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March 2021 Challenge

March 1, 2021

Own Your Dreams

Feel free to interpret this month’s prompt in any manner that suits you. Eligible participants will be entered into a drawing for a $5.00 coupon to my shop.  Note that if you use the products featured on this page  in your layout, you’ll earn another entry into the drawing. The full Challenge Rules are below. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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My Page — Watch Me

As you probably know, I did not discover that I had a creative side until I was in my 50’s and to say that it was a shock is an understatement. My mind works in a very orderly, precise manner and doing something — anything — was not worth doing if I could not do it perfectly.

I had always admired the art created by “real” artists, especially art that tended towards the more abstract in style. So when my own preferences turn towards art journaling, it was kind of a relief. I learned that while overall general principles of good design still applied, pretty much “anything goes” when it come to art journaling — as long as I was happy with the outcome.  No more worrying about the “right” way to do so something.

But even armed with that knowledge, it is still hard to overcome that doubt that creeps in. Finding the time to start. Not knowing where to start.  What if I add a mark and mess up what I’ve done so far.  What if I make “mud?” — which is what “undo” is for in digital. Lol.  The fear can be crippling.  Finding the courage to say, “it is what it is.” Or to accept that if you don’t like it now you can fix it later. Refusing to let those internal voices ruin a creative spark. Deciding to “own” it.  It’s yours and at whatever you come up with is what it was meant to be. Sounds simple, huh?

Getting Schooled

But of course it’s not. Not if you’ve spent an entire lifetime trying hard to do everything the way it “should be done.  But you know who it is not hard for? It’s not hard for a three-year old who has absolutely no conception of what is “good enough or acceptable.

I watched as my granddaughter wandered around my tiny studio completely delighted at “all the colorful and beatiful art you made, Nana!” And when we decided to paint a small ceramic heart-shaped box together, she didn’t worry one bit about what a heart “should” look like. She didn’t care about making mud and she didn’t care what colors she used and then she insisted that the heart needed some glitter (doesn’t everything?). She didn’t have one single doubt about what she was doing. Not one. And she sang to herself while she played. And when she was done, she was so very proud and very happy showing Grampa her creation. Not a care in the world. She owned it. Wisdom of the innocent — which can be applied to all of life. Lesson learned.

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Own Your Dream

Challenge Rules

This challenge runs through March 21st. The winner will be announced on my website and notified via PM in the Oscraps forum — sometime the following week. Entries may be featured on my website or in my newsletter or other social media.

All eligible participants will be entered into a drawing for a $5.00 coupon to my shop.

  • Create a page using this month’s challenge prompt, which will earn you one entry into the coupon drawing.
  • If you use the products featured on this page, you’ll earn another entry into the drawing, but it is not necessary to do so. 
  • All products used on your page must be by Vicki Robinson Designs
  • Upload your page to the Vicki Robinson Designs Gallery at Oscraps. Note that uploading at Oscraps has changed, so please watch this Oscraps Tutorial. Instead of uploading to one of the Oscraps Galleries, though, choose Vicki Robinson Designs from the Designer Galleries list.
  • After you have uploaded to my Designer Gallery, copy the url of from your browser’s address bar and then come back to this Challenge post, leave a comment at the bottom and paste in that url. 

All comments must be approved before they will appear below.

18 Comments

    • Vicki Robinson

      No worries, Mary! Love your page!

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    • Vicki Robinson

      I adore this page! Thanks so much fir having such fun with my products!

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  1. Anthea Scotte

    Hi Vicki – what a fabulous fun kit to work with for this challenge! The story behind this layout is a bit long so I hope it’s ok to post here. So I had just turned 40, a single mother and was working in yet another dead end job to make ends meet. I was meeting a friend in the city for coffee and while I waiting for her I was browsing in a large book store. The store was so big it had a text books section. I had just noticed them when I felt them beckon me over (seriously). I actually felt them call me over. It’s like they were whispering to me to come and read them and learn more. So I went over and had a look and then a thought took hold and I realised I wanted to do further education (tertiary education is the term in Oz). It felt so meant to be I just couldn’t stop thinking about it. I knew it would be such a huge change in our lives so I sat my three teenage boys down and explained what I wanted to do and how it would mean tightening our belts a bit more but I could get a decent paying full time job in three years so they agreed it was worth it. It was, and I did get a great job in an occupation that was very meaningful to me, and so that’s my dream and I owned it!

    https://oscraps.com/community/media/vr-march-2021-challenge-jpg.349313/

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    • Vicki Robinson

      Oh my gosh! What a wonderfully inspiring story! You are amazing — you did something scary but so right for you! ! Thank you so much for sharing! Xo

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    • Vicki Robinson

      Very pretty page!

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    • Vicki Robinson

      Still a little small, but I love your photo effect!

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    • Vicki Robinson

      Your page looks great — but it’s to small to see. Trying saving your file as a 600 px x 600 px next time.

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    • Vicki Robinson

      I love your life rules!

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    • Vicki Robinson

      Such a fun page!

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    • Vicki Robinson

      Wonderful page!

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