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!