One Little Word is a concept that was started by Ali Edwards several years ago. The theory is that instead of making a resolution (or two or three) which may not be kept, you pick a word - single individual word - to focus on as the year progresses. At times, it may be very prominent and forefront on your mind, and at other times, it may ease its way into the background of your life . . . waiting. You can learn more about Ali Edwards and her One Little Word project here or at her blog. If you find that the ideas here intrigue you, it's never too late to sign up. One Little Word at Big Picture Classes is a year-long event and has forever access.
This year, I chose NURTURE to by my word to help guide me this year.
nurture: to further the development of; rearing, up-bringing, training, education, or the like; something that nourishes, such as food. Synonyms include advance, cultivate, encourage, promote, love & care for.
Over the last year or two, I've let other words guide me. Words like present and believe. Words that spoke to me then and helped me through certain periods in my life. When I focused on those words, however, I feel that I've let other things slip in my life. Things like making sure we're eating good meals, things like making it to church on Sundays, and relationships that need work have started slipping all while my focus was elsewhere. The purpose of my One Little Word this year is to keep each of those fragile balls which I care for in my life - relationships, my spirit, my health - most forefront in my mind and work on nourishing them.
TITLE PAGE: everything is pretty much per Ali's instructions. I chose white on white for the softness . . . and as you can see, even though I started in the center of the line with my word, it still didn't get centered. Oh well. I did add a quote that Ali brought to our attention during her January presentation. I loved it, and didn't want to forget the power of a word, so I wrote it on the side. The quote is: "Words are the voices of the heart," ~Confucious. This is a 5x7 page and will go into a 5x7 page protector from House of Three Parisian Anthology set of protectors. I apologize for the wonky color - it's white, but PSE with the white balance color correction made it all weird.
A January self-portrait was the back of the title page. Beginnings 2011 is what the photo overlay says. This was a freebie from Ali. LOVE freebies! I hate our bathroom decor (hasn't been redone since moving last year), but it has good light . . . and I rarely take pictures of myself, so I gave in and did a "me with a camera in front of my face" shot.
Page 1: Defining and solidifying my word; inviting in whatever may come over the next year. I apologize for the glare, but taking them out of the divided page protector would likely ruin the effect. You can tell I left in even the "mistakes" as they're part of me. After I made it, I decided to leave it as is, bolded, because I didn't mind the emphasis on friendliness. I chose to use tints of green on this page, as nurture and growth to me are one in the same in my context, and to me green signifies growth and beginnings.
And here are the pages, as they would be lying in my album:
I mentioned yesterday that there may be giveaways throughout the journey as well, and I have one to offer up to you all! As you may see in the post below, I've been cleaning and re-organizing my scrapbook room. I have quite a bit of patterned paper, some embellishments, stickers, and other goodies to stuff full into a US Priority Mail box. To enter, all you need to do is leave a comment and tell me if you have your own "One Little Word" and what it is. **Open to US residents only please unless you're willing to pay for shipping.** Comments will close on THURSDAY at 10 pm, and be sure to check back here to see if you're a winner on Friday!!
To follow along the hop, you're headed off to Nicky's blog at See Jane Bake. If you find a broken link, please see the list below and continue upon your path. I hope you find it to be an inspiring journey!
1) Margie http://xnomads.typepad.com/2) Jill Conyers http://jillconyers.typepad.com/life_as_i_see_it/
3) Monica http://scraplifters.blogspot.com/
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7) Kathy http://katswonderings.blogspot.com/
8) Lisa http://makeyourownescape.blogspot.com/
9) Donna http://donnabryantdurand.blogspot.com/
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11) Sam http://learncreatedo.wordpress.com/
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15) Relly http://rel.ly/
16) Nancy http://goshery.blogspot.com/
17) Cynthia http://paperpapereverywhere.blogspot.com/
18) Kathryn http://katlodesigns.com/
19) Nikki http://www.inkyart.com.au/
20) Heather http://scrappyhare.blogspot.com/
21) Gayle http://www.lifeonlilypadlane.blogspot.com/
22) Kristina http://ciqis.blogspot.com/
23) Debra http://blakleyhomeplace.blogspot.com/
24) Becky http://beckyandjames.com/
25) Amy http://reflectivesnapshots.com/
26) Marlene http://moore-fun-in-the-sun.blogspot.com/
27) Maureen http://cookingmylife.blogspot.com/
28) Cheri http://cheriandrews.blogspot.com/
29) Monica Scrapmom http://questtoperfectimperfection.blogspot.com/
30) Jan http://mysimplelittlelife.typepad.com/
31) Junelle http://yesandamenblog.blogspot.com/p/contact-me.html
32) Margaret http://www.gutsymom.blogspot.com/
33) Sharyn http://www.analteredlife.com/
34) Tere http://terecontodomicorazon.blogspot.com/
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