Monday, October 11, 2010

Squish 'em!

Once again you all have created amazing and bold pieces of art! Loved all the creative ways you explored using chipboard, blue and copper. Blew me away!

Here we are again, with the beginning of a new week. And a new challenge!

It's October. A month ripe with aware of this, celebrate that, and Hallowe'en. So many things!

But there's one that's bigger. One thing that affects us all. It's international cancer awareness month. Most people recognize this as Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Are you old enough to need regular screenings? Have you taken care of it? Or are you like me, putting it off because it's uncomfortable or inconvenient? In "honor" of our reluctance, we will take a challenge. We will explore our feelings about these misgivings in avoiding what we know we should do. Here is my sample for this week:

Now, this is NOT finished. But it has the elements. Use pink or blue - pink for women's breast cancer, blue for men's. Use a shade of the color that has been hard for you to use. I find bright pink is hard for me to match up, so I pulled that shade out. The second element in the challenge - use something that represents what would be lost to cancer if early screenings weren't done to catch it early

For me, the loss would be that important home life that typically follows the woman's lead in the household. So, I used sewing icons - stitching, buttons, and feminine grace. I chose an image that is reminiscent of waiting for the mammogram, and the wonderful sentiment decorating the background (says, "Get 'em Squished").

If you were using blue, you might incorporate icons of fishing, a man's job, sporting ephemera, tools, vehicles.

Think of it as honoring more than one person - acknowledging how that loss would affect a family, a community, a nation as more and more people succumb.

We enjoyed the Chicago Marathon this weekend. There was a lot of pink. There wasn't much blue. I think men's cancer diagnoses are poorly represented, so I will do another page to face this one in blue.

Please tell, in your project description, what your focus was, what your symbols mean, anything you'd like to add. I encourage you to write about it on your page so you can look back on it. I will be writing about how I dread getting my mammogram. And about how I will "fight like a girl" even though I don't love pink.

This week's winner is Darcy!! Darcy - send me your mailing info at scrapacat at yahoo dot com so I can get your prize out to you.

Don't forget to link up your project here, using the inlinkz below!

Ta for now! ~ky


  1. Congrats Darcy!!

    Hmm..I did a breast cancer awarness page last week or so. Bit I could always do another one. LOL

  2. With 8 minutes to spare I DID IT! lol I'm quite the Survivor.
    Love & Hugs, Poe

  3. I love all of these pages ladies! Great job done by EVERYONE. :)