With each issue, I will challenge our readers to participate. (To learn more about the LYL articles and challenges, please visit my LYL page for more info) Each quarter, I will share my layout and will invite you to link up your layouts completed for this challenge here to share with everyone. I'm even going to throw in a prize for each challenge!
This month, I am giving away a sold out kit from Cocoa Daisy, Tea & Cupcakes:
Isn't it positively yummy?! Click here for a list of contents.
For this issue, the topic is What You Fear Most. This topic came about after Gary's heart attack, when I realized what I feared most. Here's my layout:
Supplies used: Canadian Scrapbooker Super Stock; Bo Bunny patterned paper; Just Cre8 stamps (Love Gives You Wings); Ranger embossing powder; Spectrum Noir markers; K&Company, Recollections and unknown washi tape; American Craft letter stickers; Prima Marketing bling and flowers; The Twinery twine; miscellaneous buttons and flowers from my stash.
Another photoless LYL layout for me (well, the last one had a photo, but it was just a stock photo). I am thinking about this just now as I'm blogging and realize that because my focus is to tell the story more than leave an image, what you SEE when I create this layout is not as important as what you READ.
Afraid of spiders? Sure, but when I really stop to think about it now, it's not so much a fear (come on, what can they actually DO to me?) but instead, a genuine dislike, they-give-me-the-heebie-jeebies sort of thing.
But fear? Looking back, I'd be hard pressed to name something that actually scared me when I was younger. I was adventurous, a daredevil - I shudder to think of the things that we did when I was in university and college.
It wasn't until I had so much to lose that I actually became fearful. Within weeks of dating Gary, I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life with him. He's just that kind of guy. I suddenly couldn't imagine life without him.
And once we had kids, it seemed even more important to have him around. He is truly my better half - in every sense of the word. A wonderful father, he's patient and kind and funny - and he is THE ultimate Tickle Monster!
So when Gary suffered a myocardial infarction (or heart attack, for those who have not been touched by this) at the young age of 42, it suddenly became clear what my REAL fear was... I was afraid of my kids having to grow up without the guidance and support of one or both of their parents.
It definitely motivated both of us to eat cleaner, move more and take better care of ourselves. It was more important than ever now to instill healthy habits in the kids so that this is one fear about which they won't have to worry.
There is some distressing going on with this page - a tear in the corner to show some happy tape, peeping through (note the heart - a play on the cardiac theme, if you will...), as well as the edges of the journaling block and layout itself:
For maximum contrast, I matted the washi tape on Super Stock first, before adhering to the layout.
I also taped a scrap piece of Super Stock, then stamped and embossed the open heart.
The wings and banner were stamped onto Super Stock and embossed as well. I then used my Spectrum Noir markers to colour in the wings. I love that the embossing keeps me within the lines! Makes colouring A LOT faster... :)
Spectrum Markers used: BP3, BP4, BP7
Please share your LYL layout or project with us below for a chance to win (I will add mine just as an example) - I'd love to see what you create! Challenge runs from now until Feb. 28th, 2013. Please feel free to email me at sue[AT]canadianscrapbooker[DOT]com, if you have any questions about linking your project.
P/S: Don't forget about the following challenges on my blog for a last chance to win:
It's a Sketchy Challenge: Nov (deadline: Nov 30/12)
Leave Your Legacy Fall 2012 issue: Amazing You (deadline: Nov 30/12)