Monday, 1 February 2010

'Old skool stash scrap' blog hop

Kate set us a challenge :-) Could we use up a piece of stash that we'd been hoarding for ages? Ideally, since before 2007? It sounded like an interesting idea so several of us signed up: Kate herself, of course; K; April; Furrypig; Rusty; Chocolate Orange; Susan; Sherie; Cal; Jenny; me (obviously!); Xnomads; and Dawn. Can't wait to see what everyone else has done! :-)

I had a root around in my stash, and yes, some of it I've had for ages, though I can't remember exactly when I got some of it. One of the things I found was a set of papers and printed elements that came free with the very first issue of Scrapbook Inpirations (*sob!*) I hadn't used ANY of them!! I decided to scrap a song that had been going round my head for a while - this song - the lyrics 'This is me being me, that's just the way I am' had been speaking to me and encouraging me to be happy with how I am and to demand that others accept me that way. Hence the photos that I asked The Doctor to take. And I made this layout:


Down the right hand side you can see me doing puzzles (sitting on the floor), blogging, cooking, reading and playing with The Children :-) On the left hand side you can see me being camera shy!! And you can also see strips of the free papers on the right; the letters (which I handcut from thick card) are covered with more of those papers; along the bottom are three printed ribbons, also from the kit. The title is handwritten - I copied some All Mixed Up rub-ons from Doodlebug - and I added a couple of curly bracket brads which I've also had for ages.

Just after I made this layout, the new challenge went up at All About Me - and it was all about the soundtrack of your life! Well, right now, this is it :-) I wish I could say that it always had been, but for a long time I didn't have anywhere near enough confidence to have a 'take me as I am' attitude. I've come on since then (though I still have crises of confidence and worry too much about what others think), so right now I can say to you:

This is me. Being me. That's just the way I am.

...if that's OK with you...? ;-)

To follow the blog trail and see how everyone else got on, click here to visit Xnomad's blog :-)

16 comments:

furrypig said...

that is a great way to scrap all those pics of you. It feels so bright and airy and makes a great statement.

Liberty :) said...

Really great layout Mel!! I do believe you have also just "Scrapped your Sounds!" :) Lovely!


Thanks for playing along. Hope to do it again near the end of the month to accommodate a class that it is going to be featured in - do join us!

Amy said...

It is a great page Mel - I can't believe that is your handwriting - WOW, what a great job you have done!
Yep, it is hard to accept who we are sometimes, and to have the confidence to be ourselves ...anyway, I like you being you - just the way you are :-)

scrappyjacky said...

A great page,Mel.

Sian said...

You know I love that song :) And now I think you've turned it into a cool page too. Great handwriting! I hope you've got that first mag..it'll be a collectors item.

K said...

That page is brilliant! it really does just ooze "this is what I am, take it or leave it"

Chocolate Orange said...

I love your layout!!. Such a great way to get the message across. Well Done on making a stand in such a beautiful way :O)
Thankyou for sharing your layout and message to the world, with us on the blog hop x

Cal said...

What a fab idea and a really great way of showing of those photos!

Maria Ontiveros said...

Terrific to have a page that's about you (even if you don't like having your picture taken!).
Rinda

Ruth said...

I like your honesty with this LO, that and the fact that it's a really cool LO!

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Scrappi Sandi said...

How good does it feel to use up those 'hangers on' in your stash?!!! I am so impressed with your handwritten title!

Oh...& I miss Scrapbook Inspirations too!! Sigh!!

April said...

what a meaningful layout, Mel! I love how you pulled it all together.

Lizzie said...

It's definitely okay with me! I like you just how you are - in the blog world anyway...
It's a pretty good layout too!

Jenny said...

What a great way to capture yourself! Love the ribbon and font! Thanks for sharing! :)

Margie said...

I love that layout. Great idea and it turned out really nicely. I love the song, photos, etc. The theme really works. : )