Monday, January 6, 2020

Tenacity or ?

Happy New Year!
This year I have decided to make a journal reflecting art, contemplation, study, etc.  It will have a bit of many life aspects; so hang on, this could become a somewhat 'twisty~turny' journey in journaling!  If you want to join me in this journey, we will be having lots of fun ideas/prompts over at the  Path of Positivity!  (However, you may share any sort of artistic medium over at PoP:  writing, cards, journals, scrapbooking, painting, sewing, etc as long as it is Positive!  The theme is optional.)  

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Speaking of PoP......

Our first optional theme of the year over there is Character Traits I'm going down a path of self reflection into one of my best....or is it my worst?

When it comes to character traits, it seems what one person perceives as positive, another might see as a negative characteristic!  I always thought the trait of tenacity was a positive one, however....

As I consult the thesaurus and find synonyms for tenacity, I find tenacity is only positive in the eye of the beholder.  Hmm.... I see words like grit, bullheaded, nerve, willfulness, rigid, obstinance, *obduracy (now that's a fun word!), etc.  *Oh, don't bother looking up obduracy if you're not familiar with it; it means STUBBORNNESS!  I had to check that one out, so I'll save you the trouble!  

Ok, that's who I am!  I'll admit it!  I have said it before on my blog, and I'll say it again.... I never know when to give up.  I love the quote from Hannibal, "Aut viam inveniam aut faciam."  

Translated to English, "I shall either find a way or make one."  

I'll research a topic until my eyes blur.  I'll argue a point I believe in until I'm hoarse.  I'll say the same thing to a student a million different ways until I get the point across.  The more I fail, the more I yearn to succeed!  Oh, and if someone tells me it's impossible........  

Now, do I suffer pain from this trait?  Yes, sometimes!  Do I come across as a pain?  Probably!  Do I accomplish what I set out to achieve?  I definitely try!  Will I change?  Probably not! 

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About my journal
I'm just beginning this journal and the pages will be put together with a Cinch machine later as I see how it progresses.  The journal pages are 6 X 6 inches and will consist of different kinds of paper to meet the needs of the projects.  (That's the fun of making my own!)  

About this layout
The right hand page of this layout is the picture to writing on the left hand page.  I have some "reflective thoughts" I will add under the quote as well as some other quotes.  I used fonts from the Cricut Design Space for the background.  I added the books from the Cricut Access.  I actually added the verbiage/background, books, and digi using the flatten feature in Design Space.  
Then I cut a 2nd digi to Copic color and add to the top of the layout.  I added a bit of washi tape and some paper under the layout.  A few little gems and the definition of tenacity finished it off! 

This digi, Kidz - Sitter Girl Book
Copic Markers
Gems from Stash
Washi Tape from Stash
Cricut Standard Mat
Cricut Blade
Cricut Access for fonts, verbiage, books
Cricut Maker

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  1. Your background for this little tenacious girl is wonderful, Katrina! I love the idea behind your new journal and look forward to seeing more pages! x

  2. I Love this cute journal page - love your coloring. Thanks so very much for joining us this time at the Dragonfly Dreams Challenge, Elizabeth (DT)

  3. I'm a fan, it's gorgeous
    Thank you for sharing with us at the Brown Sugar Challenge

    Iza DT