Saturday, January 7, 2012

Lasting Memories Challenge #70 Getting to Know You

 Yeah! My first Lasting Memories Challenge!!! We are kicking off the new year with the theme of "Getting to Know You." Please join us and help us get to know you! Submissions are due Jan.14 at 9 pm EST.

One of my goals this year is to make a scrapbook telling my story. I want  something for the boys to have in case something happens to me. And I want to share their heritage with them, because I know my ex won't if something happens to me. So this is going to be the first page of that book. And this is also my introduction as a Lasting Memories Design Team member. (I am still pinching myself, because I can't believe it is true!)

Growing up I thought I had no artistic ability.  Yes, I could do beautiful embroidery and needlework pictures and Christmas projects, but paper and markers resulted in nothing but stick figures. My school art projects were always “hidden” from sight by my teachers. So in my eyes art was not a possibility for me. Even when I was teaching I bought bulletin board displays, because there was no way I could design my own.
I could write though. I could use paper to tell my story in words and I won many awards due to my writing skills.
Then 2 months after September 11, 2001 I had a heart attack. I became disabled due to Behcet’s. I could no longer do embroidery because I could not feel the needle due to arthritis from the Behcet’s.  I was told there is no cure for Behcet’s.
I wanted my children to know my story so I began scrapbooking. Now paper and embellishments tell my story through art. So while there are days the Behcet’s steals my language skills, I can still tell my family stories through pictures, paper and embellishments because I am a SCRAPBOOKER!

Stash: Buttons, Notebook Scrapbook Paper,  Green Chipboard Alphabet, Jessie James Dress It Up Buttons, Creative Charms Butterfly

 Lasting Memories Challenge #70
Practical Scrappers Layout Challenge

Looking forward to getting to know you and seeing what you create!


  1. oh my goodness Elizabeth what a beautiful story to share with your boys!!! thanks for sharing it with us... your DT sister :)

  2. Congratulations again lovely!! It's so wonderful to see you so excited and you really are so deserving of this post!!

    I can't wait to learn more about you in this series of scrapbooking pages too :)


    Linda xx

  3. What a GREAT way to tell a story! First page is wonderful!

  4. Gosh Elizabeth... what a great story and a wonderful thing you are doing. I would say your artistic ability has come out of hiding!! :-)

  5. Im in tears...LOVE your journaling!!!!! Well if only they could see you now girl!!!! I think you are crazy talented!! Don;t ever let anyone tell you different!!

  6. Wow Elizabeth you are a talented writer and scrapbooker. I love that you are making an album about you for your children. This is so awesome. Love this page and all the little boxes with the many gorgeous details. Welcome to LM and can't wait to see more. :)

  7. Talented no doubt about it. Love the intro page

  8. Your artistic talent seems to have been hidden for a long time, but look at you go now!!!
    Beautiful story to tell to your boys!

  9. You brought tears to my eye's with your journaling. I love what you're doing and applaud you for it. I can't wait to see more pages, if you'll share with us? It'll be an amazing book when it's done. So glad to have you on board at Lasting Memories!

  10. I love the grid look on your page! And the colors are so bright and happy :)

  11. I love all the embellishments you added to this page. Love the lime green trim around the page.
    Very nice!!



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