Hello and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
I’m so thrilled to welcome you to the first edition of OLD NEW BORROWED COOL of 2013! Did you catch that?! 2013! I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love the start of a new year. I’m always full of hope for new beginnings, changes, excitement and hope. I am absolutely determined to make 2013 a good one. Scratch that. A GREAT one!
I thought a quite a bit about what I was going to do for this project. Just last year I had done a resolutions page that I loved but I wanted “more” for this year somehow. All that thinking brought me once again to Ali Edwards and her One Little Word. In her concept, the “little word” is to be your talisman or reminder all year through about what you really want to devote your time and focus towards. I need that. Boy, do I need that. (Focus is one of my issues!) A couple of years ago I picked the word “change.” And trust me it was a year of change. With 2012 being a bit tumultuous for me and my family at the end, I was looking for a word that would both focus and inspire me.
And I finally settled on: HAPPY.
Happy. When I got to thinking about it, it’s what I really wish for most for both me and my family – to be Happy. Once upon a time, many moons ago, I was known for having a sparkling personality. My nickname at one of my very first “grown up” jobs was “Ms. Sunshine.” And while I know that most still think of me that way, the issue is that I don’t think of myself that way. So I want to bring the HAPPY back for 2013! That means (among other things) doing things for ME, surrounding myself with things that inspire, looking for the pretty or the good wherever I can find it. And in this layout, as my first project for 2013, I did just that!
For this layout, I wasn’t concerned about photos or products or anything else for that matter. I just wanted to find and use things that made me happy. I dug deep into my supplies and pulled out anything that just called to me – all those things that I’ve just been waiting to use – and then used them. And at the risk of sounding like a pre-teen girl (which isn’t all that bad!), I picked things like polka dots, butterflies, hearts, hot air balloons, banners, pink, glitter, aqua and yellow (my favorite colors), zigzags and more. I think if I could have thrown the kitchen sink on there, I would have! I think all that was missing was the unicorn and rainbow! When it was all over this is a bit what it looked like….
See what I mean?! It finally shook out to this:
OLD: BasicGrey Kioshi and What’s Up, along with some fantastic Doodlebug glitter alphas, some Pebbles, Inc. flags and Making Memories butterflies.
NEW: Teresa Collins patterned paper (I am in LOVE with this line – and yes, I know you’ve seen it before but I can’t help it. It makes me HAPPY!), My Mind’s Eye Sweetest Thing line (with yummies like brads, 3-D stickers, etc.)
BORROWED: The idea to use One Little Word as the focus of this scrapbook page from the talented Ali Edwards (AliEdwards.com)
COOL: This fun NON-PHOTO layout that is nothing if not HAPPY!
I sincerely hope this project has inspired you and that you just might consider a One Little Word or a NON-PHOTO layout of your very own! I’d love to see it or hear about it if you do! May 2013 be a spectacular – and HAPPY – one for you and yours!