You may recall that the purpose of this challenge group is to take our scrapbooking to the next level, to stretch our creative process and to grow as artists by embracing challenges that make us think, work and extend ourselves. You can view all of the challenges at our Inspiration Elevator Blog, here.
Our challenge this month was posed by the ummm, me! Here's how I expressed this month's challenge:
First, for those of you who are getting tired of journaling-based challenges, I apologize. This idea has been cooking since the fall (just not articulated).
My daughter subscribes to the Dance Spirit magazine and I sometimes browse through it, too. One of my favourite monthly features is an article that features a different dancer each month, some photos of that dancer, and a description of their current work, and (the best part!) a letter. The theme is a Letter to My Teenage Self. The content ranges, depending on the dancer and his/her experience, morals, ideals, etc. So this month's assignment is to write a letter to your teenage self. You can take any approach you'd like to this - scrapbook page, art journal page, canvas. However the prompt inspires you. And your content is of course up to you, as well. Some topics might be: what would you try to teach yourself? Or, what would you counsel yourself to do or not do? This does not have to be a page about regrets. It could be about congratulating yourself on something you did right that has contributed to who you've become today. Here is a photo of a recent magazine feature, if it inspires you:
What I enjoy about this regular piece is how the now mature adult dancer can look back and see twinklings of his/her future self in the teen dancer - and in some articles, the letter focuses only a little on the dance, and much more on the character of the person.
Clearly, it's easy to sit back 10, 20 , 30 or more years later and say, "I wish I had..." or "I wish I hadn't..." but I really didn't want this to be about regrets. We've done that before. I hoped people would see that twinkling of who they are now, in that teenager they used to be.
I chose to do a page in my art journal for this challenge. The page started with all that journaling as the base. Essentially I'm encouraging myself to believe that I'm beautiful inside and out and that I am loved by God so to let that show. Truthfully, it would take awhile before I would live out what I believe. But, no regrets, because the journey is part of the story.
This page uses acrylics, stamping and a touch of gelatos.
Please visit the other Inspiration Elevator designers' blogs and see how they worked with this month's challenge:
Ann Jobes (So glad you are here!!)
We would LOVE to see you take up my challenge this month, so if you do, please share it at our linkup on the Inspiration Elevator blog.
Thanks for stopping by!