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October 15th, Prompt #30

Thanks for letting me be your monthly guest designer - it was really fun! :D
THIRTY!?!? We're at THIRTY!? SO totally COOL.
This month's prompt is a little on the softer side... I hope you'll take a moment to create something and expose a little of your more vulnerable side...
Tender. Human.
Afraid by Nelly Furtado
Bra Straps
** NO ONE used a BRA STRAP on their projects!! I double dare you to do it!! (Nikki came the closest, with a photo and her bra showing in it)
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Our Guest Gutter Girl, Margrethe!!
I'm a 24 year old Norwegian woman studying for a MA in Art- and Cultural Studies. Married with two cats. I enjoy Guttergirlz because it's the only challenge blog I've found that lets me bring out all the nitty-gritty stuff in a positive way, and lets me do it as messy as I want to, when I want to. Guttergirlz has become very therapeutic for me as I've been going through an assessment process over the past year. The blog has given me an opportunity to sort that stuff out and be creative at the same time. It's excellent!

I asked Margrethe if she had one word of advice for someone new to scrapping or art, what would it be?
I wish the people I first got to know when I started scrapbooking in 2008 had showed me that it's okay to play with paint and glue, that not everything has to be "perfect" - I manage to think that well enough on my own ;P All joking aside, by experimenting with different techniques and styles, I hope I can show others that anything goes.
You can visit Margrethe on HER BLOG!!

this LO is about how there are somethings that no matter how much they hurt they stay secret. You'd think you'd get over them but you really don't. I placed the lyrics over the polaroid of me and my dad to make it seem like a running train of thought when I think about him.

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I used some of the lyrics for my title because since I was young my mom always taught us to be a leader, not a follower and to never be afraid to speak our minds. Because of this I learned not to care what other people think and to always speak up for myself and be my own person.

I decided to use the title Human and I used a verse out of the song. When I first read this prompt I knew exactly what I was going to do. This is my niece who is orphaned and I am always concerned she is not strong enough to deal with anymore that life throws at her! It was fun getting all dirty in the gutter this month. I pulled out my paint.

The lyrics of the song struck me just right as I am going through some difficult times with my daughter wanting to spread her wings and leave the nest. I just had to scrap the "moment" to remember those days when she loved being here at home.

I kept going in all different directions with this one. A lot of the lyrics were appropriate for how I'm feeling lately...but because it's breast cancer awareness month, I went with this pic and there is hope for a cure for the title...

I LOVED the words to this song. I knew as soon as I read them that they needed to be the majority of my lo. I decided to change the 'you' to 'I' because it reminds me of when I was drinking and using. ESPECIALLY the 3rd paragraph. As an addict you always think that if everyone else would just change then the situation/world would be so much better. But AA teaches me that I have to be the change. That I'm the problem in my life. Even though you know your life is a mess it's hard to let go of that because that's all you know. But somehow, thru the grace of God, I would always find a way to pull myself back up again.

For some reason I was having so much trouble coming up with a layout idea because every time i thought of the word "human" i thought of the word "soul" which in turn made me think of U2 (ok, fine what doesn't make me think of U2 these days?) which in turn made me think of the song "Elevation" and how every time i get to experience that song live (which is 7 times now, I guess?) it catapults my soul out of my body and i don't feel like i am in a physical human body anymore. Jumping and singing "ooohhh hoooo" with 60,000+ people is absolutely electrifying! At this point I'm thinking I should rename my art journal "u2 lyric journal" but.... yeah... heh.

So, i went with the lyric and gathered some found objects since i've been cleaning out all my art stuff in preparation of purging for the move.

• The green background is this canvas that the creative team at my work used for a presentation recently and i said "don't throw those scraps away!!!!" so they gave them to me.
• The caution tape comes from the meadowlands parking lot in new jersey (what trash?),
• the screen is still yet more screen from my old back porch,
• there's a sticker under there you can barely see that has two red arrows and says "this way up" that a friend of mine who works in a warehouse gave me a roll of,
• the dragonfly came from some swap or kit that i never thought i would use cause i thought it was kinda cheesy AND
• the text comes from an old old old children's story book i've been holding onto to scared to cut into but i finally dove into it last night and was tickled pink to find this story about a little airplane afraid to fly and the paper is so fragile and smells so ... old.
• Oh and my handwriting is on electrical tape!

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Post a comment with a link to your Gutter Inspired creations from our Sept. 15th Prompt, and the upcoming Oct. 15th Prompt, and be entered to win one of these TWO prizes, as well as be submitted to be chosen for our next GUEST!!
Is Beth's Shop DIRTY LAUNDRY!! When we draw our winners next month, we'll give away a prize sponsored by Dirty Laundry to a second lucky girl!! The winner will be getting a handmade yoyo necklace (the one beth is wearing in her photo above!)

OUR DT Sponsored PRIZE
Thanks to CHRISTI, who is offering a prize from her etsy shop Coffee's Shoppe!! This prize is her Autumn Mini Kit!!

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Leah the Orange said...

ooho, these are bloody FANTASTIC. and that coffee's prize is SO up my alley!

lara said...

these are all so awesome when put together! i am never ceased to be amazed how prompts can be interpreted in so many uniquely interesting ways!

Anonymous said...

So much fun to be a part of this! Thanks, girlz! :D

Nikki said...

Awesome, awesome pages ladies! You all give me so much inspiration! And the prizes look fab too!

ladybrayton71 said...

ok. I used a bra strap! Here's my take on the prompt. enjoy!

Dorrie said...

Hi there.. this is the first time I have found the Guttergirlz.. and I am in AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW.....holy crap...this is my new place.. this is where i will hang my bra for sure..
you ladies are killing me with all this creativity..
i love it!

Becky said...

LOVING everyones take on these. Awesome job ladies

Becky said...

LOVING everyones take on these. Awesome job ladies

Michelle said...

awesome prompt!! here's mine!

Jingle said...

Thank you for an amazingly inspiring challenge! I love the DT work!

Here is my take:

You Want To Spread Your Wings

Joyce said...

I got prompt #30 done and it has a bra strap! I'll take a picture tomorrow morning. Happy happies.

Joyce said...

here it is:


Happy happies.

Inkster said...

these layouts are fabbbbbb!!!! I totally didn't upload on time d'oh! But you ladies rocked it. I really love what came out of you based on a prompt! WOW!
I heart you all.

AmesOx said...

Such a wonderful prompt this month! Love it to death and the DT work is just fabulous. You ladies rock!! I managed to get mine done last night, once I started I just couldn't stop working on it :-)