Saturday, November 16, 2013

Inspiration Elevator Challenge- Christmas photo memories

Hello hello!

Perhaps you've been wondering where I disappeared to for a month.

I started a new full time job with a schedule I haven't been able to squeeze spare time from.

I've wanted to get back to blogging and creating but this hobby sucks up time like no other.
Or maybe that's just my process- I knew what I wanted to do with this page- I just needed 4 hours to do it in- lol!

One of my all-time favorite Christmas spot is Macy's Department store in 34th street.
We won't  be in New York until Thanksgiving so I used a photo from last year.

That's Lola scribbling a "Letter to Santa" from our visit to the store last year.
She's literally just making lines but I LOVE the look of intense concentration on her face!!!

For this page I used some Studio Calico paper I got at TJ Maxx, wood star buttons from Prima,
red tag from Cocoa Daisy and a star flair from A Flair For Buttons.
You may recall that the purpose of the Inspiration Elevator challenge group is to take our scrapbooking to the next level, to stretch our creative process and to mature as artists by embracing challenges that make us think, work and grow. You can view all of the challenges at the Inspiration Elevator Blog.
I have a very odd ideas about proper/good parenting.
One of my biggest quirks is the tell no lies rule.
It's absolute and can land me in plenty of social hot water.
Lola has no idea who Santa is- funny how this doesn't seem to interfere with the magic
and meaning of the holiday.
Here she's writing "Santa" a letter.
She has no idea why but that doesn't take away from the fun.
We are thrilled to welcome guest artist Misty Russell and her eclectic, artistic style to Inspiration Elevator this month.

 November's challenge comes from the very talented Joanne Burton. Here's the challenge she posed:

"November's Challenge: Back in Time.  I love looking through old photos (or not so old photos!) and remembering the great memories that go along with them. Some pictures evoke a strong emotional response while others just bring a sweet smile to our face as we recall the details of when it was taken. With that in mind, I would like each of you to pick a favourite photo and go back in time! I want you to take your photo and actually revisit the place where the photo was taken. Then take a 'picture of the picture' in it's original setting and scrapbook your new photo. **If you are absolutely not able to revisit the place where the photo was first taken, then pick a favorite picture with lots of memories attached to it and scrapbook that. 

In either case, I want you to journal the story behind your photo. Make your journaling and photo come together in such a way that we feel like we are back in time with you!"

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

Guest Designer Misty Russell 

If you feel inspired to play along with our 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!

Have a great weekend!


  1. I just love you layout! Such a fantastic photo too. I love all the fabulous texture and fun little details.

  2. Michelle, it's good to see this here - I know your heart is yearning for NY, and that you're finding your creativity has dried up a little lately, but really, when you just sit down and do it, you create ART! I love this page - your choice of papers and embellishments are terrific - everytime I look at that graffiti paper, I see Love wins, and that is really what it's all about, right? Hang in there.

  3. Michelle, this is such a sweet page! TFS.

  4. What a sweet page Michelle! Love the texture and all the details, wonderful page!

  5. incredible details and textures...such a sweet moment to capture!

  6. wow! awesome! the graph background and twine are great! love the splatters as well!

  7. Awww such a gorgeous layout! I love that photo, she is so focused on that writing...a perfect moment captured! :)

  8. That picture is precious!! So much detail and texture on this page! I love it!

  9. Hokey Doodle! I love the perspective in the photo. It's amazing! I adore your tags and little bits. And your title work. Michelle you are so SO talented.

  10. Your photo is amazing. That alone tells such a sweet story...LOVE how everything represents something on your page!

  11. fabulous photo, love that hair! great background work too!

  12. Your layout is fabulous! I love the photo and how you tied all the elements on your page together. I especially love the splatters on your background!
    Joanne xo

  13. Love the photo and spatters! Wonderful page!

  14. Love your work, as you well know!
    All very beautiful here :)
    Passing to wish you good things in this holiday season.
    More creativity next year ...
    Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones.

  15. super, SUPER cute page! hope you're back to blogging soon! :-)

  16. What a Fabulous Layout Michelle :) Love it!


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