Challenge #15

Posted by The Design Experiment on 8:42 PM
Hey guys!

Hope everyone has had a fabulous weekend!

So, how many of you have a favorite song? A song thats lyrics just speak to you? I think most everyone has a song, that when they heard it for the first time, felt like the singer was singing directly to them, or about them. This was the inspiration for challenge 15!

Our challenge this week comes from Kimberly. Her challenge is:

Make this your title/subtitle:

Every New beginning comes from some other beginnings end. "Closing Time" By: Semisonic

Our talented guest designer this week is Tessa Ann Watte!

A Bit About Tessa Ann:

Hi there! First of all…..My name is Tessa Ann Watté. I live in beautiful Bend, Oregon with my sweet husband, Steven of 8 years. Starting our family is the next chapter in our lives, so for now we have 2 fur babies, Mozart and Annie. They are great scrapping company. Ha!

I was introduced to scrapbooking 3 years ago, after I received a fun basket of brightly colored papers and stickers as a birthday present. That was it. I was immediately in love. Since that day this fun hobby has quickly become my personal outlet to express myself in a creative way and also preserve memories at the same time. I have been a part of Tinkering Ink, Junkitz, Piggy Tales and FiberScraps Design Teams, but recently have made the choice to create for myself again. Throughout my scrapping days, I have been published in several magazines which included writing articles and most recently my layout was featured on the cover of the Spring issue of Scrap booking & Beyond Magazine.

Over the last 2 years, I've started teaching classes locally in Bend, and this past year had the opportunity of traveling to teach a workshop at Scrapbook Vacation Clubs in Daytona Beach Florida. I also enjoy creating handmade whimsy-styled embellishments for my Etsy shop and more and more these days, this is what I am working on the most. I enjoy it so much!.

You can see more of my work including projects and layouts on my blog :


Tessa Ann created this beautiful layout for challenge 15!

Every New Beginning Comes From Some Other Beginnings End
By Tessa Ann


Leaving on a jet plane to begin a new life. 8/99

Thank you so much Tessa Ann! We are so honored to have you with us this week!

Thank You
By Kimmi


After five years of being unhappy, I decided it was time for a change - an end. An end to a marriage that I knew would never work. With a divorce behind me and a four month old, I never thought it would be possible to start over. I thought it would be the most difficult thing ever - and it was - until I met you. you gave me happiness, you gave me peace of mind, you gave me and BB love. You gave me a new beginning.

Not Meant To Be
By Mia


As quickly as we began, we ended. A sudden meeting & a sudden goodbye. We had so much in common but somehow it ended. I don’t think I realized how much I cared for you until we said goodbye. Which was probably why I was so hung up on you afterwards. Now I can see that maybe the reason we ended was because I was meant for someone else & a totally new beginning to a better life.

************************************************************************************* Beginning
By Kimberly


Every new beginning comes from some other beginnings end.

Adopting Elisha
By Sasha


In my story I dream so big at times I dream that one day I will have little girl of my own through adoption. It is my own story and my own reasons that I wish to share just some. I know there are many babies out there so many in fact I just want to give them all a home, Big Mama's House or something of my own .. I wish that I could have them all but the truth is I cant. I do not care where she is from, her nationality or religion. I want a daughter to raise and love. I would love a mother daughter connection, one that I never had with my own mother. I was going through the process while were were in Japan, and I started to late, time was not on my side, I could not get my extension approved to stay just to complete this dream, Naoko was her name, would I have changed it or would I have named her Elisha, the name I had already picked out for my daughter. Was it not meant to be, please say that is was meant to be and we just start the process to late. I had the money, I had the baby items already purchased. Well what also happened was she doing a bidding war with another American family and I still wanted her, I still wanted the baby no matter what. Regardless if her mom was being stupid and greedy for money.

Every new beginning comes from some other beginnings end

One day I will love a daughter of my own just as much and as equal as my two beautiful sons. One day my dream will come true, one day I will just settle down and open my charity that I want for abused and neglected children one day I will accomplish all these goals...there is not a moment that goes by that I do not think of Elisha there is not a day that goes by while in a store I look at baby "girl" clothes. I am meant to have a daughter I just know it .. and when that day happens I will be the happiest mother on earth, because my family of 4 will be complete.


New Beginning
By Emily


Sarah, I am soo proud of you! Getting your Assoc. Degree is a HUGE accomplishment! I can't wait to see what the future brings for you!

New Beginning
By Kinsey


Moving is stressful enough as it is. Then to add changing schools in the middle of the year…yeah let’s just say, we weren’t looking forward to it. I was worried about her. Worried about making new friends, getting into a new routine, just the changes in general. But it turns out, that was all for no reason. It was all for the better. She loved everything about it and where she once was hesitant to even go to her old school, we found her looking forward to it here. Such a good thing.


It's your turn Experimenters!!

Once you have completed your layout, please leave us a comment in this post with a link to your layout by 7pm PST on Sunday to be eligible to win the RAK.

We can't wait to see YOUR takes on the challenge! We hope that if you've never joined us for a challenge here at The Design Experiment, that you are inspired to do so today!


Awesome job, ladies!!! What a great challenge this week!

Welcome Tess!! You did a fantastic job on your challenge layout.

Great job xTeam!! LOVE YOU GUYS!!!

Another WOW week with this FABULOUS team! can't wait to see all the great creations with this fun challenge! Thanks for playing!
Tess...you simply RAWK everything...and so do the rest of you girls!

I am soo loving these designs..and everyone's story .. cannot wait to see what everyone comes up with .. this is an awesome prompt.


another week down....I can't say enough how inspired I've been by your challenges...and love Tessa Ann's work...have been a fan for a long time....here is my blog entry for this week....photo is of my mom on her honeymoon

these are beautiful.
thanks for the inspiration!

here's my take: