Wednesday, March 9, 2011

life lessons

After the floods here in Brisbane I wanted to share some life lessons with my oldest son Addison, we had many discussions on the impact the floods had on people and especially children, we talked about them losing their toys and possesions, when we made donations I wanted him to be there so he knew exactly what we were doing.I wanted him to learn empathy for others.... A bit drab and dreary to my usual style but I wanted to convey the impact ofthe floods...gorgeous new chippie gates from Scrapware..I roughed it up, distressed and inked the page to within an inch of it's life!
I took a photo of the paper up here in Brisbane and used that on my layout

Till next time...

34 comments:

Anne P said...

Very Cool Kim. Love what you have created and I totally think it is a good idea to try to get our children to understand. We have done the same with our children and not turned off the TV and I want them to SEE it too. They also did a collection at my son's school where they put together baskets for the people who needed them and he got to choose what he wanted us to get to help out. Great idea to scrap it.

sandra said...

nothing drab about this layout chook.
I think it is beautiful. You have captured the emotion perfectly on this layout. just love it.

Kerryn said...

Fabulous page Kim!!

Lisa Amiet said...

Oh Kim, that is just gorgeous, both the layout and the idea behind it, and love that that distressing xoxo

Heather Jacob said...

fantastic Kim.. I dont think it is drab at all...just the process you are doing is so valuable .. we never know what anyone else (including children)observe and absorb the best thing we can do is demonstrate, which you have done to perfection. showing that you care is an enormous example to children .... well done!!! good on you!!! I adore the page it has real depth and a certain feel to it and the message is awesome .... take care .. hugz s

Samantha Hauzer said...

Gorgeous layout Kim. I don't think it's drab at all, it looks fantastic! Such a meaningful page too, I love it.

Belinda said...

Oh Kim this is most definately not drab and dreary. It is stunning. The colours are soothing and such beautiful heartfelt journalling. I love it. (OK I love ALL of your work!!) B-)

Jodi said...

Another simply STUNNING layout!!! i LOVE your style Kim!!! Defineately NOT drab!!! Love every detail!!

Lydia said...

Gorgeous Page Kim, I love the back ground with the holes in it. Good for you for using a horrible situation to teach. It can be some times hard for them to learn empathy when there precious live are often kept sheltered!! Way to go, beautiful!

Leanne said...

WOW! This is gorgeous! What a fabulous and life changing memory to have recorded...x

Chloe :-) said...

Another gorgeous page Kim - so much detail - not drab at all!!! Thanks for visiting my blog before and you'll be pleased to know, there is actually a LO up there now :-) even tho you've seen it before :-) ;-)
Hope your week is going well
xx

Amanda B said...

Gorgeous LO. I love the subject and well, EVERYTHING else about it!

my2angels said...

Certainly not drab and dreary Kim, love this with all its inking and distress beautiful tones
can't wait to get my hands on those scrapware gates

Jasmine S said...

Oh Kim I dont know where to start. I just adore this. I love your message behind it foremost but as for the papers, embellies, pics, journaling etc etc. Fabulous. I just love that broken gate. It tells the whole story. No not drab, just amazingly fabulous.

Sharon said...

Wow Kim what an absolutely stunning layout. I love that you have left such an amazing tale for your son to reflect on in the future. I love love love what you have done with the papers and the inking and distressing. It looks fabulous not drab!

Kathleen said...

Beautiful, what a touching topic to scrap, something they'll remember I'm sure

Helen Kinsela said...

It's definitely not drab, it conveys the message and emotion beautifully, the way you get this feeling onto your pages is so very clever, love it Kim :)

Tina said...

Wow what a fantastic way to to teach your children, and I just love all the detail you have on this layout, truly amazing in every sense :)

Jennifer said...

This LO is beautiful! The documentation of this subject matter is so wonderful. You have captured the "mood" of the subject and the addition of the newspaper is perfect. A LO to treasure.

lizzyc said...

oh Kim.. i applaud you for your life lessons to your boys.. i think he will remember.. i remember things from before i went to school.. and helping him to be the best little person full of love and care for others is the most wonderful thing we as mums can teach our children.. my kids had a huge life lesson when we adopted and they realized not every child had a family..this is a beautiful layout that shouts impact from the floods, yes the colors and the distressing are perfect..a very meaningful layout Kim..well done..

Suzanne McGregor said...

Ahh wow! Speechless.

Leanne J said...

can i please borrow some of your drab....
seriously though .. love love this..and esp love the red m... perfect... awesome..

BabyBokChoy said...

What an impactful page, both in design, photo, and of course the story. Lovely work.

Marelize said...

Oh wow! This is incredible Kim! I love how you've captured the 'mood' perfectly in your layout! Stunning!!!

Wendy said...

What a fabulous page Kim! I love the style and it suits your topic perfectly ... great work!! W:)

Rebecca said...

the muted colors and distress perfectly compliment the sentiment and tone. As always I love all your goody choices and design. I totally agree that by being empathetic yourself and showing the kids ways to be kind and generous they will learn those important lessons even if they can't completely understand at this point.

Nay and Gilly said...

awesome LO K!!! I love that you scrap the "hard" things and Scrap them so beautifully!! I have to agree with LJ - the red m rox!!
Luv Renee

Nerrida said...

Well that is what scrapbooking is all about! So beautifully done and really, that makes it a keepsake and it such a valuable lesson - one I hope my children are learning too. Even with the 'drab' paper (LOL) its still a fabulous-looking page.

Melinda said...

Kim this is not drab at all...love it sooooo much! What a beautiful touching topic to scrap about...something to look back and treasure :))xx

Nay and Gilly said...

Love the LO it's very cool! and also I am so proud of the work you and your family has done. Gilly ox

jamie said...

what a powerful and gorgeous layout all at the same time. an impactful story that you will cherish forever as you move away from your time.
creatively speaking::love how you distressed it within an inch of it's life. it gives this project so much depth and meaning.

Chantal said...

This is incredible! Boy, you are one talented lady! LOVE this.

Sandra D said...

What a wonderful message, and fabulous layout. i love it all - it 'feels' so very real.

Tarrah said...

Oh Kim...I just LOVE LOVE this layout. Such gorgeous work....love how you incorporate all the chippie goodness through out your layouts. Beautiful as always xx