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MMDT Challenge #9: I AM WOMAN

Challenge #9 – May Feature Grid – PERIWINKLE


Use Mosaic Moments Periwinkle Grid paper and Page Pattern # 58  




Create a page that conveys a “forget-me-not” message:  What do you want others (and yourself) to remember about you at this phase in your life?


Element options - please choose one or more of the following:


  • String
  • Mosaic Moments CornerStones
  • Doodles


Hello everyone!! Welcome to phase 2 of the MMDT challenge series! When I received the second set of challenges, I was most excited to do this one. What do I want others to remember about me at this phase of my life? Let me tell you!


2012 was a terrible year. Absolutely terrible! It started out with a divorce from my husband who I had been with for close to 10 years. It ended amicably, but it was still pretty rough. With that, came the end of my relaxed work-from-home life that I had enjoyed for just as long. We had our own business, you see, so when the marriage ended, so did my job.


I had looked for employment for quite some time in my field, but to no avail in the area in which I lived. I wanted to stay in the area because we still owned the house together, he kept one of our dogs and I had all my friends here. So I took a job pulling weeds on a flower farm for $8/hr. Yup…right about minimum wage. It was a hot summer, one of the hottest I remembered, the farm’s rooster hated me and would routinely chase me to my car, I was stung by angry bees and thought I would die of heatstroke just about every day I drove into work. It was miserable, but it paid the bills.


During this time, if you saw my artist challenge, you may recall that we lost our collie, Blue, to a brain aneurysm very unexpectedly that summer. Earlier in 2012, I lost my 15 year old papillon, Earl; he had a wonderful life, (I should also find a challenge to dedicate to him) but it was very hard to lose him as well.


Around Christmastime, things still weren’t great. My job at the farm had ended for the season, and I found work as a temporary at a medical device company making a good living, but my contract was only for 6 weeks, so it ended with 2012. My lease was up in February of 2013, so I was panicking about what to do. I wanted to buy a house instead of continuing to rent, but I couldn’t afford anything and without a job, I wasn’t sure how I would make the rent either. I so badly didn’t want to fail on my own.




As you can see from my layout, 2013 took a turn for the better!! I went on my scrapbooking trip to MI with my friends in January, which was a wonderful time--much needed! And when we returned, I had two job interviews lined up. One of them offered me a position as a Quality Assurance Supervisor at a pharmaceutical packaging company, with a very nice salary and I took it! Since I was offered such a nice salary, I decided to look for a house in my most favorite place in the world, Lake Geneva, WI. I found a house that I loved right away and made an offer. At this posting, I am awaiting closing on June 15th!  It’s a 1964 ranch, and it is surrounded by Bigfoot Beach State Park, which my dogs will absolutely love! And I plan to go totally retro with it! I’m so excited!!


I’m not going to tell you too much about Lake Geneva and why I love it right now…I’m going to save that for a later challenge. But I will tell you that it’s a very popular tourist city for folks of Chicago, so I feel like I’m on vacation all the time!


In terms of my layout, the grid paper is Periwinkle  and the page pattern is #58 from The patterned paper is BasicGrey from my stash inked with Timber Brown StazOn ink. I used a date and seashell cornerstone from I used hemp twine as my string because I thought it added a nautical touch and I used it to suspend a nautical compass charm from my main photo. That’s me at the lamppost of my new house!! The top left photo is of me at my job with a piece of my business card under it.


So 2013 is going much better. I have a job, a new house in my favorite city, 2 dogs that I am able to keep spoiled for the rest of their lives, and I didn’t fall apart after life tried to take me down. I feel great about myself at this phase of my life because I have been able to survive on my own. I am woman!  

Shared by Heather Cartland on May 4, 2013 | Memory Date: May 4, 2013
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Heather you are an inspiration. I can't wait to learn all about Lake Geneva
Posted By: Tonnya Sayah  |  May 14, 2013 at 1:13 am   
Great layout, and more importantly, wonderful recovery! I love the saying "you can't have rainbows without clouds and a storm"...and you really have made the best of the clouds and storm and turned them into sunny days ahead! You ARE strong and motivated and will be blessed! P.S. Love the patterned paper, the charm and the photos. And, I am not that far away from you (MPLS)...we must get together one day! :)
Posted By: Lori Hanson  |  May 12, 2013 at 7:13 pm   
Congratulations on your victory. What a wonderful transition page from what was to what is and what will be. Of course, I had to revisit the lyrics to the entire song . . . love it.
Posted By: Diane Cook  |  May 7, 2013 at 4:18 pm   
Congratulations on starting a new life! This is a wonderful way to document it all.
Posted By: Candy Spiegel  |  May 7, 2013 at 2:35 am   
Thanks for sharing such a personal story! Love,love,love the layout. The story is heartwarming/wretching all at the same time. You have made it through 2012. Best wishes and blessings to a great 2013. So good to get to know you. Can't wait to see the layouts of your hometown. You will make this house a "home of your own" :)
Posted By: Julie Oconnor  |  May 7, 2013 at 1:55 am   
Wow - you've really been through the mill. So glad to hear things are turning around for you! It will be so exciting to get into your new house. Best wishes for you!!
Posted By: Nancy Sanders  |  May 5, 2013 at 10:16 pm   
I love your "turn around" story Heather. I can't wait to hear more about your town and your new house! Your page has a very cozy feel - love the color choices. Wonderful shot of you with the address sign - a great way to say "I'm moving forward." :)
Posted By: Tami Potter  |  May 5, 2013 at 2:44 pm   
You are a beautiful, smart, strong women! You "Glow" girl! Your page is very nicely done, but I must say, I loved hearing about how well you are doing with everything in your life more than anything. You should be proud of yourself! I love the journaling that says, "love the house your in" It can mean so many different things! Great job,Heather and as always, thanks for sharing! My 1970 sista!!!
Posted By: Shannon Nixson  |  May 5, 2013 at 1:52 am   
I could hear strains of Reba singing "I'm a survivor" as I read through your story! The shades of tan look nice on the Periwinkle. Looks like you have made a successful come back and the important events are well represented! Looking forward to seeing more of your retro make over!! Good job!
Posted By: Andrea Fisher  |  May 5, 2013 at 1:19 am   

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