Monday, June 16, 2014

Inspiration Elevator!

I was asked to guest design for Inspiration Elevator this month and the topic was one that I actually get asked about often as a writer/designer for a magazine. I want to thank them for asking me back!!! Please follow the links to the other girls blogs there is some amazing and inspiring work there!
Here is the challenge....

Welcome to another month of Inspiration Elevator!

Our main purpose here at IE is to challenge ourselves, each other and YOU to take the creative process to the next level;  to inspire growth and change in our scrapbooking beyond the mundane.
You can see all of Inspiration Elevator's previous challenges at our blog and catch us on Facebook and Instagram (soon!) too.

This month's challenge is issued by the innovative Michelle Hernandez. Michelle's style is about telling the story with a clean and simple, yet artsy approach, an awareness of current trends, and garnished with her use of chipboard and often neutral colours. Here is her challenge for us, in her own words:

The challenge for June 15th is- make a public scrapbook page. You are making a page to go up at work or to give away to a family member to put up in their space. In your blog post you will tell us how knowing this page isn't going in a book or in your home changed your style. Did you go all out and make something that is 3D? Did you suppress your love of a particular color or product? How do you feel about the page being public- outside your regular audience of scrapbook lovers who read your blog or open your books at home?
Here's a complete list of this month's participating designers!  We encourage you to check out each designer's creation this month, then come on back and give the challenge a try yourself!
We have a couple of regular artists taking a summer hiatus and look forward to the return of Joanne Burton and Christa Uttley in the fall.
Meantime, if you've wanted to participate as a guest designer with Inspiration Elevator, just contact team lead, Ann at ann jobes at bell dot net 
Now it's your turn to get creating about art you share publicly, and share your blog link at the IE blog. We would love to see what you were inspired to make! 

Now I am not going to actually create a new layout but share the stories behind sharing a few of my past published layouts in Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine.

This layout is about my oldest daughter and her boyfriend at that time. They were together for over a year but only in high school. I knew it wasn't going to be a "forever thing", yet I loved this picture and I wanted to document this important milestone in her life. I was very careful to choose a title that wasn't over dramatizing and committing them to marriage, but did capture how crazy close these too were. I also tried to balance the ironic paper, with grungy elements to make it more teen friendly. In the end she wasn't too embarrassed and her boyfriend actually asked for a copy of the magazine to keep. They have since broken up, but i know one day when she looks at her album as an adult she will be glad to have this reminder of their time together, and not too embarrased it was shared with all of Canada!! I hope!

This layout was one that I received the most feedback about in all the I have ever published. (PS: Thanks for the emails and comments ladies)

Its about my struggle with Bulimia and my weight. I put it all out there. It was very risky and a bit scary. Weight acceptance and issue are a hot topic in society. Many people still judge others who are bigger then themselves, and many people still judge themselves for being bigger then others.

When I choose product for this layout I choose burlap. It was very symbolic. When I was in my teens, I was only a size 7, but I was very curvy and pretty and a friend said it didn't matter if I wore a burlap sack, because boys would notice me anyways. A few years and a few pound later a very catty girl in a bar told my boyfriend he might as well be dating a lumpy sack for how awful my body was ( I was only a size 14 at that time). Either way for me, burlap very much spoke to me about my body.

For those interested here is the original journaling on this page:
I am often in the company of groups of woman and, as it usually does, the conversation ends up at place where we start discussing our weight. “These jeans make my butt big”, “I am trying this new diet trend”, or the inevitable “I want to lose this weight so I can do “such and such””.
I don’t participate in these conversations…I don’t judge anyone for their beliefs and I am the first person to applaud someone’s weight loss! I know how hard it is. Yet.. I am a
My story is long and complicated but to help you understand here is the short version. I come from a long line of big women. I spent my teen years terrified of being overweight. I wasn’t! I looked for a picture to show you, but in the few I have, I am wearing baggy sweaters and/or hiding my body. I was ashamed of my size 6-8 body. I was unhappy. I WAS BULEMIC.
When I was pregnant with Brittany I gained a huge amount of weight, and due to severe pre and postpartum depression and my genetic makeup the weight didn’t just slip off me. I was so unhappy and I spent the next few years feeling inadequate and unlovable.  I tried every diet, exercise and I yo-yoed my way through life.
Life through me a few curve balls and my focus switched from myself to a few more pressing things and when all was said and done I looked up and I realised how much time I wasted before trying to make myself “perfect”. It wasn’t an overnight thing but I slowly began to realize that I had a lot to offer the world and none of that was dependent on my size.

My life changed, as did the people in it. The “so called friends” who politely told me I was “Too fat to wear a swimsuit in public” fell away. New friends that saw my other talents, whose lives were too full of good things to worry about petty stuff began to support me…and I them. I don’t judge someone on their size. My friends are all sizes. Why would it be ok for someone to judge me that way? For the first time in my life I truly stopped caring what others might think and now when some says something to me about my weight I think about how small and insignificant their life must be for that to be a measure of how much they like someone or themselves.


  1. wow!!! both of these are amazing pages!!!! sooo well done and love the burlap and journaling on the second page!!! amazing work!!! great job!!!

  2. Love your honesty and the layers of meaning in your work! Thank you for joining us again!!

  3. I love your story telling - it's got to be a fine balance when you are creating pages that all of Canada will see and yet maintain some privacy for your family. You achieved it for your daughter and your bare your soul journaling on the second page is very inspirational. Thanks so much for joining us again at Inspiration Elevator!

  4. Beautiful pages and steeped in feelings and stories.

  5. Fabulous pages Christy....scrapbooking from the heart results in some of the most powerful and inspiring pages we can create. Kudos to you.

  6. Love both of these layouts ~ particularly the second. Very inspirational and a great way to share a sensitive topic. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Thanks for sharing your journaling!! It really hit home for me! I am working on liking me for me - and this really helps.
    thanks and hugs!!