Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Life is Like a Box of Chocolates...

One of the DT assignments for the Summer 2013 issue was to create a layout using "Gumpisms" - that is, pearls of wisdom from the iconic title character from the 1994 blockbuster movie, Forrest Gump.

In researching for this assignment, I came across so many great quotes, and as I listed them, I noticed that they all had an underlying message that could teach a life lesson to my kids.

Here's my layout:

Supplies:  Bazzill cardstock; Canadian Scrapbooker SuperStock; Fancy Pants patterned paper, stickers, transparent owl, felt star and rub-ons; Maya Road sheet bird & ticket; Martha Steward Crafts, EK Success and McGill punches, Martha Stewart Crafts scoring board (for pockets); American Crafts and Lily Bee alpha stickers; Scenic Route, Heidi Swapp and unknown chipboard pieces; 7 Gypsies and Recollections paper/fabric tapes; The Twinery twine, Memento ink; KI Memories acrylic tile; Making Memories metal tag; Stockade wooden dragonfly, Sakura marker; Pea Sarah font; Scrapbook Adhesives tape runner and 3L Dodz; KaiserCraft & Heidi Swapp bling; Imaginisce stamp; miscellaneous buttons.

Whew!  That was quite the supplies list!  There's a lot of detail on this layout - and while it took me longer than originally thought (story of my life!), I am really happy with how this turned out!

I created a grid, using 2.25” squares of patterned paper and leaving spaces for my journaling.  I created library card pocket-styled sleeves and matching cards.  The quotes are printed on the cards, with my handwritten journaling on the back of each.

Each pocket holds a quote from the movie, and my advice to my children, based on the quotes.  And every square has a little bit of happy on it! :)

Quotes and Journaling (in numbered pockets) reads:

1) “Life is like a box of chocolates – you never know what you’re gonna get.”  Life will throw you some curves – take them in stride and do the best with what you have.
2) “Mama always said you’ve got to put the past behind you before you can move on.”  Remember – to err is human; to forgive, divine.  Forgive and move on…
3) “Mama always had a way of explaining things so I could understand them.”  Be simple.  Don’t overcomplicate things.  Explain it to me like I’m a child, but listen to me like you’re an adult…
4) “If I’d a known that was the last time I was gonna talk to Bubba, I would have thought of something better to say.”  It’s important to tell people how you feel.  Life is too short to be wasted and it’s important to make each moment count.  Live life like it’s your last day – enjoy it completely.
5) “Run, Forrest!  Run!”  Those you love (and who love you) will tell your strengths.  Listen… and use them to your advantage.
6) “Stupid is as stupid does.”  You’re smart enough to know right from wrong.  Just remember that actions speak louder than words.


P/S:  Don't forget about the other challenges on my blog for a chance to win:
Sketchy Challenge:  May 2013 (deadline May 31/13)
Leave Your Legacy:  Pet Peeves (deadline Aug 31/13)


  1. Love this page. Not just the design, but the sentiment behind it.

  2. I really love this layout, the bright colours against the black & white, the grid, the 'happiness' on each of the squares, the little pockets, and the idea of it!


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