Monday, October 31, 2011

World at your Fingertips...Happiness? **Scraps with V**

My oldest son is going through a lot right now at school.  His anger has taken control of his life and he is having a hard time coping with frustration and loss, pretty sure all related back to his sister's death a little over 2 years ago.  He is going to therapy and we are trying to work through it all, it just takes time and a lot of patience.

This LO is about the frustrations he is feeling, the words on the left that create the wall he is facing say "the whole wonderful world is at your fingertips if you only reach for it" and then I titled it "happiness" as that is what we are trying to achieve, for him to be happy and to live a carefree childhood as best as he can.  I wanted to show the light at the end of our tunnel with the bling on the one side, and then the mess of paints and inks all over as the chaos we are dealing with right now.

I really grunged this LO up. I tried my hand at gesso and paints, smearing them on, then also stamping and inking, distressed the edges of the papers, tearing, and wetting the papers too.

I created this layout as an inspiration challenge with these wonderful fall colors over at Scraps with V.  If you would like to join in and play along please head on over and play along!!

Challenges: - (59) new beginnings - fresh start for my son - 11/3x - sketch - 11/15x - (43) anything goes - 11/2x (27) distress - 11/13x (129) 1234 - x - fall - 11/4x (19) anything goes - 11/11x (22) 3 layers - 11/7x (87) quote inspiration - 11/5x (55) anything goes - 11/5x (59) anything goes 11/5x - recipe - 11/3* - masculine - 11/12x (104) remember - 11/6x - fabric - 11/1x


Erin R. 


  1. OH WOW this is AWESOME my type of thing love it love all the different things you used! Great job! Sorry to hear your lad is having a hard time! and that you lost your little girl too! so sad! Thanks for joining in with us at Totally Gorjuss this week, hugs Samantha :0)

  2. Erin, thanks for sharing your story. Such a heartfelt layout. And your techniques are great.

    kim from punky scraps

  3. lovely layout
    thanks for joining us at Charisma this week
    Allison x

  4. this is a lovely creation, and we thank you for sharing with us at Charisma. Sadly, our challenge rules state that when entering our challenge you may link to only up to 9 others, therefore unfortunately you are not eligible to win with this entry. We do hope you will stop by and share more of your work with us :) Gemma

  5. This is just awesome! Wonderful layout and a super saying. Hopefully all will be fine with your son. I'm just sure it's going to take a lot of time - and like you said, patience. Hugs to him and you and your family.
    Thanks for joining us at Stamps R Us Challenges.

  6. fabulous lo much eye candy! lovin the design...and all those textures! awesome take on the use of fabric ~ awesome work!

  7. What an awesome page you made!!! The bg is so yummy! Thanks for playing along at PS.

  8. great job :-) Thanks for playing with us at Lollipop Crafts! hugs joanna

  9. I feel so bad for you and your son-I am hoping this becomes a faint memory soon.
    What a spectacular piece Erin, love the blends of material and the two sides.
    So glad you could share with us at Creative Inspirations Paint

  10. Wonderful layout, love your thought process behind the whole thing. So sorry to hear your heartbreaking story - wishing you and you son all the best.
    Thanks for joining out CES challenge this week.

  11. Awesome layout, love the titlework and journaling!

  12. Love your work, awesome layout! Thanks for playing with us at Punky Scraps!

  13. Amazing layout and such fabulous detail, a real keeper! Thanks for sharing with us at CES this week :) Donna ♥ x

  14. lovely, , thanks for joining us at Karens Doodles :)

  15. Fabulous page. I love the way the words seem to be a brick wall. Thanks for joining us at Dream Valley. xx


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