Monday, January 19, 2009

Challenge #98 January 19 - February 1

Seeing Stars

I know I have a ton of star stuff: pattern papers, brads, eyelets, punches, stickers, die cuts, felt.....

  • Use at least 10 star items

  • And since you really should shine once in a while in your scrapbooks, the layouts needs to have at least one photo of you.
I didn't want the layout to be overwhelmed by stars (maybe I didn't succeed!) so I chose a more subtle star background. Most of my star embellishements are either transparent or tucked behind my photo. I went along with the whole "star" theme and based my subject matter on that also!

Michelle: This challenge made me realize that I do not have very many photos with me in them. I really should be better about that this year. So I finally got my photos scrapped from our visit to Chicago last summer. A 2-page spread featuring some of our favorites.

Elizabeth: I loved this challenge because it really sent me searching through my stash to find fun star embellishments. Here I used reminisence paper (non-traditional colours for a Christmas layout, but I thought it would be a neat change from the ordinary), American Crafts rubons (white centers on paper stars), KI Memories jewels, Kaiser gems. The stars are endless!

Joy: I love stars! I haven't used them for awhile as a motiff. I used 10 different types of star "stuff." The story is one that I have had in my head for 12 years. I guess it was time to get in down onto a scrapbook page!

Debbi T:

Okay, I am so late finishing this layout! I had started making a page, and then I realized I forgot about the "use a picture of yourself" part of the challenge. So then I had a whole other layout in mind, but then I decided to go with vegetables instead of stars (don't ask). So here's what I made instead. I sort of cheated. I have two chipboard stars, two pieces of patterned paper that have a star shape, a star in the title, a star on the journaling block, and the strip of stars, which has more than 10, for sure, but I think that's cheating because it's just one strip. I struggled and struggled to put more stars on here, but I couldn't make it work!


FUN challenge :)

This is actually my second layout.... the first just didn't make me smile... too busy!

I decided to trace & cut out the stars from a used chipboard star, I like this one much better, even with all the "white" space.

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Challenge #97 {January 5 - January 18}

***Here is the link to the thread in the Pub over at 2 Peas

9 for '09

Happy New Year!

Welcome to the first challenge of 2009.

And to celebrate '09 we are going CRAZY for circles!
That's right... our new challenge is to use 9 circles on a layout.

Be sure to post your creation over at 2Peas in the Pub :)


Had a lot of fun with all these circles, especially embellishing them!

Debbi T:

This was a really fun challenge! In retrospect, I wish I had used a different photo--I think I overwhelmed it with all the vibrant circles, but it sure was fun! I'm not sure if you can tell from the scan, but I used paint for the Heidi Swapp letters and the rim of the chipboard circle and then coated them with Ranger's Glossy Accents, which makes them super glossy, and I also put the Glossy Accents on the monsters' eyes, which makes them really shiny and look like googly eyes.

I'm making a book for my husband, Farzad, for his birthday using his childhood photos, and I plan to ask him to tell me stories after I give him the book and record them on the back. For this page, I will ask him what fears he had as a kid and/or what things made him sad. (Note: "jun" is a term of endearment in Farci--it means "sweetie" or "dear.")


I went with 9 circular photos! Not as challenging as it might seem because I actually used a digital photo cluster frame (Photo Clusters No 06) - for more details you can check out my blog!


I got out my little mini circle puncher and punched out 9 circles. I feel this helps balance the layout. To read the journaling, you can check out my blog!


I love circles...its one of my "go to" design features. I love the quilted type look too with all different interesting patterned paper. I thought this helped accentuate the "cwazy" ness of my photo and journaling. The black line is just there for viewing purposes!


I have been very practical when creating layouts lately, using lots of pictures and minimal embellishments. Photo collages are the easiest way for me to display lots of photos without it looking too busy. The circle challenge was perfect for this layout because it added the right amount of colour and interest, while also drawing attention to the journaling at the bottom of the layout.

And more to come soon......