I am participating in a couple of challenges on scrapbook.com this month. I love these challenges because I feel that they get me out of my comfort zone and trying new ideas and techniques.
The first is the Darker Side Challenge, started by Celina (aka fovervampress) on sb.com because she wanted to see more of the darker side of scrapping. (i.e. using darker colors, darker subjects like goth, punk, etc, and/or distressing.) I followed her challenge for months without participating, and really liked seeing all of the different and creative layouts. I was inspired and have since started making pages for her challenge. This month's subject is "A Dark Heart." My layout showcases some of my most favorite movies about forbidden love.
I made my second layout for the Steampunk challenge. Celina included Steampunk as one of her topics for the Darker Side challenge one month, and it really look off! Steampunk is a whimsical style that showcases gears, clocks, metal, vintage, Victorian and collages. February's topic is "Timeless Romance," so in my mind, nothing signifies timeless love more than the love a mother has for her child. Here is one of my favorite vintage photos of my mom: she is holding my sister, Cathy, when she was 10 months old. (I quoted Abraham Lincoln: "All I am or can be, I owe to my angel mother.")