Sunday, October 24, 2010

Sunday At The Studio

After 200 posts I think its pretty clear I could just go on and on about many topics...so why did I experience a little shudder when I saw this week's challenge at The Studio?

Your journaling must take up at least 50% of your scrapbook page

Journaling on a layout seems so daunting. Especially if you are using your own handwriting. I don't know about you but even though I like the precise control of computer generated type, somehow, writing the story by hand seems more authentic.

I don't know if it's actually 50% of the page, but I think I got close. For this challenge I decided to write about the significance of my cookie jar - a little Roseville number which belonged to my Grandmother until she passed away in 2006. For 40 years I took cookies out of that jar on her kitchen counter. This simple object is priceless to me. I can't bear to put it away in a cabinet. I need to see it and use it even though I live in fear of it being broken. I had a lot to say about it (and could probably have said a lot more) so I knew it would be a great subject for this challenge. I took the photo for one of the Picture Fall prompts but wound up not using it.
here's the detail (used Amanda's little typed words in the frame):
 materials: Cardstock: Bazzill; patterned paper: MME, Studio Calico, American Crafts; letters: October Afternoon, American Crafts; stickers: October Afternoon; frame: Making Memories; small words, button: Scrap Rat; string: Martha Stewart; pen: Stampin Up


Finally used my October Studio Calico kit. I really need to step up the layout production with those kits. I'm starting to stock pile way too much product!

So - why not give this one a go- if you are feeling a need for some inspiration check out what the DT did. I am truly blown away by their pages this week.
Still feeling challenged? Why not pick up this little number:
That's Journaling Matters  from Ella Publishing. I got my first peek last night and I'm definitely seeing the challenge of journaling in a new light!

So today I need to fire up the ovens for some Halloween cookies I promised to my kid's school parties and  a Brownie's party. I'll have those to post later in the week. We also need to procure our official carving pumpkin. We are a little behind schedule this year but hopefully our guy is still out there waiting for us!
Hope you have a lovely day!

10 comments:

Jenni said...

LOVE this page- so gorgeous!

~jan said...

My journaling is always an afterthought. Not that I dont have things to say, but I often find it hard to place on my layout. I either have too much or too little to write, it seems. Your layout and subject matter is beautiful! I love the way you used the MM frame and those words (swoon), the embellies and the twine-all put together so nicely!

Geralyn said...

Wow, this is absolutely gorgeous! I love all the details and what a great story to go with the cookie jar.

Karen B. said...

Another fantastic layout, and I do not think your journaling takes away from the image, rather enhances it. In my opinion, journaling about an inaminate object seems to be quite easier, but I haven't scrapbooked in a long time, that might have changes. Love your cluster of elements as well.

curlyqmosaics said...

Absolutely stunning layout. I love your use of rich colors, paper & embellishments on this piece.

aurorafedora said...

love that cookie jar page, what a great idea to honor the memory of a loved one. i have a cameo pin of my grandmother's that has meant so much to me. i should follow your lead and MAKE THAT PAGE! p.s. i really like your handwriting, it's very distinctive!

Meghann said...

That's a great story for your layout and I love your cluster of embellies!

Viola Mahr said...

Hi Valerie! I love your blog and your beautiful, shabby creations... just my flavor! :) I will be back again to see more of your lovely projects! Thank you for sharing.

Hugs,
Viola

Amanda Jones said...

You're way ahead of me - I only just cut into my September SC kit yesterday! So funny, the blog post I've scheduled for tomorrow mentions a similar thing :)

I totally love this page - each time I see it I find something else i love about it.

Christa said...

Beautiful page!