Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Just Focus (OUAS October Challenge)

Do any of you ever suffer from bouts of seasonal depression?  I do.  In the fall especially, when the days get shorter and darkness sets in quite early in the evening, i seem to get the blues.  This fall, my downtime seems to be worse than it has been for a few years, but i'm slowly getting better.  Every day, i feel myself regaining back control of my mind and body, and i always feel at peace when i am creating.  Scrapbooking serves as great therapy for me, as i'm sure it does for many of you. Creating this layout helped me release a lot of pent-up emotions and anxiety, and i feel happy sharing it with you today.

I took inspiration from Once Upon a ...Sketch's October blog challenge which was to use the sketch provided (seen below) and this quote as the theme of our layout:

How very fitting, isn't it?  I decided to put emphasis on the 'Just Focus' phrase and use it as my title. 

As with any other OUAS challenge, we are asked to add journaling on our layout, and i did so on a hidden tag tugged underneath layers of pattern paper and chipboard.

Now, here are some close-ups:
As you can see, still lots of Zva Creative bling and Dusty Attic chipboard on this layout!
 On this DA door hinge as well as on the birdcage and the golden flags, i used a mixture of Dreamweaver Embossing Paste, Rangers Perfect Pearls, Glimmer Mist and chalk.  You have to just go ahead and try different things.  I never know how it will turn out when i start playing with all these different products, but i usually don't give up and keep adding on until i'm satisfied with the result.

Thank you for visiting, and for taking part in this therapy session with me!  
Let's all remember to...
Just Focus On What's Important!  :)

Some of the products used:
Prima Vintage Trinket
Momenta Metal Bird Sticker
Greatest View Button
KaiserCraft & Petaloo flowers
Dusty Attic chipboard


  1. WOOOW!!!! Absolutely stunning page! I looove every single detail!!! Thank you so much for sharing your awesome work with us at OUAS!

  2. Scrapbooking is a creative outlet and great therapy! Lovely take on the challenge. Thanks for playing with us at OUAS.

  3. Beautiful work, Nicole. And what a nice reminder too- to focus on the good things we have in our lives. There are some days that I feel so lost- and just remembering to be thankful for what is going well seems to help a bit.

    Great job, thanks for sharing :)


  4. ohhh pretty, really beautiful - - thanks so much for playing along at OUAS!

  5. love it! thank you so much for playing with us at OUAS!