Friday, June 1, 2007

Five Words: ...and this, too, shall pass




Jenn says, KAYA!

The whole idea of the layout was to write myself a letter. During my high school and college days, I always gave all sorts of unsolicited advice to my friends, when I myself needed one. I guess all of us are like that – we can advice other people, yet we can’t even advice ourselves. They said that the best thing about talking to yourself is you know that someone listens. If I know I can give advice, and if I know that I needed one, I guess I can listen to myself giving myself an advice. I hope you are not confused with my explanation.

The above-mentioned idea, plus my favorite quote – “There is always a light at the end of the tunnel” and the advice I could give myself – “This, too, shall pass” – are what made this layout come to life. I think all of the ideas worked well with the black and white theme, as I interpret black and white as a dark phase. That was just my interpretation; one can always make a happy layout using the color scheme for the challenge.

For the additional color, I chose yellow, for it is the happiest of all the colors, and that for me, it symbolizes light – as in sunrise. The color will give me the affirmation that things will be alright, and yes, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.


Journaling:
Only you know how your life really went. You’ve got friends, yes, but having real good friends doesn’t really guarantee that you are able to share to them certain things about your life. All of us have experienced dark times. Don’t think that you’re alone in your situation, because somewhere, somehow, there is also one person who is going through the same phase as you do. We all have our own share of disappointments, heartaches, and pains, and it is okay to stop for a while and feel the pain within. It is a privilege, and no one is going to take it up against you if you want to entertain how you feel. Just remember five words when you encounter some dark moments in your life: and this, too, shall pass. For it indeed will pass. Life is a cycle, at times you’re on the top, and at times you are on the ground. With everything that is happening and will happen in your life, always remember that you are surrounded with wonderful people who will understand you and love you unconditionally. Hold on tight to your faith, Jenn. You are a great person and the light you are trying to see will come sooner than you think. [30 may 2007]

Technique Used:
Hand-cut letters (for the title)

Materials Used:
Cardstocks – Fabriano; Patterned Papers – DCWV (all black and white), Provo Craft (title and base flower), Craft Express (upper flower); Tracing Paper – Canson; Fonts – Desyrel (title), Calisto MT (journaling); Embellishments – Eyelets (All About Scrapbooking). Black lace (bought at Carolina’s), White lace (bought at JoAnn’s)

About ME:
A 27-year old lady who has been into crafts since high school but just officially dived into real scrapbooking September of 2006. Even though I think I am probably the poorest of all the scrapbookers here in the Philippines, I don't see financial constraints as hindrance for me to create layouts about my life’s memories. Actually, with the very few materials that I have, I am now about to fill my second album. Style wise, I love to do multiple pictures in my layouts, and as much as possible, I want to put as much memories from a life’s event into one layout. Aside from scrapbooking, I am also into cross-stitch, card making (though I only create cards for select people), and altering boxes to accommodate my knick-knacks and old letters from friends. To know more of me and my scrapbooking, please check my scrapblog at: http://janu-jenn.blogspot.com or head on to my personal site at: http://janujennifer.multiply.com

16 comments:

Sheryl E. Martinez said...

Hi Jenn, love the rationale and journaling behind your layout. Ganda ng execution mo and your application to this challenge is outstanding. Great job! :-) Keep it up!

Donnabelle Bolo - Espiritu said...

wow! jenn great lo! i thought it's a digital lo girl!! hahaha i like everything here in ur lo from photo to papers to journaling! everything!!! :) great job girl!! :)

Au Lim said...

wow jenn! love your LO and the journaling. very inspirational. what a great opener to this month's challenge! ang husay!

purplesea said...

ang galing Jenn! love your journalling! Knowing how you were able to do this in just a few days makes me admire you more. It all blended so well togther. the pic, the clors, the journalling and the embellishment. Great job sis!

jennifer said...

thanks, thanks, thanks, thanks!

nakaka-overwhelm naman comments niyo! i can't wait to see all your works!

Ella said...

hi jen.. like what i hv mentioned in ur blog. this is really nice.

u'r getting better n better! bilis ng improvement mo! keep it up!

CraftFairy said...

Galing, Jenn! the expression in your photo and journaling....feel na feel. I like the idea of black and white. Great choice!

Lee i. said...

You set a high level of standard for us to follow, Jenn. I know for a fact nanginginig na si Nita. I, too, have been wracking my brains, what to do, what to do. Galing. Congratulations.

jennifer said...

lee -- aga mo nagising ah! =)

thanks for the comments. you have touched my heart big time.

Nita Ang said...

Ooohh... this is going to be a tough act to follow. Jenn, you placed the stake so high, pinahihirapan mo kami - hehehe. Love your work, little sistah :D

jennifer said...

thanks a lot, big sistah! hehehehe... napaka-ironic ata ng tawagan natin, dapat ata ako yung big sistah (get it?) hahahaha....pero it's nice to be called little once in a while. =)

enforced pa rin ba ang confiscation ng scrap materials kapag wala pang submissions come friday? hehehehe....umaandar na pagiging vulture, monday pa lang!

thanks a lot for the wonderful comment!

C70 said...

I love your color combination, photo and the sincere, heart-felt journaling, Jenn! Great job!

Jenn said...

thanks a lot christine!

cabbiejanescrapper said...

hi jenn. you gave me one of a head to think with your challenging challenge. but really, this is indeed a trial coz ang galing ng concept! i love your layout too coz aside from a great pic, you scrap neat!akala ko nga digital ito coz everything came in so well positioned. you layer well too!

Tin said...

Hi jenn! Thanks for the challenge, it really made the old gears creak! And love your LO, very honest :-)

Dr C.N. Turrell said...

This is a very moving layout. And is very good. I believe it tells a lot in the picture. Doc