We are thrilled to welcome guest artist Misty Russell and her eclectic, artistic style to Inspiration Elevator this month.
November's challenge comes from the very talented Joanne Burton. Here's the challenge she posed:
"November's Challenge: Back in Time. I love looking through old photos (or not so old photos!) and remembering the great memories that go along with them. Some pictures evoke a strong emotional response while others just bring a sweet smile to our face as we recall the details of when it was taken. With that in mind, I would like each of you to pick a favourite photo and go back in time! I want you to take your photo and actually revisit the place where the photo was taken. Then take a 'picture of the picture' in it's original setting and scrapbook your new photo. **If you are absolutely not able to revisit the place where the photo was first taken, then pick a favorite picture with lots of memories attached to it and scrapbook that.
In either case, I want you to journal the story behind your photo. Make your journaling and photo come together in such a way that we feel like we are back in time with you!"
I struggled with this challenge...had no idea what to do and no access to photos that I could go back in time with...so I went a bit of a different direction. I wanted to show the destruction of the gorgeous forest that I call home, so I dug and dug through tons of websites to find some before and after photos of the pine beetle destruction in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Took me forever to find photos and longer to get permission to use them. They are not the greatest photos and you will have to click on the layout to see the devastation closely. My heart breaks every time I that I return home. It is truly devastating.
I grew up in the gorgeous Black Hills. Mount Rushmore was literally 25 minutes from home. The pine beetle destruction breaks my heart. Even though it is a natural cycle of every forest it is gut wrenching to watch it be destroyed by a teenie tiny beetle bug. Every time I return home a little more of my heart break as the cycle progresses. The forest will never be the same breath taking place that I called home. So very sad!
I hope you will stop by and see what the rest of the incredible Inspiration Elevator designers have created:
Guest Designer Misty Russell
If you feel inspired to play along with our challenge this month, please share it using the linky tool on our Inspiration Elevator blog and/or our Inspiration Elevator Facebook page. We'd LOVE to see what you made!