Sunday, February 25, 2018

Turning Point

The Summer of 1999 I went to see the movie Titanic while out of town killing time while my daughter and her boyfriend went sightseeing.  I will never forget my emotional reaction to that movie, I think I cried through the whole thing.  I saw how the characters fell in love and how that love grew to be a forever love.  I wanted that so much, I wanted to be loved for me, the I’ll die for you kind of love.  I knew in my mind that was an unrealistic view of what love really is, but my heart was so hungry for it. 

I went home with a heavy heart, I knew then that love would never be a part of my life.  I had an emotional breakdown, I went into a deep depression, self doubt and misery were a part of my life for a couple of months, I cried all the time and couldn’t explain why, I didn’t know myself. I struggled with the idea of divorce.  It wasn’t an easy decision for me, I truly believe once you say I do, you have made a vow to God and your spouse to love, honor and cherish for the rest of your life, through the good parts and the bad, till death do you part.  I was afraid of losing my adopted family, my first husbands’ sisters, all the nieces and nephews, our friends.  I was worried about my daughter how would she react?  Could I make it on my own.  Should I turn by back on 28 years of marriage.  So many things to think about!    Finally I had made a decision I would give my ex his freedom to pursue his happiness, my thought process was, I couldn’t make him happy maybe someone else could.

I found an apartment and for the first time in my life I was on my own.  During the year that followed I did a lot of soul searching.  I addressed my abuse as a child and finally came to terms with it.  I started to practice sharing my feelings with others and found acceptance.  My self worth grew and I found that I am good at something.  I am an encourager, that is what I am and do best.  I believe in building up and not tearing down a person.  Each individual has enormous worth to themselves and others.  Do I still have doubts about myself, yes, but I continue to work through it.  I don’t let things build up anymore, my dear husband of 17 yrs. (should have been 18), has heard me express by feelings, concerns and loves me for me….how great is that!  Together we have built a love that is eternal, until death do us part kind of love…..

Everything Anna Aspnes
Artplay Brumal
Paper Textures6
Artplay Evanescent Splatter
Artplay Festal - Festal-Artstroke 1
FotoBlendz Overlay 11
Tissue Textures6
Artplay to the moon -brush4

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Spring Rain

AnnaLift 02/24/18 - 03/02/18

Big Whimsical Cat by isDK
I chose to do a horizontal design, thanks for the inspiration.
Everything Anna Aspnes
Artplay Health
Spackle Textured7
Different Strokes 7
Artplay Jollification (artstroke)
MultiMedia Arrows1
Dipped Stain3
Artplay Cultivate
Artplay Festal (brush 8)
Artplay Daffodil (Acrylic Spring title)
Artplay Spackle Textured7

Monday, February 19, 2018

Christmas Shoot 2017

The boys at thier annual Christmas shoot taken by thier mother.
Everything by Anna Aspnes
Artplay Heath
12X12 Edge Overlay 5
MultiMedia Branches4
Artplay Mini You
Gather Wordart Mix3

Risa August 2015

AnnaLift 02/18/18 - 02/23/18
My layout lifts Sharilambs the big B&W photo and some of the color tones;  Thanks for the inspiration.
Everything by Anna Aspnes:
Artplay Why Not (paper)
Stained Edge Overlays 4
Melange Foto Blendz 1
Artplay Tinge (lace)
Artplay Autumn Cheer (overlay)
Artplay Amidst (flower)
Artplay Autumn Elegance (Edge overlay, recolored)
Love Wordart 5

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Wk 8 Still the One

My love of dance, already done, my love of figure skating, goes along with dance, already done, my love of books, already done, my love of scrapping, goes without saying, but my most important and all time is the love of my life, he's still the one always and forever.
(you're still the one)
You're still the one I run to
The one that I belong to
You're still the one I want for life
You're still the one that I love
The only one I dream of
You're still the one I kiss good night
I'm so glad we made it
Look how far we've come, my baby
(you're still the one)

PL 2015_2 (template modified)
Love forever

Anna Aspnes
Artplay Magic Rabbit (button)
MultiMedia Leaves 5

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Love is.....

Originally I knew that I would do some sort of layout with this verse from the bible.  I had happened across a layout by BetC , I just fell in love with it and had to lift it.  So for Wk 7, here is my layout with the theme "Love Is...."

Credit to original layout BetC

Love Forever
White Christmas (wood style used on large L and ove)

Anna Aspnes
12X12 Edge Overlay5

Natalie Designs
Love (flower cluster)
Tender (butterflies)

Recorda Script (large L)

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Tea 4 Two

Stef sent me Risa's photo shoot pictures back in 2016 and I just hadn't done anything with them until now.
Everything Anna Aspnes

Spring Template Album 2
Artplay Pallet Lavaleire
Artplay Pallet Artsy (cupcake)
Artplay Pallet Among Friends (green transfer)
Artplay Pallet Hygge (buttons and teapot charm)