Monday, January 23, 2012

My Word For 2012

I was so impressed with everyone picking their words for the year and showing their favorite projects for the year. I had started a blog post, added to it a couple of times, but then deleted it without committing

One of Scrappin'-n-Chattin's challenges this month to is create a layout using your word for 2012 as the one word title. I wasn't sure that I was going to complete this challenge. But the more I thought about it, the more comfortable I got with my chosen word. I really don't like to share resolutions - it seems to welcome failure to me. I was feeling this was going to be the same situation. But my word is versatile, and how I am using it, will bring me nothing but success.

So what is my word?? TRY. I have found that just by thinking about this word, I become more productive. And I do have some goals in mind. And this is what my layout shows.

To create the layout, of course I needed a sketch. Now I had this layout planned out and was going to get it done on Saturday, in time to enter it into the Sketch #303 challenge at Sketch Inspiration. But I had a horrible time over the weekend not being able to access my photos to edit and print them. I was never in danger of loosing the photos, but I had to clear them off of my laptop. I was running out of space. I had them in 2 places on our external hard drive and on a flash drive for good measure. I had a hard time accessing the hard drive with Picasa. But now I have it under control. Here is the sketch:
I felt the sketch was perfect for what I had in mind. So I had to use it. I used it for both pages of this layout....

(Sorry about the photos. I am also trying a new system for taking photos, and it's not quite there yet.)

Here is the Page 1 by itself:

And the Page 2.

This may look like a confusing mess, but I am starting to really like it. I took some photos of different things I am using and have developed to help keep me on track. The last set of photos on Page 2 are a set of photos of my scrap space after the hurricane. I took them just before I started to clean up after things dried out. All of my stuff was up on every single horizontal surface. So in a nutshell I want to TRY to stay organized so that I can keep track of scrapping challenges, blog hops, etc., keep track of each of the dogs' progress toward titles and awards in agility and to make sure that I sign up for any trials I want to enter, keep track of (and meet) my deadlines at work, plan meals and shopping trips so that I can save money, and to get my room in a totally organized state (as well as a few other spots in the house). The scrap room obviously is not as bad as it appears in the photos. As a matter of fact it's very close to done. I just have to finish.

In addition to the SnC Word challenge, I am entering this layout into the 52 Week Challenge there. Here are a few of the other challenges that I followed:

Frosted Designs Fabulous Fridays - Use Vellum. I made several flowers and butterflies with vellum.
ScrapFit Weekend Warm-Up #23 - Use Kraft cardstock. I made some flowers with plain kraft paper and the background paper is DCWV The Playtime Stack with is all kraft cardstock based.
Flutter By Wednesday - Open challenge, use a butterfly, fairy or angel. I made vellum butterflies.
Hotshot Craft - Flower

Well, if you made it through my post, thank you. I hope everyone has a great week.


Dawn said...

Sue, Love the new look of your blog. :) It was a nice surprise to see it. Great layouts for your word try. I am sure when you need to work on your word having this layout to look at will be inspiring. I think it will also be great for future generations to read.

craftymum said...

Wonderful layouts. Thank you for joining us at Hotshot Crafts

hugs Sarah xxx

debbiebakk said...

What cute vellum embellies you made for your layout thanks for joining us at Frosted Designs this week- look forward to more of your layouts.

Ashley Horton said...

This is great and I really LOVE the cute flowers and butterflies you made with the vellum! What a fun idea!! Thanks for playing along with us this week @ Frosted Designs!! :)

Roberta: Mother of 3 said...

I really like the layouts you created - and the subject you tackled! Vellum flowers are a great way to use vellum, too! I hope you'll join us again at Frosted Designs!

Joni Parker said...

Love that you made flowers from Vellum...great idea. Thanks for sharing with us at Frosted Designs!!

Missy Whidden said...

I love it!! Love what you did with the vellum & kraft paper! Beautiful :) Thanks for working out with us at ScrapFIT!

Cindy said...

AWESOME job with it!:)

wendipooh13 said...

way to go and love your word pick for the new year!!! great job using the kraft!!! thanks sooo much for working out at ScrapFIT!!!

Tracey ~ GardenOfGrace said...

What a fabulous word to select!! Such a fun LO and love how you used your kraft!! Thanks for joining us for the Weekend Warn-Up at ScrapFIT! ~ Blessings

Kristie said...

Try is a great word, Sue! I wish you much success in achieving everything you want to do this year. Love the layout and how you embellished it :) Thanks for playing along with Flutter By Wednesdays!