Tuesday, February 01, 2011

One Little Word Blog Hop

Hi everyone and welcome to my corner of the world wide web! If you're finding me from the blog hop, I'm glad you're here and I hope you'll stay a while. If you're a regular visitor, feel free to browse the other blogs linked through this little hop and enjoy everyone's different ideas and thoughts on their One Little Word.

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!

2) Jill Conyers http://jillconyers.typepad.com/life_as_i_see_it/
3) Monica http://scraplifters.blogspot.com/
4) Lynn W http://crafty-creativity.blogspot.com/
5) Miranda http://mirandasscrapsite.blogspot.com/
6) Mandy http://captureandcreate.wordpress.com/
7) Kathy http://katswonderings.blogspot.com/
8) Lisa http://makeyourownescape.blogspot.com/
9) Donna http://donnabryantdurand.blogspot.com/
10) Abbey http://athomewiththerichardsfamily.blogspot.com/
11) Sam http://learncreatedo.wordpress.com/
12) April http://capturethememories.blogspot.com/ <-- YOU ARE HERE
13) Nicky http://seejanebake.blogspot.com/ <--GO HERE NEXT ****
14) Rebekah http://istampscrapcraft.blogspot.com/
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/
35) Amanda  http://www.scrappnbee.blogspot.com/


Debra Dotter Blakley said...

I so liked your self photo with the camera, so bright and clear. My blog is a few links up from yours (blakleyhomeplace.blogspot.com) and my word for the year is Resolve. I am a beginning scrapbooker, my daughter has lured me into the fun!

Rebekah said...

Very nice self-portrait! WTG getting behind that camera!
My OLW is mindfulness, sure am loving this class and how it's pushing me beyond my normal level of keeping up!! TFS your project with us!

Cassie_lu said...

what a great word to have and your pages for it are wonderful.

my word is balance

Abbey said...

I am, actually, Debra, the other commentor's daughter. I am in the blog hop a few places before yours. My word is Savor!

Sharyn said...

Love your word..the sound of it is so warm and earthy. I hope you can find it becoming real as you live it.

Jan said...

Yes, nurture - great word. You and I share many of same reasons for choosing our words, though the words are different. I love that. :) Beautiful pages and great photo of yourself! ;)

sm3wkl said...

Wonderful word!

Cheri said...

nurture is a beautiful word and I hope it brings everything you are searching to balance this year!

Donna said...

What a marvelous word.....love how you've explained the concept of the class. You pages are terrific - love the white.

Miranda said...

Love your pages!

MarleneMAZ said...

Great word choice, and I love your picture! I am also doing this and my word is "be".

Maureen said...

Nurture is a wonderfuly comforting word. It just makes me feel good. Looks like you are nurturing yourself with that upgraded craft room. Love the Expedit but need to clean out more stuff from mine to have one.In time...

Heather said...

Great word! Nurture was my word in 2008. This year my word is Faith. Lovely job on the projects! :)

PomMommy said...

Love your warm feeling to your pages. TYFS

If you get time I wasn't able to join in this go round. My word is participate! lol

If you would like to see my post from the 16th you can check it out here.


Sherilin said...

Great pages! I am participating this year as a first timer. My word is "choices" as our year is full of choices. We will be moving, so there are automatic choices built in to that, not to mention all of the daily choices that we come across.

Fun project!

Anonymous said...

Hi April! Nurture sounds like a great word to bring lots of positive things into your life. I also loved your Project Life album. Thanks for participating in the blog hop!

Make your own ESCAPE said...

Great word!! I love what you've chosen to do with it. And the white on white is awesome!! :)


Tere said...

Nurture is a beaautiful word!!!
Mine is Time...
Thanks for the chance of wining!

Becky said...

Beautiful word!

mandyb said...

love the word and pages..... all the best for oyur journey!!

(dont enter me in the comp....thanks though)

Anonymous said...

Nurture is a great word and wonderful reasons for choosing it!

Julie Ann Shahin said...

I think Nurture is a beautiful word for focus on!!!! Great start for your album so far! xoxo
My word is Fabulous, as I just turned Forty.