In Honor Of My Mom – Guest Designer Layout


UnstampaBelles Guest Designer Layout – May 2015

This year, I’ve been blessed to receive a number of DT awards for my creative projects. The latest honor was an UnstampaBelles Design Team Favorite Award from the Australian Challenge Blog Unstampabelles for my card, Rejoice.

What’s extra special about this award is that it not only came with a spiffy badge, but it also came with an invitation to join them as a Guest Designer this month!

How could I refuse such an honor?

Unstampabelles Design Team Favorite

I’d like to invite you to join me in creating something meaningful for the current Unstampabelle’s Monthly Challenge (there’s even a prize!)

The theme for the Unstampabelles challenge is Family History. Who is in your family tree? Make a scrap page or create a card or photo page/inside a frame about a family member who is in the past.

The Twist is to make it Vintage!

What’s unique about Unstampabelles is that their focus is strictly on paper crafting – they want to see how you manipulate paper! No stamping is allowed and sentiments are restricted to only a few words!

And now, a few words about my Mom and my creation.

In Honor Of My Mom – Scrapbooking Layout


Since this Sunday is Mother’s Day in the United States – and May is National Scrapbooking Month – I wanted to create a scrapbook layout to honor my precious Mother, who is no longer with me.

One of the things that always intrigued me about my Mother was her past – the life she led before I was born. She was an incredibly strong and courageous woman, even though she probably never thought of herself in that way. She was a hard worker who loved God, her family, and her country. Her heart’s passion was caring for other people.

After high school, she served our country as a Marine at a time when that sort of thing was virtually unheard of. I often reflect upon the courage, commitment, and pioneering spirit she must have had as a young woman to pursue that untraveled path.

My Mom faced a lot of challenges in life, but no matter what storms came her way, she demonstrated unwavering faith in God. She exemplified self-discipline, integrity and perseverance – which is why I’m also sharing her memory with my friends at the Path Of Positivity Challenge Blog.

Because I wanted to keep the spotlight on the beautiful black and white photo of my Mom, I chose to keep the layout simple, using vintage Americana red, white and blue for my color scheme. The beautiful patterned paper which has Freedom preprinted on it is from Paper Pizzazz. I printed the journaling from my computer, used silver stars to accent the paper mats, and used my Coluzzle to create the large die cut Vellum Stars.

Simple and beautiful – a perfect reflection of my Mom.

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69 Responses to “In Honor Of My Mom – Guest Designer Layout”

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  1. What a beautiful tribute to your mom. I loved reading about her as well! Sounds like she was an amazing woman!! Thank you for entering my challenge this month! Scrappy hugs, Connie

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Thanks so much for your lovely comment, Connie, and being the first to stop by this week!
      I’m so glad you appreciated the tribute.
      She truly was an amazing woman who touched so many lives!

  2. Susan Hogan says:

    Wow, how amazing is your Mum, and your layout is fabulous. Many thanks for joining with us this month with our challenge as a Guest Designer, and for your kind words. PS LOVE those cats!

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Thank you so much Susan – not only for your kind words but for the invitation to join UnstampaBelles this month as a Guest Designer!

      I’m so glad you love my cats – it brings me such joy to share their love and antics with everyone! 🙂

  3. Glenda #27 says:

    What a wonderful tribute to your Mom!

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Thank you Glenda. It’s been very hard to process the loss. This is the first time I’ve been really able to start writing about her.

  4. Lorraine A says:

    Gorgeous LO Joy 🙂 A beautiful photo of your Mom and you framed her beautifully 🙂 I am sure she would be so proud to know how much you loved and admired her.

    This is a really wonderful tribute xx

    thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Lols x x x

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Thank you Lorraine – I was thinking about how much I would have loved to have shared this layout with her – glad you liked the framing! 🙂

  5. bj says:

    Super page and story – Happy WOYWW – BJ#35

  6. jan Spencer says:

    How lovely, your page is a lovely tribute to your Mum and congratulations on being a guest designer.
    Jan S no 33

  7. Monica says:

    Thanks for entering our Not Just Card Challenge!
    Monica – DT

  8. Thank you so much for sharing this in my “Mother” blog challenge at It’s a beautiful layout and a beautiful post to honor your mother! I’m proud to have your work in my challenge! ~ Karen

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Thank you for your kind words Karen – I’m honored to share at Lunagirl – your challenge and DT creations are SO beautiful and heartfelt as well!

      Have a lovely day!

  9. Virginia L. says:

    What a wonderful layout to commemorate your Mom! Your tribute to her is so heartfelt and precious! Thanks so much for playing Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “Anything Goes” Challenge!

  10. Patty Sue 2 says:

    What a lovely tribute to your mom! Thanks for joining us at ABC CHALLENGE! Good luck and please join us again.

  11. Elizabeth says:

    Lovely layout for the photo of your mother … a beautiful tribute too. She sounds like a wonderful woman and I thoroughly enjoyed reading all about her. Congratulations on your latest success! Happy WOYWW and I hope you have a good week. Elizabeth x #51

  12. Nana says:

    Beautiful. Thanks for linking up over at 2 Creative Chicks

    Have a creative day.
    ♥ My Crafting Channel ♥
    ♥ Nana’s Rag Quilts ♥
    ♥ 2 Creative Chicks ♥
    ♥ Silhouette Challenges ♥

  13. Amy says:

    Thank you for joining us at Crafting from the Heart, good luck!!! Amy DT

  14. This LO is so special and what a great tribute to your mom. I am sure she is looking down at you right now and smiling. Time will smooth the hard edges of the loss of your mom. It has for me however I will miss my mom til my end.Thanks for joining us at Mema’s Crafts challenge this month. We look forward to seeing more of your beautiful work. Hugs, Barbara { Mema’s Crafts }

  15. Berni says:

    Beautiful card simply striking. Thanks for joining in on the fun over at Open-Minded Crafting Fun. We look forward to seeing you again.

  16. Amy says:

    Thank you for joining us at Clear It Out, good luck!!! Amy DT

  17. The Coluzzle ! There is a blast from the past (speaking of vintage). This is a wonderful layout and fits the Family History theme perfectly. What a nice jaunt down memory lane for you. Judy #60

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      I know! Isn’t that funny? Was wondering who would pick up on that! I don’t own any of the modern fancy schmancy machines – not that I don’t want to – but haven’t been able to make up my mind or justify the cost for the use I would get out of them so far… so a vintage tool for a vintage layout it is! 🙂

  18. Donna says:

    I love your layout! It’s sooooo pretty! Good Luck in the 2 Cute Ink Challenge!

  19. Beautiful!

    Thanks for linking up over at 2 Creative Chicks

    Have a creative day.
    ♥ Scrap N Sew Granny ♥
    ♥ Pam’s Stitched With Love ♥

  20. Bridget says:


    What an amazing layout of your mom. I love simple layouts because they really allow you to focus on the subject/picture.

    Thanks so much for playing at ~Jo’s Scrap Shack~

    Happy crafting,

  21. Chana says:

    Fabulous layout! Congratulations on your recent recognitions! Thanks for playing along wtih us this week at Shopping Our Stash!
    Chana, DT

  22. Jo says:

    What a lovely layout to honor your mom! That is a very sweet gesture! Thanks for linking up to our Mother’s day FFC!
    ♥ Jo’s Scrap Shack ♥

  23. barb says:

    Beautiful card with lovely design. Thanks for sharing with us at the Come And Get It challenge. Barb

  24. such a great design!
    Thanks for playing along in the 613 Avenue Create Challenge.

  25. Cass says:

    Wonderful layout. Thanks for joining us at Open Minded Crafting Challenges this fortnight for our “Shabby Chic” Challenge.

  26. Suzanne says:

    Wonderful layout and loved the story about your mom. So fitting for the Lasting Memories challenge.

  27. Heike says:

    I love that layout in honor of you mum.
    I´m sad to hear she had gone…it´s in every age a great pain. My father has gone 10 years ago this year. He was only 58…
    I´m with you.
    Hugs, Heike

    • Create With Joy
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      I’m sorry that you loss your father, Heike, when he was so young, and I appreciate your kind thoughts.
      I will be thinking of you this Father’s Day.
      Sending sweet hugs your way…

  28. Lexie says:

    Great card. Thank you for joining us over at the Scribble and Scrap Challenge. Good luck.

  29. Your mom sounds like an amazing person, and as you can see, this LO spreads her story all over the world, as it should! As for the LO it self it’s beautiful and I love the fact that every little detail is meaningful – the text, the color choice, the proportions. everything! Thanks for joining us at Scrappy Hands 🙂

  30. Shauna says:

    What a great card with solid meaning behind it. Your dark blue backdrop and stars make it perfect for our “space” challenge. Thanks for playing with us at Inkspirational! Also, I am glad to know that I am not the only one who has a cat who “crafts” with me. =)
    – Shauna

  31. Julie Reed says:

    Lovely card and a great tribute to your mum.

    Thanks for sharing with us at Open-Minded Crafting Fun.

    Julie DT

  32. Anjie McChesney says:

    Lovely make. Thanks for joining us in our Anything Goes challenge at Digi Choosday
    Anjie (Senior DT Team Leader)

  33. What a wonderful way to remember your mother and to share her with the rest of the world. she sounds like a remarkable woman.
    Thank you for joining us over at Open-Minded Crafting for our ‘Shabby Chic Challenge’. Good luck and all the best.
    Sammi xxx
    (AngelicBadGirl) DT-OMC

  34. Claudia
    Twitter: Imagesbycw

    Your mom sounds like a remarkable woman. What a wonderful tribute to her.

  35. paula rowson says:

    beautiful tribute thanks for joining us at crafting musketeers x Paula

  36. caz says:

    Your creation is lovely. Thank you for sharing with us at Digi Choosday, and good luck. Hope to see you again soon.

    Caz DC DT xx
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  37. Great Layout ! Thanks so much for playing in Retarte Challenge over at Stampartpapel!

  38. DonnaLee says:

    Fantastic layout!! Thanks for joining the Shopping Our Stash crew for our “Big Bold & Beautiful” challenge this week!

  39. Holley says:

    What a lovely way to honor your mom! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at the Your Scrapbook Place challenge this month. I can’t wait to see more of your creations. Cheers, holley

  40. Tanya @ Mom's Small Victories
    Twitter: momsvictories

    This is such a beautiful tribute. You are such a creative inspiration to my readers. Thanks for sharing with Small Victories Sunday linkup. Pinned to our linkup board.

  41. Kelly Deal says:

    Wonderful tribute to your mom, she’s an amazing woman!

  42. Katrina says:

    I so love reading stories of courageous women and your mom is definitely a woman filled with courage. I cannot imagine the recruiter’s face when this beautiful woman enlisted! Women like her carved out a place in history for all of us! Your paper choice is perfect!

  43. patacake says:

    Beautiful tribute to your mom! She is an example to women everywhere, not just her daughter. Love your page. Thank you for sharing with us along the Path of Positivity!

  44. Becky says:

    Beautiful! Such a touching and lovely craft design for your mom.

    Thanks for playing at Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps.

    We have challenges every Wednesday (anything goes) & Saturday (follow the theme), you can use any stamp you want…so come join the fun and win gift vouchers!

    Thanks again, Becky

  45. What an awesome momma you have!

  46. heidi says:

    It turned out wonderful, and part of what makes it so great is that you kept it simple. Hope you have a wonderful day!

  47. Fran Hancock says:

    Fabulous, thank you for entering this months challenge over at the Crafting Musketeers Challenge Blog xx

  48. D Idlet says:

    Thanks for sharing your mom’s story with Mema’s Crafts. Good luck on the challenge.

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