Hello there everyone!
I am here today to share with you my creation for Maja Designs August Mood Board.
This is what the mood board looks like this month .. perfect ! I LOVE it!
Remember when it comes to these mood boards, you can interpret them in ANY WAY you like... ! You can draw inspiration from anything in them. The image, the words, the colours and the little poem are all there for you to be inspired by!
I have used the wonderful, beautiful and VERY sweet Sofiero collection here..
You know, I consider myself very lucky that one day about 4 years ago a copy of a scrapbooking magazine was included for free in the card making magazine I used to buy back then! This is how scrapbooking started for me, and probably for most people, .. by accident. I knew that night I wanted to make something and because I have ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS preserved memories in one way or another, what perfect way to create things for my then 2 year old (Maria ) and newborn baby (Ioanna)!!! So off I went and tried to recreate things in those pages and the result of course was dismal .. LOL! You cannot recreate things you see in magazines if you do not have THE EXACT materials they have used. So slowly, a style developed (not sure of it yet!). I invested (wasted!) a lot of money along the way, till one day I decided to start a blog because I was SOOOOOOOO confident my work was amazing LOL!
Anyway.. that was 4 years ago around about this time and little did I know then that this "hobby" would turn into a way of life for me. Little did I know, I would STILL be going 4 years later. Little did I know that I would have met the most amazing bunch of women (and men!) ANYONE could ever wish for. People from all over the world. I think I pretty much know someone in many countries that I would most definitely go out of my way to visit when I get there!
Of course, my love affair with scrapbooking, paper crafting, blogging etc has not always been the best. Just like most healthy and long lasting relationships we have had fights! Ohhhh yes we have! LOL! I have left scrapbooking and quit everything TWICE, swearing NEVER to return to it again. Many of you know the reasons. It .. always revolved around pregnancies and .. the rest. But somehow it always called me back to it.. Late last year, after being very ill at the beginning of my pregnancy with Sofia, I remember meeting my friend Jasmine Shea here in Sydney and telling her I had JUST LEFT everything, every design team, everything I was doing, I packed my crafty bags, locked them in the attic and I would never scrap again!! LOL! The blog kept going with the many projects I had created MONTHS before :)
A few months later, enter an email from the very lovely Jenny, DT coordinator for Maja Design, asking to join their team in 2013! What? I really wish I could have, but being well into my pregnancy JUST the thought of touching paper made me ill. I politely declined and for some reason decided to reveal to her that I was pregnant, and just was not interested in taking anything on for 2013. She understood and asked if it was OK to send me some papers to play with. I thought "what the heck.. why not?" .
And my dear friends.. a box FULL of papers from many of their collections arrived. It sat on my desk for weeks. 'till I decided to create something with it. Just for me... No DT work.. NOTHING! I created this canvas...I created this well into my pregnancy ...
and something inside me moved. To cut a long story short.. I started creating again REALLLY slowly, using just Maja Designs papers and somehow I begun to get some offers from other places, who were willing to work with me in regards to volume of creations and deadlines etc.
Why am I telling you all this? Well, for one, I credit Maja Design and Jenny for getting me back into it all... Scrapbooking was THE LAST thing on my mind late last year!!!
But fast forward all these months later and I am in such a better place with everything in my life. The biggest burden has been lifted off my shoulders and off my heart. The one about whether my baby would be OK. She was.. and to go back to the point I was making earlier, there were SO SO many people throughout that WHOLE journey that just gave me hope.. every day I would read something that would take my mind to a better place and THAT my friends is invaluable when you are so overwhelmed with fear about your unborn baby. One of those people was my friend Eila Sandberg. She is my OTHER Swedish connection. She is an amazing person who I so wish lived down the road.. Just a wise person that knows all the answers.
A couple of weeks ago, i received a beautiful parcel from Eila full of Swedish chocolate, clothes for Sofia and the wonderful Sofiero collection from Maja Design, which I used to create the card above. THANK YOU Eila :))
Everything somehow connected together and I am so glad not just for the amazing friends I have made over the last 3 years I have been online, but also the encouragement I received to keep on going. I am SO happy everything worked out in the end, and I am really REALLY glad I did not give up creating ALL together because ... now that I feel good and all is OK with baby etc I LOVE creating and I can look back at the last year ..or 3 and bid them goodbye but also thank them for everything they brought with them.
I know it is only August in 2013, but the next few months are going to be AWESOME scrapping wise.
I am in a good place, and I sincerely hope I can pass my enthusiasm and good vibes on to you.
Have a great day everyone :)