Thursday, July 22, 2010

Brave Girls like to Hip Hop...


Hello bloggin' friends!

{{{PLEASE SCROLL DOWN for my TGF Scrappin' Summer post-there are two girls that are TOO cute to miss on this week's layout ;)  THANK YOU!!!}}}

Thursday has come again so quickly but I'm kind of glad about that because I have been holding in a pretty big project for a while and am SO glad to be able to show it to you little by little over the next week or so...

Most of you know by now from reading my blog lately that I am SUPER amazed with the designs of Melody Ross-beginning with her Brave Girl line and the wonderful sets she has been designing for Unity ever since!  Melody also has a lot of products available that you can create with, aside from her awesome stamps, this adorable (and pink!) mini-album is one of her products (got it at Archiver's the last time I was in Chicago for a day, long time ago and it's been CALLING my name to use it!)

I decided I wanted to make an album that defined ME.  I have to say, beginning the journey was a little unsettling, seeing as how most of the pictures were of ME and it felt...I dont' know, kind of weird to be making this focus on myself when I'm normally scrapping pics of my kids or friends, etc.  Me.  No "holds barred" as they say (and, in the case below, NO makeup...which is really unsettling for me to be showing you this BUT it's ME :)  Take it or leave it, right? ;)  Mostly, I just wanted to embrace that there were little tidbits of my soul that could be transpired onto paper:

However, if you know me, at ALL-you might not be surprised that I really have embraced my ability to be vocal about my sentiments-love life and I have a lot to say.  While it's not for everyone, I WANT to be able to share that and pass it down to my children, especially.  Nothing puts you in touch w/ your own mortality better than them.  I hate to say that-it's my biggest fear in a lot of ways-but a BIGGER fear is that if something were to happen to me tomorrow that I would want them to know that I loved them to the core of my being-that they ARE my very purpose for living and that they are the most amazing people I know.   You'll see more of them as I reveal the pages of my little book here...

That starts with a little about me and the way I choose to see my world...

Well, I'm so glad you stopped by today and be sure to get YOUR Brave Girl on while shopping at UNITY and seeing what the scoop is on the UNITY Blog today!

For now, thanks for letting me share...there's lots more, but for now, my sweet friend Jimmi is waiting for you!

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Have an AMAZING Thursday-I will try to pop in on the SCS forum today but my wonderful cousin/BFF Kim is in for the day and I cannot WAIT to hang w/ her!!!

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46 comments:

Julie Ranae said...

What a lovely album and a lovely post...so happy to have shared it with you : )

Angie Blom said...

Oh this looks amazing jess, I want to see more!! You are one beautiful soul.. your kids will be so proud of you.. and I am sure will admire the woman you are.. I know I do!! I still want to see more of this book though!! hugs.

Toni K said...

Beautiful, and brave! You have inspired me.

JessicaK said...

Love Melody's stamps - they work so well for SB'ing. Beautiful album.

Ruth said...

Jess, this is so gorgeous, no wonder you have been excited about it, it is so soul baring to put yourself in writing, well done!

My Angel said...

Lovely Album~~Beautiful Post as well!!

Emma said...

What a gorgeous album Jess! I totally agree that it is definitely something that we should do to hand down to our kids. I think that sometimes, well I know at my place it's most of the time, that we as Mums can get a little lost amongst the chaos that is life. This is definitely something I want to do, thanks for the inspiration!

Denise (peanutbee) said...

Awwww, Jess, what an AWESOME idea to make a scrapbook of yourself...it's something that your kids will LOOOOVE to look at later one!! Looks FANTASTIC so far and I can't wait to see more. :)

jennifer mitten said...

Wow, this album looks amazing!!!

Handmade Creations by Stephanie said...

This is amazing Jess love it!!!!

Kristy Young said...

WOW WOW!! WOW! this is absolutly beautiful Jess!! And OMG that pic of you is stunning!!! You looks absolutly beautiful as your natural self no makeup! LOve it!
Kristy xx

Lynda Nielsen said...

Awwww Jessica, This is amazing! What a wonderful idea, and one day.... ONE day this will be such a cherished piece of history for your family and their families to come! You always amaze me. Many of us go around trying to collect pieces of history, and preserve it in some form, and you have done it ahead of time, and quite beautifully too! This brought tears to my eyes!
You are the best mom your little angels could ever ask for!
Biggggg Hugs,
Lynda

StampinCathy said...

Your post really touched me. What a fabulous idea to make an album about you for you kids. This gift is just priceless. I hope you share more of the album someday.

Taylor said...

what a great project, Jess! And you look beautiful!!

Bogner's said...

Beautiful Album! Love the page you shared!

Debbi said...

I have this album, but haven't done anything with it yet. But this is such a good idea. I want to see more of yours. I also love the Melody Ross products.

Angela said...

SO GORGEOUS Jess!!! I love the album and the first page is great!!1 I can't wait to see more!!! Your kids will cherish this as they get older!!
Hugs:)
Angela

NoraAnne said...

oh, I am just too emotional day, between Angela's post on the Unity blog and now this! You girls have me wiping away the tears! This is a beautiful album, I really can't wait to see more and I'm sure your kids will cherish it forever! Thank you so much for sharing :)

Maria Gurnsey said...

LOVE this!!! I want to make one too but I need to get my hands on the brave girl kit. I have the second one. Looks fabulous :)

Maria Gurnsey said...

LOVE this!!! I want to make one too but I need to get my hands on the brave girl kit. I have the second one. Looks fabulous :)

Nikki said...

Beautiful Album! It can be hard to focus on "ME" when you're not used to that! Great work!!

Erika M. said...

Wow your album is amazing!

lana said...

love it thanks you so much

Martha said...

beautiful mini.

Kimmie said...

your album is gorgeous.

creative patti said...

Love the album and the post, thanks

Teri A said...

This is so nice

Margaret de Witt said...

I love the album cover.

Rona said...

this is great!!

JenniferOSteen said...

Love your page with the "brave girl" and rose embellishments!

Kimmarie Baker said...

Nice album - you gave us just a peek!

Suz said...

looks like a great mini. I'm actually working on a similar album inspired by the brave girl stamps i purchased. thanks for sharing

FibreJunky said...

Just gorgeous!! Kids first, then I'll scrapbook myself. I think. But maybe you;re right. Maybe I should get at least a small one in just in case, so my kids know for sure just how much I love them.

Heather said...

Such a beautiful project! So inspiring! Love that!

Maria Levine said...

Oh Jess this is a fabulous idea! I tried that awhile ago but never went with it. I love your page and that album is amazing!

One of these days we need to hang out somewhere, somehow! :-)

Mary Friederichsen said...

Jess, this is so Beautiful! You gave me chills as I read it. Thank you for sharing something so personal and amazing! For sharing yourself with us. It is a treasure!

May God Bless you and your precious Family.
Can't wait to see the rest of your story!
Hugs,
Mary

Janet said...

i just had to comment. What a lovely album. I've had that idea for a while myself, too. One thing I did want to say--have you ever checked out the Brave Girl site? It's a site for women and has a daily reading that is very inspriational, all about being a Brave girl. They also do a yearly retreat. I love their daily readings..great source of hope and joy. Check it out if you get the chance.

Aleks said...

That was so heartfelt and beautiful! A good reminder for all us to scrapbook ourselves for our loved ones!

Michelle said...

beautiful! great idea!

Lisa said...

I've been waiting to see this since you mentioned it - more, please????

Ola said...

I can already tell that this whole thing is going to be beautiful.... and it's such a wonderful project!

Thank you so much for sharing!!!

~Ola
okj83 at live dot com

Ola said...

I can already tell that this whole thing is going to be beautiful.... and it's such a wonderful project!

Thank you so much for sharing!!!

~Ola
okj83 at live dot com

Jessie/knightrone said...

Amazing Jess...truly amazing!!

kim.mom said...

Can't wait to see the rest of the album!!!

Theresa Harris said...

Just adore your blog became a follower off to the next blog..
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Davenz said...

Thanks for sharing! I like it..
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