Sunday, August 16, 2009

Road Map

I love October Afternoon's Road Map collection. This was from the previous CHA so this is an old line to most of you. But I just had the chance to use these papers now and I am just loving all the colors and patterns. I made this layout for Creative Therapy's Catalyst # 75 "What’s the hardest decision you ever made?"


I have always been an independent person who valued her identity. This is one of my struggles as a married woman. I have always been comfortable in the place where I grew and felt that it was the best place for my children too. My husband has a business which has been doing fairly well but it requires him to travel for several hours a day to get from our home to his place of business. We had tried to delay moving our family nearer to his business but it was just not working. One of the hardest decisions in my married life was whether to stay at our home town which was safe and comfortable but would take away some precious time from my children and their Dad – or to move to the busy, chaotic, city but allow them to be with their Dad longer during the day. We decided to make the move. We still miss being in our place of comfort, but having more family time makes it worth it.

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61 comments:

Zarah said...

What a beautiful, strong, heartfelt layout!!

Pati G. said...

Nice layout. I like the colors. =)

Karina said...

B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L. Work!

Marian said...

A beautiful layout!!!

Fryne said...

wonderful layout - very strong and masculine :)

Skinnymum said...

stunning, drop-dead gorgeous, layout ..... as always!

Lynette said...

You worked your magic again with these papers...absolutely stunning.

Family life beats all else don't you think.

naomi chokr said...

great layout!! one of the hardest decisions that i've ever made was move to florida. i loved san diego but it was something i had to do if i wanted to have a future with my husband. its tough. but it always works out for the best

Aihara Ramintessah Sanchez said...

I love how this layout serve as a catalyst of your emotion about moving. Hope you are feeling better.Lovely works as always!

LG said...

Love your layout and the way you've used those pps. The sentiment is perfect with everything. Love it all

symbelly said...

Beautiful layout!
i love how you put everything together! just lovely.
=)

shasha said...

beautiful as always

Techie said...

Very inspiring LO, Ms. Iris and the journalling is so heartfelt. :)

diane said...

I love your LO Iris! Moving is really really hard. I admire your family. God Bless!

Cathy Bautista said...

The layout is just perfect Iris! I saw this at creative therapy a few weeks back and I couldn't help but be awed by the simplicity, subtleness but grandness of your work. Just love your work. Thanks for the inspiration!

Arlyn Buenaventura - Abadiano said...

i've always love how you do your layouts, they're always beautiful and with heartfelt journaling.

Jeff and Pia said...

Like this LO sis! I saw this LO even before you posted it, guess how? (Ask Arlene hehehe).

Glad to know that you did the right decision, atleast Bryan spends more time with Nicole and Cheska!

Thanks for inspiring us again!

JhoyBM said...

Hi Iris!

Beautiful layout as always from your very creative mind. Sana sa pag-comment kong ito, mahawaan mo ako ng kahit konting galing mo. =)

Keep 'em coming!

July said...

very...very....nice layout-as always good. very heartfelt sentiment too...

ytet said...

You're always an inspiration to us,Iris. Great layout!

Karen F said...

Beautiful layout. You always give great inspiration. Thank you for sharing!

Lee i. said...

as usual, iris, your blog is a wealth of inspiration. this layout is beautiful.

jeanie nieva said...

love the layout!thanks for sharing. :)

Au Lim said...

hi Iris! love the new look of your blog! and as usual, your layouts are fantastic! thanks for always sharing them because they truly inspire :-D

Gaye said...

Saw this LO in Creative Therapy. Gorgeous as always!

LG said...

Hi Iris just dropping by to get more inspiration from your blog. We are so proud of you. You have reached places through a hobby that you really love. You helped people like me grow as a scrapper too. Great job@!

Nina said...

Hi, Iris. I always keep coming to your blog because there's just so much inspiration. You do beautiful work talaga.

I can imagine how hard it is to feel that you have to uproot your family. But choosing family and God above everything else, even the familiar and comfortable, will always lead you in the right path.

God bless you and guide you always. =)

P.S. I love October Afternoon! I have the first paper collection unopened kasi super love ko sya at ayaw ko na galawin. =)

*hugs*
Nina

marking said...

lovely LO Iris. Love how you put everything together.

Ems said...

How could a road kit destined to be used for travel (or so I thought) would be used like this? So heartfelt! Amazing ka talaga!

Arjanne said...

I can imagine it wasn't an easy decision. I still live in the city where I've been born and at the moment I guess I won't leave it forever. But you never know what's coming up, so maybe I'll have to move someday. Auch.

Reija said...

I love this page! It's a subject close to my hear too. We moved to London for 1,5 years ago and it was tough to leave our beloved Sweden. I hope you can make the most of Manila and return to your old place later in life!

mel said...

good luck with the move - I am sure with your beautiful family you will create a loving and caring new home - best wishes xxx

Chiqui said...

great layout as always Iris, so inspiring and the journaling is so heartfelt.

Vivs said...

Cant get enough of your pages Iris! It went from strength to strength! truly inspirational

sHerLy said...

always loved your layouts =)

Alby said...

Beautiful layout and story. Thanks for sharing Iris!

Timi O. Mercado said...

I love your LO, Iris especially the journaling.

Christina said...

Just beautiful!!! I too think that's a hard decision, but having more family time is so important especially when the kids are still so young.

weezer said...

I love your layout and can identify with your story. Thank you for the inspiration!

Liezl said...

Both the LO and the story behind it are great!
Home is where the heart is!

Cheryl KVD said...

Beautiful layout and a beautiful story too! LOVE the roadmap items!

jonaks said...

gorgeous lay-out as always Iris!

Angie's Scrappin Spot said...

stunning layout, want a wonderful photo of the family.. your girls are getting so big.hope you are doing well. HUGZ

anna said...

hi ms iris,
stunning pages as always! i love how you put everything together... very touching journaling too... thanks for always inspiring us!

anna r.

wendy scrappings said...

lovely layout. Cute colors.

webmosterhelene said...

What a sweet layout!

scrapgurl14 said...

I really love this line by OA. Actually I love every travel-themed line out there. Nice layout Iris!

Cyn said...

Walang kakupas-kupas! Your LOs get better every time I see them.

Caryl Faith Briones said...

Awesome LO as always. Love all your work. Thanks for the chance to win.

Superwoman Scrapper said...

Love your work! So sweet.

gleestormont said...

Iris i find so much inspiration in your beautiful pages. And really appreciate the thoughts you share. And of course, those girls are adorable!!! aloha,g

janis said...

always inspiring. thanks for the chance to win iris!!!

Helga Payawal-Vergara said...

Hi Iris! Looking forward to your tutorials during the idol grand finals. Hope makapanood pa rin kami. Love your layouts!

Renoa said...

Just so gorgeous iris! love those tiny bits of embellies around your photo and the colors :D

Joyleen Dianne Co Lim said...

Hello...
Love your work Master Iris..
Tough decision but family is more important.
Goodluck

Joyleen Lim

Simone said...

Well done, I love your work

Lisamariemlt said...

I visit often and love your blog
not often do I leave a comment
but your creations are amazing
thanks so much for sharing your talent so others can learn by seeing

Tessa said...

beautiful layout!!

Jackie said...

Your layouts are always inspiring. Moving away from what we have grown accustomed to is always tough. But your decision was guided by what's best for your young family and you will all be blessed for that. Thanks for sharing your great work!!!

geng said...

hi iris! sometimes we have to make tough but worthwhile decisions specially if it involves our family. glad that you are loving your new home now!!!

lililali said...

This layout is awesome!