Monday, February 28, 2011

Challenge #166 - Case of the Mondays (Feb 28 - Mar 13)

"Let me ask you something. When you come to work on Monday and you're not feeling real well, does anyone ever say to you, 'Sounds like someone has a case of the Mondays?'"

That's a quote from a favorite movie of mine. If you've seen the movie Office Space, then you know what I'm talking about. In any case, I'm sure you hate Mondays as much as I do. I always feel so blah about the whole day. So let's turn it around and make this Monday FUN!

Let's make a layout featuring:
-BRIGHT cheerful colors!
-a photo that makes you happy
-at least 5 lovely flowers
-something sparkly
-a fun/happy phrase, saying, or quote that you love

Amanda - I decided to go with a favorite silly photo of my mom, sister and friend showing off their hilarious fake teeth. I decided the pair the funny photo with beautiful flowers that I hand made. I used the Sassafras Paper Crush collection.

Janet M - This was sure a fun layout to put together and such a hard one though to decide on what picture to use. I'm doing an ABC book for a couple of my grandson's and I had this picture set aside for the letter H for Jonathon's book so it was a perfect choice for a happy picture.
I wasn't quite sure on the lovely flowers in the list but I found some fun ones that fit good with the picture and the boy layout. Great challenge.

Anna-Karin: Thank you for this fun and happy challenge Amanda!! I used a quote from an old Swedish children’s song (literary translating: ‘The mouth should laugh and be happy. The mouth should sing tra la la’). I also used some new stamps that I thought fit well with the theme, as well as a definition of ‘sparkle’ and one of my favourite stamps ‘Be happy every day’. Lots of bright colours and the background patterned paper is sparkly and so are some of the letters and the jewels. Five bright felt flowers. The punched 'birds on a wire' stick out on top of the layout, there is no white behind them (that is just the base of my scanner).

Debbi T: Such a fun, happy challenge, Amanda! I love this picture my sister snapped of Farzad and me last Thanksgiving--such a happy picture! I was in the midst of working on my pages for Work in Progress when it dawned on me that this month's kit would be perfect for this challenge with the bright, happy colors in the new Echo Park For the Record papers. When I read Amanda's challenge, I knew I'd want to use a Brian Andreas quote because I just adore all of his work, so I chose my picture and searched for the perfect quote, and he didn't disappoint.

Elizabeth: I am not usually one to use 'bright' colours, but I went for it. I used the colours of Becky's logo as my colour scheme for the layout. The quote is on the sticker in the flower. Fun challenge!

To play, and have a shot at being chosen for our How Awesome Is Too Awesome Hall of Fame and creating as a HMITM Guest Designer, just share your layout through Mr. Linky below! We can't wait to see what you create!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Challenge #165 Love is in the Air

Debbie here, with my first challenge of 2011.
Today is February 14th, which is Valentine's Day here in the U.S. and a handful of other countries. Since it is a holiday that celebrates romance, I thought it would be fun to build a layout using symbols of love.

So... your challenge is to create a layout about someone (or something) you love.

Use 2 photos and 14 hearts.

The twists?

-The colors of the layouts should be predominantly red and brown. (think about those boxes of chocolate!)

-Use an arrow somewhere on your page (think Cupid!)

-Incorporate a flower or two on your page (like those expensive rose bouquets)

- Use ribbon or frills (Did you know that ribbons were given to knights by their beloveds before they went off to battle?)

Above all, have fun with it!

Debbie F:

I decided to focus on my family for the subject of my layout. I used lots of inks, Glimmer Mists and vintage looking goodies. The patterned paper has been in my stash for a while, as had the canvas word sticker. The heart is a Heidi Swapp Invisible that I swiped with Ranger Color Wash and distress inks.

Janet M - Great challenge Debbie and it was the perfect one to have for today. It did a double purpose because now I have something to add to my gift for my husband today.
It might not be that major an accomplishment to get time with your husband but when we got married together we had 6 children and added two more through the years so after 38 years of being married I'm really enjoying our time together.

Journaling is : After a house full of children, grandchildren, pets and other assorted people it's just the two of us - most of the time. We go to Disney to explore, the cherry blossom's in DC, travel, go to movies and do more things we want to do. I have to say it's nice.

Debbi T: This was a fun challenge, Debbie! The most challenging part for me was the 14 hearts, but I finally figured out how to incorporate all of them into my design. And when I first read that we had to use red and brown as our main colors, I didn't think I'd like it, but I really love the way the colors look with the black and white photos. I added private journaling on the back of my layout. Farzad and I have been together for 30 Valentine's Days. We'll be celebrating our 30th anniversary this July!

Elizabeth: Love an excuse to do a layout about my hubby of 14 years. This My Mind's Eye paper was so pretty, I almost did not want to cut it up. I used some chipboard hearts and heart rubons and a variety of stickers. Thanks for the challenge Debbie!

To play, and have a shot at being chosen for our How Awesome Is Too Awesome Hall of Fame and creating as a HMITM Guest Designer, just share your layout through Mr. Linky below! We can't wait to see what you create!

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

How Awesome Is Too Awesome? - Challenge #163

Thank you so much for playing in the challenge everyone! Gorgeous layouts! Kylie's stunning layout is chosen for our HAITA gallery. I love the fabulous clouds with the text, the big title letters, the butterflies and the sweet photo.