Monday, August 20, 2012

With All My Heart

Happy Monday!

Today I have a layout to share with you that was published in last month's issue of ScrapStreet Magazine.  I was asked to create a layout that documented my musings, thoughts/wishes/dreams for my future.  This is what I came up with.
Using Echo Park Graceful collection
It's unusual for me to have this much personal reflection visible on my layout. It is usually hidden in a pocket. The purpose of this layout however, was to record my musings/indulge in some self-reflection. I wanted the story to be visible, and available, especially for my children. I think it's important for them to be able to see me as more than just their mom. I want them to know that even though there are days where it may be difficult to tell, I am so very grateful for the life that I have, and they are very much a part of that.

The journaling reads:
"Sometimes it's hard not to be overcome with emotion when I think about the great wealth of blessings I have been given in my lifetime. Never in a million years would I have dreamed I would be living the life I have. Here I am; at 38. A wife and a mother. Surrounded by the people I love, and who love me in return. I am blessed. I have a husband who has promised to love me despite my shortcoming, is gracious with me, and is my biggest cheerleader, regardless of the task I've decided to take on. My three girls fill my heart to overflowing. They are beautiful, intelligent, funny, compassionate, and kind. They have the ability to make me want to scream and laugh all within the same sixty seconds. I pray all the time that I will not fail them as a parent. I am so grateful that they are forgiving and patient with me, as I continue to find my way as their mother. Together, we are living a dream, so much greater than I ever could have imagined for us. With all my heart, I give thanks for the honor of living this life!"

I really love this layout.  Not because I love looking at photos of myself, but because it will be nice to look back and remember this time in my life.  As much as I always think I'll remember certain details or events of my life I know that it's impossible to remember all of it.  I also look at it as a very tangible and open prayer of thanksgiving to the One who has blessed me with all of it.  None of it would matter without Jesus.

On another note, if you're local, this is a reminder of the layouts I'll be teaching this week at The Scrapbook Cottage.  They all about layers, and mist.  The class is on Thursday, August 23 at 6 pm.  There is still room, simply call the store to register 257-2771.

Using Amy Tangerine Sketch book collection
Using Simple Stories Summer Fresh Collection

Hope your week is off to a great start friends!

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Unknown said...

beautiful layout! Great job with all the journaling - that is always a struggle for me. Congrats on being published.

Tara Elias said...

Ahhh I love the journaling! Great job!!

Diane Payne said...

Beautiful layout and I love your layering!

Patricia Roebuck said...

These are stunning, Sherri!

Lilith Eeckels said...

That is a wonderful layout! Love the banners below the photo and how you highlighted certain words! Gorgeous work!

Bente Fagerberg said...

What a beautiful heartfelt lo Sherri!
It is so important that we stop and count our blessings and not get too caught up in the rat race. Well done!!

blsd2scrp said...

love your work! your journaling is a great inspiration!

Monique Liedtke said...

What a wonderful layout Sherri! Great journaling! you're so good at that!! Love the other two as well, a LOT!!

Pam said...

beautiful layout. The design and the heartfelt journaling are gorgeous here. love how you made certain words stand out.

Tamika said...

All the layouts are fantastic but I especially love the journal on the one for yours!

Cassandra aka Scrap Savvy said...

Fab layout Sherri! I love your self reflective journaling. I can relate to your parts on parenting and motherhood. You express it so beautifully.:)

Best of luck with your classes.

Hilde Aaslund aka Scoobie said...

Love the first layout - how you have spread oout the words and dared to focus on the positive in your own life. What a treasure for your kids!

Toni Herron said...

ooh gosh, I love these layouts!
Amazing creations!
And especially love all the journalling on the first one, Great idea!! Might have to give something like that a go myself!

Thanks for sharing!