Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Inspiration Elevator October 2013

Welcome to our October Inspiration Elevator challenge. Each month our group is challenged 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. Be sure to check out our Inspiration Elevator Blog, to see all of our previous challenges.

We are pleased to welcome Denise Morrison and her stunning artistic style back to Inspiration Elevator. Our challenge this month comes from the very talented Lisa Spiegel. Here is her challenge:

"October is my favorite month of the year. Hands down. The temperatures here in Southern California finally start to drop, we wear a light sweater, maybe even a little boot. We pull out the scarves and the jeggings and put away the capris and tank tops. Leaves begin to change and we prepare for Halloween! My whole house is decorated, from top to bottom, and it is no small feat. I even swap out my dishes and serving ware in preparation for Fall and Halloween and I love to just keep the festivities going all the way through the Thanksgiving and then holiday season. My house will not return to "normal" until January. 

So, Lisa, tell us, how does this relate to a scrapbooking challenge? Well, what I've found over the years is my scrapping even changes over the holidays. I layer more. Reach for the bling and really dig deep to embellish with meaningful objects. Journal my thoughts and stories and feelings. Fall just makes me nostalgic. So here is the challenge. Create a layout that is nostalgic...the feeling should be evident from the title, the visible journaling and the embellishments you choose. Choose deliberately and with purpose to tell your nostalgic story. I can't wait to see how you interpret this challenge!"

Nothing makes me feel more nostalgic than seeing photos of my boys when they were little.  I so miss the days when I was a stay-at-home mom raising our two fun and energetic sons!  I loved taking care of them, teaching them about the world around them, re-discovering things through their eyes.  I miss bedtime stories, cuddle times, and heart-felt talks. I miss everything about those days.  With that in mind, I decided to scrapbook a photo of our oldest son, Tyler.

Tyler was an adorable little boy with a sweet smile and sparkling blue eyes.  I did not choose one specific title - instead I added some words that describe him:  full of smiles, sweet as sunshine and completely loved!

Tyler was 3 years old in this photo, so the patterned paper with 1, 2, 3 on it was perfect!

My lengthy journaling is something I don't do very often.  But Lisa's challenge really made me reflect on my feelings as I scrapbooked this photo.

The hearts and other embellishments I added to my page help to reinforce my journaling.

Thanks for a great challenge Lisa!

Do take the time to stop by and see what the rest of the incredible Inspiration Elevator designers have created:

Guest Designer Denise Morrison

If you feel inspired to play along with my challenge this month, please share it using the linky tool on our Inspiration Elevator Blog and/or our Inspiration Elevator Facebook Page . We'd LOVE to see what you create!


  1. Joanne, this layout takes my breath away it's so beautiful. Colours are perfect. Embellishments fantastic. Such meaning behind your journaling. Love all of it!

  2. Beautifully done! GREAT colors and the journaling is really connecting with me- I have a little one but I already miss the days when she would sit on my lap and sleep while I was on the computer- she's too curious and active for that now. Beautiful page!

  3. Joanne, this is just so beautiful. You are a fantastic writer...and I love how you chose to express your feelings- I can so relate with my girls getting older! xoxo

  4. An awesome job Joanne! I love how you used different words to describe your son as a title! The journaling made the layout that much more special!

  5. Your page is classically elegant and so effective at sharing your nostalgic feelings about your not-so-little-anymore guy. Your embellishments are so well selected - and you beat me to using those lightbulbs! ;-)

  6. Such a sweet page and truly lovely journalling. Your boy was a doll with his blonde hair and bright eyes.

  7. I can so relate to this layout and your experience with missing those times with your boys. I have 2 teenage boys and I miss so much of those SAHM days. Lovely!

  8. Joanne, this is incredible! All the layers and details are wonderful. It's a good thing you're such a nice person or else I might hate you a little for being so talented! ;-)

  9. I am so loving the colours on this one Joanne!! What a wonderful page!!

  10. Such a sweet page. Now I am nostalgic thinking about my boys when they were cute little boys that still wanted to hold my hand and sit on my lap.

  11. Joanne, This is such a wonderful design! It reflects the light heartedness of Tyler as a young boy and shares all the love and memories you had of him at this time. I adore how you got the photo just right too. You are brilliant.

  12. Love your take on this challenge Joanne! Fabulous design cute photo and love your titles!
    I too, miss those snuggle times, story times and such when the kids were little and I was a SAHM.


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