I'm excited to say this was featured at Berry71Bleu website for the January challenge!
This layout is a very personal one for me...It is about my struggles with my weight and my self confidence and choosing this year to finally break free from the negative images I have of myself and my abilities and soar. The photo behind the birdcage is one my daughter took of me just before I started to work on this layout, and the photo above is a photo of me at a healthier weight and much more content...I can get there again! I found papercrafting in 2011 and started really focusing on layouts instead of cards this past summer in 2012. I feel I have improved since my start, but am always doubting myself. This year I choose to ignore those feelings of self doubt and continue to follow my heart and find my own style by exploring!
I have done well this first month with my weight loss, but I could still make better choices. I believe I will succeed, but I have to continue to believe in myself. It isn't easy, but in 2013 I am ready to believe in myself!
Here is the gorgeous sketch from Nadia that I used:
I have used some gorgeous Ruby Rock It Mother Nature papers, lots of fun metal and other embellies from my stash, fussy cut elements, and lovely chipboard lettering... Thanks so much for taking the time to stop and look!
I am entering this into the Once Upon a Sketch challenge, the Berry71Bleu all about me challenge, and the Zeus and Zoe one word challenge.
Good luck on your road to success Cathi!! Thanks for sharing with us at OUAS x
Lovely layout with soft colors! Thank you so much for playing along with us at OUAS!
Every since I came across your blog a few weeks ago I return to it regularly because I like your layouts and especially your color schemes so much. I always wanted to scrap some birds cages ... hope my layout will then turn out as wonderful as yours.
I did participate in the challenge, too, and you can look at my layout here if you like http://paperscrapsandscissors.blogspot.com
Great layout Cathi! I love the sentiment of your layout and really hope that you will just love and embrace the person that you are at this very moment!! Love this layout...really beautiful and heartfelt!
What a beautiful layout, Cathi! Thanks so much for sharing your personal struggles with us- that is NOT an easy thing to do and I commend you for your courage! I've watched you progress over these past months and your talent is just flourishing- keep it up! And keep that confidence!
Thanks so much for joining us @ OUAS :),
What an honest & heartfelt page. You're certainly more than on your way to a healthier you both physically & emotionally...I can relate to your struggles...when I first began scrapping I too doubted my abilities--like you I decided to just believe in myself & push on forward. Same with my weight. I was overweight my entire life...finally 2 years ago I said 'enough is enough' and within a year shed 65 lbs! I'm thinner now than when I was in high school believe it or not! So keep on pushing forward--you're on the right track to success!! Thank you for joining us at Berry71Bleu...
it is such a beautiful LO! and I love that it is documenting the beginning of something really positive in your life! wishing you all the best on your journey!
thank you for joining us at OUAS!
Thank you for opening your heart to us...all the best in your weight loss...we are all behind you! And don't despair, we all doubt ourselves, unnecessarily most of the times! Just keep on pursuing your dreams and yes, believe in yourself!
Beautiful Page Cathi! You can do it!
Thank you for sharing your story and very pretty page. Such an important word, "believe". You know you can "do it", so keep on believing. Continue to ignore those feelings of "self doubt" too with what you create. If you continue to experiment and explore you will develop your own style, but most importantly "enjoy" creating your pages and have fun. Thank you for playing along with our challenge at Zeus and Zoe and keep believing.
Thank you for sharing your beautiful work with us and the story behind it. It is truly a beautiful LO and thanks for joining our challenge at berry71bleu and Zeus and Zoe.
Wow, this is such a pretty layout. I love your story and how you've illustrated here from your current photo in the cage to your photo you like better that looks like it is blooming with the flowers and the butterflies that represent change. Good luck with your journey!
Your page is beautiful, and I think you will succeed with your goals.
What acute page! Thank you for joining our challenge at Berry 71 Bleu!
Beautiful page!! and thanks for share this with us..very touching. Thanks you for playing along us at Berry71Bleu!!
Love your page. You will reach your goals!
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