October 3, 2010
October Challenge by Karen
Guest Design Team Member Karen submitted this layout for the October THAT Project Challenge. She said, "In 2007, on the way home from a week-long driving vacation, I asked my husband to make a slight detour to visit the country town where my grandparents used to live. We sought out the cemetery and located their gravestones. I took some photographs, knowing that I may never visit again. The actual grave markers don't hold a lot of significance for me; I believe that once we pass on, our souls move to a better place. Memories live in our hearts and minds, not at a graveside. But somehow I thought it was important to visit and also to show my daughter the location of my grandparents' final resting place. So, I've had these photographs on my hard-drive for almost three years, not really knowing whether to scrap them or how to go about it. This challenge motivated me to print them out, and get them on a page. Because I didn't feel any deep emotional response to the visit, I also had no real compulsion to record the experience - so I kept the journalling factual.
As for "scrapping our stash" - I used a 6x6 sheet of Basic Grey 'Motifica' paperpad that has been in my collection for years and years, a journalling page fromMaking Memories, and a small strip of Cosmo Cricket from last year's 'Nutmeg'line. My scrapping tip: Dress up older papers by adding an interesting personal touch! I added some hand stitching to make the paper pop from the page, and it formed a subtle frame for the very plain photographs."
Now it's your turn to take the THAT Project Challenge. This challenge is not limited to layouts - it can be anything that you've been putting off! Send a picture of your project along with a description to Scrappinpsycho@live.com. Your submission will be posted here - and you will be eligible to become a future Guest Design Team member. See all the details below in October Challenge.