday leave
Maybe raise a family
When I'm gone I hope you see how happy
She made me
For I'll be there
In my daughter's eyes


Tuesday, September 22, 2009

We have a WINNER!

We have a winner from Prompt 10 and it's


wahoo, Kim!
in case you didn't see, this is Kim's layout:

here is her journaling, Please take the time to read it:

To forgive and forget is much easier said than done. I think that’s because most people thing when you forgive someone, it’s for the other person. And while that is partly true, it is so, so much more for you. To forgive someone means you will no longer hold on to the hurt, anger, resentment and unhealed wounds. It means to let go and free your-self of those feelings. It takes a lot of energy to hold on to the negative, to forgive is to put that energy to better use. Forgiveness is choosing to love.

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Make sure you click here for Prompt's aWeSomE! it's not who you touch but how...

Thanks so much to everyone that participated. Here are the other layouts, Please make sure to check out the blog links we provided so we can continue to support each other:






Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Prompt 11

{winner for prompt 10 will be announed by the end of this week}

kal barteski.

amazing. inspiring. art. she introduced me to pencil crayons and taking a look deeper into my life and what my spirit tells me. during her class we celebrated each other and that is what we do here. lift each other up.

let me introduce you to prompt # 9

our purpse undefinded and intrinsic. impalpable pulse-beat past echoes in time. your unwitting effect-so profound. how do we fit-and where? the lines between who we hope we are-and how we're thought of-so blurry. maybe it's not what you do-but why. not who you touch-but how...

you are infinitely more than you think. inspire

have a great weekend. spread joy. love life

This month's prompt is about touching people's's not who you touch but how...

i have always felt that me, as a person and as intense as i am, left an immediate and definitive mark on where i have been and whom i have met. but do i? am i profound? am i in my lines? or do i blur them?

i love that Kal gets me thinking and leaves me thinking all at the same time. I hope you can find that inspiration in her work, too.

go. forward. now.progress.

AND our sponsor for this month is ... GENUINELY JANE STUDIOS!!! We have TWO prizes to give away! A "grand" prize and a "runner up" prize and if you visit their have a good idea of what we have in store for you...

Here is Lisa's take:

When I first read this prompt, I wondered how I would ever be able to put all my feelings about this subject into one layout. After much consideration, I kept coming back to the same word...IMPACT. How do I impact my world? Be it chance meetings or powerful moments, am I being a positive influence?

Once I had my LO complete, I sat down to write my journaling. But try as I might, I couldn't express myself in a concise manner. So, I decided to include all that I had written on the back of the LO.

"We all have them. Those times that forever leave a mark on our hearts...our souls...our being. Be it a good or bad time, it shapes and molds the person we become. Much of the impact it has on us is defined by how we approach that moment and the choices we make regarding it. I've had many such moments. Big, huge, earth moving moments. Marriage, children, divorced parents...a divorced me. Children moving away and then returning. The death of someone very dear. Some of these were cause for celebration and others were the cause of much pain. But through them all, I learned more about me and became stronger and hopefully wiser as a result.

But not all defining moments are as enormous in size. There are also the little things that can affect us. Little chance moments such as an encounter with another person that leave us with a life lesson all because we crossed paths. There can be inspiring moments of awe and wonder. And there can be misunderstandings or misguided intentions that leave us in a position to choose how we will move forward and whether or not we will allow it to cause harm or good to a relationship.

Lately I have been facing many defining moments. Times that are testing my character and my strength. I'm facing decisions that are almost impossible to make as there is really no good answer. Some days I feel victorious in these situations and other days leave me struggling to not feel defeat. But I am most thankful for these trying times. I know that even on the down days, I am building strength. God has given me the ability to rise above by trusting in Him. And I'm learning with each test and working harder to be a more positive influence."


There is Hidden Journaling Behind the Picture. It reads:

This is one of my favorite songs and every time I hear this song I think of you two boys!
When I look at the two of you, I see Me...the way that we say things and our funny little smiles....All of these things make me know that I will forever hold you in my heart! My Wish is that someday when you sit
down with your children and will teach them what I have taught you!!!! Kindness, Empathy, Faith and Love. You both are my life, and I hope with all my heart, that what has been taught
to you, will bring you everything you could ever imagine!!! You are my legacy, you are my Heart
and I LOVE YOU!!!!!