January 27, 2014


Hello, Cathi here with my first official post as a member of the Berry71Bleu design team! I am so honored Marivic chose me to be among this talented group of women! There has been so much incredible inspiration all month and here is my contribution!!

My word, like Dana, is Balance! I had an amazing year last year going from one challenge blog design team to ten design teams and guest design spots for challenge blogs, manufacturers and stores. I have been beyond lucky and am so grateful for that! But I definitely took on too much with all my excitement of being asked. This year I want to remember that I need to balance my life. I need to remember those two little girls in this photo and make sure they are my priority. I need to have a creative outlet and enjoy that too, but deadlines and projects can't be so many that they make me miss out on watching my girls grow and being with them doing fun things!! I think I am learning that balance now, and I will strive to keep that balance better this year.

The papers I used are Fabscraps Shabbylicious and the paper is piled up with tons of embellishments and flowers, including that gorgeous tag (the two birds on the tag reminded me of my two girls!) from Marivic, Prima and Manor House flowers and a gorgeous Prima metal chandelier. I used my Prima damask stencil and my newly won Prima script stamp, along with a Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst spray for my background work.

I stitched around my photo for a bit of extra detail and distressed and layered my background papers with Black Soot Distress Ink. The title balance is done with Thickers.

I have done my layout starting out with the sketch from Once Upon a Sketch, it kinda took on a life of its own after a while though, but I used it as my starting point. Balance is my lesson learned, and one I need to keep learning, and there is lots of journaling on the kraft tags on the layout about balancing my children, my health and my creative needs and desires. I am sure I will be continuously learning how to balance my life when it comes to these!

Thank you so much for taking the time to look!!

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6x6 Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plate

 2 tubes of Green and Blue Speedball Block Printing Ink.

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$15 Gift Voucher

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Lizzy Hill said...

What a wonderful page...& YEP, it sure is all about the way you've used those flower clusters:):) Soo glad you joined us at OUAS. Oh, I really like your page....& what a wonderful lesson [s!!] learnt....great colour scheme, too....thanks for playing along with us at OUAS!! And if you haven’t already done so, you can link this to our Once Upon A…Sketch Facebook Page for a chance at our special FB prize!

Val-Belle said...

WOW Cathi - 10 DT's I don't know how you did it and still managed to play along with other challenges... Great word for 2014... I love this layout and that photo of your precious baby girls... they will need more and more of your time too as they get older. I love the softness of this layout and the journalling on the tags. Beautiful inspiring work as always. Thanks for playing along with us at OUAS this month. Please load your layout onto our OUAS FB page for another chance to win a prize. :D

Gisèle said...

What a sweet page; beautiful. And a wonderful feeling to strive for. Those girls are the most important for sure...xoxoox said...

Cathi, what a wonderful lesson to learn. Our children grow so very quickly and what a joy to enjoy special time with them. You are very talented and no surprise that you have been invited to DT with wonderful companies and sites. Such a lovely, feminine page and how great to see your journaling in your own hand!! Thanks for joining us for the January Once Upon A…Sketch Challenge and for sharing your sweet layout on our Facebook page! ~ Blessings, Tracey

Garden of Grace

JenniferD said...

Looove your Gorgeous Layouts so many Beautiful Embellies!