Orange Paperie January Challenge

Hi everyone,

One of my many new years resolutions was to participate in more challenges this year.  Last year I did very few due to my DT commitments and this year with a lighter load I am really hoping to free up some time to join in a challenge or two!!  I love all the girls over at OP&C so I thought why not make my first challenge their January one which is "New Beginnings".

For my project I wanted to do a photo of me (because I don't do enough of these) and I wanted to move away from my "in the pocket" style and branch out a bit... When I have a lot of deadlines and I'm scrapping a layout a day I tend to go with just what works, rather than trying new things, exploring techniques etc and for this layout I deliberately didn't want to do that.  I took a different approach and I built this one from the photo downwards, when normally I start with my background and work up from there.  I pulled back on the flower layers too which was super hard I must say - there is still 7 though LOL!

The top pull out journalling card starts with the text.. "A lesson learned:" and I have some hidden journalling there... basically reminding myself to stop, take a breath and enjoy the little things...a real focus for my 2013.  I am letting go of all the "stuff" that goes with a busy life.  If you read my blog you will know my mum is going through Breast Cancer treatment and it's a reminder that life is fragile, short and should not be taken for granted. She finished her treatment on the 7th Jan which was also Caitlin's birthday.  (Strange but true she started her treatment on my birthday 5th October last year - Crazy hey!) So.. 2013 is her new beginning and I want to take something positive out of her getting sick and for me, that's a wake up call to focus on the important stuff, not the being busy stuff because tomorrow is not guaranteed for any of us.

So, I'm not sure it totally fits with the "New Beginnings" theme and I didn't mean to get all serious and "deep" on your all - which was why the journalling was hidden, but I did didn't I LOL

Anyways, here is my take:

Oh, yes, forgot to mention since this photo I have decided that it needs some stitching around the hexagon shapes in the background which I did :)

Flowers are a mixture of Manor House, Prima and A LIL Somethin.

Until next time