Saturday, January 11, 2014

{one little word} january + video

This week my friend Amanda and I signed up for Ali Edward's One Little Word Class.  I've chosen a word to represent my main goal for the last four years, but this year was a little different.  I decided it was time to take extra steps to make my word visible since it is going to play such an important role in my life.  My word for this year is STRONG.

This first page is a visual reminder of what my word is and what it means.  I cut up a Becky Higgins page protector and sewed an old piece of Hambly to the top.  On the transparency is my word and the year, and below are photos of me and the definition which I added using my home printer.  I just love these bright, happy, energetic colors!

There are many ways in which you can be strong, but the two main areas I'm focusing on this year is physical and emotional.  One the physical side I'm focused on my health.  I cope through life due to health issues, and even though I'm a very happy person I know it's time to challenge myself to be more.  In the past I was not actually capable of more, but this last summer I had a revelation per say and found that my body has slightly changed giving me strength I didn't know I had.  Don't get me wrong, it's NOT easy to push your body through the tough stuff, but I'm slowly making progress and it feels great!  I want to be stronger so I can be more for my family, more for myself.

On the emotional side, let's just say that having a clear head makes everything easier and leave it at that.  I'm sure I'll share more about it later, but I think it's pretty obvious that most people can benefit from having emotional strength : )

For the backside of the first page, I cut up a 4x6" card so it would fit into two 3x4" pockets, and just slid the other 4x6" card into it's own pocket.  Each of these cards (including the one on the front page) was made using Ali's OLW Class png's and adding my text in PhotoShop. I printed the completed png's using my home printer onto paper from the Dear Lizzy Polka Dot Party 12x12" paper pack.  The journaling is very personal, so I'm not going to share it in detail here, but let's just say that going through each of the different prompts for this month has made me really think about what I want out of my word and how I'm going to achieve it.

There are two more full sheet pages which are both 8.5x11", and I did the same with printing them out as the others.  It was fun going through the paper pack and choosing patterned paper that would still show printed text well.  That peach paper has a beautiful white paint splatter to it that I love!

That's pretty much it for sharing my OLW for this month.  If you're also taking the same class, I'd love it if you could leave a comment so I could take a peek.  Have a great weekend!  XO


  1. your are so strong! you will accomplish all you want to this year i know it! keep the faith and your word close to you and all things are possible!

  2. I like this approach to new year's resolutions and I do the same thing. Instead of writing a laundry list of things to do, achieve, etc, I write an overall theme. This year, it's think big :)

  3. I really love the video I finally got to sit down and watch it on my computer! so nice to see you in front of the camera! love the pages and how you built them!!!

    1. I was nervous about being in front of the camera...haha! So relieved you enjoyed it : )

  4. This is really, really awesome! Hope we can hear more about your word as the year goes on. :)