Thursday, October 8, 2009

Forward Progress Prompt 11

Hi my sweet blogging friends!

First of all I'd like to thank everyone who sent a little mojo my way, I'm glad to say it helped! I've made 4 LO's in one week ... I think that must be a personal record LOL. I've been totally neglecting all other responsibilities, I've just been scrapping every day ... how wonderful to be able to create again.

As it happens I can only share one LO with you today, you'll have to wait just a little bit longer for the other 3. I made those for a very special occasion, something I'm really excited about and I can't wait to tell you all about it. Later, I promise ...

I made this LO for the current challenge over at Forward Progress. Not many people have entered this challenge yet, and I was so hoping some of you would decide to play along this month! We have a beautiful prize for the winner, and even without the prize, the challenges over at FP are really worthwile. Each and every challenge I've done for FP has made me think about my life, my decisions, my relationship with others ... and made me understand a few things about myself in the process as well.

This time around the prompt is this:

I have always felt that me, as a person and as intense as i am, left an immediate and definitive mark on where I have been and whom I have met. but do I? am I profound? am I in my lines? or do I blur them? This month's prompt is about touching people's lives ... it's not who you touch but how ...

Here's my take on the challenge:

This really was a difficult one for me! I'm a bit (understatement of the year!!!) insecure, and to say that I touch people's lives ... Well, do I really, I wonder? The only persons I could really think of, of course, were my children. But then again, they touched my life as well, they changed me completely, they changed the way I feel about things, how I think, how I love, they changed the way I look upon life itself. I didn't really know how to put this into words, so I used the lyrics to a Martina McBride song, "In my daughter's eyes".
I used to think a lot about my place here in this world. When I was younger, I really wanted to matter, to make a difference in the world. I never did of course, which made me wonder about the meaning of it all. All of this changed when I had my children. I didn't have to look for a purpose, for "the meaning of life" anymore, I had all the purpose I needed and still need. The only thing that matters to me now is creating a warm, loving and safe home for my children, giving them a good start in life, teaching them to be good and strong. I guess I still want to matter, but now in my own little world, I don't feel the need to matter in the whole world anymore. I guess to me the meaning of life is just being happy, and trying my best to make sure that the ones I love are happy as well.
In my daughter's eyes I am a hero
I am strong and wise and I know no fear
But the truth is plain to see
She was sent to rescue me
I see who I wanna be
In my daughter's eyes

In my daughter's eyes everyone is equal
Darkness turns to light and the
World is at peace
This miracle God gave to me gives me
Strength when I am weak
I find reason to believe
In my daughter's eyes

And when she wraps her hand
Around my finger
Oh it puts a smile in my heart
Everything becomes a little clearer
I realize what life is all about

It's hangin' on when your heart
Has had enough
It's giving more when you feel like giving up
I've seen the light
It's in my daugter's eyes

In my daughter's eyes I can see the future
A reflection of who I am and what will be
Though she'll grow and someday leave
Maybe raise a family
When I'm gone I hope you see how happy
She made me
For I'll be there
In my daughter's eyes

This song says exactly what I want to say, how I feel. I'm sure I touch their lives in a profound way, but really it is a two way thing!

As soon as I saw this picture, I knew I would use it with these lyrics... The LO came to be surprisingly easy. Normally I can't decide on anything when starting a LO, it takes me forever to decide on the slightest detail. However, this LO just seemed to make itself, though I ran across some problems along the way ...

I knew I wanted to use glimmer mist for this LO, to create just the right feel to it. Since I only have one colour of glimmer mist, the choice was easy LOL! I also knew immediately that I wanted to use my "new" stamps (I've had them for several months now LOL). Those of you who follow my blog regularly, know my fear of stamping directly on a page. I'm so proud of myself for finally doing it LOL! I even used my sparkly embossing powder ... talk about taking a risk huh LOL!!! The stamped images were pretty even without the embossing, but with the embossing, wow, they came to life!

And then the problems began ... my sewing machine didn't want to cooperate at all on this one. The stitches were uneven, it got stuck several times, started stitching without a thread leaving just holes in the page ... ah well, it doesn't show all that much, still I didn't get the effect I was after. I had planned on only stitching, but because of this bad look, I added some ink on the edges of the page ... big mistake!!!! It was horrible!! At this point, I had already glued down my alphas, wrote down the journaling, so I just didn't want to start all over again. So I decided to paint over it, using some mesh as a mask. It still didn't give the look I was after when starting this LO, but as it turns out I still love it! I think my daughter will love this one one day ...

Be sure to check out the Forward Challenge site, you won't be disappointed. You still have about a week to enter the current challenge!
Love xxx Peggy


  1. oh mercy, pegs....this page is SO AMAZING!!!! i got chills looking at it! and don't EVER believe that you don't make a difference. every time i think about you i thank God for your presence in my life. i love you SO much and i'm glad your mojo found it's way home!!!!

  2. sweet friend....some awesome talent going on here!!! I would say your MOJO is back in all of it's glory!!!! I adore this LO!!!! have impacted my life....your friendship....although across the so important to me!!!! Smiles to you :-)

  3. Zeer mooi. De foto vind ik perfect
    om te combineren
    met die teksten..
    Groeten Charlot*

  4. Wat een mooie layout! Ik zal me ook eens zo'n glimmer mist aanschaffen. Het geeft echt wel een mooi effect.

  5. Wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!! That LO is JUST WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!! Love the photo, the title, the lyrics U used....the wow wow.....can't wait to see your other lo's too! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  6. I love the page...It turned out profound and awesome...the sentaments are priceless and will one day be a treasure to your daughter. Our children do give us a are right. People often tell me how blessed my kids are to have me...but like you, I know they got it all wrong. I am so beyond blessed to have them. They are my treasure! Thanks for sharing!!

  7. Brava Peggy! You touched a chord in my heart. I once read a quote that said "Children are the anchors in a Mother's heart." I see that you believe that also.

    Beautiful layout!! *Clapping my hands and blowing you a kiss!*


  8. What a beutiful heartfelt sentiment page. Sometimes it can be scary to put your feeling out there but you made the right choice. It makes you the beautiful person and mother you are. The stiching good or bad is a story in itself everytime you look at the page. MWA

  9. Peggy... ik ben sprakeloos! wat een prachtige layout! Juist de inkt langs de randen geeft het dat "extra's" .. de song kende ik niet, maar het is een perfecte tekst! Blij dat je mojo terug is, ik miste je een beetje... heb een goed, creatief weekend!

  10. Oh Peggy this layout is gorgeous and I wouldn't change a thing about it!! I love the misting and how you did the edges, stunning! You have such a way with words and you really have me thinking. Whose life am I touching? I would have to say my kids too and hope that even though they might not be listening to me now that my words will echo back to them when they are older (the curse of teens and young adults you know). I'm going to try to play along with this one this weekend and do an art journal page on it as it is such a meaningful challenge.

  11. I'm so impressed, Peggy..
    En nu ga ik verder in het nederlands, want zo goed als jij de Engelse taal beheerst, doe ik het absoluut niet!
    Wat een indrukwekkende layout. Weer! Fantastisch, die foto en je journaling! En die songtekst erbij, alsof het allemaal voor elkaar gemaakt is.
    Wat bewonder ik jouw manier van scrappen, met zoveel gevoel en diepgang. Prachtig!

    Ik wens je een heel fijn weekend,

  12. Peggy, this is so so fabulous! That amazing photo really draws you in, and I loved hearing your thoughts behind this layout! Your are one awesome mama, and your kids are lucky to have you! :-)

  13. wow, Peggy!!! you may have only one colour of glimmer mist, but its just the perfect one for the photograph! And you did such a super job with it! And what I love best are the heartfelt words! Thank you - you've got me thinking too..

  14. i just love your heartfelt & very honest thoughts that you share Peggy !

    very powerful message with those lyrics & your photograph !

    glad to see you misting away here ! it is such a perfect background color to go with your pic !

  15. OMG!! Peggy!! THis is S-T-U-N-N-I-N-G!!
    You are just such an artist!! Beautiful!
    And yes you do touch people's lives. Its your honesty...
    I love it in you!
    Have a wonderful week blossom

  16. GOrgeous layout and I LOVE the stamping!!! Can't wait to see your other 3 projects!!

  17. Oh peggy your Lo is just totally awesome it!!!!

    thanks for popping by andthanks for the congrats on my new gig... really looking forward to it!!!

    keep up the awesome creations!

  18. love the lo peggy, it's gorgeous and so artistic