Saturday, December 19, 2009

Challenge # 122 now it's MY birthday

Seeing how we are on the birthday kick here at HMITM, I thought I would continue on the theme. My birthday is on 12/22 and we are on challenge #122, so I thought we would use...
1 photo collage
22 circles
I know, I hardly imagined that I put 22 circles in a challenge, but I am actually quite excited about it ;) There is no limit to the kind of circles you use, it could be patterned paper, chipboard, buttons, felt, brads, etc, the options are endless.

This challenge will run from December 21 - January 3, so there is lots of time over the holidays to make something creative :) Can't wait to see how everyone uses their circles.

Post your layout in The Pub at 2peas so we can take a look. Have fun with it!

I usually shy away from circles, but whenever I do use them I love the effect they have on my project.

Debbi T: I love circles, too, but I wa sa little worried when I saw I had to include 22 PLUS a photo collage on an 8 x 8 page, but I managed to work it out by including the brads. I have one large patterned circle, two chipboard circles, seven buttons, a circular date, and eleven brads.

Happy Birthday, Elizabeth!

Paula: I didn't count the brads so I guess I ended up with 25 circles!! That somebody else's birthday - LOL. I used a Quickutz circle dies to cut my circles in different colors matching my kids jackets and sewed them on using my sewing maching. Naturally I used a photo cluster by Katie Pertiet for my collage -- I rarely do a page without one lately!

Happy birthday Elizabeth!

Michelle: I love these photos from our trip to the farmer's market! I used exactly 22 circle shaped brads. :) And some really really really old American Crafts pattern paper and felt....which makes me happy to use. Happy Birthday Elizabeth!

Monday, December 07, 2009

Challenge #121 - It's My Birthday!

Since I just celebrated my birthday I thought it would be fun to play around with my date of birth. So here are the requirements for this challenge, and this time I want them to be exact, no more, no less:

12 Buttons
1 Word Title
1 Funky Border Strip or Punch
9 Stickers (this can include your title alpha)
7 Patterned Papers
1 Stamp

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

Lisa: I used one of the patterned papers for my background, another as a photo mat and the remaining ones as paper strips on each side of the photos. I added a bazzill border strip that I cut in half and embellished with buttons. I used stickers for my title and one accent sticker. And I used one stamp as an embellishment three times.

Michelle: This was hard for me...But I really enjoyed creating this layout. I got out some old Scenic Route pattern papers, die cut, and stickers......I did 'cheat' a little...the background is dotted swiss cardstock and I counted that as one of my pattern papers. The stamp - Making Memories date stamp.

Elizabeth: What a great challenge! Loved getting a title that was exactly 9 letters ;) Happy birthday Lisa!!!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Challenge #120 - Be Thankful! {November 23 - December 6}

With Thankgiving this week, on November 26, let's document the things that make us grateful. This week, journal 26 things you're thankful for and use 26 products on your page.

A little tip so you don't lose track and have to keep re-counting: Write the numbers 1-26 and jot down things as you add them to your page.

Debbi T:

I had fun counting my blessings and using odds and ends from my stash. Here's what I used: 1) dark brown cardstock; 2) brown cardstock; 3) ledger paper; 4) yellow patterned paper; 5) Ki Memories patterned paper (trees & polka dots); 6) calendar cut-out; 7) journaling spot; 8) chipboard letters; 9) letter stickers; 10) 7G phrase sticker; 11) 7G phrase sticker; 12) word sticker; 13) label; 14) stamps; 15) stamp ink; 16) brown button; 17) yellow button; 18) embroidery floss; 19) brown leaf brad; 20) yellow leaf brad; 21) brown brad; 21) scalloped border punch; 22) notebook edge punch; 23) border rub-on; 24) rub-on birds; 25) sewing machine; 26) my computer to journal.

Lisa: I don't often make a list of all the things I am thankful for so I was very excited about this challenge. I think I will try to make a list each year from now on. Since my journaling was taking up so much of the page, I decided not to use any pictures. So here is my list...3 pieces of cardstock, 8 patterned papers, 1 rubon, 1 Colorbok Chalk, 3 different stickers, 1 pen, 2 pieces of chipboard and 7 brads.

Michelle: I really enjoyed this challenge. I didn't use the typical Thanksgiving fall colors...heck I didn't even use 2009 photos. Instead I used 2 of my favorite photos and my favorite Basic Grey Line (Lime Rickey) Ha! I used 19 stickers, 3 brads, 2 rub-on stitches, and 2 pattern papers. And heck....used a sheet of cardstock too.

Elizabeth: I love to do a layout without a photo every now and then, this seemed the perfect time. Loved arranging different journaling blocks/tags to create enough space for my 26 things. What a fun challenge!

Debi : Like Elizabeth, I enjoy a layout without a photo! This page was fun! Got to use some of my fave October Afternoon papers & lots of embellies:)

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Challenge #118 Label It! {October 26 - November 9}

So it seems EVERYWHERE you look in the scrapbooking industry there labels!!
Labels stickers are taking over. They are being used for journaling, titles, name it!!!

So my challenge to you is this:
use 10 labels stickers on a page.

Can't wait to see how creative you can get!
Be sure to post your layout to the thread at 2 Peas and share it with us all :)

Debi: I have been wanting to try using many labels all lined up for my journaling!
A day in Boston with my family gave me the perfect pictures for this.

Debbi T: I love labels, but it was certainly a challenge to use 10! Like Debi, I used the labels for journaling. This is my adorable nephew who takes the funniest photos (unintentionally). This is going into my book of silly family photos!

Elizabeth: I decided to use the labels in a cluster as an embellishment collage. And the date is correct, I'm from Canada (and I am pretty proud of the fact that I have Thanksgiving pictures scrapped already! :P)

Monday, October 12, 2009

Challenge #1.1.7. {October 12 - October 25}

Hello everyone, welcome to another challenge of 'How Much is Too Much'.

For this week's challenge...

1 stamped image

1 felt embellishment

7 stickers (non-letter stickers, although you may also use those on your layout)

Pretty easy challenge this week, I hope you will play along!

Just post your layout to the Pub at 2peas so we can see your creation, happy creating!

Elizabeth: I had this layout half completed on my desk for a while now, this challenge was just what I needed to put the finishing touches on it.

Paula: I think I cheated a little here -- I knew I had to use a stamp but I didn't realize it was a stamped image -- I used stamped letters. Oops! The goofy title was was inspired by the October Afternoon paper! It fits with the goofy kids! I made the pear embellishment from an American Crafts felt tulip.

Debbi T: I was a little short on time this week, so I combined this challenge with Janelle's Sketch This challenge. I loved that we had to use stickers because I have so many in my stash. I feel like I cheated a little by using word/phrase stickers and label stickers, since I use those a lot, but I was pleased to use some of my more "cutesy" stickers, including that Cristina Cole border sticker that's been in my stash for at least half a decade.
That's me when I was nine. I don't know how I ripped the hole in my knee, but I'm sure I was probably very upset about it. Note to self: Ask mom about the hole in my tights.

Lisa: I was a little worried about this challenge when I saw that it included stamps. I love to collect them but am always afraid to use them on a layout. Once I started digging through my stash I found some great journaling tags to use! I think I went a little overboard with the felt and stickers, but if you gotta, you might as well use it, right?

Michelle: I purged 99% of my stamps recently; so I cheated just a little by using a date stamp. However, to make up for it, I used 2 pieces of felt (these American Crafts felt pieces have been in my stash forever) and 9 stickers (which includes some of my favorite Scenic Route Grafton stickers).

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Challenge #116 - 5-4-3-2-1-Blast Off {September 28th - October 11}

5-4-3-2-1 Blast Off!!!

Your layout must contain at least:

5 sentences in your journaling
4 pieces of chipboard
3 words in your title
2 photo corners
1 shaped paper

Michelle: Love this die cut shaped Fancy Pants pattern paper! The photo corners (which happen to be some oldie Heidi Swapp photo corners I have had forever) were a little too light. So I added some Ranger Crackle to them. I also added crackle to the the star that is dotting the letter i.

Lisa: I really loved this challenge because it once again got me digging for things I haven't used in a long time. Mainly chipboard and photo corners. I have to admit that it took me a couple minutes to remember what I could do to dress up the chipboard.

Debbi T: Since I scrap 8 x 8, I almost always have to make my own shaped paper. I found some 8 x 8 bracket-shaped paper by Making Memories, but the colors weren't working for this layout, so I scanned it and printed it on the back of the brown polka dot paper and cut it out. I was happy to see photo corners on the challenge because I have a gazillion of them and always forget to use them.

I went digital with this challenge -- I didn't have any digital photo corners so I improvised with ribbon.Elizabeth: another great challenge! thanks Michelle! I was happy to get these April birthday pictures scrapped, finally!

Wow, I did a 2 pager....yay me!!
Have had these pics from last winter hanging around & figured I should get them scrapped before our next snow pictures;)

Monday, September 14, 2009

Challenge #115 - 20/20 Vision {September 14th - 27th}

Do you remember eyelets? Still have some in your stash? How about brads? I {heart} brads and have quite a collection in all shapes, sizes and colors. So for this challenge I would like you to use 20 eyelets or brads on your layout. And feel free to mix and match as well, just make sure they total 20.
Elizabeth: I also {heart} brads and was excited for this challenge. I decided to use a variety of brads; some glossy, some glittery, some matte, to make the sun pop off my page. Such a fun accent!

Lisa: I really hoped to use eyelets for this challenge but things didn't work out, mainly because my Crop A Dile didn't reach as far as I needed it to. Maybe one of these days I will invest in a Big Bite. So I ended up with brads from American Crafts and Basic Grey and used them as bullets in my journaling.

Debbi T: I thought it would be fun to decorate the centers of flowers with clusters of brads. That's my husband, brother-in-law, and my mom's husband being total cheeseballs at the luau cook-out we had for my sister's birthday last month. I love that Dan's wearing the oven mitt in the picture. I think these guys were having way too much fun with the coconut boobies!

Michelle: I love using brads! I added glittery orange brads to the Bazzill bats' eyes. And a few extra Making Memories bat brads are flying around too. If you are counting and looking for the 20th brad, it is actually the dot for the questions mark. :)

Love brads & stitching on my pages. This challenge let me do them all on the same page....thanx Lisa:)

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Challenge #114 - Bling Bling! {August 31 - Spetember 14}

I don't know about you. But I love sparkly bling. And my huge stash of bling is proof.

I challenge you to get out that bling and bling up a layout! Make it sparkle!

Michelle: I have a ton of this Heidi Swapp bling in my stash. I added some bling to the centers of the flowers and all around the scalloped edge.

Lisa: I am not usually a big bling person, but I do have some of it in my stash. I had a few winter pictures still hanging around begging to be scrapped and I thought they would be perfect for this challenge. I sprinkled lots of crystals around to represent falling snow, added some glittered alphas and some fancy snowflakes.

Elizabeth: I love glitter letter stickers and these black Making Memories ones are some of my faves, i also added a glittery star for some extra bling...

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Announcing... The winner for Challenge 112

I used to choose the winner from our players in the last challenge and it chose player #7. (Sorry I can't figure out how to paste that in here.)

True Random Number Generator

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So our winner is camanddanismom! Please send me a pea-mail with your address so I can send it to Eve, our generous sponsor for challenge #112.

Monday, August 03, 2009

Challenge #113 - An Apple for the Teacher {August 17 - August 31}

We are thrilled to announce a new addition to our HMITM team! Lisa Caroll has long been an enthusiastic player in our challenge, so we were happy when she accepted our invitation to join the team. I asked Lisa to share a little about herself, and here's what she said:

"I have been married to my college sweetheart for nine years. We live in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina with our very rambunctious four-year-old son, a dog and a cat. I started scrapbooking soon after we got married, but it wasn't until our son was born that I truly fell in love with the hobby! For me, scrapbooking is the perfect craft as it combines memory preservation, creativity and the always needed "me" time. My other passions are photography, cooking, music, travel and college football. I also work part time as a CPA."

You can see more of Lisa's beautiful work on her blog and her gallery at Two Peas.

Now, for the challenge...

It's back to school for me next week, so how about an apple for the teacher? Dig out those apple papers and apple embellishments and use them this week! Also, include some other school-related products, like rulers and any other things you can find related to school.

If you don't have any of these products in your stash, feel free to make your own.
We'd love to see how you interpreted this challenge, so please post your creations on the HMITM thread at the 2Peas Pub.

Elizabeth: Up here in Canada, we do not start school until after labour day, which ends up being quite late this year. Therefore, I do not have any current 'back to school' photos to work with yet, so I decided to make a card for the teacher using the KI lace cardstock and chipboard pieces. Always love an excuse to use some of my hoarded lace cardstock ;)

Debbi T: I used lots of teachery things for my layout--apples, ledger paper, a text print, spiral journaling paper, a ruler print, label, bookplate, and some brads that I pilfered from the closet in my classroom (I ordered them when I first started teaching and they'd been gathering dust for years). I thought it was neat that the text showing on the Jenni Bowlin paper almost sounds like kids rushing into school. I was happy for an excuse to use one of my gazillion school pictures (well, not exactly a gazllion--nineteen, to be exact--I will be starting my 20th year of teaching next week!):

Lisa: I am so excited to be joining this team and becoming a host for the HMITM challenge! Thanks again girls for the invitation. I decided to take this opportunity to document the relationship my son has with his preschool teacher. At first I wasn't sure if I had any supplies that would fit the challenge but I found some great apple and graph paper from October Afternoon, a couple flowers from Evalicious, our sponsor for the last challenge, and a little ABC strip from Cosmo Cricket. I cut out a few extra apples from the OA paper to use as embellishments.

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Challenge #112 - Homespun & Handcrafted {August 3 - August 16}

For this challenge, we would like you to use handmade embellishments. This week, we were delighted to work with Eve Johnson's gorgeous handmade creations. Please visit her Etsy shop, Evalicious, to see all of her beautiful offerings.

Eve has generously offered a RAK to a randomly chosen participant of this challenge, so we hope you will join us this week. To qualify for the drawing, please post a link to your layout on this thread at the Pub at Two Peas.

Debbi T - I just love these blue green mix button embellishments that Eve sent me. The colors and textures and stitching added a wonderful homespun touch to my page. That's my husband and my wacky grandmother, who's going to be 90 in a month. She had some kind of bump on her behind and wanted everyone to feel it! Nobody succumbed, except my kind-hearted husband--he's such a good sport!

Thank you, Eve, for sending all these beautiful embellishments to me and for sponsoring our challenge!

Elizabeth: I couldn't decide what to use from all Eve's awesome goodies, so I made a couple things :) , a few cards...

and a few layouts :P

i LOVED using her fun embellishments, thank you EVE!

Paula: I had loads of fun using Eve's assorted buttons -- I mixed up two different sets here on this layout about my little guy and me. I enjoyed the mixture of circles and flowers - even on a boy page (gasp!). Thanks so much for the goodies Eve!

Debi: LOVE, LOVED playing with these fun homemade embellies by Eve (thanks!!).
Thought they went perfectly with some Sassafrass Lass Paper I have been hoarding;)

Made a card with the travel embellies!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Behind the 8 Ball - HMITM 111 (July 20 - August 2)

Ready for another challenge? I love something that gives me focus for my layout and also helps me use up my stash. During the summer it can feel like you are 'behind the 8 ball' in the scrapbooking department, and that was my inspiration for this week's challenge. Create a layout using...

8 - brads
8 - flowers
8 - buttons
8 - letter stickers

Post a link in The Pub at 2peas over the next two weeks so we can see your creation, and have fun with it!

Elizabeth: (I used a sketch from Page Maps for this layout), it was fun to frame my focal picture with all the different embellishments without making the layout feel too cluttered.

I went digital for this challenge and managed to fit 5 photos along with the other requirements. I used a bunch of brads as the center of one of my flowers so that it wouldn't look too crowded.

Debbi T:

I had so much fun with this challenge! I had printed this photo out kind of big, and there wasn't a whole lot of space on my 8 x 8 page for too much stuff, but I did manage to get all of the required elements on there by layering some of the flowers and using the buttons to top the flowers. I was really happy to use some of my ancient Primas!

Lisa: I am so excited to be joining this great team! Thanks girls for inviting me. I generally don't use a lot of embellishments on my layouts so this was a great challenge for me. I think the hardest part was getting all the buttons on there, but I did it and I am really happy with how it all turned out. And I got to use up a lot of my stash in the process!

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Challenge #110 - Paint the Town Red {July 6 - July 19}

Good Monday Morning !

For our next challenge we are seeing red!

Use lots of red on a layout. Choose a photo with red in it. Make red be your main accent color. Whatever you do, I want to see red!

Be sure to go to 2 Peas and post your layout to this thread and share your layout with us all.

Michelle: Red is my main accent color here. As I was creating this layout with the soft blue GCD Deisgns pattern paper, I just thought it needed something. So I added the red to make it all pop.

Debbi T: I, too used red as my accent color. That's my husband being his regular goofball self. I've just started an album of all these silly pictures of him doing crazy poses for the camera. Because of all the green in the picture, I went with earthy colors and accented them with red to make the layout more fun.

Elizabeth: I realized I do not use that much colour red when I scrapbook, so this was a nice change for me. (I used a red stamp pad to change the colour of my chipboard swirl.)

Seeing as how red is my FAVE color...this was easy for me!
Throw in some aqua blue and I am a happy girl:)