Sunday, November 4, 2012

October Giveaway WINNERS & a Layout too~!!

**For my November giveaway, please go HERE**

Good morning my dear scrappy friends~! I hope you are well :). I have a busy post for you this morning, so we best get to it. I'm going to announce both the winner of my October Giveaway, as well as the BONUS winner~ but because I love to make you wait it out, first I'm going to share a project with you that I created just a couple days ago.

Do you ever have those days where all of your problems and all the things that you've been trying to ignore just seem to come crashing down on you?? Well, last Friday I had one of those days. One of those days where the realization that no matter WHAT you do, it just ISN'T enough...slams into you like a train. I really had a BAD day...and I just felt like I NEEDED to create something, just to get through it. I hopped on the internet to find a sketch and discovered that the beautiful and talented Steph Devlin was this month's creator of the Prima BAP. I loved it immediately and the new Spring/Summer/Winter/Fall challenge at Bird is the Word spoke to me as well...but not in a traditional "seasonal" way. For some reason, the title "Fallen" just seemed to strike me as the word for what I was going through. Maybe that sounds stupid...but I can't explain it. I was feeling dark, dismayed, hurt...I felt like a fallen soul. So I carelessly cropped a terrible picture of myself and was like "okay, let's go"...

And honestly, I still don't know what to think of this one. I'm much more positive now than I was a couple of days ago...so I guess I look at it a little differently. At the time, I wasn't worried much about design or...anything, really! But now there are a couple things that don't sit too well...but that's okay!

Here's a look:

"Fallen"





**This piece of chipboard is from Scrap FX**

I guess sometimes you've gotta create to help you through something...and for me, just writing down my realizations was simply therapeutic. :)

BUT~!! I know why you're all REALLY here, ha! On to my winners...

Firstly, the winner of my October Giveaway is.........................................

PATTY O'MALLEY (from ????- sorry, Patty- not sure where you're located!)
A BIG congrats to you!!! Please contact me (erin_divisionair@yahoo.com) within 7 days to claim your prize!!
 
Next, the winner of my BONUS giveaway, which is a random pack of chipboard is..........................
 
AMY VOORTHUIS (Netherlands)
CONGRATS to you too, Amy~!! Please contact me (erin_divisionair@yahoo.com) within 7 days to claim your prize as well~!!

As always, a big THANKS to everyone who took part in last month's giveaway! As you probably have noticed, I have a giveaway going on for November as well...at this point, I'm uncertain whether or not I will be doing a December giveaway due to the holidays and you all know how spendy they can be!! So I might be taking a break next month...so get in on my November giveaway okay?

Have a great rest of the weekend (unless you're already facing Monday!) and thanks for stopping in~! Take care,

33 comments:

Laurie LaRiviere said...

hugs my friend, some days are worse than others, I have them too...hope whatever was not good in your world has gotten better...as far as this layout, it is just gorgeous as always, I can't imagine your creative hands making anything that wasn't amazing! I love the soft colors against the white...calming

Keren Tamir said...

sometimes we don't know why those type of days happen to us. I feel that sometimes they help us learn a life lesson, sometimes they come to help us realize all the amazing days we actually have and sometimes it makes us realize the amazing people that surround us and be thankful for them. Either way when we are down (and of course all of us feel it, especially women) its very hard to become aware of the purpose of our sorrows, but if we do, its a life changing moment. This layout is beautiful in its art form but it is more beautiful because it signifies a certain awarness and change in you and I think that is what's magical about it especially for years to come.
take care of yourself!!
Keren xo

morkaren said...

Kære Erin, jeg tror vi alle (især kvinder) har den slags dage, men godt at vide at det er noget forbigående, og dit LO er så skønt tænk du kan lave noget så smukt på en "øv" dag.
jeg vil også lige ønske tillykke til de to vindere. knus morkaren.

Brigitta Raaijmakers said...

Sometimes life is hard Erin, but although you are not satisfied with your lo i still think it's gorgeous! Always such great details!

And indeed, scrapbooking is very therapeutic on an off day! It really helps me to relax and put my mind of all the worries. But i think all scrapbookers feel the same about this! Hope you have a good week!

Nina said...

Congrats to the lucky winners !

A really beautiful creation, Elin. Working with a design is "therapy" :-)
Someone told be once that she would start creating cards when she got retired, I told her then that I created card to get retired. Because when I'm in my room I relax and enjoy myself

:-) Nina

Romy said...

Congrats to the winners!

I'm sorry to hear you have been feeling a little down. Sometimes it just feels like we have to face all difficult things at the same time. Good for you that you decided to scrap about it - scrapbooking definitely works like therapy! It is an amazing lay-out, I think!

Evgenia Petzer said...

hope your coming week will be much better! love yur layout so much!

Shazza said...

this is wonderful x

Amy Voorthuis said...

Sweet Erin, I know those days very well.....everything goes wrong and you feel everybody is against you...brrrr do not like those days.. I had one last wednesday. And I scrapped too with very loud music singging my head off *grin* that helps me too. Would love to scrap together on those days what a mess would that be { in a good way}....so glad you feel better now!!! I love your lo it looks like al the hurt within you has dropped into your page.....the tittle the colours! Amazing GIRL you've rocked it......I feel very happy that I won thank you so much...I will send you an email tomorrow big hug from the rainy Netherlands xox ~Amy~

Rachael Funnell said...

WOWZERS!this is beyond Gorgeous... Love the design & the bit if chippie in the photo!! Glad to hear that you are more positive now....

Hilde/Scoobie said...

Trust me - I have those days too. You don't even want to know the details, but belive me whan I say I have them.

Some times a long walk with the dog in the forrest is the best therapy, other days, ecpecially if I have been at work all day and it's dark and rainy when I finally get time to breathe, creating is the best.

Your layout is so beautiful. I just love all the structure, the layers and the huge amount of pretty details - fabolous work!

Missy Whidden said...

Erin, I'm so glad you're feeling better! I have plenty of those down days, so know that you're not alone. Your page is just gorgeous...and I love how you edited the photo & added the chippy on top of it. Just beautiful!

pattyo said...

The layout is beautiful, Erin! I know exactly how you felt because I had one of those days today---until I just read your blog post and saw that I won the October giveaway! Feeling much better now! I will contact you by e-mail with my information (I am in Pennsylvania). Thanks so much!

Ashley Horton said...

Erin this layout is beautiful and I love that you created it as therapy!! I know those days too and I always find that being creative helps me get through it. I love the photo you used and the way you framed it with the chipboard!! Absolutely stunning!!

Jasmine S said...

I think life throws us days like this, just to remind us that we are lucky to have what we have.
And creating a stunning page like this is great therapy and something to look back on to remind you that it's ok to have "our days" but to pull ourselves back up again. I just love that photo and the chippy piece over it and of course every other detail.
Big hugs to you for today :)

Tracie Dean said...

I think your layout is wonderful, beautiful, and unique...just like you. I love it.

Keep Crafting!
Tracie

Nicole Doiron said...

Congrats to the winners! And oh, Erin, your layout is truly beautiful! So moving to look at! Glad you're feeling better! :)

Melanie H said...

That page is amazing Erin, love the photo and how you used the beads.

Its wonderful that you can use scrapbooking as a emotional tool.

Congratulations to the winners of the giveaway too.

Natali Yarkova said...

Поздравляю победителей !!!
А вам Эрин - берегите свою душу . У художника есть и взлёты и падения .... Без них не будет шедевров ))
Обнимаю :) Наталия

Lizzyc said...

Wow this is a deep themed layout.. and I totally agree with you sometimes we just NEED to put everything away and just create.. it is good for the soul... I hope you are feeling better this week, I can relate to you very closely.. some weeks are better than others... I hope you have found great therapy in your scrapping, and I do hope you take care of yourself too as a mum and with all the commitments you have don't forget to nurture the inner you!! and an absolutely amazing layout...

Amy Voorthuis said...

I've just now send you an email....thanks again xox Amy :)

KarynC said...

Down? That is when I'm the most creative, and even in prose, look what you were able to pull out of it. I am often amazed how you use light bright colors, somewhat different than here in Calfidornia USA. I see the snow in all your work. I see you are using seed pearls again in this piece, I really like that. I bought some the last time I saw them in your work, I have to take them out now and put them to good use. Thanks

Vivi Morais said...

Congrats to the winners!!!

And fabolous LO, Erin!!! I loved it!!

xx

Crie Artezzanato said...

Hi.. This layout is so pretty.

Thanks.

val
www.crieartezzanato.blogspot.com

Amy Voorthuis said...

Hi Erin did you get my mail??? It's telling me your adress is incorrect? so weird hugs Amy

Pendra said...

Congrats to the lucky winners! And Erin your layout is beautiful, my Mom used to say a rainbow always follows a storm...we just can't always see it. I have finally come to understand what she meant by that! Hope you see "many rainbows" following your storm.
Crafty Hugs,
Pendra

Наталья Тарасова said...

Спасибо за розыгрыш...поздравляю победительницу)

Lizzyc said...

Stunning amazing layout, and thanks for joining in at BITW!

Mrs Frizz said...

you've rocked another absolutely gorgeous layout Erin ... a.m.a.z.i.n.g.

Svetlana Austin said...

I am glad that things turned better - they always do! i think that this came amazing! the idea of the frame dividing your face in 2 is brilliant! i see so much emotions here! i thing you opened yourself here and i honestly don't notice anything that is not right - it is perfect and couldn't be ant better!!!

misty said...

It blows my mind that you could have any insecurities about this layout. It is seriously awesome. I love how its absolutely beautiful with a little bit of edgy. This is a favorite for me!

Helen Tilbury said...

Stunning work Erin! I know the feeling but you are very successful and no matter how hard it is at times behind the scenes you must not give up. Keep going because you are an inspiration to so many and such a talent and the scrapbooking world needs people like you who are gorgeous, sweet, funny, intelligent and seriously creative!!

MARILYN said...

Gorgeous page Erin!! I hope your days are better now, we all have bad days.
And Thanks for joining us at BITW!!:)