Friday, February 24, 2012

On Honesty and Surrendering

I have told you in an earlier post that I enrolled for an online course by Stephanie Ackerman called Scrapbook Life Journal.  The January theme is HONESTY and it is your personal journey and each one explores it in their own personal way.  There is fun weekly prompts and you explore your creative side at the same time. I am going to share the pages I have made so far and my thoughts and feelings during this journey.
 January was all about being honest with yourself, with others and ultimately with God.  This quote by Margaret Young was part of the prompt of the month:  "Often people attempt to live their life backwards; they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want, so they will be happier.  The way it actually works is the reverse.  You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want."  So the question is...who are you really.
...but there is more to that.  What about the bits of me that I am not proud of for example:  I am a people pleaser, I want to FIX everything and everyone.  What about the bits of me that my pride will not let me reveal.  The things I struggle with, the things I don't want to accept, the things that I am ashamed of.  Well I had to look at those too...and some of that I had to lay down...and others I am struggling with.
  I love this quote by Tad Williams: "We tell lies when we are afraid.  Afraid of what we don't know, afraid of what others will think, afraid of what will be found out about us.  But every time we tell a lie, the thing that we fear grows stronger.  The doodle above was our January doodle that I covered and added to my journal.   
Here I actually verbalized my feelings about 2012.  "This year I want to EMBRACE life in all it's aspects.  I want to LOVE more, LIVE more, ENJOY the process of life.  I want to GROW in my knowledge and relationship with the LORD.  I want to grow in GRACE.  I will no longer be in the middle.  I will learn to say NO.  I will be a GOD PLEASER not a people pleaser."

Every year we start the year with a few losing weight, exercising more and eating better.  I made this page with a bit of doodling and a good quote.
On the back of this page I decided to keep a record of my exercising progress for the year.
With the wonderful tool of having Daily mile, where you can record your walking, running and exercising it is great to be able to look back on the past two years.  In 2010 I logged 922km and in 2011 I logged 1320km...that is a LOT of walking. I will continue to record my progress on this page.
When my father passed away in January I made this mixed media project and journalled over the page.
On the back of the page I added photographs taken while in Kidds Beach for my dad's memorial service.

February is the next step in the process:  Surrendering your heart.
Here is my title page.
A doodle by Stephanie Ackerman that I added to my journal.  
Stephanie included some of her art for us to use in our journals.  I wanted to try my hand at it and made my own mixed media heart.  I painted and shaded the background...added some wordy rub ons to the painted background and then cut a heart out of red Basic Grey paper and mod podged it to the backgound.  I then painted around the edges of the heart.

Another doodle by Stephanie that I added to the journal.

I am totally smitten with the whole messy process of a mixed media project...and made this one with the hearts to add to my journal.  This week we had to journal our hearts about surrendering.  Here is my two pages.
This is my personal journey.
Thank you for reading my ramblings.


Saturday, February 18, 2012

February Design team work

I would love to show you what creative work I have done these past few weeks...hopefully from next week I will post them as they come up;-)  First my DT work at Sketch Support.

Two-page Sketch #25

You can download and print this sketch by clicking on the two-page sketches link found under the "printable sketches" tab on the right sidebar of the Sketch Support blog. If you are ever stuck and you moyo has gone AWOL on you, I suggest you visit Sketch Support and see the lovely sketches by Allison Davis and the DT work based on it...I am sure it will be a wonderful way to kick start your creativity.

"Kidds Beach Paradise Found" 
Supply list Cardstock: Bazzill; Printed Papers: Creative Imaginations (Beach Cottage);Stickers: Creative Imaginations; Flowers: Prima; Metal shells: Karen Foster; Alpha: Pink Paislee, American Craft; Rub ons: Scrapbook King.

Variation#1: I changed the sizes of my photos to two 4x6, two 4x4 and four 3x2.

Variation#2: I framed the one vertical strip with a complimentary printed paper.

Variation#3: I replaced the flower embellishment with a cluster of flowers.

Variation#4: I added a cluster of shell embellishments to the right corner.

Add-on Sketch #14

I decided to do a mixed media project based on this sketch to add to my Scrapbook Life Journal.

"Search my Heart" mixed media project 
Supply list - Cardstock: Bazzill; Printed papers: Basic Grey (Bittersweet); Letterstickers:American Craft Remarks; Glitter: Doodlebugs; Stamps: Prima; Other: Acrylic Paint and Mod Podge.

Variation #1: I painted my background and shaded it with various colors, I then used various clear stamps to create texture.

Variation #2: I cut my hearts freehand and mod podged it to the paper.

Variation #3: I added my stitching to make the heart garlands.

Variation #4: I added glitter to the edges of the layered hearts and stitched it to the background.

Variation #5: I added the lettering of a Scripture between the hearts.

Then onto the February sketch on Scrap Africa.  

Sketch #2

For this challenge you have to use Fab Scraps products.  Go on over to the blog to see what the other members of the Design Team did...and do enter as there is a wonderful prize up for grabs.

Here is my take on the sketch. 
I love the background paper that I used for this layout.  It is called Shabby Chic Stitched...I teamed it with the red and cream dotted classic Black Birds paper.  The photo's are of my grandson and son on the tractor at their small holding.  He insists on helping daddy and as you can see it is hard work for such a small little boy.

Now it is your turn. You have until 8 March to make your layouts and stand a chance of winning wonderful prizes from Fabscraps
There are two prizes for grabs to the value of R250 ($35) each. 
The random will choose two winners among the participants on 23 March after the closing date for our second challenge.
The prize will be posted anywhere in the world.

Have a wonderful creative weekend.


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Weekend at Tsitsikamma Lodge (Photo post)

I always tell a story far better in photographs.  We spent the last weekend at the Tsitsikamma Lodge thanks to my DS (Kobus Jr) and DIL (Lache).  Here is the walkway to our little bush cabin.
Our little cabin in the forest for the weekend.
The rustic wooden interior and it came with a lovely spa bath;-)
DH in the lovely gardens.
Playing model for DH...never comfortable on that side of the camera.
On Saturday morning we headed out to hike the "Strip tease river trail".  The names of the various pools found on this trail are amongst others: Honeymoon Pool, Bikini Pool, Topless Pool, G-String Pool, Bottomless Pool, Boobs Pool and Kaalgat are meant to ring a warning bell when you approach Kaalgat Pool:-)  We were caught in the rain and opted for the Forest Trail instead.
We walked for two hours in this beautiful plantation.
...came across many spiderwebs spun over the trail...and the best way of dealing with it is letting DH walk in front. the end of the trail (the owners have obviously got a good sense of humour)
The rest of the day I spent in this position reading a good murder mystery.
On Sunday morning we headed out again and walked along the river trail.
We put the camera on the timer and took a pic.
DH at one of the pools.
We decided to do a touristy thing and visit the Big Tree in the Tsitsikamma Forest.
I always find the fungus on the dead trees fascinating ...and pretty.
In front of the 1000 year old tree.
On impulse we decided to walk the Ratel Trail in the Forest.
 Found some more photogenic fungus;-)
DH playing Tarzan.
Under one of the massive tree ferns.
The "must have" photo;-)
Two "old" babes in the woods:-D
We then departed to go and Zipline across the Tsitsikamma waterfalls...and it was amazing.


Monday, February 13, 2012

Blog your heart - February 2012

I am not going to make this post about a million and one things...I am just going to share from my heart.  I tend to be "all right" most of the time...or I wear a pretty good mask most of the time and pretend all is right in my little world.  I hate complaining I prefer not to be one either. This year kicked off pretty well and I started with a "Scrapbook Life Journal class"  that is being hosted by Stephanie Ackerman.  This online class is actually getting me to face certain things in my life and at the same time investigate and play with new forms of art. (some of which I will be sharing with you later this week).

The January theme was being "HONEST" with yourself.  Easy?  NO!!!  Not easy.  Not if you tend to be a people pleaser, a fixer of relationships and goodness knows what else.  Not if you have to be honest... that many of these things are just not working...and never will.  It is never easy to change...sometimes change takes us kicking and screaming towards where we don't want to be.  I had to look at myself, admit many things about myself that I don't like and I have to work VERY hard in laying it down. I posted about my chronic neck and shoulder issues HERE last year.  The result was that I was eventually sent to a neurosurgeon and he referred me to a neurologist.  A few days before my birthday last month I got the results of the MRI and EMG and instead of just being HONEST with myself, I just buried it and went on my merry way.

February's theme is SURRENDERING your heart.  This includes: 
  • Let go of our need to figure everything out.
  • Let go of our need to control.
  • Let go of our need to be right.
  • Go with the flow.
  • Detach and observe.
  • Accept rather than resist.
  • Take life and ourselves less seriously.
  • Trust - ourselves and life. Have faith.
  • Open and love and laugh more.
Flip, just like that... it slowly started dawning on me that just maybe I am a tad frustrated  and angry with the Lord right now.  The neurologist and neurosurgeon advised me that although I have a slightly bulging disc in my neck, I also have myofascial pain syndrome (not fibromyalgia).  Apparently people who have this (me) are more prone to inflammation of the connective tissue that covers the muscles. The neurosurgeon does not want to operate on the bulging disc because he cannot guarantee a better, pain free outcome.  So I am back to square one...sleeping with a soft neck brace and pain management.  

Here is the things I know for sure.
I believe that the Lord is ALL LOVING and loves me with a LOVE that is too big for me to understand
I also know that the Lord is ALL POWERFUL. 
I know that the Lord is ALL KNOWING.  
I know that He can just speak the word and the pain will be gone.
I know that for some reason this isn't happening.
I know that I am not putting myself under condemnation and believing that I am doing something wrong.
I know that He is the completed Work and nothing I can do, can add to that.

I have to move on and know that although He isn't answering my prayer regarding healing, He still loves me.  I  must remember that the plans He has for me is to prosper me and not to harm me. (whether in this life or life everlasting.)  I know that I have seen Him do miracles in the lives of my family.  Now I have to trust Him that He knows best and that He will be the one that will carry me through this too.  In this too I have to SURRENDER to His will for my life.


Friday, February 10, 2012

Some serious R&R needed

I NEED this...I really do!....and it seems as if Kobus Jr (son) and Lache agrees.  For my birthday last month they surprised me with a gift of a weekend for DH and me at Tsitsikamma Lodge.  The weekend includes meals, spa treatments and zip lining over the Tsitsikamma falls.

I will be back on Monday with lots of photos to capture our time away.


Saturday, February 4, 2012

Sketch Support DT work

Yet another "catch up post".  This seem to be the story of my life right now. I want to share with you the design team work I did for Sketch Support these past few weeks.  You can download and print the sketches from the sidebar of the Sketch Support blog.

Two-page Sketch #24

 "All Bundled Up" by Lynette Jacobs
Supply list - Cardstock: Bazzill; Printed Papers: Fancy Pants (Frosted); Punches: EK Success and Martha Stewart; Brads: Art from the heart; Letter Stickers: Scenic Route

Variation #1: I punched the bottom strips instead of scalloping it.

Variation #2: I cut pine trees along the top of the wavy paper strip.

Variation #3: I matted the top photo on the second page.

Variation #4: Instead of stitching on the wavy strip I fauxed stitched with a pen around the entire piece of paper including the little pine trees.

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Add-on Sketch #13

"Winter Princess" by Lynette Jacobs
Supply list Cardstock: Bazzill; Printed Paper: MME (Lost and Found, Market Street);Ribbon: My Mind's Eye (Lost and Found, Market Street); Pearls: Kaiser scrapbook; Letter stickers: My Little Shoebox; Punches: Martha Stewart; Other: White felt and white pom pom ribbon.

Variation #1: I did a paper piercing, cutting the body of the snowman from one piece of paper and the mittens and hat from pink paper.

Variation #2: I added glitter to the body of the snowman and then inked the edges.

Variation #3: I used black pearls for the mouth, eyes and buttons and a pink pearl for the nose.

Variation #4: I cut the trim of the hat from felt and added a pom pom cut from pom pom trim to the point of the hat.

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Card Sketch #16

"Little Lady" by Lynette Jacobs
Supply List - Cardstock: Kraft paper by Scenic Route; Printed papers: Basic Grey (Basics), My Mind's Eye (Stella and Rose Mabel); Brads: My Mind's Eye (Stella and Rose);Trim: My Mind's Eye (Stella and Rose); Alphabets: American Crafts; Sketch: Allison Davis/Sketch Support (Two-page Sketch #10)

Variation #1: I used the sketch as is and added it as embellishment to an older sketch by Allison.

Variation #2: I punched brown hearts and then overlaid them with the printed paper ones.

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I also did a mixed media project based on this sketch.  This is part of my Scrapbook Life Journal and because it is so personal...I have put a soft focus on it.
 Before the last few layers were added.  I wanted it with not too much texture because I wanted to journal over it.
Mixed Media Project by Lynette Jacobs
Supply List Printed papers: Fabscraps; Mist: Tattered Angels; Stamps: Prima; Other:Mod Podge, various acrylic paints, Doilie mask, white journal pen.

Variation #1: I resized my paper to 9x9.

Variation #2: I cut a big heart to paste on the background paper and mod podged over it. I painted around the heart and smudged the paint into the heart.

Variation #3: I drew the grid onto the background with white pen and added nine  hearts to the grid.

Variation #4: I misted over the whole page in charcoal mist.

Variation #5: I painted around the nine hearts and smudged the paint.

Variation #6: I aged the entire page and then added the journaling with a white pen.