Friday, September 18, 2009

Oldies but goodies...

We had a thread going at AMM the other day in which we were posting our 3 favorite layouts. Since I have no new layouts to share today (or that I can share yet, I should say ;-), I thought it would be fun to take a walk down memory lane. I'm not sure that these are my 3 all-time favs, but they're definitely 3 of my *older* favs. The first two layouts were done a year and a half to two years ago, and the last layout was done about 15 months ago.

By the way, since the journaling is such an integral part of the above layout, I'll share it here: On October 2nd, 2004, I couldn't help thinking that, on this day, everything had gone wrong. It started by daddy and I being sent home from the hospital the first time we went. As a result, by the time we went back, I had progressed much further then I would have liked without an epidural (I was 7cm dilated before I got one). My labor with you went on and on and on for a total of 25 hours. I pushed for 3 of those hours with nothing to show for it. When I was told that I was going to need a C-Section, I sobbed. I sobbed because I was living my worst case scenario - a long labor, hours of pushing and still ending up with a C-Section. I sobbed because I was disappointed and felt let down by my body. I wanted to have you the way I was meant to - not in an operating room. I sobbed because I was scared to death. Yet, in one moment's time, "the day that everything had gone wrong" became one of the best days of my life. You were here. You were healthy. And I was head over heels in love.

I always feel like I don't really have a scrapping style - i've never been able to define it when people ask (can anyone help me out here? ;-). It's interesting to me, though, that although these layouts were done a long time ago, I feel like the style of the layouts (whatever that may be, lol) is still what I do today.
So it's Friday - whoo hoo! We're spending the evening with my parents and bro/family, which is always fun. I hope that you all have a wonderful weekend filled with lots of good times :-)

17 comments:

Danielle said...

oh my, I love each one of these!!! the first, my favorite!!! I remember the last one from our CMK dt days!! :)

Anabelle said...

I love these!!! The journaling on the first one is so touching. I had the same thing happen to me. Great picks!

Denise said...

Hey Staci!

I love your layouts, especially the first one! Your story is almost identical to mine...26.5 hours labour then a c-section! It too was one of the best days for me!
P.S. I love your scrapping style it's absolutely gorgeous!!! there you have a name for your style!

Have a great weekend!

Pearl said...

wow ! awesome layout about the arrival of Noah . Certainly journaling is one of your hallmark traits ! & certainly simple is not your style ! When in doubt I'd have to say it is on the elaborate side ! ;)

Great to see your fav picks here - they certainly are not out of today's style in anyway . Still so fresh !

Tessa said...

what sweet layouts!!

ellen s. said...

love these!!! and we are a chucks family too ;) you always inspire me, girl!

Meg Giroux said...

I love all of these too Staci! I had a section too...I feel for you though, i didnt go through any labor...Marissa was breech and stuck in the canal so I was scheduled 3 days early to avoid any complications. Not what I anticipated at all!!!

I love your scrapping style, always have, always will:)

Have a great weekend, my friend!

Alex said...

I think these are AMAZING Staci!!! WOW!!! *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

ania said...

Um really? LOVELOVELOVE these layouts :D (oh yeah, count me as another one with a long-ass labour turned emergency c-sect thingie too :p

Amy said...

Hey Staci!!
Wonderful layouts as always girl!! That paper that you asked me about on my blog is Haunted Halloween Paper Series (American Crafts)that I posted for my what I dig on my blog! Have a great weekend

Peggy said...

Beautiful, all of them!! I love the journaling on the first one ... I can't relate though, my children all just popped out in no time at all, I don't think I pushed longer than 10 minutes with any of them ...
I know about not knowing your style, I don't have one either ... I just go where my mood that day takes me LOL. Your style is absolutely gorgeous though, whether it has a name or not LOL.
xxx Peggy

Jessica said...

Staci luv em so much! fantastic! I love that middle one with your ds and dh and their converse...gosh that is darn cute! have a happy sunday! :)

doris said...

these are lovely. so so special. can't wait to see the ones you've got in hiding. :D

Andrea Amu said...

I've never seen any of these three pages, but they are all super fabulous! That first page is such a stunner... you are positively glowing in that photo!

I'm never really good at naming styles... I have yet to figure out if I even have one of my own!
I would maybe say that you have a classic style with a fresh twist!

Brenda Hurd said...

they are all fabulous layotus Staci! I need to journal more like that!

Karmele said...

I love them!!!!! these layouts are adorables!!!

Tara Powell said...

I love seeing some of your "older" work! Beautiful!
Was the first layout published in Scrapbook Trends? I remember seeing it somewhere in print I think? It's definitely my favorite, the journaling is phenomenal.