Monday, December 27, 2010

#161 December 27 - Let's wrap it up

It's our last HMITM challenge for the year.

Now I know that we don't all have all of our pictures from 2010 scrapped but we can pick some special ones.

Let's wrap it up with a special challenge.

Pick one of your favorite pictures or multiple ones from anytime in 2010 -

Tell a little bit about it and from your stash pull out some of those favorite things we have been saving for something special and use them.

Let's see the year of 2010 used on the layout and 12 items one for each month that can include pp also.

Janet M - This was really hard to choose a favorite picture of the year and with a large family it makes it impossible to pick one that has some of them in it and not others. I went for a neutral picture and it actually is I think my favorite photograph that I took this year. I was so happy when we had all these bird nests built into the reeds around our pond at the lodge. My camera was going into overload with the amount of them I took.

My journaling is: Impossible to pick a favorite picture of the year but this one is right at the top. I love the look on the faces of the birds and pass up the fact that almost all of my pictures involve the family so I can record the special events, the happy days and the memories. Just for a few hours though I can pretend that I'm a professional photographer.

Anna-Karin: Such a great idea for the last challenge of the year! I had fun going through my stash looking for favourite items and I scrapped one of my absolute favourite photos from the year. I used a bunch of favourite items: stamps, a patterned paper that I’ve been saving for something special, dictionary and ledger paper, a happy bingo card and a gold bird that I’ve been saving, among other things. Thank you for this fun challenge Janet!!

Journaling: This was the very first time that Anton sat on his own without support and it was the very first photo that I took of him sitting up. I love how it turned out. He looks so happy and proud and is so cute in the clothing that we bought for him to wear after his Christening. He has used the grandfather’s hat a lot and it has been a great hit. Such a freedom to be able to sit on your own and see the world from a different perspective. He is sitting on top of my baby duvet.

Elizabeth: A little late than never... here is my layout. I used a condensed version of the journaling from our Christmas card this year. The circle title was one option for the Christmas card title, but we went with a different design so I decided to use it on a layout instead ;).

Thanks to all of you that have joined us this year and we have a lot of fun challenges coming up in the new year.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Challenge # 160 - "Quote It"

Kathleen here! Quotation marks are something that always seems to be left on my old Thicker sheets, soooo for this challenge you need to...

- use up some of your quotation marks by making a quote into a title (or part of one),
- use at least 4 journal spots/cards (doesn't have to be the whole thing wink.gif ) AND
- I want to see you "quote" a scrapper you admire by lifting a page of theirs (seek permission of course!!)

Here's mine...I've lifted a page by Stacey Michaud...

Janet M : I choose to scraplift my good friend Jules and the cute layout she did of her new twin grandson's - I had taken a similar picture at Christmas a couple of years ago. These are my three youngest grandson's . Here's is the layout. Jules did. http://http//,37387936,cid,,2,,137282

Here's mine:

Debbi T: I guess I'm the cheater in the crowd. I couldn't decide on who to scraplift--I went back and forth and back and forth and was taking too long and decided I wouldn't have time to get their permission, since I was working on this the day before it was due, so I decided to go with a sketch from one of my favorite sketch sites, Pencil Lines (Sketch 217), which is sort of like scraplifting, right? I did manage to meet the other criteria, though! Thanks for the fun challenge, Kat!

Anna-Karin: This was so much fun Kat! I think it is the first time that I touch my Thickers quotation marks. I used a quote that I really like, ‘Adopt the pace of nature, her secret is patience’. The journaling spots were stamped and I didn’t lift another layout as such, but used a bunch of the techniques Tim Holtz showed in his 12 tags of Christmas. For the tree panel, I first stamped the embossing folder and then embossed the trees, transferring the stamped image to the paper looking like it is behind the trees. A piece of acetate was dry embossed and placed on top of the title letters, to give the impression of ice. The blue bird was made by adding pieces of tissue tape to grungepaper, after which it was die cut and coloured with alcohol inks. I stamped a frame around the page, first swirls and snowflakes with blue ink and then many snowflakes which were embossed with white glittery powder.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Challenge # 159: Roll the dice...

Hi everyone, it's Debbie F, bringing you this week's challenge.

Go to this site:

and virtually "roll" 3 dice.

* The value of the first die is the number of pictures you are to use.

* The value of the second die is the number of patterned papers you'll use.

* Now add all three dice together. This is how many embellishments you'll use on your layout.

* A final twist... use black and white somewhere on your page.

As I was looking for photos to work with these papers, I came across my last pictures of Mike's grandmother, who was a dear lady who always made me smile whenever I saw or spoke to her.She passed away this year, and I truly miss her. The pictures are from her 90th surprise birthday.

So I rolled 2-5-3. Two pictures, five patterned papers and a total of 10 embellishments. My embellishments were the banner, the wooden chip, the doilie, the resin rose, title Thickers, one element cut out, 3 tiny type stickers, and one circle sticker. I used plenty of black accents and cream as my shade of white. Love how it turned out! I hope you have fun with this challenge.

Elizabeth: This was so fun! I have never heard of this site before, but it was cool! My numbers were 2, 4, 1. I loved the addition of black/white to the challenge.

Janet M: What a fun and creative challenge this one was. My numbers were 4 -5 -1 .I didn't see the addition of black and white on the page post though so mine just has to count as the journaling strips.Amanda: How fun, Debbie! I rolled 1-3-4. I loved working with the new BG Marjolaine line! SO PRETTY!Debbi T: Such a fun and clever challenge, Debbie! I was surprised when I rolled a 2-2-2. This was very challenging limiting myself to two patterned papers and only 6 embellishments, but I was very thankful that I didn't roll a 6 for the picture part! I realized I'm running out of space in my paper cart that holds my kit papers, so I decided to dig into an old Studio Calico kit from a couple of years ago and managed to use up a bit of that--hence the green cardstock, which I'm not sure goes with the rest of the layout, but I was very happy to finally open up the package rub-ons that came in that kit! This is for my book of all the little reasons I love my husband.

Georgia: I really loved this challenge, i rolled 3-4-6 so 3 photos, 4 patterned papers and 13 total embellishments. I just picked up the new campfire range by October Afternoon so I was dying to use it and these photos were perfect... and i have to confess I ended up with more than 13 embellishments, I was on track and then I had a slight accident with a glimmer mist bottle and had to try and salvage it lol...

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

How Awesome is Too Awesome? {Our Weekly Wow for Challenge #157}

Many fun submissions for challenge #157! Thank you so much for playing everyone! This week's Weekly Wow is Debi with this gorgeous Christmas layout called 'Christmas Joy'

We love the big Christmas tree photo, the dangling hearts and the sweet photo tags.

Congrats Debi! Your layout will go into our HAITA Hall of Fame.

Monday, December 06, 2010

Challenge #158 - It's About Time {December 6 - December 12}

Happy Monday! Debbi here, in charge of this week's challenge.

Before I reveal the challenge, I have an exciting announcement for the new year! At the end of each month, our How Awesome Is Too Awesome winner of the month will be invited to be our Guest Designer for the following month!

Now, on to this week's challenge! Here's what I came up with--I used the concept of time to create my challenge. Use the following elements on your layout:

  • 60 minutes/seconds - total number of elements on your page (at least.)
  • 24 hours - 24 words in your journaling
  • 365 days - 3 word title; 6 stickers; 5 rub-ons
  • 12 numbers on a clock - 12 brads, buttons, and/or eyelets
  • 7 days a week - 7 patterned papers
  • plus: include a clock/watch accent (can be handmade if you don't have this in your stash)
And I'll even do a little math for you--If you add up the journaling as one element, plus the clock, plus the other required elements, that's already 32--now just add 28 more things--you can include your letter stickers, photos, and cardstock in the count. See! That's not so hard!

Debbi T:

I think I have more than 60 elements here. I lost count! I guess this was a real, true challenge--especially trying to fit it all onto an 8 x 8 page! I had the hardest time with the patterned paper. I had six different Webster's Pages papers on here, and I just couldn't figure out how to fit another into the design, but I finally cut out that one little cream and brown flower from a paper and tucked it in there. I actually managed to fit 3 clocks on my page, and for the stickers, I have more than the six required, but I counted the letter stickers as one.

Janet M : That's quite a challenge but it was an awesome one to work on- I loved fitting it all in. You can count everything if you want to but I got it all in there, my rub-ons are actually on the clock.

I counted the pictures as some of the elements also- these are ones of my youngest daughter with my granddaughter. I love the relationship the aunt and niece have together.

Elizabeth: Okay Debbi, crazy challenge here :P but I made it work! Here is my cutie patootie at 5 months age. I added extra butterfly rubons to make it 60 elements.

Anna-Karin: Such a fun challenge Debbi! It sounded hard at first, but it all came together easily. I love the time theme, so I also used it as the theme of my layout. The photos are from a visit to an old gold mining village. I used several clock patterned papers and made two clock accents with chipboard, paint and a stamp. The clocks and the gold painted letters were textured with a hammer to create the impression of gold. I also used pieces of mica (fool’s gold) and gold mica flakes. I wanted to imitate the corrugated metal of the houses and dry embossed grungepaper with a ledger folder to create lines. It was painted rust, sanded and inked with blue and orange distress ink. I also used corrugated letter stickers for the title. I even managed to write a 24 words journaling piece (although I cheated a bit and added a hidden tag with two more photos and some journaling). Thank you so much for this fun challenge Debbi!

Please post a link to your layout in the HMITM thread at the 2Peas Pub. We can't wait to see what you make!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Challenge #157 - Counting down to Christmas

Yesterday (28 November), was the first of Advent, which to me is the beginning of the Christmas season. In Sweden, many families have an Advent candle holder with four candles, symbolising the four Advent Sundays before Christmas. On each of the Sundays an additional candle is lit until all four are burning. This tradition always created a great sense of anticipation for us when we were kids.

I would like you to do a layout with a Christmas or winter theme, and using:

1 heart
4 tags
12 buttons (for December being the 12th month of the year)

Have fun! I am looking forward to seeing what you create!

Anna-Karin: I love this time of the year with preparations for Christmas, candles, decorations and the whole feeling and spirit around Christmas. I was planning to have done a layout about our Advent tradition, but didn’t have any good photos that were developed regarding that theme, so instead I used a childhood photo. I used four shipping tags which were coloured with an acrylic block technique that Jennifer McGuire taught in Holiday Thinking Inking. The tags were stamped with black, brown and green ink, as well as gold embossed a bit. The chipboard heart was embossed with several layers of UTEE, with a layer of gold embossing powder on the top.

Journaling: This Santa has been around for a long time. I am not sure if he was new here on my first Christmas or if he is even older. He has posed on many Christmas photos and has stood faithfully under the Christmas tree together with the Christmas goat for many years. Now he looks quite worn and has lost his shirt. The beard is no longer as white and fluffy, but he is still my favourite Santa.

Janet M- Fun challenge and I have so many pictures that work for this but I went back and used one from my childhood, when we really had some rough winters. I enjoyed them more then than I do now.

Thanks for the great challenge.

I had fun going through some older Christmas pictures for this one. I used some tags from one of the My Mind's Eye collections and my buttons are actually brads shaped like buttons that I used on the note paper. Thanks for the fun challenge Anna-Karin!

Debbi T: What a fun challenge, Anna-Karin, and so neat to learn about a new tradition! I used a Christmas picture from my childhood, and it was fun figuring out what to do with the buttons and tags and heart. I promise I have 12 buttons (topped with pearls)--one's peeking behind the tags. I always have a hard time using tags on my layouts, for some reason. I was trying to figure out how to use four larger tags, and it just wasn't working, and then I thought of using three tiny tags to document our ages. I actually cheated and added an extra heart on my page to add some color to the heart-shaped brad, which I embossed with silver powder.

Have fun and thanks for playing! Remember that at the end of the week one participant will be featured as our "How Awesome is Too Awesome - Weekly Wow" and will be in the running to win a RAK at the end of the month! Post a link to your layout in the thread at Two Peas.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Challenge #156- November 22nd Let's Be Thankful

Hi everyone! Francine back at ya with a challenge this week!

We don't celebrate Thanksgiving over here but I love the idea of being thankful. I've also always liked the idea of doing a gratitude journal or list, so this week I challenge you to do a layout that lists 5 things you are grateful for today.

On your layout include:
5 patterned papers
5 stamped images
5 pieces of ephemera/vintage items

I almost gave up on my own challenge when it came to the five stamped images and the vintage ephemera! The patterned paper part was easy since I have been into garlands and buntings lately. And then I decided to group the other elements into a collage and voila!

My journaling talks about some big things I am very thankful for right now: like watching Kieran grow every day and doing what I love for a living.

Janet M :

Great challenge and I did have to leave off one thing because my stamps are either packed or not here as a friend has them, so I just did my best. I did some rub-ons in place of them under my flower.

5 patterned papers was easy, the empemera/vinatge items were a fun thing to use.

I did an approach about the things I was thankful for from growing up.

Journaling is: When I stop and think about the things that I'm thankful for of course I have the ones that everyone has but then I think back about the things that got me where I am today.
I'm thankful for having parents that cared and guided me.
I was surrounded with good relatives and friends that gave me balance and a sense of the things important in life.
That I was raised with a belief in God.
I had fun childhood mixed with time to play and time to work.
My community was a caring and good place to grow up in.
You can't go forward into the future without balance and direction in life and I'm so thankful that I had them.

Thanks for the great challenge.

Debbi T: I'm in the midst of working on my projects for Work in Progress, and this month's kit, which features the new Cosmo Cricket Circa 1934 collection, was perfect for this challenge, so that's what I used. I was watching Glenn Beck last night, and he was talking about Thanksgiving and how it's the people that we need to be most thankful for, so that's the angle I took with my page.

Anna-Karin: I loved doing this layout. I’ve wanted to do something on the topic of gratitude lately and my layout is about treasuring each day and being grateful, because it can all change in an instant. The layout is done on a piece of canvas and the hearts were die cut from canvas. The canvas and the hearts were soaked in water and then painted with watered down acrylic paint. I sprayed the hearts with a mix of Perfect Pearls and water which gave them a nice shine. Thank you for this great challenge Francine!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Challenge #155 - November 15, Route 66

We just bought a new travel trailer...we plan on doing lots of traveling.
Create a layout about a vacation or trip you have taken.
Use at least 6 pattern papers.
Use at least 6 circles.

Anna-Karin: This was an awesome challenge! I love circles. I used 8 patterned papers and 6 circles on my layout and also used the circle theme in the title and the topic (circle of life). I needed some leaves for the tree, to symbolise spring and new life, but didn’t have any which were small enough, so I cut off the petals of a green flower to use as leaves. Thank you for this fun challenge Michelle!

Journaling: A view over the Amphitheatre on the path to the Thukela Gorge. The Amphitheatre is 5 km across and 1 km high. On this hike, I almost made it through the tunnel to see the Thukela drop down the mountain, but the weather was starting to look bad so we had to turn around. Some day we might make it to the top, but for now we are happy to see the gorgeous view from below. This time we visited at the end of winter and it was dry. Fires are a part of the circle of life in the Drakensberg and we could see many traces of them.

Debbi T: I made my first-ever digital layout yesterday, and I decided to make one for this challenge. We haven't been able to travel ever since my husband opened his business two years ago, so I decided to document that.

Janet M: 6 circles and travel paper was a great challenge this time. I was actually the one that stayed home and everyone came to my house to vacation. It was a cousin reunion in Florida and we had a wonderful 5 days together, this picture was taken with two many camera going and everyone saying look at me now.

Elizabeth: Love using circles and patterned paper, so this was nice and easy ;) (sorry for the wonky scan)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Weekly Wow #153

Thanks for all that played along for last week's challenge. We loved all of the entries! The winner for Challenge #153 is Ging, from Queensland, Australia! I love all the little details on your page.

Your entry will go into our voting for the {How Awesome Is Too Awesome} drawing for the $15 gift certificate at Two Peas at the end of the month. Congrats!

Monday, November 08, 2010

Remember This... HMITM 154 (November 8-15)

Here in Canada we will be celebrating Remembrance Day this week, so I thought it would be a good idea to create a layout 'remembering someone'. You can interpret that however you like, plus add...
  • 1 felt embellishment
  • 5 rubons
  • 4 flowers
You can link your layout to the comments here or also at The Pub on 2peas. Looking forward to seeing your creations!

Elizabeth: For this challenge I scrapbooked the photos from the tradition of our daughter's birthday. 4 years ago we lost our baby girl at 7 months gestation and every year we visit her grave and think of her. The butterfly rubons and flower embellishments were perfect for this topic.

Janet : This is really a wonderful challenge to do and even though it was a difficult one I'm so glad to have done it. My niece's and nephew's came up with Florida one weekend about 6 years ago and came to our lodge to spend some time in the outdoors. It was always a struggle to get my mother to want to come there but she enjoyed it every time she came. We all went down and had a wonderful weekend together.

This is the last and only picture I have of my niece Courtney and her together from that weekend and she had this one made into a card and mailed to my mother. Since then our family has lost both of them so it's a memory to treasure.

 Journaling is: We always say we should value people and time together and when I see this picture I know that I did this weekend. Mom enjoyed having her grandchildren up from Florida for a visit, it was the first time all four of them had been here as adults. We had campfires, sat and visited and just had a nice weekend. Of the whole weekend I think this is the only picture that I have with just mom and Courtney in it. With both of them being gone it's a picture and a moment in time to treasure.

Debbi T: It's been about ten years since my GrandPaul died, and I can't believe it's been that long. I call him GrandPaul because his name was Paul. He wasn't my "real" grandpa. I never really had a grandpa growing up. My Gram married Paul when I was in my late 20's, I think, and he so easily became a part of the family. He was loving and had a generous spirit and an awesome sense of humor that made him fit right into our clan.

I used Pencil Lines Sketch 211 and a Studio Calico kit to make this page. I wanted to go for a quiet color scheme, with a few bits of color. I thought the owl was a perfect embellishment because it looked a little sad and has a childlike feel that goes with the journaling--me sort of wishing I'd had him as my grandpa growing up. I added gold embossing powder to the border to go with the gold sequin flower centers.

Anna-Karin: I really enjoyed doing this layout about my grandfather who passed away 12 years ago almost to the day. It was so nice to sit a think about him and I wrote a long piece of journaling about my memories of him (which is tucked in behind the layout). I used a photo of him which was taken before I was born. He was very enthusiastic about photography and developed his photos at home. But, since he was often behind the camera, there are quite few photos of him. I used a felt car, 5 rub-ons to embellish the chipboard house and four die cut flowers. The papers, stamps and embellishment all have a meaning relating to my memories of my grandfather. Thank you so much for this challenge Elizabeth!

I know this challenge will not be an easy one, but it is so important. I hope you accept the challenge! Love, Elizabeth

Monday, November 01, 2010

Challenge #153 - The Office

Amanda: I love the TV show The Office! Plus I work at one everyday. Looking around my desk, I realized how much fun office supplies could be used on a layout. Use the following on a layout:

- 10 staples (plain or colored)
- 3 paperclips (plain or decorative)
- ruled/graph paper
- some kind of tape (or decorative tape)
- some kind of office stickers/labels/flags/post-it notes
- pen or markers/highlighters
- hole punch (or decorative punch)
- use numbers somewhere on your layout
- and finally, some kind of typing (in your title, or journaling)

So for my layout, I decided to scrap about what inspired this challenge theme in the first place...all of the stuff on my desk that's from the TV show The Office. (I see I wasn't the only one who loves the TV show! haha) On my desk I have The Office bobbleheads, stress ball heads, pens, pencils, notebooks, monthly wall calendars, daily quote desk calendars, magnets, dry erase boards, signs, mugs...just little reminders of how much I love the show to help me get through the work day!

Elizabeth: Love the Office, love the challenge. Worked out perfectly with the school layout of my ds. I used a tape measure sticker instead of actual tape :P and the typing part is actually a date stamp, but I thought it looked like it was typed, so that counts right?! Here's my layout...

Janet M - What a fun challenge to do and create, I used bits and pieces of the files from building our new house. It's perfect because I'm just starting a album on the construction of it so having some of the other parts in the book is fun.

Journaling is: Files, reports, phone calls, appointments, expense projections, redoing the expense projections and paper work. Planning a house is exciting and making decisions a little stressful at times but overall the excitement is worth all of it. The kitchen designer said that you make over 2,000 or 12, 000 decisions when you built a new house , I'm not sure which one she said that day I was to busy deciding on something at the time. I do know that the whole thing is made so much better by the contractor that we have used for over 30 years in the business and personally, Shel at the office taking care of the billing and a good partnership with the two of us. We've been down the remolding road a few times, built from scratch and we know that this is the final project for us at this time in our lives, the house where we want it, back to enjoy our sunsets every night, handicapped accessability if we ever need it. I can't wait to finally see the dream place come true.

I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone else creates.

Debbi T: What a FUN challenge, Amanda! The Office is my favorite show, so I thought this challenge was a good opportunity to profess my love for The Office. I used a kit called Office Party by Noel Mignon to make my page, plus a few odds & ends from my stash. I had bought these The Office magnets from the Target Dollar Spot eons ago--before I even knew about the show--and I finally got to use them! I used my staples to attach the ruler trim. (You can click on my layout for a larger view to read the journaling, if you're interested.)

Kathleen: Thanks for the challange Amanda! Most of the items on your list feature in my pages on a regular basis, so was right up my alley, but the office sticker/label/flags/post-it notes one was alot of fun! I chose the post it notes, and teamed it up with Bo Bunny's Learning Curve range which features the ruled/graph paper, numbers and typing :)

Georgia: Thanks Amanda, I had so much fun with this challenge! The first thing which came to mind when I read the criteria was a really grungy, boyish look - which is why I somehow ended up with a pretty, girly page lol. Most of the elements I use fairly often anyway but I did have to go on a hunt to find some paper clips! They were great for winding the thread from my bumble bee around though so I will have to use them again.

Anna-Karin: I loved this challenge, especially since I love office supplies. When I was around nine years old I used to wish for office supplies for birthdays and Christmas and was so happy to get a stapler, hole puncher, pens, erasers etc. On this layout I used 10 mini staples, 3 heart paper clips (which have been in my stash forever), graph paper, Dymo tape, office type label stickers, a marker to draw a simple frame, notebook border punch, numbers and a # character, and typed journaling strips with a type writer font printed on plain white paper. Thank you so much for this fun challenge Amanda!

Journaling: You smiled for the first time when you were 5 weeks. After having practiced for a while and mainly smiling at us, you really got going with the smiling and since then you have smiled at everyone. Family, friends and strangers in the shop, the post office queue, at the bank, on the street. Everybody gets a shining smile. It is very appreciated. People often exclaim ‘oh, he smiled at me’, and you spread lots of happiness with your smiles. You fill my and other people’s days with joy. It is impossible to be in a bad mode when you get such a smile. I hope you will keep your friendliness and happiness. These are some of my favourite photos of you smiling and laughing, taken from you were 8 weeks old until you were 8 months old. You are wonderful.

We hope you will play along. Post a link to your layout in the HMITM thread at the Two Peas Pub, and you could be chosen as our Weekly Wow and be eligible for our monthly prize of a Two Peas gift certificate!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Weekly Wow #151

I enjoyed looking at the layouts that were done this week and picking a Weekly Wow is always fun.

Our choice for the is week is: Jane and I really enjoyed her fun looking page with the cute banner on it.
Congraluations Jane - your entry will go into our voting for the How awesome is to awesome drawing for the $15 gift certificate at Two Peas at the end of the month.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

A Fond Farewell to Cindy

We are so sad to say goodbye to our friend Cindy. She's been a part of How Much Is Too Much forever! We're gonna miss her wonderful creations here, but we know she will continue sharing lots of fabulous inspiration through her design work with Jillibean Soup, Lilly Bee Design, Work in Progress, and other endeavors on her horizon.

Cindy, we'll miss you big time! We hope you won't forget us and that you will visit us and play every once in a while. Smooches!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Challenge #152 - Dog Years - Featuring Guest Challenger Alyssa Maldonado {October 25 - October 31}

We are pleased to have Alyssa Maldonado as our Guest Challenger this week.

Here's what Alyssa had to say: Hello, Alyssa here. I've been scrapbooking for about 8 years now. I started when I found myself unemployed with plenty of time on my hands. Borrowing stash from a few friends that also scrapbooked, I created my first book about the life my boyfriend and I were creating together. And I have been hooked ever since! Now, I have my own stash, and I can definitely say that I have too much. With all this stuff to use, I also began card making, and love all the different techniques and designs I can incorporate into both crafts. I like to partake in scrapbook challenges online, and have taught several classes at my local scrapbook store. Within the last year I have started to dabble in digital scrapbooking, and have found a new love. This is now how I do most of my layouts, but I still like to get my hand inked and dirty. I hope you enjoy the challenge this week, and I can't wait to see everyone creations. Thanks for playing along with me, and the ever creative and original HMITM team.

Alyssa's clever challenge is based on her dogs' ages. Use the following elements on your layout:

I have 3 dogs = 3 photos
Bella is 5 human years - 5 rub-ons or stamps
Thor is 11 human years - 11 elements (anything goes as long as it's not paper)
Spirit is 10 months old - a total of 10 letters for the title, any number of words is fine.
Since 1 human year is equal to 7 dog years, that means combined, the 3 dogs are 118 dog years old. - #'s of words in journaling, this can include the title.

And here is Alyssa's layout:

Janet M - This challenge really had me counting and yes I did get my 118 words in not including the title but including the discover word beside the photo. I got my rub-ons and everything on here. It's a picture of our lodge and the story about it- another page for my husbands lodge book I'm giving him for his birthday this year.

The journaling is : It had to have been in both of our subconscious minds when we built the family lodge and it came out looking like this picture. We bought this picture when we first got married and thought how wonderful that it would be to build a house that looked like this. Years later, a few more children, a move, another house. This picture was stored away and forgotten. Twenty years later we built the "cabin".One day we were talking about how much it resembled a picture that we used to have many years ago. It was found,reframed and now is hanging there to remind us how sometimes things just stay planted in the back of your mind.

I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with for this.

Elizabeth: I think I might have cheated a little on the title, I am not counting the '%' sign as a letter ;) Another great challenge, Thanks Alyssa!

Debbi: This was a fun and interesting challenge. I did cheat a little on the title, but the chipboard part of my title does have ten words, and I went over the rub-on letters by one. But my journaling DOES contain exactly 118 words (thank goodness for the word count feature on MS Word!). I counted the misting as one of my elements--wanted to make it look like splattered blood. (I made my image a little big so you can read the journaling if you click on my page.) Thanks, Alyssa, for a fun challenge!

Anna-Karin: This was a hard, but fun challenge! Three photos was easy for me, as well as five stamps (alphabet stamps, whale stamp, word stamp, star stamp and circle stamp). I found a ten character title fairly easily (and by counting ':' as one letter), but I wrote more than 118 words when I did the journaling. I didn't want to remove any journaling, so I left it as it was. The title translates 'Your 1st bath'. Thank you for a fun challenge Alyssa!

We hope you will play along. Post a link to your layout in the HMITM thread at the Two Peas Pub, and you could be chosen as our Weekly Wow and be eligible for our monthly prize of a Two Peas gift certificate!