I love challenges. I get a lot done by challenging myself to enter scrapbook contests or submit for calls. I hadn't done a one-on-one challenge with another scrapbooker, but I love Laura's designs and I thought it was a totally fun way to try a few things/techniques I seem to never get around to, like:
1. Using the color orange (supposedly, the color inspires creativity, and though this may seem totally unrelated - stay with me here - I never wear it (or dress Sadie in it), and I find that I usually match patterned paper to clothing in photos...)
2. Paint (Never. Ever. Too messy! And it is a slow scrapbooker's foe - it takes way too long to dry!)
3. Chipboard (I do have a lot of chipboard. A lot. A lot. A lot.)
4. Lots of Photos (who doesn't have lots of photos?)
Laura bravely let me pick the challenge variables, and she came up with this awesome layout (you can see more details HERE):
I love that she does these photo collages. Such a great way to get a lot of photos onto a layout without it getting cluttered. She is the most productive scrapbooker I know. I think she had this layout done within 24 hours of us picking the challenge items, and she can just pull stuff together and make it work, which is so inspiring to me because I tend to stare at things a while and move them around over and over again! And it is so funny because I had the very same orange patterned paper out in hopes of using it on my layout!
And I totally loved that she used foam stamps to create her title. Someday, I am going to expand my paint skills to include stamping with paint. Laura makes it look so easy!
And I should add that now I finally know what webkinz are! LOL!
And then, here's my layout:
The starting point for me was orange. And it's October, so you know, October = Halloween = Orange = Halloween = Sadie's costume = adorably cute butterfly costume = subject for layout. (The visual equation for my thought process.)
A very tiny dose of paint on those little butterflies. I punched three butterflies each from translucent vellum, and then transformed the top one into an orange, glittered vellum shape with paint and well, glitter. It's hard to see in the photo, but it has a flimsier, more delicate look than plain ol' colored cardstock would.
When I scrapook, I always journal last, and I had a lot to say about these photos (see previous post). In this case, there were too many words to fit into my design space, so I added a pocket behind my photos for the "behind the scenes," which turned out to be an added bonus, because I squeezed five more photos onto my page.
Thanks, Laura, for the awesome challenge! Your work inspires me so much!
Supplies: Patterned paper: Making Memories, Scenic Route Paper Co.; Journaling Block: Fancy Pants; Chipboard Letters: American Crafts; Buttons: Various; Punches: Martha Stewart, Paper Shapers; Glitter: Martha Stewart; Gems: gel-a-tins; Stamp: Hero Arts; Ink: Stampin' Up; Rub-on: Making Memories; Circle Cutters: Creative Memories.