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Wednesday 2 January 2013

Happy New Year, Happy New Me

Jennifer Arbon of Word Art World has posted an amazing digi template on her blog and Facebook and with it I have been able to create a digi page full of pictures of me from different months of the year.

This is only my second ever digi page and it is far more elaborate than the 1st one I did. Having said that the template made it so easy, once I had the pictures all in place and grouped it all together I just needed to pretty the page up. 

I used a graphics program called Xara. I have been using it for a good few years and it is worth every penny. It is great for DTP projects, photo collages and I use it all the time for my digis.

The 'papers' and elements are all from a kit called New Years Eve by Peppermint Creative which is only $3 in their store. It is a 2010/2011 kit but apart from the 2011 date all the other items in it are still relevant.

The pictures were taken in the following locations:-

JANUARY - Grandma's Birthday Meal

 FEBRUARY - Aberystwyth 

MARCH - Chester

APRIL - Hot Air Balloon 

MAY - SIL Jill's Parachute jump (1st attempt) 

JUNE - Cornwall Holiday 

JULY - SIL Jill's Parachute Jump 

AUGUST - London 2012 Olympics 


OCTOBER - Isle of Wight 

NOVEMBER - Stratford on Avon 

DECEMBER - Sister Michelle & Chris' Wedding

As a person 2012 was a massive year of growth for me. With the help of the most wonderful counsellor I have got the the very root cause of some of the most painful times of my life, battled some bloody massive demons, crawled out from a very dark pit of hope and despair and I am now the most happiest, light and carefree that I have ever been in my life.

In February 2011 I started this journey and whilst it has been extremely painful at times it has honestly been the most rewarding thing that I have done. Without question, everyone who has seen me go through this has seen a massive difference in me. I am still the same person I was just got rid of tonnes of excess baggage, gained a lot of self confidence and I am now losing weight and tackling my health issues.

2012 was a fabulous year but I have absolutely no doubt that 2013 will be so much better. My future is so bright, I am a great big ball of happiness that twinkles and shines so brightly that no one will ever snuff it out. It may diminish from time to time as everyday trials and tribulations take their toll but it will soon bounce back.

Happy 2013 everyone 

I would like to enter this page into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order):-

2 Sisters Challenge - #124 Anything But a Card
Anything But A Card - #9 Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations – #21 Anything Goes
Crazy Amigo Challenge – Happy New Year
Forever Friends - #52 Anything Goes
Hiding In My Craftroom - #78 Freestyle
Jen’s Digi Stamps – Let’s Celebrate
Kaboodle Doodles - #152 Anything Goes
Make It Monday #121 Anything Goes
Ooh La La Creations  – #120 Reflections (reflecting on the past year)
Order of the Opus Gluei - #147 Free For All
Paper Makeup Digi Makeover – #69 Anything Goes
Whoopsi Daisy – Celebration (of me and how far I have come in 2012)


Decosse's Dynamite Doodles said...

Mandy I am so happy to hear that you have been able to tackle a painful past and emerge back into the sunshine filled with promise. You are very brave to share that with the world. It is obviously a sign of your growth. I have one very special person in my life that has had to overcome the shackles of an extremely fraught filled and emotionally scarring childhood and I have another who is just about to undertake the journey. If you ever find yourself falling back and need someone to listen to you, know that I'm here for you, I'm just an email away.
As far as your comment left on my blog today about your "inner sparkle escaping and helping to spread infection stylee onto someone far less twinkly", it is too bad we all don't have magic glitter wands for just that purpose.


Unknown said...

Awesome layout! Thanks for joining us at Kaboodle Doodles this week.

Dawn said...

Really cool how you used so many pictures on one page, love the layout!

cotnob said...

This is a fabulous layout, a wonderful way to record a difficult year.
Thank you for joining us at Whoopsi Daisy.

Creations by Shirl said...

Great layout! Thanks for joining us at Forever Friends Challenge.

Gini said...

Great page and so wonderful that you are having the time of your life GO YOU!!!!!

Thank you for joining us at Opus Gluei :-)

Billie A said...

Saw your layout on MIM. I am so glad I came and took a look. I love the layout. I get scared on sb pages.. Yours is wonderful and great way to celebrate YOU. Love it.

Unknown said...

Wonderful LO Mandy, so happy that things are looking up for you. Thanks for joining us at Make It Monday.

Patricia said...

Lovely layout and how wonderfully brave of you to share your journey with the world! Thanks for joining us at Artistic Inspirations this week!

Kim said...

Your layout is awesome! I love the elements and colors. Thanks for joining us at Party Time Tuesdays.


Alli Devine said...

Beautiful layout and a great interpretation of the reflective theme. I hope that 2013 is everything you hope it will be and more besides. Thank you for sharing with us a Ooh La La creations

Alli x

Diane Louise J said...

Lovely layout.. Thanks for joining Forever Friends 'Anything Goes' Challenge. Hope you can join us again for our next challenge and good luck in the draw. Best Wishes for 2013. Diane x

Sandra H said...

So beautiful , Thank you for joining in our challenge at Forever Friends Anything goes and good luck hope to see you again next time DT Member Sandra H xx