Saturday, September 1, 2012

Lessons with John Scrapbook page for Another Freaking

Being the first of the month, there is of course a new challenge up at Another Freaking Scrappy. 

September is back to school in North America – scrap about a teacher or someone who inspired you,
believed in you, helped you in some way. If you have a photo of them, use it. If not place a photo of
you or something else that is representative of how they inspired you.

It's a fun challenge. The best part of me was having so many people to pick from I ended up calling my parents to see what teachers they had photos of. NEVER in a million years would have remembered back to my first ballet lessons. 

There is a very interesting thing that I learned from John Haynes O'Neil when I was a wee one. Besides early ballet techniques, he had us kids sit in a nearly dark studio and imagine a frame with a video in it. My frame was pretty and gold. He had us imagine something going wrong with our dance move. And then, imagine the frame again with the move going perfect and right. He said that this visualization would also work with school. 

It has stuck with me for years and in fact sometimes before going to bed, I use that technique if I am worried about the next day. 

As you can see, I carried that frame theme onto my page and put the words John over top using hot glue and glitter!

Had a great time with this page. The dress form was really fun to play with.

It is made by ScrapFX and I got it from Marivic's etsy store for Zeus & Zoe. LOVED dying that lace to use as the skirt. It was three different shades of ink pad inks that I ran over the lace and then I poured alcohol over the whole thing to let the ink run for that look.

Marivic also sent me this paper in a recent Z&Z kit and it was perfect for this page, proving her ESP like abilities! ;-) She also carries Manor House Flowers over there too, eeek!

Wish I had some to use, I had to dye these Prima ones that started our turquoise!

And a quick shout to to Alison who sent me that adorable little card with the roses. I found it was perfect for my page!

And I'm off to make some french toast! Natives are getting restless and must be fed. ;-)

I'm painting again today...wish me luck???


  1. This is just beautiful. All the elements woks so perfectly together. Wishing you a fab weekend.
    Doing Life
    Digistamps4Joy DT Member
    Tammy’s Scrapin Corner DT Member

  2. The power of visualization is amazing, isn't it? Love the theme and your take on it. John seems like a wonderful teacher. Nice to see you in the pictures :)

  3. Fancy digging up these old photos - they're great & what he taught you...amazing! We had a teacher that made us do that relaxation stuff...lying on the floor. I Loved it. Small country town high school in the 70's...the parents thought we were being turned into rebel rousing hippies with Odd Ideas & were most incensed!!!! LOVE your dress works so, so well...gorgeous colour:):):)

  4. That is a fantastic layout with those amazing photos, love the manikin, and what a wonderful memory you have of your teacher John.. and do be careful painting!!

  5. Gorgeous page! I love all of the roses and fabric tying into the ballet theme! Great symbolism using the frame to help tell the wonderful story about a teacher who shared a life long lesson!

  6. Wow, Mitra this is awesome. There is always so much beautiful texture on your creations and so many interesting elements to your designs. LOVE!!

  7. Lovely sentimental page & love the dressform!!


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