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Challenge # 13-2013 MMDT Featured Grid: Spring Green

How would you describe your spot on the earth?

Everyone has different moments in their lives where something old ends and something new begins.

Picking up, beginning again and trying something new…that’s how “My Spot on the Big Blue Marble” was built. I wanted to have a spot to work, take care of business, give counsel, prep lessons and teach, do Bible study, read and relax, make my greeting cards, sew and scrapbook, work on the computer, watch TV, and have a place to sleep.

At the time, I wanted a mountain cabin or western lodge feel to my spot. Things needed to be organized because there was a lot to put in a small place. So, my oldest son, David, helped to make it possible. A door was removed, a wall put in its place and soon there was a long desk, shelves and overhead storage with a new column of storage perfect for storing photo albums and scrapbook papers. Two walls were clad in wood planking to help give me my cabin feel and my retreat began to take shape. Add a desk and computer and an extra table and there’s plenty of room to work…and play! Eventually a very comfy chair was added…perfect! The room was transformed!

Add to that the personal touches that make it home, favorite photos, art work, sculptures and a touch of kitsch. I brought a tree in to bring the outside in, added lights to make it festive. I have pieces I’ve added from my travels like a pair of huge pine cones from down in Texas, old cowboy boots, a carved Christmas tree from a Kentucky artisan, a longhorn steer made of nails and five sculpted sheep from Scotland by way of Williamsburg.  

My work bench is full of tools like Prismacolor pencils sorted by colors and in old tins with sentimental ties. There’s a stack of dress pieces that need to be finished to make a dress for Izzy. A stack of newly finished Christmas cards await a new owner. The printer is at one end and the TV at the other. Columns of small drawers house rubber stamps, inks, pens, chalks and all sorts of bits and pieces. Larger drawers hold more tools and embellishments, embossing powders and all sorts of goodies.

So we’ve created a spot that serves me well, it is my place to find peace and quiet, it is a place to create and it is a place of rest. It has been my world. For someone who wanted to grow to be a hermit, this has been the perfect place! Now, I’m at a new cross road in life, needing to return to the outside world and the need for a paying job.  Leaving the security of “My Spot on the Big Blue Marble” is causing me some distress that I really didn’t realize until I began working on this challenge. My life is likely to change more drastically than I imagined. I’m not sure I’m ready for it. I’m not sure there is a place out there for me to fit into, and I’m not so sure I really want to, but I suppose I must. Soon there will be a new spot that will be included in my world and with it countless new experiences.


For this challenge I have used Mosaic Moments 12x12 Spring Green Grid,  Loganberry Paper Tiles  pattern #48 additional elements of little tags and a list, Apple Crush, Lime Crush, Kiwi Crush and red cardstock, silver wire, glue dots and foam tape.  All the photos have been printed on Matte Supreme Photo paper, something I was reluctant to try because I really do like my glossy photos. However, at a yard sale last year I made off with a package of photo paper at a bargain, only to discover that there was more matte than glossy in the collection. I have found that I actually do like this look as this matte is far different from the matte printing from the 70’s when everyone was printing in matte and charging extra for glossy.

Pattern #48 

Page One

Large 8.5” x 11” photo in B&W of “My Spot” trimmed to fit the various shapes of the pattern. A small photo in the upper corner shows the cabin wall. The nine patch pattern is Lime Crush stamped with a map rubber stamp image that is also used on page two. Loganberry Paper Tiles were used to create the title. It was printed in a semi-circle to give the feel of a sphere. (see Tami’s instructions on ‘how to’ here: Foam Mounting Tape was used to give it a bit of a lift. The remainder of the title is placed in a red “map pin” to mark ‘the spot.’ The photos are printed on a matte finish paper that lends to the feel of newspaper photo.  Putting the photo into B & W helps to carry on that reporting style look to the page. You get a good look at the whole work space and all that is in it without the distraction of the colors in the space.

Page Two

Here are some of the details in a color view of some of the elements that make my spot my home and my work space, including a look at my work in progress for this challenge, some of the ‘favorites’ and my custom built shelves.  The journal block is again green on green with the map image stamped with watermark ink. The tiny tags are on pop dots for lots of dimension, on double glue dots for a little dimension and directly applied to the map block for a flat layer. Small ‘map pins’ made of wire and red cardstock punched circles appear to be pinning them down. I also used the “out takes” of hearts from the tags to turn them into an alternate pin head, and small punched circles with liquid acrylic added to give a third style of “pin” for the tags.



What is in “My Spot?”   (in no particular order here, and scattered on the block)

1.       Comfy chair
2.       Books
3.       Bed
4.       Computer
5.       TV
6.       Prismacolor Pencils
7.       Music
8.       Artwork
9.       Photographs
10.   Sculptures
11.   Cowboy boots
12.   Sheep, bears and dogs
13.   Pine trees
14.   Rubber stamps
15.   Scrapbook paper
16.   Mementos
17.   Ribbons
18.   Old Westerns
19.   Sewing machine
20.   Ott lights
21.   Camera
22.   A view

…just to name a few.

( seems like #22 got written in as 'snacks' on the tags instead of a view...both are equally enjoyed in this spot!) 

In doing this challenge I was able to do something I’ve planned on doing for ages, to document my work space and what goes on there. It let me take another close look at where I live. (last year our challenge was our town) I do have a fresh perspective of my surroundings and what they mean to me, what they have been and what it may be in the future. Do you have a spot that means a lot to you? Maybe you should take a few photos and write about it and give it a place of importance in the events and places you scrap about.

Share some of your spots with us on Journella; we’d love to have you join us. Keep your eyes open for the July newsletter and the open challenge announcement and be sure to get some Spring Green while it’s the featured paper, it’s a lovely shade of green and so very versatile, you’ll love it!

Thanks for stopping in today,




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Love the tags and the "pins." How creative! Love your color choices and am hoping that once I get moved in, my spot will be somewhat organized like yours! As always, great job, Andrea!!
Posted By: Heather Cartland  |  July 16, 2013 at 1:45 am   
I love everything on the pages! The map is awesome! All the tiny tags is brilliant :) Nice colors and the theme. The inside of the lamp is too cute! The black and white photo is cool on page one. Your layouts are spectacular!
Posted By: Julie Oconnor  |  July 7, 2013 at 6:06 pm   
My favorite part of this page is the little tags. The pins that appear to be holding them in place are so cute. As I was reading your story, I was hoping you would give us a close up of the tags and I was not disappointed.The different blues and the green look like the big blue marble. I like the map cut into squares a lot.
Posted By: Dale Hill  |  July 7, 2013 at 5:58 am   
This is awesome. I love, love, love the tags with your journaling on them. It's great that you popped some up and used different shapes. You continue to impress me!
Posted By: Candy Spiegel  |  July 6, 2013 at 9:07 pm   
Once again, fabulous! Like Shannon, I too am sometimes are just so amazing. AND AN AMAZING PERSON! It really shows in all that you do. I love your space...wish mine was as organized! Love the black and white! (Maybe my room wouldn't look so messy in black and white! LOL!) As Tami said, the way that you cut it is perfect, too. The black and white vs color really works! Fun to see all the little tags, and what FABULOUS creativity to make the pins...not one type but a variety! Your title ties it all together...very cool. More than anything, I love your story. Andrea, you WILL find your next spot (not a new spot, just an additional spot!) in the outside world, be fabulous in it, and the world will be blessed as well, I am sure. Have faith and all will be as it should be! HUGS, my friend. You will do fine! :)
Posted By: Lori Hanson  |  July 6, 2013 at 3:47 am   
I really like the way you've pulled this together. It's wonderful. Like you, I hoped to do my workspace but I have far too much to do to photograph it. I'm in the process of getting rid of accumulated "stuff" from the last ten years -- modernizing and upgrading. You've completed that process and it works. I like the green on green effect as well. As usual, you inspire me with your artistic interpretation and your commitment to excellence.
Posted By: Diane Cook  |  July 5, 2013 at 4:38 pm   
Andrea, your pages, and creativity amazes me. They are suppose to inspire me, but actually, they intimidates me!!! I LOVE all of the tags with the things in your spot! So creative and thoughtful. You just keep coming up with great ideas, while challenge after challenge I am stumped!!!! Great job and of course awesome work/pages!
Posted By: Shannon Nixson  |  July 2, 2013 at 11:22 pm   
My favorite part of your page is all the little tags on the "map stamped" paper. I was so glad you showed a close up so we can see the detail. The large B/W photo of your space turned out great. I like how the cuts help to highlight certain areas - like the chair and the organizers.
Posted By: Tami Potter  |  July 2, 2013 at 8:53 pm   

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