Gutter Girlz Challenge - and...a layout that I need to post today

Yes, I created this layout for the Gutter Girlz challenge. However, today, I was reminded once again that what this layout conveys is all together too true.

The first part of the journaling - everything before 'it's not all roses' - is a direct quote from an Eminem song. Yeah, I know. Not exactly someone I had in my playlist. But, after reading the challenge and listening to this song. I have to say...he has a point. He has obviously been there. This song is real. Ladies and Gentlemen, this is truth. Whether we want to face it or not.

The second part of the journaling...everything after 'it's not all roses' - is my own words. That is where the combination of the song and the prompt offerered by the Gutter Girlz challenge brought me. It is something that is regularly on my mind. Again, it is real.

This is not just a challenge submission. This is also me, stating clearly, that I would like to be a part of the Gutter Girlz design team. Why? For fame and glory? No, but if that happened, that would be cool! LOL! No, but seriously, I want to be a part of this team because the whole point is to be real. To talk about things that people don't talk about. To record your thoughts in ways that are REAL. In ways that convey what life looks like. It doesn't mean that they always have to be sad, depressing, or angry - actually - I've seen these girls create brilliantly delightful artwork that makes you smile HUGE! But...it is about aproaching things straight on. Hitting them with all you've got and letting real life inspire your artwork. That is what it is all about.

I am a passionate person. I am passionate about political things. I am pssionate about religious things. I am passionate about daily things. I am passionate about my art.

Quite frankly, it's time that I start showing it. That is why I want to be a part of this team.

The prompt: It's not all Roses
The song: Rock Bottom by Eminem
Product/Technique: Perfume - visible or not (mine is subtely visible as I used it to smear my ink on my distressed paper behind the photos)

And here are some close up shots so you can see the details.

The photos are bricks in the Freedom Trail in Boston, MA. Bricks that serve as a symbol of the freedom our country offers. And yet.

real people are freezing. real people are starving. real people are being denied basic human rights.


  1. Really profound. Thanks for sharing.

  2. LOVE your take on our challenge, and so happy that you threw your hat in the ring!!

  3. Totally digging all the orange and that corrugated cardboard and yes, isn't that so sad!! THanks for rolling in the gutter with us!

  4. Way awesome LO!
    Very deep.

  5. I'm loving that orange!!! way cool

  6. love this page! thanks for playing along!


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