Drill #23 Word & Goals for the New Year

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Word Of The Year
Good morning! Are you ready for the very first SWAT (Scrap Warriors Advanced Training) Drill of the new year? At first, I didn't think I was. The last two months of 2013 were the most emotionally draining days of my life. Things that were too hard to even put into words. I opened up to my fellow SWAT Design Team members that I was completely uncertain about a resolutions page for today's challenge. I was uncertain about anything. 

I spent hours pouring over what to leave behind and what to press onward with. God really has sustained me, showering me with His never-ending mercy and blessings. Now it's time to let go. And man, IT FEELS GOOD. I invite you to join SWAT this month in coming up with your own Resolutions, New Year Goals, or Word of the Year. Scrapbooking has really turned into my therapy, and creating this page was part of the process! 

Word Of The Year (via shezigzags.blogspot.com)
Here's a look at the front and back of the project I created for this Drill. It will slip into a 6x12 Becky Higgins page protector and end up between the pages of my Project Life Week One spread. I'm so excited for what this year will hold, to focus on this word, to welcome change, and document it all! 

One Little Word
Discipline is something I really have always lacked. I have grand ideas, but horrible follow through. But rather than beat myself up over another year of missed opportunities, Im going to turn what feels like difficult chores into daily habits. I wrote on this and included an outlook of goals for the new year. In the coming months I'll look at those specific goals, creating an action plan. 

I'm encouraged to finally write all my fears and hopes down on paper. It's a great release. Of course, I couldn't just write. I had to make it pretty. I cut two pieces of 6x12 patterned paper and adhered them together to fit in the page protector. I also added layered paper, a doily, and some vellum to highlight my word. The word was cut from patterned paper using my Silhouette Cameo. I love that thing! I dressed it up with some wood veneers and ink splatters and stamped the year using Studio Calico Project Life Stamps. A single stitched line holds it all together. 

Stamping on Vellum
Now it's your turn! You don't have to come up with an insert like I did... Head over to the SWAT blog to gather lots of inspiration from my fellow Design Team members. They've created wall hangings and scrapbook layouts. No matter what you turn this Drill into, I hope you'll take a moment to reflect on the new year. Do you have goals, resolutions, or a word you'd like to focus on. Use this fun hobby as a bit of therapy. Then share your project on the SWAT blog. There's even a great prize for one lucky participant. 

SUPPLIES :: Studio Calico (Amsterdam Add On Stamp, Star Wood Veneers), Carta Bella Wildflower Collection Pack, Glimmer Mist, Paper Cut Vellum

TOOLS :: Silhouette Cameo, Brother Sewing Machine, StazOn Jet Black Ink, Project Life Journaling Pen

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