I love this view!! Can I just start off by saying that!! I often look at these mountains and feel SUPER lucky to be able to see them everyday!! EVERYDAY! i just have to let that sink in.
In a little over a month I will be leaving this beautiful Island and moving some place new. I love adventure, and I know that our new place will have tons of that. But a part of my heart hurts knowing I have to leave this behind. When we came here on our honeymoon almost 10 years ago, I never imagined that I would be able to ever come back again.
And here it was some odd years later and we find out our next duty station, way far away from family, way far away from where we asked to maybe move, way far away from all we knew, but just the perfect place for me. It was like God smiling down on me, giving me a little gift because he knew I would never ask to visit again, I would never be selfish enough to imagine myself being able to live in this place that I had loved so much.
I know I am lucky, I had lived in Hawaii as a seven year old, and got to be able to go back for my honeymoon that first summer my husband and I were married. It was so much more than someone like me could really ask for. But I had also fell in love with the beauty of this place. It just calls to you. And you dream about it, thinking if only you could go again.
The day my husband told me our orders, I truly knew it was a God thing. Sometimes you just know when God does something nice for you to say Hey, Hannah I love you. I care about what you love!! Here you go, go live there for a little while.
I was so happy!! I am so happy, that I got to come back here for the third time. Many people never get the chance to view the tranquil breeze, the sunshine kissing your nose and the fine sand in between their toes. The taste of fresh sweet juicy pineapple or smell the soft fragrance of plumerias. I am LUCKY! I AM THANKFUL!!
Now after living here for three years is it perfect, of course not, definitely not!! I hate the traffic getting in the city during rush hour, I hate all the rain in the winter, or during a hurricane, I am not fond of the crowds of tourists not paying attention to where they are walking when crossing the streets. But the amazing things here far outweigh, for me at least (Maybe if you ask my husband he would tell you the opposite) the not so appealing things about living in Hawaii.
Now that we are leaving I feel that time clock ticking down and all the things I want to capture before we go, so I can lock them in my brain vault to remember forever!! Having pictures to prove I really was here, even if in the scheme of life it wasn’t really all that long.
I have the hardest time truly getting the perfect shot I long to capture when taking Landscapes, the wide shots. I feel like things get lost in that lens and all the detail I can see when my eye isn’t showing up. One ion the things I am constantly trying to do is practice taking those shots so I can better show others what I see when I look at these things. Like these mountains.
On my photo walk I actually like for the first time in a while I got a landscape shot I am happy with. It’s not perfect. The lighting isn’t all that great, there is a bit of haze from the vog (it has been kinda bad lately), and I wish frankly the houses weren’t in the shot. I am not one to over edit, to take things out, to spend a lot of time shading and coloring the sky and mountains to make them stand out, even if they were to look natural.
This is what I see out of my lens of my camera when I see these mountains. I just want to enhance it a little.
So this is actually the original shot I took at the park. much more grass, a little more light and it’s hard to see the clouds that were actually in the sky. If you look at the picture at the top I did just a little editing (spent maybe 5 minutes adjusting the levels). And I like the final look.
You know when I set out to do this blog post I was gonna tell you all about this layout challenge I did. All about what products I used. How I went over my time limit. How I used a kit to scrap faster. Where I got the cut file I used for the background. But you know what, I feel that this story was so much more important to tell today. I am embracing my storytelling abilities. Because that is what I want my pages and pictures my layouts to be about, telling my story, all of it.
How I love Hawaii and feel honored that I get to set my feet on this holy red tinged dirt, how I get to breathe in the salty fresh breeze on a hot afternoon, how I get to taste the juicest and tangy pineapple. All these things are little treats that make my life so much better. These things help my soul feel happy.
That is the story I am telling today. I will add some pictures of the layout I made and you can browse through them, but I hope what resonates with you is that I am telling my story, the way I know how, through my lens.
I hope my layout says that. Shouts, I Love Hawaii and I am going to miss it, but I will remember it!!
So here are some close ups of the layout I made and I hope they make you smile!! I hope you feel like making a layout about something you love and that brings you joy!! I hope you take the time to capture in your life the things that matter most to you!!
I think this acetate word from Pink Fresh Studio is my favorite element. It is perfect in the white space of the sky!!
I kept the embellishments light, since I wanted the star of this layout to be the photo. I probably would be have printed it off larger if I had bigger photo printer paper at home, but I was out.
I like the way the journaling (which is only half the story I want to tell), is peeking through the clouds!!
The different textures in the cluster really gives this layout a natural and fun feel. Vellum cloudy like the haze, Cork like the texture of the ridges in the mountains, blue in the hints of sky that are trying to peak through and red like the dirt!
You can watch my process video here:
(You can also hear more about the 15 minute layout challenge from my friend Crafty Meggy in her Youtube video.)