The other day I was thinking about my life and how different I was six years ago, before I met Mark. I had very little direction and was not sure what I wanted to do with my life or how I wanted to spend my time. Would I start planning for my future by establishing a career? Or would I get married and have children? I was never really sure until Mark and I met and fell in love. Three years later we were blessed with a beautiful baby boy, and I knew that I was exactly where I wanted to be. It's amazing how moments of clarity can come at times when you least expect them. At the time I met Mark I never thought that in six years I would end up with a family and my dream job. I cannot think of anything else I would like to accomplish with my life!
It is difficult not to think about all the "what ifs". What if Mark and I had never met? What if we were never blessed with our son? What if I decided not to become a stay at home mother? My life would be so different. I love how my life is now, and I have those two to thank. Before them, I was living my life for myself and only six years later my dreams and goals involve two other people.
I wanted to document these feelings in a scrapbook layout for my new family. I wanted to show them how grateful I am that they came into my life and changed it for the better. There are no two people in this world that I love more than these guys, I cannot believe how lucky I have become! They are a constant source of inspiration for my pages, and 99% of my layouts are about them. Who better to scrapbook about than the people you love most?
My challenge for you is to create a page about the people you love most in your life. It can be your family, your friends, or perhaps even a mentor or a role model. Journal about why they are important to you and how they have changed your life. The words you write will remain invaluable for both you and your subjects for years to come.
For my 9" x 9" page, I thought that the Fresh Anthology Eliza papers suited my theme well. The pinks and blues together make a great feminine and masculine combination. Although my photos are male subjects, the page itself is about me and my feelings towards them. Since I wanted my focus to remain on my journaling and photos, I decided not to overbear my page with the different patterns. For a different approach to embellishing pages, try restricting your papers to the centers of grommets and create a border across your page. I still used 5 different patterns, but keeping them inside the grommets was the subtle touch I was aiming to achieve. I then embellished the page with the Fresh Anthology Sydney alpha stickers, and Poolside jigsaw alphas with Fresh Anthology scrapbook colors paint in Country Blue.
Try creating this look on a tribute page for the people that you love, and don't forget to upload your photos to the MM Gallery so that we can all see!