Traveler’s Inspiration Challenge {three}

by Tina on July 17, 2009

in Stamping


It is the moment of anticipation just before jumping when terror and delight collide.  The thrill of cold, crisp water splashing against the warm skin begs us to do it again, and again, and again.  This is the stuff summer vacations are made of.  Escaping to a serene lake and making lifelong memories.  It may not be the Taj Mahal or the Great Wall of China, but in these moments obscurity is what adds to the flavor of the memory rather than taking from it.


When I saw the photo from Amy of her family’s trip to Lac McGregor, one of the many lakes in Western Québec, I was reminded of the special days I spent with my cousins at Lake Michigan.  The boat wasn’t the biggest or the fanciest that pulled us, but the days spent tubing and splashing in the lake together… well, it was priceless.  As we grow older we realize that summers are a precious and fleeting gift.  I don’t know about you, but I find myself wanting to fill my children’s memories with days like these.  We get to relive our own innocence through them and enjoy the things that money cannot buy.   And with times like these we hold tightly to that which makes money a useless commodity.  We cling fiercely to what is important- time and faces and life- it is a truly beautiful thing.


All this was running through my mind as I created this page from our trip to Spain.  I know our kids will cherish the memories they made with my sister and her son…


I know I do!  Watching the kids splash in the Mediterranean made my heart overflow with joy!  It had been over two years since we had seen them and yet it seemed like not a day had passed when we were together.  I know we will all remember those days for the rest of our lives!

Now it is your turn!  Be sure to stop by Amy’s blog, Tethered 2 Home,  for more on her project and the beautiful inspiration photo!   Here is how you can participate in the challenge:

Who: Anyone with the slightest hankering for creativity can participate.  You also must have a blog or online gallery, such as Splitcoaststampers, Flickr, or Twopeasinabucket where you can post your projects.

What: Use the inspiration photo to inspire your own project.  It is totally up to you how you interpret the inspiration photo.  Whether it’s a card, a scrapbook page, a photo, a sewing project, a painting…

Post a photo of your project along with a description of what inspired you from the inspiration photo.  Come back to Travelingmama and post a direct link to your blog post on Mr. Linky.

When: I will post a new photo every Friday through the end of summer here at Travelingmama.  You will have one week to complete the challenge!  Yeah!

Where: You can also post the inspiration photo on your blog to show your readers what inspired your project!

If you need more clarification you can check this post or e-mail me!  Also, as a separate request I am still looking for more inspiration photos!  E-mail them to me at and tell me about your photo.  If it is accepted I will request a project from you so you too can be highlighted here on our Traveler’s Inspiration Challenge!

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

kelleyn July 17, 2009 at 11:42 am

What great Cards!


Amy, Ottawa, Canada July 17, 2009 at 11:03 pm

I love your writes up & your page, well the mix of elements & papers is gorgeous as always. Thanks for the fun this week!


Sam July 18, 2009 at 1:23 am

Another fabulous inspirational image…thank you Tina and Amy. I love both of your projects…both are so fun and happy and evocative of wonderful water holiday memories of my own.

Best wishes,


Kelley Eubanks July 18, 2009 at 2:56 am

You described so well what I feel about summer and my son! I have all these things in the summer that I want to do with him. I feel so much pressure to do everything because he is only going to be 2 this summer. We have one summer at this age to make all the memories we can! I hope to play this week. I have been so busy but hope to get back into the swing soon. Thanks for your comment on my latest card and mention… 🙂


kelleyn July 18, 2009 at 4:49 am

When your figs are ripe let me know and I will send you a recipe for the most amazing pizza using your figs. It calls for proscuitto oops you might not be able to get that one in Morocco, but spinach, carmelized onions, red wine vinegar, and figs. So yummy! I was just thinking about fig jam yesterday and whether or not it is made using the seeds or do you press those out? I have never made it, but I love fig newtons.


Regan July 18, 2009 at 3:01 pm

that is fantastic..I’m on it!@!


clouds July 18, 2009 at 11:06 pm

ooh! love the colors Tina! awesome LO too! will be making a card soon here 😀


Lorena July 20, 2009 at 8:40 pm

My project is ready! I’ll submit it tomorrow because now the lighting is awful to take a pic…


Mel M. M. McCarthy July 20, 2009 at 8:54 pm

WOW! Your work is breathtaking & your writing is so lovely. I am in awe of that sailboat card & the innovative way you’ve used the fibre. Thanks for the stunning inspiration! :O)


Lisa L July 21, 2009 at 7:00 am

Thanks for another great challenge! This one brought up some special childhood memories… : )


Lorena July 21, 2009 at 3:50 pm

Done! I was so bummed because I finally missed the former one…
Muchos besos!


Kim J. July 22, 2009 at 12:09 am

Eep! Had to update my link because I moved my blog in the middle of the challenge. {slaps hand to head}


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