Saturday, March 6, 2010

Just me.

Me.  I scrapped about me today.  Well, actually it took two days for me to finish.  I designed and typed yesterday, but created and embellished today.  Like many scrappers, I rarely do pages about myself or Drew.  I always mean to make more, but the kids go and do something funny and mojo is off and running.

I bopped on over to the All About Me Challenge blog where my crazily talented friend Stacey is guest designer this month. The challenge is an interesting one--take a personality test and figure out what words, colors, things best describe your personality.

I confess that I am a nerd who loves all kinds of tests.  As a teacher, I use a variety of self testing so my students can determine how they best learn, perform, study, and deal with stress.  I know from years of taking tests that I am a contradiction.  I am not a left brain or a right brain, but a combo platter.  I am a little of this and a little of that.  My brain is a buffet.  I do equally well with English and Math, but should not ever be given an instrument of any kind.

I decided to scrap one of my favorite school words--paradox.  It means a statement that contradicts itself, but is still true.  I torture students every semester until they can spout paradoxes in every piece of literature that they come across easily.  I scrapped 5 paradoxes that perfectly describe me!

The present truck or UPS to normal people arrived yesterday bringing some fabulous brand new Jillibean Soup goodies.  I had them out on my desk and knew that some of the goodies would be leaping onto my page.  With new must come old on a paradox page, so I grabbed some fancy Pink Paislee brads that are a few collections back yet still delicious.

Before I started putting the page together today, I headed over to Couture Cardstock to peek at their daily challenge.  Stitching--perfect.  I pulled out my machine and got to work.

Paradox.  Supplies:  Paper: My Mind's Eye, My Little Shoebox, Cardstock, Alphabet, Ribbon: Jillibean Soup, Bling: Kaisercraft, Flowers: Prima Marketing, American Crafts, Buttons: BasicGrey, Ribbon: Cosmo Cricket, Brads: Pink Paislee, Journal Card: Little Yellow Bicycle, Font: Ariel, Pin: JoAnn Essentials, Other: stitching.

Jouraling:  I am: 1.  analytically creative 2.  an outgoing introvert  3.  an organized slob  4.  a girly tomboy  5.  childishly mature.
paradox--noun.  a statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth.
At the beginning of every semester, I introduce this fun little word to my freshman English students.  We use it as we analyze readings, discuss argument topics, and examine current events.  The final paper asks students to explain their personal paradoxes.  I love reading these insights into my students after four months of immersion in the world of contradictory truth.

I am so glad that I took this challenge!  I really love this page.  The My Little Shoebox paper is pretty disguised--I flipped it backwards and trimmed the center out of the circle.  With a little stitching it made the perfect frame and played a paradox of circle to my center block.  I am heading back to play with more of their cute products.  hmmm wonder if I can make a card out of the paper from the center of that circle . . . .

Happy Saturday!


  1. This is gorgeous. I have never scrapped a page in my life but this stitched circle makes me wish I did.

  2. LOVE the journaling (loved reading your post too) and the stitches on the frame!

  3. Dora I love this! Thank you so much for joining us this month at AAM! I, too, am a test junkie!!

  4. absolutely love your stitching job!!

  5. Love how you did the paradoxes! Great approach to the challenge!!

  6. cute names for yourself--great that they are all it.

  7. Stopping by from the All About Me blog. Your take on the challenge is fantastic! The circle reminds me of a horseshoe... lucky!

  8. I love this- the journaling, the details, the blog post! Fabulous take on the challenge! Thanks for playing along with us at AAM!

  9. i super love this dora!!!! love the design too and am envious of your stitching!!!! ;o)

  10. dora! this is AMAZING! i love that you're a contradiction....i share many of the same qualities...maybe that's why i confuse myself sometimes!!! so glad you played along! i love everything about this layout!



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