Monday, May 23, 2011

I am a little sad to be giving my last weekly challenge as a Design Team member over at Memorable Seasons. I have really enjoyed working with Jill and the other team members. I've enjoyed seeing the amazing layouts and inspiration that has been posted by all our board members on a regular basis. But don't worry...I'm not going anywhere...I'm just taking a break. :) So without further ado, here's my challenge...

For this week's Design Team challenge, I want you to shape up! :) LOL

No, really, the challenge is to hand-cut or die-cut a shape from paper and include that on your layout.
In my example, I used a piece of a die cut circle paper that I had sitting on my desk and it reminded me of a cloud. So then I drew some smaller cloud shapes on pattern paper and cut them out with scissors and attached them to my layout with foam squares.
I stamped the title, the stars, the border on either side of the photos and several words on the layout. My journaling is written on the back of the layout with all the details. The title was stamped on plain vellum with dark brown ink and I embossed it with some iridescent embossing the look this gave to the title.

You have until the end of May to complete this challenge to be entered into the random drawing over at Memorable Seasons.

I can't wait to see what you come up with for your layouts!

Friday, May 6, 2011

National Scrapbook Day Crop Challenge... "Mama Says"

Over at Memorable Seasons, we are holding an online crop from Thursday-Tuesday to celebrate National Scrapbook Day. Since it's also Mother's Day weekend, we are focusing our challenges on the theme of moms. 

Here's my challenge I posted for the crop:
I know for those of us who are moms, there are so many things we set aside to focus more on our kids. We write down funny things they do and say and scrapbook those, but often neglect to scrapbook things we say to our kids or things our mothers said to us. I want both of my kids to remember important things I tell them and have some insight into my reasoning behind those phrases. So my challenge is to create a layout that records some of those things you've said to your kids or your mom said to you. If you don't have a saying, then you can use a quote about moms.

Here's my sample layout for this challenge:

My inspiration for this page was this paper by Glitz (from Love Games Collection):
The image at the bottom that said "Play fair or lose" reminded me about the saying I always tell my kids: "Fair isn't always equal". When I was going through some of my recent purchases from Memorable Seasons, I saw this multi colored paper by Prima and LOVED how it brought all the colors together from the photos, so I had to combine the two papers on this layout. So I decided to tear away the bottom corner of the striped paper and let the saying peek through that torn area.
I also used a small piece from the top of the Love Games paper on the top edge of my layout, and I inked around the torn edges. It said "score card". My kids are always keeping "score"...who got more than the other, etc. Drives me bonkers. :) Guess it's a kid thing??
My title was created with a mixture of several alphabet stickers:
 I stamped several areas on this layout too b/c it just wouldn't be a layout of mine without a little stamping. :)
I stamped the areas under the title and the journaling (ledger stamp), the circles that have the card suites are also completely stamped (text and suites), and I stamped the date label. The circles and date stamp are popped up on my layout with foam squares.

I can't wait to see how you create your layout focusing on the theme of "Mama says"! :)

To be entered in the challenge, your layout must be completed, posted to the gallery and then linked to this board thread over at Memorable Seasons by Tuesday night 5/9 by midnight CST.

Supplies Used:
Glitz Designs Love Games Collection Paper: Score Card
Prima Madeline Collection Paper: Parsley Place
Brown Cardstock, Tan Cardstock
Glitz Designs: Woodgrain Teeny Alphabet Stickers
Making Memories: Red Puffy Alphabet Stickers
American Crafts Thickers/Dear Lizzy: Fancy Glitter Foam Alphabet Stickers
My Minds Eye: Date stamp
Fancy Pants: Heart Stamp
Studio G: Card Suites stamps
Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz: Curiosities Stamp Set (ledger)
Stampin Up: Bermuda Bay Ink Pad
Ranger Distress Ink Pads: Walnut Stain, Fired Brick
EK Success: 1.5 inch Circle Punch
We R Memory Keepers: Corner Chomper
Foam Squares

*All products were purchased personally by me.