Sunday, 16 January 2011

My word for 2011

Hello all!

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):


Journaling reads:

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!

xxx

12 comments:

S said...

Great word, great photo, great layout - you'll have a great year too!

Theresa said...

Hi.. i love your word. I picked one too and made a page as well. I love your use of the buttons and how you used them to convey your word. very creative. Thanks so much for playing with us at Scrapbookers Anonymous. =)

Micayla said...

Oh my gosh....that layout is gorgeous. Love the word too, mine is Focus. However I am still to scrapbook or even blog about mine, it is still milling around though.
Thanks for the lovely comment, so nice of you to pop in.
xx

alexa said...

Beautiful page, both in design and sentiment. Guardian is a lovely word and hope it brings riches for you all year. Freezing buttons - wow, now there is both imagination and dedication!

Karen Williams said...

love all the shaped buttons- such a gentle feel to the LO- beautiful

Thanks for playing at Scrapbookers Anonymous

Lea said...

What a great word!!! Such a pretty layout, great photo and of course love the buttons! So funny that you smashed them, sounds like it could be fun. :)

Sian said...

What a fantastic word to choose - and I loved reading your thought process behind your choice too. It's going to be a big year for you!

Lynnda Hosni said...

WOW...I love your word. ... I love how you use the buttons and brilliantly you used them to convey your word. very creative. Thanks so much for playing with us at Scrapbookers Anonymous....hope to see you again....xoxo

Sue, a.k.a. midwestgirl said...

That is an awesome use of the buttons - beautiful layout! Thanks for playing along with us at Scrapbookers Anonymous!

Anne said...

This is such a valuable word to choose for the year. This will apply to me as I become a Mummy. I love the use of buttons on the layout.

Deb Hickman said...

Great word for 2011. Your LO is beautiful,I love how you used the buttons. Thanks for playing at Scrapbookers Anonymous.

Lena said...

Oooh... I LOVE this page!! Great use of all the buttons and I LOVE the smashed buttons and the idea behind it!!
Thanks for playing along with us at Scrapbookers Anonymous!!!!

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