Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Be Brave

This month's Clique Kits theme and challenge is BE BRAVE. May is the perfect month to express that least for me. First, I had the honor of participating in John Jay College's Justice Awards Ceremony. It was beautiful and the honoree was Elie Wiesel. He epitomizes what it means to be brave. His message was simple: being brave is as simple as as remembering what has happened so that it doesn't happen again. Being brave means NOT being a bystander. His storytelling is brave. His message is brave. His life story is one of bravery.

My next layout is not so noble. It's more UN-BRAVE than anything else. I was celebrating an old friend's birthday in a Cigar Lounge on a Saturday evening!!!! That was my first mistake. I gave in to the peer pressure and tried a cigar. It was fun while I was there. But then it caught up to me. I got extremely sick the next day and wasn't fully recovered even by Monday. Can you say, Never Again?!? Don't let the photos fool you. That was in the moment. I didn't take photos Sunday. Just say no to all tobacco.

Thanks for stopping by. You are at the end of the road. If you started here, make your way back to Clique Kits. I know you can't wait to see what June has in store. I know I can't.



  1. GREAt layouts Rosann!! Love how you cut out the map! And love the stories told. Great work!

  2. Wonderful layouts. And I love how you tied Elie Wiesel's story to yours. :)

  3. Great ideas on your layouts!

  4. Rosann- I have forced my teens to read Elie Wiesel's memoir and you know what- it had a profound impact in putting an end to what I call "luxury whining" that takes place at my house. "I need a new cell phone" or "Why must I share a room with my little brother?" Read this and NOW tell me you are not grateful for your happy little life!! SO cool that you had the honor to be there when he was honored!! Now for the cigar lounge…girl WTF ROFL no words. Cross it off your bucket list now. Ha ha!!

  5. I'm giggling about the cigar! Love that you shared that with us... I think that was BRAVE LOL! Awesome layouts... now I think I need to look up an Elie Wiesel book, I feel out of the loop. Thanks so much for sharing!

  6. I am loving your layouts!! I need to read Elie Wiesel !!! I love the layout of your cigar story!!! I am laughing way hard good for you to post your pictures of your cigar experience!!! Love it!! loves-Scrappin Madge

  7. Great layouts - I love that they couldn't be more different, both in the designs and the subject matter. You're right, after this fun hop I am really looking forward to June!! :)

  8. Fabulous layouts Rosann! And the story behind both of them is great! The photos in the second layout had me laughing! Looks like you had a great time! You only live once right? Might as well give it a try! Thanks so much for sharing!!

  9. Wow! To be able to meet Elie Wiesel! Must have been really inspiring. Love what you did with the world map paper. Great idea!

  10. I love the way you changed up the color scheme on the first layout and love the simplicity of the second one!

  11. Hermana! How did I not know about your scrappy blog!??! I love your projects. Looking forward to getting more inspiration from you superwoman!


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