Tuesday, August 14, 2012

What Is Your Place You Can Most be Yourself?

Recently a dear friend and fellow design team member, Courtney Walsh, on my Webster's Pages deisgn team had her second novel published, in a series called 'Sweethaven".  I couldn't be more thrilled or excited for her!  The new release is called "A Sweethaven Homecoming" a sequel to her book "A Sweethaven Summer:".  Her books are heartwarming stories based around scrapbooking!

To help celebrate and promote her new book she is doing a weeklong blog challenge for scrappers to play along (Prizes Too!!!)  The topics to choose from are:

~Reconciled Friendships
~Motherhood
~weightloss
~being transparent
~distractions
~forgiveness
~old friends
~getting away
~the place where you can most be yourself
~the place where the peace is
~the cover of the book
~a verse or quote that really means something to you
~second chances

Courtney asked a few of her scrapper friends to do up sample layouts featuring one of the above topics to share on her blog.  I chose "A place where I can most be myself".  Most of you may not know this about me but I am a total 'home-body', I love nothing more than slipping into some comfy PJ's and kicking back in our bedroom.  It's the one room in the house that absolutely is always clean and tidy.  I wake up in the morning and immediately make the bed (LOVE a nicely made bed).  The rest of the house get's it's clean-up but it never stays that way with the everyday adventures of the rest of my family.....but my/our bedroom is my place of refuge, a relaxing, calm, comfortable place to read, nap, watch TV (Yep, we have a flatscreen in the bedroom....bad, I know! lol!!) and Yes! even scrap!!

I combined this challenge with a Bo Bunny challenge I had today to do a page that featured fun ways to add journaling to our pages.  I used the gorgeous new Bo Bunny Collection called Serenade to make up this page.  I chose to journal in a way that would add a design element to the page.  I machine stitched a zig-zag circle design on the page and handwrote my journaling around it.
There is someone else in our family that loves a well made bed, as you can see in this photo.  I was trying to snap some pic's and the next thing I know our pup Zoe had hopped up onto the bed on her favourite blanket at the foot of the bed.  At first I was going to shoo her off but then I thought, nope...she really is part of the package, the one that is always sitting there keeping me company in my peaceful place. 
I used a little bit of chalk ink and some of the new Bo Bunny stamps to create a background on the Double Dot Khaki paper (above) as well as some of the green jewels. 
I also got to use some of the NEW gorgeous blooms that Bo Bunny released at the summer CHA!  I'm so thrilled that they decided to add blooms to their new collections this time around (I'll share a pic of the stash of blooms they sent me in an upcoming post) 
Want to know what it says above our bed? ..."Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away" ......Can you believe I found this wall decore at our local dollar store?  I was so pleased with myself when I finished applying the quote to our wall and was so happy with the look of it!...Then my dear husband came home and chuckling said, "Of all things to put over our bed, you had to choose THOSE words??" ....Ha!, I told him my mind doesn't dwell in the gutter like his does! ROFL!

So enough about me.....would you like a fun challenge? Then be sure to stop by Courtney's blog to play along, you can find it HERE and if you are looking for a wonderful summer read, you cnn order one or both of the Sweethaven books HERE. Courtney is an awesome writer and has a magical way with words, I know you'll love her books.  So my question to you is, "What is your place where you can most be yourself?"

Thanks for stopping by today! xo

23 comments:

Елена Смоктунова said...

Как красиво!!!!As it is beautiful! Masterpiece!!! You are a master!!!

Edilza Teixeira said...

Oi Gabrielle!!!

Seu LO é fantástico!!! Seu quarto é magnífico e a frase que escolhestes é maravilhosa. Você é muito bonita e na foto acima deve ser você atualmente os cabelos mais curtos mais uma BELÍSSIMA MULHER!!!

Beijos e tenha uma semana abençoada

morkaren said...

Hvor er det smukt, du har da en dejlig farvesans. KNUS MORKAREN.

Courtney Walsh said...

Still laughing about the quote above your bed. LOL :) Love this, Gabi! Thank you sooo much for joining me in this crazy book release journey!

Lynn said...

Your layout is just gorgeous. You amaze me with your details and design every time. It was nice to get to know you too through your story. I'm a home body too..and yes I have a t.v. in my room too..bad, bad, lol. I'm off to check out the books! Have an awesome day!

scrappymo! said...

Wonderful layout...
By the way, my husband would think just like yours...teehee!

Tracey Sabella said...

Such a gorgeous LO!! As always so many amazing details - love the gems in the centers of your stamped flowers!! ~ Blessings, Tracey

http://gracescraps.blogspot.com/

Jan said...

Love your room!

Romy said...

LOL, I love your hubby's sense of humor;)
Your layout is as gorgeous as your bedroom is! I love the serene feel to it.

tracy said...

Ok so everyone knows you are crazy talented. I visit your blog everyday know I will be inspired. I have searched your whole blog looking and drooling over your amazing work. Please please do some youtube videos showing us the process. I would so love it even if you do not talk but play music in the background. Your work is very inspiring on your blog just hop on over to youtube. Thanks for sharing your talent. Hugs Tracy.

sixofone aka Leah said...

I love all the stitching on your beautiful LO

pattyo said...

Another gorgeous layout, Gabi! I, too, am a homebody. I like nothing better than being in pj's and hanging out at home scrapping or reading (once the cleaning is done. lol). Your wall quote is an absolute favorite of mine. I guess you get a lot of comments about where you put it! lol

Cindy Gay said...

I love your page, the stitchery, the favorite things. Just great!

Sue said...

I love the layout and the rich colours you've chosen.

Stacey said...

That is UnBeLiEvAbLe!!!! absolutely gorgeous Gabi!!!

LISA said...

I have a gorgeous framed art piece sitting on a decorative gold picture easel with this quote on it sitting on my nightstand in our bedroom. I think it is a perfect place. Of course the one over our bed on the wall reads, "Always Kiss Me Goodnight"....
And your layout is truly beautiful.

Asmah Zainal Abidin said...

Hey Gabrielle...tfs your bedroom pic...that quote is super wow! Likewise I'm a homeperson too and love it spic and span. I'm eager to check the books...will take some time to arrive at the bookstore here in Malaysia...as always, you layout is beyond gorgeous...thanks for the inspiration!
Hugs,
Asmah

Kimberly said...

Love, Love, Lcve, your layout! Gorgeous as always! Thanks for the close ups!

Kristianne Swanson said...

Love your layout and that word art above the bed too!

Sandi Cl~ said...

Stunning page, Gabi .. love all your details and the neat way you did your journaling!

SusanLotus said...

Fabulous LO! I love the colours you used on this one.
Have a great day! :)

Merrihew said...

Gorgeous LO! I love all the stitching! I actually just finished reading 'A Sweethaven Summer' loved it! I'm looking forward to reading the second book!

Gutierrezhnpm said...

I have a gorgeous framed art piece sitting on a decorative gold picture easel with this quote on it sitting on my nightstand in our bedroom. I think it is a perfect place. Of course the one over our bed on the wall reads, "Always Kiss Me Goodnight".... And your layout is truly beautiful.

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