Join The 'Pen Pals' Challenge ...

Every other Friday we will issue a new journaling challenge and post our sample pages on the blog. We'd love to have you join in with us too ... & maybe we'll pick you to be our 'Pen Pal of the Week!'

How you interpret the challenge is up to you, we will mostly create scrapbook pages - but feel free just to journal/blog post ...or maybe adapt the challenge to your art journals, cards & altered art.

Leave a comment on the challenge post with a link to your blog or gallery where we can find your work ... & if you'd like to be considered for the 'Pen Pal of the Week!' Guest Design Spot, be sure to e-mail your entry too!

Sunday, 3 August 2008


For me, the age that I am is a good age ... the best age. And, although I made the best choices I could make given the situation and information I had at the time, I do look back on a few periods of my life that I'm glad are over. When Beverley challenged us to pick an age and journal about it ... I immediately thought about my early 20's ... not realizing she was looking for positive thoughts and journaling. You see, my 20's weren't my best years. And, in my quest to be more honest with my scrapbook journaling, I decided to scrap about it anyway. (And, no fair laughing at the sunglasses! hehehehe)

My journaling reads:

Easily the worst years of my life, I don't look back on my early twenties with any nostalgia. I struggled to be a mother of two babies born a year apart ... one with a life threatening genetic disease, while trying to grow up myself. Living in a strange city without friends or family while Craig worked tirelessly to establish himself in business, I was often lonely and enticed by the social changes and fads of the 70's. It was a very unhappy time of my life and I look back with no desire to re-live it.

I loved working with these new BoBunny papers from the Beautiful Life collection that was released at CHA recently. And, I threw in some bits of the Pink Paislee Office Lingo die cuts just for fun! Don't you just love the way the clear embossed stamped lettering adds texture to the background? Stack on some buttons, use black Stickles for the dotty circles, distress and ink the edges ... and by george, I think we've got it!

Now it's your turn. I can't wait to see what age you choose to journal about! Who knows? You might even choose to pick an age that you haven't even seen yet! And, don't forget ... it' doesn't HAVE to be a scrapbook page. It can be a blog post, a card, an altered item ... even bits of thoughts written in your journal. Just get those thoughts and feelings down somewhere and share them with us! Beverley has generously gathered together some fab goodies that will go to some lucky challenger!


Beverley Todd said...

LOL! Fab page Colette ... my 20s had to be the worst too! Although that was the 90s for me ;o)

V Colbourne said...

Great layout- loved the journalling, it was very deep and really expressed your 20s. I'm only in my 20s now, and I'm hoping these are going to be some of my best

Colette Bate said...

First of all ... no fair making fun of how old I am, Beverley!! hehehe

And ... V ... actually, I was having a blast in my 20's ... I just didn't realize how terrible it was until I got to 30 ... then 40 ... then ... hehehehe That's what you've got to look forward to!
Come on, girl ... tell us how FUN your 20's are!

Timi O. Mercado said...

Colette, your LO is stunning I may say. There's lot of textures and the color that you used just fitted your theme. Very heartfelt journaling.

I just set my take to this challenge. Like Colette, I chose 21 as my age to scrap about. for me, it's one of the best age in my life.

Stefanie said...

Wow, Colette, Beverly and Timi I am so excited that you have found this new outlet and that your enthusiasm and many talents will still be shared with scrappers and journalers out there.
I wish you all of the best and trust that your readership will grow and encourage many more to "tell the story".
All of the best, Stefanie.

Patti Smith said...

Colette this is awesome. Love the journaling on this as I too was in my 20's in the 70's!!! Love the page.....

Colette Bate said...

Wow ... let me say thanks Stephanie for popping and and leaving your well wishes! As former 'teammates' ... it means alot to have your support!

Patti! It's awesome to see you found our challenge blog and I hope to see you playing along when you can!

And .. Timi ... thanks so much for your warm compliments on my page. Hopefully you're journaling on a project right now in preparation for sharing it with us for our first challenge!

Beverley Todd said...

Yeah! Thanks Stefanie ... ditto what Colette said! LOL

NancyJones said...

HOLY CRAPP THIS IS as fantabulous as always and LOOK AT YOU.. YOU HOT MAMA YOUUUUU!!!