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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86 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. TwoPlusCute says:

    The card is beautiful and the story is extremely touching.
    She was indeed a pioneer in her own way and wow a marine!

    I wish she could see the card but, who knows, maybe she can. 🙂

  19. michele s says:

    wow, this is an incredibly beautiful tribute to your beloved mother. not only is your page layout simple and beautiful, your story of the courage, strength and faith of your late mom touches me deeply! thank for you participating in our “mother” challenge at lunagirl moonbeams! hope you’ll stop by again! xo from michele in the DT

  20. Cindy M says:

    Great LO. Thanks for sharing your story and LO with us at SBC this month 🙂

  21. Sandie says:

    Wondeful tribute to your Mum, she sounds amazing. Your layout is superb and I really like the mix of stripes. Thanks for joining Ink

  22. Julia Dunnit says:

    I love the LO of your sweet Mother, what a life!

  23. Sue Pxxx says:

    This is such a lovely tribute to your mum – love your scrapbook page! Thank you so much for entering the OSAAT Challenge this fortnight, lots of luck to you.

    Hugs Sue Pxxx D

  24. Lori S says:

    This is a fantastic tribute to your Mom. Beautifully done! Thanks for joining us at Lasting Memories!

  25. Sue Pxxx says:

    I’ve already said how lovely this page is (with my other DT hat on) but I do like that you have kept your layout simple so as not to detract from your lovely mum’s photo. Those stars are a great embellishment. I’m so pleased that you entered our first challenge at Crafty Time Challenges (use something new) this month, lots of luck to you.

    Hugs Sue Pxxx DT

  26. Donna says:

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

  27. You should be very proud – for your mom’s service, and the tribute you’ve made for her in the form of a layout. Thank you for joining us in the Through The Craft Room door challenge this week.


  28. Beautiful!

    Thanks for linking up over at 2 Creative Chicks

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

  29. Wow! That was really courageous of your Mom to serve. The scrapbooking project is a wonderful tribute to her.

  30. 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,

  31. Chana says:

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

  32. Lynda says:

    God bless your mum! It’s always nice to make something so personal to remember a loved one and that why this project is so special xx Thankyou for joining is over at Digi Choosday for out ‘Anything Goes’ challenge, hope to see you again Lynda DT xxx

  33. 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 ♥

  34. barb says:

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

  35. Maria Pilar says:

    Tarjeta muy emotiva. Gracias por participar con nosotras en el Retarte de Stampartpapel. Buena suerte!!!!!!

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

  37. Cass says:

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

  38. Suzanne says:

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

  39. Karen L says:

    What a wonderful tribute to your Mom. I know that I would be honored to have one of my children do something like this. Absolutely wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing this beautiful piece of art with us in this week’s challenge.
    Word Art Wednesday

  40. 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
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      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…

  41. Lexie says:

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

  42. 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 🙂

  43. 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

  44. Julie Reed says:

    Lovely card and a great tribute to your mum.

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

    Julie DT

  45. Anjie McChesney says:

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

  46. 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

  47. Claudia
    Twitter: Imagesbycw

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

  48. paula rowson says:

    beautiful tribute thanks for joining us at crafting musketeers x Paula

  49. 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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  50. Great Layout ! Thanks so much for playing in Retarte Challenge over at Stampartpapel!

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