Sunday, July 25, 2010

Dirty Scraps Reveal #14 - IMPACT

The new challenge is now up at Dirty Scraps and it's all about things that IMPACT your life. You are being asked to create a LO about something that has had an impact on you in some way, shape, or form. Here are the details.

I think of a car wreck when I hear the word IMPACT, but it can mean so many different things. An abusive parent can IMPACT your life in detrimental ways.
A wonderful teacher can IMPACT your life in amazing ways, a loving mother can IMPACT your life forever. You can be scarred or shaped with it. Scrap a page with the word IMPACT in it, make it strong, make it you!


Good or bad, memories affect lives in unimaginable ways. Just remember everything happens for a reason and you will always have those memories to learn from.

I created this LO as a reminder more or less to myself. I didn't add specific journaling with all the details, but it represents the friends I have lost due to death because of decisions they have made. The memories that they leave behind in my heart are wonderful, but the personal decisions they made were horrific.

It's a reminder to myself to be careful, to love life, and to never take a minute for granted. Because honestly, it could be your last.

This Challenge is being sponsored by:
They are sponsoring the winner with a $50 Gift Certificate to their online store! That's one pretty amazing prize and all you have to do is be in it to win it! Create that page about IMPACT and share it with us over on the Dirty Scraps Blog.


Saturday, July 24, 2010


Hello beautiful bloggers and friends. Today I have my last July reveal for Scrapbooking From the Inside Out kit - COURAGE. When I was perusing around online one day I came across this sentiment: Hate is easy, to love takes courage. It stuck with me, as it resonated feelings of my relationship with my father. Many of you already know that I have daddy issues and struggle with our relationship on a daily basis. I find that scrapping about those feelings gives me a sense of relief. And that's what SFTIO is a all about. Scrapping all those inner feelings - let them out! Scrap them out! It's truly amazing.

Here is my LO - DAD:
Sometimes I wish I could just hate you and be done with it all, but you are my father. I can't help but love you and want what's best for you. To want you to actually stop drinking again and just be a normal dad. The dad you were for the past 10 years of my life until you picked up that beer again. But I doubt that will ever happen. I hope one day it will. I will continue to love you even though you continually disappoint me. I will always be here for you, for my father.

I know I have scrapped this picture before, but it's one of the very few I have of my father. It's a wonderful picture taken candidly by my Brother in law Jason Dodge Photo. I LOVE this picture because it captures my father perfectly. Jason works out of Arkansas, so if you're in the area and need some awesome pics check him out! He's AMAZING!

SFTIO still has a few July kits available if you are interested. It's packed full of some of the most current and bold products to help you scrap some of those courageous feelings :)


Friday, July 9, 2010

BRAVE - SFTIO - Reveal #4 & Chance #3 at winning the courage kit!

Hello beautiful bloggers! I hope you are all having a wonderful, fun filled summer! This week has been real HOT for WA! I have been living in front of my fan, sleeping in front of my fan, and I swear if I didn't think it was too weird I would even bathe in front of my fan. I DO NOT like to be HOT! I'm one of those 'keep it cold, I can add layers to stay warm' type people. I hope you are all dealing with this summer heat better than I!!

Today I have reveal #4 from Scrapbooking From the Inside Out. The July kit COURAGE is based around some of the most beautiful summer fresh Lily Bee papers called 'Hello Sunshine' I LOVED these papers and quite honestly could use them on every LO! Who doesn't love a red polka dot piece of paper though?! I have featured this entire LO around one quote by Mary Anne Radmacher “Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow.” Something about this quote makes me have a sense of bravery. One has to be brave to face the day never knowing what could/would happen. And if your day doesn't go as planned then don't let it get you down. It's just one day!!! Try again tomorrow!

SFTIO is being featured on the Lily Bee Blog TODAY. If you head over there and leave a comment then you could be the owner of this amazing COURAGE kit! I'm so excited because one of my LO's is being featured! Whoo-Hoo!!! So that is now 3 chances you have at winning the COURAGE kit. Scroll down to previous posts to see the other 2!


Thursday, July 8, 2010

Want another chance to win?!

Win the July - Scrapbooking From the Inside Out - COURAGE kit that is! Then head on over to the Glitz Designs blog and leave a comment for yet another kit giveaway! This month's kit is featuring Glitz Kismet line, and it's delicious!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

SFTIO Courage Reveal #3 & a chance to win the Courage Kit!

At Scrapbooking From the Inside Out we are focused on courage and what courage means to you. I have based this LO around just being myself and finding the courage to do so. It's not journal heavy, but I did put little tags of things I would like to remind myself. It's OK to be jaded. It's OK to be weird. It's OK to be passionate. It's OK to just be me and to have the courage to do so. I have created the background in a patchwork style that represents the different layers of myself that are all patched together to make me who I am. No one is perfect, we all have patches....don't be afraid to show them. It's OK to be YOU!
Would you like a chance at winning the July kit - COURAGE - from SFTIO? All you have to do is head on over to the GCD Studios blog and tell them what courage means to you.
Scrapbooking From the Inside out is being featured on the GCD blog today which is so exciting! Head on over for your chance at winning this amazing kit. Winner will be chosen on Monday, July 12th.


Saturday, July 3, 2010

Please Return to School - SFTIO Reveal #2

Hello beautiful Bloggers! Today I have another reveal using Scrapbooking From the Inside Out - July kit - COURAGE. I can't even express enough how much I loved this kit. It's full of vibrant colors with just enough softness to balance it all out. Which is the perfect combination! Did I mention that this kit is FULL of stars?! I love stars! With the focus of this month being courage I immediately thought about myself returning to school. This is by far one of the things in life that I needed courage to do.
At 18 I made the decision to give up a college scholarship to pursue being a stay at home mother and wife. It was an easy decision at the time, but now 10 years later I face the difficulty of starting all over. I am terrified of submerging myself into the unknown. At home I have everything perfected. There is nothing that I can't handle. I guess this is what scares me. The Unknown! What will happen? How will I do? WHAT will I do? I have no idea. I am still undecided. I do know though that I have finally built up the courage to embark on this journey. Now I just need to have the faith in myself to succeed. I have the ability. I have the heart. I have the strength. I CAN do it!
A little close up of the embellie cluster. I have a hard time NOT putting a little cluster on every LO! Look at the beautiful flowers that are included in the COURAGE kit. Yellow! I have had such a weakness lately for yellow flowers!

Here is the kit in it's entirety. Totally Drool worthy! You can order yours here! :)


Thursday, July 1, 2010

Scrapbooking From the Inside Out - July Reveal - Courage!

It's July 1st! That means that Scrapbooking From the Inside Out has revealed their brand new FABULOUS kit! I am extremely excited for this kit as it is my very first DT reveal with SFTIO and the emotion of the kit is Courage. What a perfect emotion for the month of July and for what I have faced in the last year of my life. I have had to have courage in times where all I wanted to do was curl up into a ball and hide in the darkest corner I could find. I am sure we all have those moments, but the important thing is that we find the strength within ourselves to pull ourselves up and live each day to the matter life's circumstances. How we face our daily trials and tribulations is what makes us the person we are, and I am proud to say that I can go to bed at the end of the day knowing that I am happy with the person I am. The person I have become because I have had the courage to do so.

I encourage you to look inside yourself and find the courage to scrap about YOU. Scrapbooking From the Inside Out has put together this amazing kit to help you do just that. This kit is loaded with bold star images – your badge of courage - in chipboard, felt and even a distressed acrylic stamp. There are gorgeous Prima flowers of course, some rustic burlap and some gentle yellow roses. And more: printed corduroy fabric from Buzz and Bloom, gingham and lace ribbon, embossed cardstock, journaling cards, die cuts, vintage-look buttons from Jenni Bowlin and beautiful Melissa Frances resin wings.

Check it out in all it's glory:

Here is the first of many reveals I have using this kit.

This LO is about the courage I have had to find within myself to live our daily lives without Big Daddy alongside me every step of the way. I have ripped the paper to represent the broken aspect of our lives while he is away, and the netting represents all the little threads that still hold us together. There is nothing that we can not make it through together!

*Netting is not in the kit. It's an apple bag that I recycled into my LO!

Scrapbooking From the Inside Out is a wonderful kit club that inspires you to scrap your emotions and put them to pen and scrappy paper. Dig Deep within yourself and learn more about you in the process. I would like to invite you all to join us in the FORUM and get to know other wonderful supportive ladies. If you are interested in this AMAZING kit you can find them here. Be quick though, because SFTIO sells out of their kits FAST!

Thank you all for stopping by today and joining me in the journey of finding the courage within.