Its raining here today, which spared me from doing most of the washing and gave me some time to play with the ideas I had for another site I found recently which looked to have some great inspirational colour challenges - its called Colour Combo's Galore. Their Putting on the Ritz Challenge/Inspiration Board #215 is a combination of a colour challenge and photo inspiration challenge.
The colours and the hat cakes in the photo immediately had me thinking of Easter with Easter Bonnets and Spring Colours (so I broke out the Echo Park Spring Time Papers). The cakes sitting on the tray immediately had me thinking of circles and a sketch based on a layout by Janine Kaye, I had seen in a Magazine called Scrapbooking Lifes Special Moments. Thinking of Easter also reminded me that it signifes New Beginnings and hence I came to thinking about the New Year and Resolutions. I don't so much make resolutions but each year I have Words I want to live by, all of which signify ways I want to improve myself (improving oneself could be classed as Putting on the Ritz) or my life in the year ahead. This layout which will be a daily reminder of what I want to achieve in the year ahead.
Every Year I start with Live, Laugh, Love - I want to do more every year. Be Thankful is a reminder to appreciate all that I have and to appreciate others for who they are (2011 was full of reminders to do just this). Create is simply to do what I enjoy more, whether it be papercrafting or creating opportunities to enjoy life more, such as time with family and friends or little holiday escapes. Capture is a reminder that I want to take more photos and scrapbook more of life's everyday moments and make the most of opportunities that may present themselves. I have had a couple of these already this year. Consolidate signifies a few different things for me - firstly to consolidate our debts our goal is to finish doing up our old house and sell it. I also have to reign in my spending..............my craft spending needs to be halved at least. Consolidate also means to strengthen what you have, so in this instance I want to be a better friend, a better wife and better daughter to those I love, and lastly Explore is to try new things, explore new opportunities and to start planning our holidays for February 2013 when Rod is taking long service leave and we are planning a two month road trip to see more of this great country we live in.
I find that when we set goals or at least identify what it is we wish to achieve it is more likely you will suceed, so I am thinking a 12 x 12 Shadow Box Frame next to my bed may be just the place to put this layout.
What words do you live by?