I've been thinking so much about the role of creativity in my life lately. I've been having a hard time sleeping, waking up in the middle of the night, mind spinning, questioning my life choices to date, and wondering where I'm headed next. You know, the little things. Instead of getting frustrated trying to fall back asleep, I've been getting up and paper crafting. It doesn't mean I'm any less exhausted, but I'm more productive and it puts my mind at ease. Creativity is more than a hobby these days, it's my self care, my passion, my joy, my healer. This page was started in yesterday's early morning hours and finished this morning. This is one of my favorite memories from our trips to Kaua'i, renting bikes and riding along the Ke Ala Hele Makalee, the path along the ocean heading to one of the best beaches for boogie boarding.
This page was inspired by Jot Magazine's October/November mood board. I love it - the colors, the wood grains, the fibers, and the doily. It's a departure from my normal style, but I really enjoyed how it came together. I pieced it like a collage, antiquing the edges of it all, overlapping journaling cards, adding a doily, chipboard, wood veneers, thread, and various embellishments. The background paper is Heidi Swapp and the chipboard pieces are a mix of BasicGrey collections.
I added this to two more challenges. First, the Anything Goes Challenge #66 from Paper Girls Challenge Blog. Second, I joined Paper Issues' new linky party, as it most certainly documents a time in my life when I was happy. I have started following their blog regularly and joined their Facebook friends and fans page. I have been enjoying the inspiration and the community.