Back to Life…

14 Mar

… as I knew it before the past two weeks. But much better. Much, much better now.

By now you’re all probably aware (unless you haven’t been to the Spraground) that I’m out of the apprentice program. I won’t say much about it except that I believe everything happens for a good reason, and when you do your best and still what you worked on slips through your fingers, it can only mean that there’s an even better opportunity out there, waiting in the wings.

And so there is. 😉

I’ve gotten so much more than I ever could’ve had I gone farther than the second week. And what I have received is worth infinitely more than anything in the world. I have been overwhelmed again and again by the overflowing love, affection, loyalty, and support of my sistahs on my playground… and when you have that, how can you not feel that you have won so much more? I do. I have treasures beyond compare, and they have names. I play with them everyday on the playground. They are my friends. They are my family. I may not have had the opportunity (yet) to hug them in person… but they know that I’ve sent a kajillion hugs over the oceans and clouds, a kajillion hugs for each one of them.

I am so blessed. So happy. So contented.

And THIS, this is the life I have wanted. I went on this adventure and learned a lot. But my most important gains were not in the area of design. They were in the book called Life. I have never, ever waivered in my devotion to my home-away-from-home aka Spraground. And I was not happy being away from my friends there, which was what happened while I was working on my entry kits.

This is probably where I have to say that I am still and always will be grateful for the opportunity I was given by Little Dreamer Designs. I am not bitter nor sad nor angry about the elimination because I know that I gave my best and I made decisions that I thought of thoroughly. I could’ve opted to make really simple designs and thus ensure that I could go on to the next round, but I chose to be experimental and to push my limits, and to not take the easy way out for me. I made judgment calls, and those judgment calls were part of what got me eliminated… but it’s fine! Because I made those judgment calls myself! They were my decisions. And I stand by them. So I’m happy! 😀

And because I know I’ve been true to myself, there is nothing that I can possibly be bitter about. Besides bitterness only zaps energy, and that’s never a good thing. I truly believe, too, that we get what we give out, so I only want to give out good vibes. Good juju is good. 😆

And really, if you have the Spraground sistahs in your corner, how can anything go wrong? How can anyone be sad? The only tears I’ve shed are those that have quietly rolled down my cheeks as I’ve read messages of love, support, and affection from the girlies (and guy-ie :D) who mean the world to me.

A very very good friend of mine–one of the most awesome people I have ever met–sent me an email with this quote, right after I had told her that I had been eliminated. This email of hers was what brought to my eyes the very first tears–I cannot even begin to describe how she totally touched my heart. I want to share the quote part of it with you here:

Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on: you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knowcking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that hHe is building quite a different house from the one you thought of–throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were going to be made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.” – C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

Beautiful quote. Beautiful email. Beautiful person.

And beautiful messages and beautiful cards from beautiful people! (And I mean beauty of the heart!) ~ God is so good. He has blessed me with so many gifts. You. My friends. Precious, precious gifts.

So now I’m back, and I’m extremely glad to be right where I belong, surrounded by all your beautiful hearts. Ahhh. Always so good to be back home.

Soooo… thank you, thank you all for all the affection and the support (and the really funny things you were saying: you really made me laugh! And I loved that too!)

And the Creative Muse Plods On! 😀

And because I love creating, here is what my muse has come up with for you. (There’s more bursting to come out, inspired by all of you whom I love more than I can ever express in words… so expect a whole lot of freebie gifts coming up for you soon!)

I promised the paper I used for the preview of the ElementaLove kit, but I didn’t want to give just one piece, so I created more stuff… My creative muse is still in that experimental mode, so I have a torn and curled rough paper border, four grungy & textured papers (three solids and one patterned), a grungy photomask (pull in your photo onto the layer above it, hover your mouse on the dividing line between the photo layer and the mask layer till you see a snowman-looking icon, then click and you have your clipping mask!), a fabric mat with built-in buttons to attach it to your layout (can be used for journaling or as a photo mat), and a simple ribbon strip.

PS. The arrow on the photo mask in the preview is only there to show that it’s the mask I used with my photo… 😀

Here’s what the additional stuff looks like:

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And here’s where you can snag the ElementaLove Add-on Kit!

Okay, I’ve got to do some rounds on the galleries to leave love, because I’ve been away for so long and I am just soooo excited to see all the masterpieces my friends at the Spraground have come up with!!!

I’ll see you soon! Have a great day, my sweeties! ((((((((hugs))))))))

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17 Responses to “Back to Life…”

  1. Jennifer Sunday, 23 March 2008 at 7:25 am #

    Liv – I am just starting out in Digi – taking JS – Up and Running now. Found your site and LOVE your work. I can’t believe that you give all of this away. Thanks for the tip on collecting credits – that will be a great help for me just starting out.

    THANKS!

    Jennifer

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  2. crivello13 Wednesday, 19 March 2008 at 11:02 am #

    Liv, thanks so much! Love your new kit! You are a total inspiration & such a good person! So glad to have “met” you!!

    Lisa

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  3. Dee Tuesday, 18 March 2008 at 4:54 am #

    liv – you are a total inspiration in SO many ways . . . whether we’re talking talent, imagination, creativity, generosity, wisdom beyond your years (i could go on!), i never cease to be amazed that your supply seems endless! so sorry about the apprentice program, but as your friend said, god is apparently building you a waaaaaaaaay better house!

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  4. Heather T. Monday, 17 March 2008 at 1:02 am #

    Hi LivE–

    Yes, I was totally honored by the scraplift! I never even knew about the Spraground before this, and only a passing comment by Anke clued me in to why I was getting such late comments on that layout. So, thank you! I would have written private e-mail, but don’t have yours.

    Btw, I was totally astonished about LDD’s decisions–yours was so inventive! Keep on designing for yourself…

    Best wishes,
    Heather
    =)

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  5. Calvina Saturday, 15 March 2008 at 10:37 pm #

    Hi,
    I’ve been interested in digital design about 2 months. I made a mini-kit for the Little Dreamer apprentice program too, I didn’t make it to the 1st round-but when I saw your entry, I thought to myself, “Whoa, I didn’t stand a chance!” Like you, it was a good experience. It helped me to take that first step.

    Be encouraged though…you obviously have incredible God-blessed talent and are using it and have a wonderful group of friends around you to cheer you on! Thanks for sharing your musings and designs! :o)

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  6. Scrap Evangel Saturday, 15 March 2008 at 11:17 am #

    You have a great attitude. Can’t wait to see what you’re up to next. Great things are in store for you and your gorgeous designs.

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  7. michelle(shmoop) Saturday, 15 March 2008 at 11:16 am #

    good to see you feeling peaceful liv!! thanks for the wonderful creation!

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  8. Ljonezy Saturday, 15 March 2008 at 10:19 am #

    I love the photo mask! Did i ask for this too? you know i luv ya gf! have a great trip!

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  9. Carol Dillon Saturday, 15 March 2008 at 9:44 am #

    That is such a beautiful quote.

    Your kit is gorgeous, thankyou so much
    Carol 🙂

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  10. Stacy Featherston Saturday, 15 March 2008 at 9:21 am #

    Liv,
    Your talent still amazes me!! We think you are awesome..don’t you just love CS Lewis.
    Stacy

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  11. regine Saturday, 15 March 2008 at 7:59 am #

    You are such a wonderful and inspiring Person – thank you for being an important part of my daily life

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  12. Verona Saturday, 15 March 2008 at 12:11 am #

    Thank you for sharing! You are a blessing and such a wonderful and talented person! I am inspired by your positive attitude and know that all things work together for good…
    Glad you are all feeling better!
    Verona

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  13. Lisa Friday, 14 March 2008 at 10:54 pm #

    Love your latest creations, Liv! Thanks for sharing your talent with us!

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  14. dewnie Friday, 14 March 2008 at 10:54 pm #

    I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!! thanks!!

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  15. fivesourlimit Friday, 14 March 2008 at 10:21 pm #

    Liv, you are unbelievably talented and GENEROUS! You are not only creative in the design department but the way you are with words! Thank you for the great paper and everything else you give away!!!!

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  16. latz Friday, 14 March 2008 at 8:22 pm #

    I am glad you had the opportunity to spread your wings a little with LDD–and I’m glad your back on the playground more. As they say “there’s no place like home.” Welcome home GF–love and big hugs.

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  17. Lindsan Friday, 14 March 2008 at 5:31 pm #

    Love it love it love it! I’m snagging it right away! Thank you so much.

    You are so right about LDD. On to bigger and better things!

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