Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Inspiration Elevator

You may recall that the purpose of this challenge group is to take our scrapbooking to the next level, to stretch our creative process and to grow as artists by embracing challenges that make us think, work and grow. You can view all of the challenges our new Inspiration Elevator Blog, here.

We are also pleased to welcome Denise Morrison and her stunning artistic style back to Inspiration Elevator. Our challenge this month comes from the very talented Lisa Spiegel . Here's what she had to say in her very own words: "October is my favorite month of the year.  Hands down.  The temperatures here in Southern California finally start to drop, we wear a light sweater, maybe even a little boot.  We pull out the scarves and the jeggings and put away the capris and tank tops.  Leaves begin to change and we prepare for Halloween!  My whole house is decorated, from top to bottom, and it is no small feat.  I even swap out my dishes and serving ware in preparation for Fall and Halloween and I love to just keep the festivities going all the way through the Thanksgiving and then holiday season.  My house will not return to "normal" until January.  So, Lisa, tell us, how does this relate to a scrapbooking challenge?  Well, what I've found over the years is my scrapping even changes over the holidays.  I layer more.  Reach for the bling and really dig deep to embellish with meaningful objects.  Journalmy thoughts and stories and feelings.  Fall just make me nostalgic.  So  here is the challenge.  Create a layout that is nostalgic...the feelingshould be evident from the title, the visible journaling and the embellishments you choose.  Choose deliberately and with purpose to tell your nostalgic story.  I can't wait to see how you interpret this challenge!"

This challenge proved to be VERY difficult for me! But once I figured out what story I wanted to tell, I knew exactly what I wanted to scrap about. Since I was a little girl, some of my favourite memories have been on our camping adventures. My love for the outdoors, and our happy family memories, have all stemmed from traveling, especially camping. Now that I have a family of my own, we go camping as much as we can in the summer time. It takes me back to the good old days, with the campfire, fishing, hiking, and playing with my sisters. I love that my kids are experiencing the same adventures that I have had, and I can see myself years ago as they create their own adventures in the wilderness!

Here is the layout I created:

I decided to title the layout "The Smells of Yesterday". The distinct outdoor camping smell always conjures up many memories-from the smell of the campfire, to the dampness in the morning. As a kid we always use to wake up and have our cereal while our parents had their coffee... now I am having my coffee while my kids are having their breakfast.... I LOVE this!  Here are some detailed shots:

I didn't have any old camping photos at my house, but I did include pictures of our last camping adventure.  I used Jillibean Soup's Happy Camper Collection along with some of their other embellishments! I thought this suited my style!

Thanks for the great challenge Lisa!

 I hope you will stop by and see what the  rest of the incredible Inspiration Elevator designers have created:
Guest Designer Denise Morrison

If you feel inspired to play along with my challenge this month, please share it using the linky tool on our Inspiration Elevator blog and/or our Inspiration Elevator Facebook page. We'd LOVE to see what you made!


Michelle Hernandez said...

This is SO FUN!! Great color- I know exactly what you mean now- we went camping for the first time ever this summer and I can't WAIT to bring more of those memories to my little one- she LOVED IT. Great page!

Lisa Spiegel said...

JODI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is just perfect!!! I absolutely love the feeling you've created here..I know exactly what you mean about having those shared experiences with our kids...just peRFECT. Okay, and the layout...the BOMB. I adore how it's a grid, but not...ADORE. I hope you are flattered when I lift you! xoxo

Ann Jobes said...

How fun - you were able to tell a nostalgic story, but with your whimsical scrappy style. How cool! Kind of PL-like, yet your own, too. Neat stuff!

Laura said...

Such a sweet pager Jodi, love that you are recreating some treasured memories with your children.

Joanne said...

Jodi, you did an amazing job with this challenge! I love your take on it and the design of your page is gorgeous. Everything is so bright and colorful and your photos and journaling are perfect!!
Joanne xo

Denise said...

I love how you used newer photos and yet still created something that reminded you of times before. I really like the little forest animals as well. It gives a treasured memory feel to the layout. Adorable.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

This is gorgeous!! LOVING the colors, the photos and the little fox!!!!

Christa said...

Fellow Camper! I am so glad your shard these memories and how they made you feel so nostalgic. I love your whimsy and the papers really are perfect.. I am a huge fan of the linear style here. ADORE!

Mendi said...

Awesome take on the challenge! I adore this collection of papers and your layout is so cute! :)

LisaM said...

Beautiful and fun layout Jodi! Love your title and design!