Friday, January 18, 2013

Oh My Word Blog Hop


Welcome to the Oh My Word! Blog Hop with Two Scrapbook Friends! You should have arrived here from Jayne’s blog. If you didn’t, you might want to start at Two Scrapbook Friends, so you can read all about it and you won’t miss any of the great inspiration along the way!

My word for 2013 is right up there in the blog header. It's CHANGE. CHANGE can be a big, scary word for a lot of people, myself included. This year, however, I have decided to embrace it. About 8 months ago I embarked on making a physical CHANGE by adopting a healthier eating plan. I finally came to the realization that a big CHANGE had to be made and found a tool that helps me every day to make better choices. This word CHANGE is not just about outer appearance though, I want to apply this to all areas of my life. I want to CHANGE many things in this coming year.

For my project I did choose to focus on the physical CHANGE I have made. I have had many people comment on my weight loss and although I noticed my pants getting bigger I had a hard time seeing it in the mirror. Then, I came across the picture on the left, taken exactly one year before the one on the right. It was the night of my husband's work Christmas party. These are the pictures that really made me say "WOW, I have made a CHANGE"


I used a line called "Documented" from Simple Stories. The line is all about keeping track of everyday things and the neutral colours worked well with my photos.

There's that word again! I cut the big C out of the paper and used some alpha stickers to complete it. I also cut the little 'happy chart' out and added an eyelet to the box for delighted.

I layered banner pieces, popping random ones up for dimension. I added a few word stickers that really complimented my theme. Of course I had to add a bit of stitching and you can see the light misting I did here and there on the background paper.

Up above the picture on the right you may notice a little tag that says "100% True Story". I thought this was the perfect place to hide some handwritten journalling. I say HIDE, because I just can't handle my handwriting on my layouts!!!
Well there it is, BLECH!! LOL. It reads:
"These photos were taken exactly 1 year apart in Dec. I started using a fitness app in May and lost 55lbs. I finally made a change and will make more in 2013"
I plan to hang this layout on the wall right by my treadmill or maybe on the fridge! I want to be reminded of the commitment I have made to myself. Maybe this time next year the picture on the right will be the BEFORE pic!

So remember, in order to be entered to win:

1. Leave a comment on all the blogs as you go and then go back to the Two Scrapbook Friends blog and leave a final comment there.
2. To have a second chance to win, send YOUR special word that inspires you in 2013 in an email to 2friends@execulink.com. Put "Blog Contest" in your subject line.
3. Create your own design based on your special word and upload it to our Gallery and Forum before February 28 at 11:58 pm, and receive 10 Forum Buttons towards gift certificates in the store!
 4. Check back at the Two Scrapbook Friends Blog on January 22nd to see if you are the prize winner. (Winners will not be contacted personally.)

Be sure to stop by each of the following blogs and leave a comment! Enjoy the Hop :)

33 comments:

Amanda said...

Congratulations - that's a huge accomplishment!! And...I like your handwriting, don't hide it!!! Finally, the font you use on your blog is great. I love it.

Laureen said...

WOW! CHANGE word is truly hard but you have proved you did changed! Good to see the picture comparison! YES you changed! CONGRATULATIONS! I need to adopt that word, CHANGE too!
Your layout is FAB! Love the colours you used!

JanR said...

Wtg on your weight loss, Shelby! That's fantastic!

Such a wonderful layout. The colours are great!

Ann Jobes said...

congratulations on the change you've made and on those still to come, Shelby. What an inspiration! Your page is wonderful - love the overlapping border!

Kelly Codd Greatrex said...

Great job (on your layout and on your weight loss) and absolutely perfect word choice Shelby! You go girl :)

Joanne said...

Wow Shelby! I am so proud of you! Seeing you everyday, I had not noticed the dramatic change in your appearance until you showed me this photo! Your layout is very inspiring and has captured your word perfectly!
Joanne xo

Colleen said...

Awesome! loving the banner pieces with stitching.The paper line was a good choice for the photos too.

Darcy said...

You know you inspire me! I love your layout. I love the app you used. I can't wait for you to see my change!

Jayne said...

A beautiful LO Shelby and photographs to boot! Congratulations on your comittment to change, you should be very proud.......and I love your handwriting!

Antoinette Dias said...

First of all...congratulations on your change!! I know that the journey can feel very long sometimes! Love the layout and the colours!

Lynn Le5 said...

You are beautiful! Love your layout and you should be so proud. Love your secret journalling pocket.

Carla said...

First of all, you look amazing! Congratulations on your weightloss journey. Love your word choice and your layout. Really like the banner.

Emily Berg said...

Congratulations on your journey! Wishing you all the best! I appreciate the positiveness of change in your blog.

Stacie said...

I like the handwriting! The Banner is awesome, as well. Congrats on the weight loss!

Lori S. said...

Shelby, great word choice! Love your commitment to healthy choices. You are such an inspiration! Beautiful layout!

Tracey said...

First of all, congratulations!! Not just for the weight loss but for working to make yourself healthier and happier!! I love that you are going to hang this layout as inspiration and I admit that I may have to steal your idea as I am on a similar journey!!! Here's to a new 'before' picture for 2014!! Way to go Shelby!!

Kim said...

great inspiration Shelby. Congratulations

Marianne Barkman said...

i love your LO. i gain weight big time this summer while sitting by Mom's bedside in the hospital that i have to get off. Thanks for sharing, and being a part of this hop. i am a new follower

Sue Eby said...

Congrat's Shelby...you are an inspiration for sure. Love your layout. Your work is always so amazing. I just love the banner! Change is always good, good luck and stay strong!

jana white said...

congrats - you look awesome! Your layout is gorgeous too...

csewy-csescrap13 said...

Congratulations on your change & gorgeous layout! Loving the colors, photos, and design! Thanks for sharing!

JoAnn Heinbuch said...

Shelby- nobody likes their own handwriting ... And you are such an inspiration...love your transformation... What app are you using?

MaryAnn said...

Gorgeous layout...love your choices of paper and truthfully...you are gorgeous in both pictures but congrat's on your weight loss.
Do it now.. it gets harder as you get older take it from an old overweight broad.

Dr. J said...

Stunning recent photo Shelby! You are gorgeous! Just like your layout.

Avril Tanner said...

Congrats on being able to follow thru with your goal! And great layout as a keepsake of achieving it!

Carol I. said...

Congratulations on all that you have accomplished! Great layout as a reminder of your commitment to yourself.

Andrea V said...

WOW - stunning - love it. You inspire me <3

Andrea :)

Amanda Wolff said...

I love your word Shelby! You have come so far! Awesome work!

Carolyn Wolff said...

You should be very proud of your physical change. I am proud of you. You are a wonderful person and I am honoured to have you as my friend.

Your layout is awesome and will be an inspiration to you to continue your quest for change.

Kim said...

I thought I'd commented but guess not. Great Job on the weight loss journey not an easy thing to do

Joanne Johnstone said...

Shelby this is beautiful! I love your word & your layout!!!! soo inspiring!!!

Christa said...

Shelby! I am so glad you are back and what a change you have made in your life! Congrats you look stunning! I love the clean elements of your design. It so lovely and inspiring.

Deanna said...

Wow Shelby, you look amazing! Great layout and glad to see you so happy!