How could I resist this:
I love personal commitment. It is how things get done. So … CONGRATULATIONS DEBBIE! Make sure you are registered on the BPS Website and then email me [firstname.lastname@example.org] and I'll put you in Kelli's class.
I let it inspire a scrapbook page I've been wanting to create for little miss Addie.
It seems she may be dealing with Childhood Apraxia of Speech and as I have been studying up on this fairly common condition where a child struggles with verbal programming and planning of speech, I thought about the many emotions I've had over the two and half years that I have been her mother. I have been "speechless" so many times as I've tried to describe the miracle of adoption and the magical and instanteous love that felt for her the very minute I laid eyes on her. I feel it will be important for me to document Addie's words and progress in expressing herself and this is my first attempt to do that.
It's a very simple page, but I enjoyed the process of smashing together some colorful inspiration with a story I've wanted to tell. I also love (for the benefit of my current LOM students) going to my category drawers to pull out three or four personality pics of my children — I can easily find photos that feature the expressions and colors I want — that's cool!
1. Could be a young child developing speech like Addie
2. Could be your teenager and the "adjectives" he uses most often
3. Could be your spouse's most common expressions
4. Could be a family idiom of speech
Whatever you decide, consider using just two embellishments. One that draws attention to the focal point image and one that points to your journaling—a simple hierarchy of design that is surprisingly effective.
The Creativity Project I'm speaking at my local Rotary Club today and counting it as my exercise in creativity. I'm issuing a challenge to ALL others also engaging in this effort of daily creativity to (sometime before the end of March) SHARE something you know with a group of people. Yes, I said group of people. This sharing will require some planning, but more importantly it will require you to step outside your comfort zone and extend yourself and your creative talents. Maybe you'll invite a couple of friends to come over and spend an evening making something with you or maybe you'll do something a bit more formal. If you accept … let me know how and when and WHAT you learn.