Challenge #40 & New Design X Girls

Posted by The Design Experiment on 8:35 PM
Hey there Experimenters!

Hope y'all had a fabulous weekend! Before we get to our challenge this week we have some important announcements to make.

First off, we would like to give a little farewell to Kimmi Achord, Dena Coe and Collette Osuna. They have regretfully resigned due to other obligations. We wish them well in what the future holds for them. We will truly miss you girls!

Now, we would like to introduce you to 2 fabulous gals who have joined The Design X Team!

Lori Renn

A bit about Lori:

Hi! My name is Lori Renn. I've lived in beautiful Idaho for almost four years with my husband and three boys. Sometimes I feel like I am drowning in the deep end of the testosterone pool! I thank God for this hobby of Scrapbooking. It keeps me sane and feeds my soul and makes me happy. I've been scrapbooking for 11 years and I love how it has transformed from pictures and stickers to a true art form. I also love the friends that I have made through scrapbooking and I am so inspired by them. I'm thrilled to join The Design X and all of these talented gals!

Glenda Tkalac

A bit about Glenda:

Hi there, I live in Saskatchewan, Canada and am married to my high school sweetheart, the mother of 2 and we have also have 2 fur babies. I work full time at an educational institute but wish I could just stay in my art room and make stuff full time! haha I love all things scrappy as well as making ATC's, art journal pages and mini albums. I am totally in love with stamping and love thinking outside of the box and playing along with challenges. I have been published in Canadian Scrapbooker, Scrapbooks Etc., Scrapbook Trends,Somerset Memories and the Creating Keepsakes 50 Moments book. I am also blessed to design for Magistical Memories and Angie Delarie Stamps and am on the Design Team for the Dream Girls and Gutter Girlz Challenge blogs. I look forward to playing along with all of you!

Welcome ladies! We are soooooooooo lucky to have you girls on this team!

Now onto this week's experiment.

It's a new year. A time to look towards the future yet also a time to look at the past year and reflect as to what went wrong, and what went tried. The new year is a time to make ourselves and our lives better by fixing what wasn't working for us in 2008. So, for this week's challenge we'd like you to explore this further. Your prompt this week is:

What burdens did you leave behind in 2008? How did you overcome that feeling to just LET IT GO?

This week we are joined by our amazing Guest Designer, Jacquie Dean.

A bit about Jacquie:

Jacquie and her husband live Austin, TX with their English Springer Spaniel collection. Jacquie started scrapbooking 12 years ago when she moved far away from her family. She says that scrapbooking helps make her feel closer to her loved ones.
Jacquie's work has been featured in several magazines, websites, and blogs. She most recently was a Tulip Girl for the Label Tulip kit club, and is currently a guest designer for Dream Street papers and has designed layouts and classes for her LSS.

Thank you Jacquie for joining us this week and for inspiring us with your layout.
Let It Go
By Jacquie Dean


Part of my personality is a desire to make everything be alright - in every situation. As a result, I've ended up taking on other's problems as my own. Often times this has led to strained friendships and caused a lot of stress for me. This year I am going to leave that behind. I'm going to provide support, but not get as personally involved. We'll see how it goes.

Glass Half Full
By Amy


I hate to admit it, but I've always been a "glass half-empty" kind of girl. This year, I am going to really focus on changing that. I want to leave the pessimism behind and really focus on how blessed my life is. I know it won't be easy, but I am ready to see that glass as half-full!

A Year to Remember
By Kimberly


2008 a year to remember.

This beautiful woman spent the last 3 months of her life with me. It was the most special time in my life and I will treasure it forever. She was my Mother in Law for 12 years and a part of my life for 17. She loved me like a true daughter and I LOVED her. Taking care of her during her last days was never hard physically...and I believe she blessed me more than I did her, while I we spent her last days together. She helped me to trust myself, as she trusted me daily. She taught me to be strong, even when it was hard emotionally. I got to know her more in those 3 months we shared together than I ever had the chance to before. I have been truly blessed in the honor of having the opportunity to love and be loved by this very special woman, Mom LaVonne.

By Leslie


I left a very important thing behind in 2008.......my 30's. Wow, it's wild to me how time flies! I'm ready though..... ready & so very eager to take on the 40's..... I embrace it... a whole new me @ 40.

Last Year
By Sasha


So in 2008 I left behind 21 pounds. One of the hardest things for me to let go was my weight and sadness. I was so use to seeing myself in that shape that I just felt, this is who I am suppose to be, well looking at my family. Then it hit me, hell no you will lose that weight and in 2009 be a better healthier you. I am determined to keep 2009 positive, light and me smiling more in pictures and not hiding behind my kids.

Letting Go
By Lori


Having my husband home this past year was something new to me. I was so used to him working 60-70 hour weeks, traveling and being exhausted. I was used to picking up the slack, being everything to everybody. I am happy to say that I was able to let go of a lot of the responsibility and stress of doing it all and focus on me. I spent lots of me time doing things that made me happy which in turn made me a better wife, mother, and friend. 1-09

Don't Sweat the Small Stuff
By Glenda


The older I get the more I am learning to let go of things that don't matter, to try to put things into perspective. It isn't always easy but I will say that I'm slowly getting better. I am trying to worry less and live more. To let the little things not get to me.

The reality is that life isn't always rainbows and unicorns. Sometimes it's really hard but you have to be thankful for what you have!!

My life isn't always perfect but I am blessed with all that I have. I try not to take things for granted and to truly appreciate the little things in life, the simple things that we sometimes tend to overlook and forget about. These things are important!

As long as you have your health and your family everything else can be fixed. I am so lucky to have John as my partner in life and with him by my side I learn not to sweat the small stuff. Even though the kids put me through the ringer I love them with all of my heart. Together we will all be ok!

By Divian


life was sure not easy in 2008. i found myself on my own, a newly single mom raising four kids. after living with my mom, i had finally gotten life together enough to know that everything my ex husband had told me was wrong. i could get a job i could raise my kids and reach and attain my goals. with the new year i am more optimistic. i don't have to be ashamed of anything i do because i am 'doing it'. with 2008, I learned that anything is possible, that i can achieve whatever i set my mind to. it is not about burdens, it is about achieving and i have achieved.

Letting Go ...
By Mia


I really let go of myself this past year. Don’t even want to think of how much weight I gained. But in 2009, it’s time to take back my life!

Ladies, y'all know the drill!

Once you have completed your layout, please leave us a comment in this post with a link to your layout.

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!

See you ladies again on the 1st of February!


So glad to have Lori and Glenda on board with us!!! Ladies, you have outdone yourself...these LO's are gorgeous!

Congrats to Lori and GLENDA!!!! Great new challenge and loveeeee what the DT came up with! :):):):):)

Welcome Lori and Glenda...you girls are FABULOUS and totally inspiring...so glad to have you joining the team here! oxox

I can't wait to see all the creations everyone does for this fun challenge!
Lots of love,

What it do boo bears .. thanks SO MUCH for slamming out great layouts this week .. and boy oh boy, I am too pumped to have Lori and Glenda join us .. and a big thank you to our Xperimenters that are still playing along with us.

OKay ladies let's see what you left behind in 08' .. 09' is the year for CHANGE right, as is every year LOL .. good luck ..


Congrats Jacquie! Love your LO!!!
Kimberly, yours was especially tear-jerking!

Yay Lori & Glenda!! SO happy to have you guys join us! :D

Gorgeous work girls...amazing layouts! :D I love all the journaling & the COLORS are amazing!
Great job girls...

Can't wait to see all the challenge layouts! :D


Thank you for joining us this week Jacqui!!! YOUR layout is so inspiring! Beautiful..so beautiful :D

Congrats Lori and Glenda!!! How awesome!
Love the latest inspo!

Thanks for the warm welcome everyone!! I am super pumped to be here with all you talented ladies and can hardly wait to see what everyone comes up with!

Amazing week girlies!!!

What an amazing Xperiment! I loved the idea of letting go and used to go another direction!

Here's mine:

Love what you did with this Ginger


Welcome to the new design members. I'm so excited to see all you come up with. Thanks for a fun challenge this week. My page is posted on the facebook Design X group. Here's the link


Congrats to the new chickie's! :)

Thanks to Sasha for helping me find this blog so I can too let go!

Here is my take on this challenge. I put it on the DesignX challenge blog {Facebook}!


Thank you for inspiring me.

Welcome ladies!

Here is my take:


This is my first go here at the Design Experiment, even though I've been reading the blog for a long time. Thanks for making my mojo come back, he's ben missing for quite some time, now!

Here's my take on the challenge.


I replaced the picture of my layout with a scan, so the address to see it changed...
Here is the new one:


Ladies your work is turning out fabulous. Thanks so much for sharing this with us .. amazing


Love this..Here is my take on it!!

fabulous inspiration!! Here is a super simple layout I created for the challenge...
Thanks for looking!

Great challenge thanks, here's my LO:

First time experimenter. This was so much fun!