Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Looking for a Challenge?

If you are like me, sometimes you need a little push to get going on your next page . . . something to focus on or something new to try. For me, that could be a sketch, a challenge, or an inspiration piece.

If you are looking to be inspired I have two challenges I wanted to mention to you today. :)

First, every two weeks you can find a new challenge prompt on the Noel Mignon Challenge blog. This week is the EIGHT IS GREAT Challenge. Use 8 manufacturers on your page. No more, no less. :)

I had a lot of fun with this one. The manufacturers I used are: Crate Paper, My Mind's Eye, Jillibean Soup, Lily Bee Design, Cosmo Cricket, American Crafts, Maya Road, and Tessa Ann Buttons (all supplies from the Sonoma County Kit).

You can also find the new monthly sketch and challenge posted on the My Mind's Eye blog HERE. I used a mixture of Blue Lush, Quite Contrary, and Life Stories on this page. My title was a phrase taken from the inspiration song, "Dream Big" by Ryan Shupe.

Here's an interesting little tidbit for you . . . I used to take mandolin lessons from Ryan in high school/college. :) And my sister took fiddle. We actually got to know their family pretty well, but just haven't kept in touch over the years. I have many fond memories of practicing and playing with my sister. We had so much fun singing together to New Grass Revival cassette tapes as we drove the two hours to and from our lesson each week. :) (Remember that, Les?) We would dream of becoming amazing jammers at bluegrass festivals and singing in bands together. Hehehehe!

My sister is still a wonderful fiddle player . . . she played a few tunes for us at our last family get-together. Me? I haven't picked up my mandolin for several years. Part of the reason is that my brother has it. :) Another reason is I've been starting/raising a family and playing with paper instead. :D

My Sister and I playing in our "band" with the Johnson Brothers - About 1993

Okay, enough of my little trip down memory lane. ;)
See you again soon!



  1. both layouts are great Jana- beautiful use of papers- and what a great mix of manufacturers!

  2. wow!!! love the first one especially - love that colours!!!!!!!

  3. Hey Jana, so I would have never guessed that little tid bit about you. I knew Ryan in college. My friends and I would go to his concerts here in Ogden before he hit it big. Fun, fun times!

    Great work girl you are so inspiring!

  4. Wow firstly what a gorgeous layout, and I am looking forward to doing a layout at the blog and wow what great info about you and your sister, I actually don't know Ryan Shupe but will look him up on google. Thanks for sharing down your memory lane.

  5. BEAUTIFUL layouts!!!! And so fun to see your "band" - looks like it was a lot of fun:-)

  6. Love both of your LO's! You always do such beautiful work! Love the band....brings back those 90's memories!

  7. Fun challenge and faaantastic LOs!!


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