Saturday, December 7, 2013

Challenge YOUrself's very first challenge!

Good morning everyone and welcome to the weekend!  Woohoo!  I am so happy to show you my very first layout made for the Challenge Yourself blog.  It is their very first challenge, too.

Challenge YOUrself #1: Behind The Lens
Create a layout using a self portrait or selfie AND list a minimum of 3 random facts about YOUrself.

I  loved this idea and had a "self portrait" that I took during my photography class.  I set my timer on my camera, placed it on our deck railing, and then took the photo.  It took some practice, but I got this shot:

Here is my completed layout:

I used a fall theme because fall is my favorite time of the year.  The inspiration for my layout came from one of my favorite books, PageMaps!  I used the sketch and layout from page 69!  Thank you Becky Fleck!!  

Here are the 10 random facts about me that I included on my page:

  •   Fall is my favorite time of the year, but I hate raking leaves.
  •   I love French Onion Soup, but hate raw onions.
  •   I love books, but hardly ever have the time to read.
  •   One of my favorite things is scrapbooking, but I don't like making cards.
  •   I love being a nurse, but hate some of the aspects about nursing.
  •   I love to fly in an airplane, but I am afraid of heights.
  •   Everyone in my family loves football but me!
  •   I love my dog, but hate all of the dog hair around the house.
  •   I love to be home, but sometimes get bored.
  •   I absolutely LOVE everything about being a mom!

Some close ups to share:

You have a full month to make your layout and get it linked to the site.  I know that this is a busy time of the year, but the deadline is not until January 5th, 2014!  And you could win a $20.00 gift certificate to the Paper Issues Store, too.  I know it sounds hard, and most of us do not like to be in front of the camera, but you should give it a try.  Please check out the Challenge YOUrself  blog.  I think you might love the experience as much as I did.

And as always, thank you so much for stopping by my blog today.  I hope that you all are enjoying your December.  We have gotten most of our Christmas decorating done, and it is time to put up the tree today!  My sister and her husband are coming over to help and we are so excited!!  Also, the rain is supposed to stop and it will get colder today, too.  Maybe we will see some snow . . .


  1. This is simply gorgeous, my friend! Beautiful colors and design. Loved reading your random facts =) Hope I get a chance to play along.

  2. Sharon I love your page! the colors and the picture is great!!

  3. HI.There! sounds like you are getting organized for Christmas!! That is a great challenge, and I love your layout and reading the facts you have listed too.. great photo too...My biggest challenge this month is actually getting time to scrap!!hehe!! enjoy the season!!

  4. This is soooooooo gorgeous!!! LOVING the colors, the arrows and the leaves!!! And loving that photo of you!!!!

  5. Hi sharon,

    you did are amaizing LO, i love the leaves arruond the edges and i love the beautiful photo with you,iam so facinadet what you maked georgus Los,and the colors i loved too,wish you a happy december.
    thanks for stoping by to my blog and thanks for your nice kind comment,you are allways welcome :-)

    Best Hugs Jeannette

  6. Amazing layout! I love the Fall colors and it was so fun learning some fun facts about you!

  7. What a cool layout! I loved learning more about you too.

  8. Sharon, you did an amazing job with this layout! I love the fall theme and colors. So nice to learn some random facts about you!

  9. Wow- I love fall, too, so I was really drawn to this LO. I love your selfie- it is contemplative.
    I hate making scrapbook pages about me. I would really rather make one about an event or another person. I guess it would be a good exercise to try and come up with something about me. Hmmm...

  10. Simply beautiful portrait. Love the random facts.

  11. You are sooo clever..I really want to do this've inspired me to put it at the top of my list :):):)) LOOOVE your colours here ,too:):):)))

  12. This is beautiful Sharon! The design really pops! Love those fall leaves and the fun arrows with the listing!

  13. What a great layout, Sharon! The picture is so cool! I hope your tree decorating went well and that you don't get the ice we're supposed to get!

  14. Love all the layers! What a sweet and fabulous layout!!!!

  15. I adore this page, and the photo is PERFECT. I have yet to even read about my timer.

    Your random thoughts made me laugh. I am like you. I love to fly, but am also afraid of heights. I guess it's the enclosed space that helps me feel safe (and the fact I can't see the ground under my feet). This is one fabulous challenge entry.

  16. Sharon the whole layout is very creative! I like the angle in which you took your "selfie" and the design for the page with all the arrows and strips look so cool! And it's such a busy time of the year so....Merry Christmas! Wishing you and your family much love, peace and joy!

  17. This is just so amazing page! Love how you've used paper, and love your picture! <3

  18. Love your page Sharon and the facts that have 'but's' attached is inspiring. xx

  19. Congratulations on your new DT and this page is so fabulous!! ~ Blessings, Tracey

    Garden of Grace

  20. Hi Sharon,
    I love this so much!! Had fun and laughs reading your facts, sounds like me on some of them. YAY for fall time, so glad you did a fall theme!! Great self photo of yourself too, great to get us moms in front of the camera!!

    Enjoy your week and Christmas decorations and tree, so magical they are. We didn't get much snow but it's cold.
    Take care,

  21. Beautiful layout Sharon and just love the "fall" theme! Love the leaves and love your strip journalling! The sewing also adds so much to this page...really love it! ;-)

  22. Love it Sharon! Love the photo too!

  23. WOW this looks so COOL Sharon!! Love the fall theme. This LO is really again a master piece of artwork!! And now I really have to go and create Christmas Cards...

    With love from The Netherlands,

  24. Your photo is just beautiful Sharon, and I really love the color palette on your page. All around wonderful project! Thanks for sharing.

  25. What a fun page! and what a great way to take a pic of yourself!
    Following you now :)

  26. Beautiful page Sharon. LOL I usually cut off my head when I try to take a selfie.

  27. I had not yet seen this!
    Loved it, it's so beautiful.
    The journaling on red paper gave a charm to work and I like the photo.
    Wishing for you and your loved ones all magical and good that this season offers.
    Sharon; Merry Christmas and new year full of blessings!

  28. I hear you on the coldness, Sharon! It's a balmy 0 degrees here in upstate NY with projected windchills of -30 or worse! BLECH! Anywhoooo I love your layout for OLW! Beautiful with such a magical feel. :)


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