I have finally decided on my word for 2011: 'Guardian'. I really enjoyed having last year's word as a scrapbook page, stuck up on the wall of my study all year to keep me inspired. (You can see last year's word here if you're interested.) So I have made a page for this year too (click to see it larger):
It's 2011 and I am a guardian. My little girl will be three soon, and I'm expecting our second child. I must remember that even when I'm tired and frustrated I'm still a mother, protecting my children and nurturing them as they grow. I need to look after their daddy as well, to give him strength to be a guardian too.
I'm also guardian of my own life. I need to take care of myself. And things won't happen for me unless I make them happen.
I was inspired to use lots of buttons when I saw the Scrapbooker's Anonymous challenge this month (to use 17 buttons or more). I've used way more than 17! I set them out like a protective circle, and then I smashed some up and added the bits around the circle, like the awkward, sharp bits of life that I'm trying to guard us from.
It was harder than I thought it would be to smash up the buttons, I had to freeze them, put them in a plastic bag, and then whack them really hard with a hammer. I had a few white buttons I wanted to break, but couldn't even get them to chip! I am happy with what I ended up with though.
It took me quite a while to get the page completed, as I hadn't scrapped in so long. Hopefully I'll get back into the swing of it now. I've certainly got the creative bug back - today I've been working on an art journal page, and some polymer clay buttons. I'll show them off to you soon!