Thursday, September 22, 2011

Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge Page- A Unique Name

oh!! Scrapbook something exotic! What a great challenge up at Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge

I love it! In my ongoing quest to populate an album I am working on for myself, I decided I'd mix it up a bit. Earlier they had a challenge about scrapping the year you were born. I had great intentions of doing that challenge as well, but missed it. However, in keeping with that theme, I did also add my birth year & place on my page. I think this page will work out nicely towards the front of my album!

I also really wanted to use the colors yellow, blue, and turquoise on my page. It sounds odd, but I KNOW that table cloth in the back is a pale yellow since I grew up with it. 

Also, turquoise is a very prominent color in Iran, where I was born. 


For some reason lately, I have been drawn to really simple backgrounds. I had this whole page layout on a piece of kraft I had painted up and ended up redoing it after I decided it was too busy. 

Anne did include a sketch for us to follow along with. I thought it was fun and inspired me to use up this piece of cream colored card stock I had cut a HUGE circle out of. Plus, all the patterned paper were scraps! I don't quite recall from which line, so let me know if you remember. I'll do my best with the materials list. 

I also want to thank my daughter who wandered up at some point and saw the page out and suggested I write out my name. I had the BIG HUGE M there but not the rest of my name. It seemed so simple after she said it.

And on a personal note, I feel a bit bare putting this page out here. I really struggled with a unique name growing up. My born and raised in NY parents opted to go into the Peace Corps when they graduated from Syracuse University as jobs were scarce. I don't think they necessarily planned to have a baby in Iran, but those things happen at times. ;-) But, explain to a six year old to not tell people where you were born who are already freaking out about the Iran Hostage thing during the late 70ties. I remember being in elementary and some big jerk getting in my face singing Born in the USA by Bruce Springsteen. Hello! Having a kid in a foreign country by two people who ARE Americans still makes that kid...well, an American. And, regardless of where you were born, it doesn't give anyone the right to judge.

But, in the interest of "love the skin you are in" I am a lot better about my name these days.

I did look it up the origins on Wiki and learned some interesting facts that I had sort of already known. My favorite quote about the God I was named after:

"truth-speaking, ... with a thousand ears, ... with ten thousand eyes, high, with full knowledge, strong, sleepless, and ever awake."

Better tell my kids. They already think I know too much about what they are up to.


Cream Colored Cardstock from Close to My Heart
Yellow Lined Cardstock from Wild Saffron K & Co.
Pale Yellow Knitted Flower & Chippy Tag from Helen's Stash
Turquoise Circle from Close to My Heart
Various fonts from Webster's Pages & Cosmo Cricket
Glimmermist:  Trunk Bay
Architural Swirl: inked up with Tim Holtz/Ranger Stream Alchohol Ink from ArtChix
Yellow gems from my stash


  1. Wow! I absolutely love what you've done with the sketch! Your lo looks fab and that pic is just precious! Tks. for playing along with us at AFSC!

  2. I LOVE your name & I LOVE this layout - fantastic job!!

  3. Great story - love your name but completely get why you would dislike it as a child. In the 70's and 80's anything different was bait for bullies. Mind you I disliked Karen as well (there were three other Karen's in my class at one stage) but as a much younger child I always wanted to be called Susie - not sure why - pretty sure I prefer karen now...

    Love this page and the white background totally works, makes it fresher than if you used kraft. xx

  4. Mitra - yours is a gorgeous name - and this is a gorgeous layout!!! Love it, love the blue, love the richness - love the memories and sentiment you captured. Thanks so much for playing along with another Freaking scrappy challenge ... !!!

  5. Loveeeeeeee this! I love love love that photo of you, the colors and loving how you journaled around the circle!! Just GORGEOUS! :):):):):):):):):):):)

  6. Magnificently marvelous mirage of a mastermind named Mitralee. :D
    I love it and're SO CUTE!
    Really diggin' the idea of a book about you. Truly a treasure for the future.
    Hmmm, I smell inspiration...
    High Five,

  7. I think your name is very unique and I love it! I especially loved the part at the end where you said your kids already think you know too much. Mine do too! So that's common. LOL

    I think your page is gorgeous and your daughter's suggestion was great!

  8. Your name is lovely, I love the story and the fact that you felt comfy sharing such personal info with us all is awesome! Love everything thing about your layout! Do you think your daughter might be following mums footsteps... Well done and thankyou again so much for playing along with another freaking scrappy challenge

  9. HI.. this is so lovely.. i love the photo in the circle, it takes my eyes to it and then around the layout to look at all the lovely's on the layout.. a wonderful take on the challenge.. and your name sounds very special.. thanks for sharing..

  10. I LOVE this layout...everything about it is simply gorgeous! It's awesome that you created a page to celebrate the uniqueness of your name.. :) This page is real eye ho girl!

  11. Gorgeous name and a gorgeous layout thanks for joining in the fun at Another Freaking Scrappy challenge


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