Saturday, February 10, 2007

My little secret

Some of you may remember my post about entering the Creating Keepsakes Scrapbooking Hall of Fame contest last year. I am happy to report that I entered. I didn't win, but I entered. I have some really great layouts from doing that contest...a couple that I may have never done without it, like one about Joel and one about lipstick.

I also have a few layouts from that contest that I'd like to throw in the garbage....I won't actually do it, but I really don't like them. I attribute it to the fact that those particular layouts were the last ones I finished (and no, I won't be showing them to you here. ;) )

You see, I started really strong last year around October. Had some great ideas for the assignments and was excited about the contest. Then, in early December, I found out I was pregnant with Sophia. Not long after that I landed myself in the hospital with my "normal" hyperemesis of pregnancy. I was in the hospital for about a week, and while I read some scrapbooking magazines and tried to think of ideas for my remaining layouts, I didn't really make much progress on the contest.

When I got out of the hospital I had about 3 weeks to go before the deadline. It took me a week to gear myself up to finishing. I can remember just throwing those last 3 layouts together and not even caring. I only did it because I knew I would really regret not finishing up and not getting an entry in regardless of my health problems. I knew 7 of those layouts were my best work, and the other 3 I forgave myself for.

I wasn't surprised when I didn't win or even get a nod for honorable mention since I knew I hadn't turned in my very best work. So be it. There was always next year, right?'s next year. Hall of Fame entries are due on Monday. When I saw the rules and assignments for this go around back in October I thought I wouldn't do it. Why? Because I was (am) busier than I've been since I was Relief Society President and also because the assignments seemed uber difficult. Inventive technique? Yeah, right. I am the most non-technique oriented scrapper on the planet. Crafty combo? Okay...but I turned in my best idea for that in last year's contest under a different assignment. Mini album? No way. I don't do those. Journal your Passion? Do I even have a passion? Etc. Etc.

Then, my friend Jill from Arizona decided to enter and she talked me into it, sort of. I still put off working on it because I didn't have time. I made a couple layouts that could count for my free assignments (no requirements...just your favorite layouts) and put them away, but that's all I did until about 3 weeks ago. And even then, I still only got a couple more done, but at least I got a few assignments and all my freebies finished. So, I was still very non-committal about it all.

And then one day I realized: I will regret it if I don't enter and I can do it. So, I let my laundry folding go to pot...seriously, I had a mountain of clean laundry in my hallway...and I got to work. This was about a week and a half ago and I had 5 more layouts to complete. And, I am happy to report that I did it! Got it assembled Wednesday morning (took 2 hours of work!) and mailed it that afternoon courtesy of a wonderful husband who treated it like it was one of the children.

I really love all my layouts this time, but even then, I don't have too many hopes of winning. It's a slim chance and my photography is probably not where it should be. But, I'm a winner just for getting it in. If I don't win this year I don't know if I'll enter again...scrapbooking has seemed to be more of a sidenote in my life lately rather than the center focus it has taken for the past few years.

So, now you know. My little secret: I entered Hall of Fame 2007.

Cross your fingers for me.
Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. I'm a firm believer that you win by just making the effort! Way to go, Lara! I'm thrilled for you and good luck! BTW, I love the time out entry, below! It's so much a part of motherhood. You handled it well. I'm impressed!


  2. That is a VERY dirty secret.
    Proud a' you!

  3. Fingers crossed! I, for one, think your layouts are incredible. I'm more of a digital scrapbooking type, and not too good at even that!

    I LOVE your layout about Joel. I can see where your girls get their eye shape!

  4. fingers crossed here! loved the piece about Joel too, also fully agree with the one about lipstick :)! big hug!