Thursday, March 22, 2007

The Emotion of Memories

The second day of spring - calls are all done for the Creating Keepsakes Hall of Fame contest, as well as honorable mentions. My phone was quiet - no surprise really. I even surpised myself at my lighthearted mood. I was in good spirits, so much so that friends gathered for Bible study on Monday night wondered why I was so happy. That was strange. Why was I exuding happiness, when in the past I was nervous, and on the verge of tears? I had prayed over my entry. I asked God for His will. He knows what is best for me in His great plan, and having "2007 Hall of Fame" tagged behind my name is not a part of His plan. I guess that is what made it okay. I think much of the happiness came from all the well wishes and private messges I had received in the last week before calls went out. I came to realize that there are people out there who really enjoy my work, and as one sweet soul said to me Sunday night, I have made her realize what really matters.

Even though I had my most solid entry ever, and I had raised the bar on my own photography - I knew that my entry lacked ONE consistent style. I had a simple, elegant layout allowing my photography to take center stage in my Joy layout - which fulfilled the assignment for exceptional photography.

Other layouts were inspirational, philosophical and metaphoric, and then there was a layout that made me and everyone laugh. It was different, it had lots of details - but it created the mood of the child in the photo that was dancing and laughing. Some recommended not to enter it as it did not match the rest of my entry, others said it was too precious and made them laugh, so I had to enter it. I loved that layout, and knowing that it would throw any consistency out the window I entered it anyhow. It was a true representation of who I am as a memory artist.

I don't scrapbook to be trendy, or try to gear my work towards the perception of "what's now" for the editors - I scrapbook my life - and that of my family. I have been musing over my style these past 48 hours... and I have decided that I am an artist of emotion.

My layouts are all about moods. Each its own creation, a reflection of the photogaphs - the moment, the event, the memory. Some are clean and graphic, others are fun with lighthearted doodles. There are pages that make me cry, pages that make me laugh. God has had a hand in every one of my layouts, for He created me to create. He gave me the gift of words, an eye for color, and a heart filled with passion for Him, my family and the world I live in. I am able to see things with my heart, take an empty 12x12 canvas, and fill it with emotion.

11 comments:

Sue K. said...

Thanks for sharing this gorgeous layout, and your heartfelt writings. I know that not winning HOF or HM this year will allow me to grow and improve, and maybe that is the true purpose.

your girl chelsea morning said...

Rita,
beautiful work--I just love what you did with the color drops, it's just stunning. :)
Hope all is well!
-chelsea

Lara said...

Absolutely lovely. Amazing, too.

I'm glad you have such a good attitude. I'm just glad I entered because,although it sounds trite, I have 10 layouts I would not otherwise have. And I love them. That's what matters. :)

Joyous said...

very beautiful!

Janice said...

You are an amazing woman of God. You are uplifting and inspiring in more ways than you know. YOU fill my heart with joy so often just by being YOU. I can't imagine your attitude being any different really... you found peace and purpose in you creations - a true gift from God.

I love this creation! Your photography is stunning!

Love ya Girl!

Rita said...

Beautiful layout and photos Rita!!

Andrea said...

Rita....i love what you said...about the Lord's will. Isn't it wonderful when you give it to Him to take care of, then we know what happened is for the best :) Your joy layout is just beautiful...the comparison photo is incredible!!!

Jenn said...

wow girl! your lo is def. awesome! you are so inspirational and I love that about your pages. you really are an amazing scrapper! I am a terrible lurker on your blog, and apologize for this being my first post. (insert embarassed look here!) keep on doin what you are doin!

Angela said...

It's gorgeous Rita! You keep doing what you're doing and the recognition will follow!! I'm so proud of you for entering! AWESOME!

Katie Jones said...

It's a great layout. Don't be discouraged.

Kara Jones said...

beautiful! I would have picked you! :)