Monday, March 28, 2011

Challenge #168 - What's in a Name? {March 28 - April 10}

Debbi here with what I think will be a fun, fun, fun challenge!
This week, I want you to scrap about YOURSELF, specifically, journal about your name--do you like it, hate it, have nicknames, etc.? Anything about your name is fair game!

Write down the letters in your name, and use items on your page that begin with each of those letters (could be the generic name of the thing or a brand). For the date, use: 3 - three-word title 28 - items (at least)

We are pleased to have another layout by our March guest designer, Marianne Jensen, who was selected as one of our January How Awesome Is Too Awesome winners. To read a little about Marianne, please visit Challenge 167.

And here is Marianne's layout and some insight into her layout, in her words:
When I read this challenge I wished for a short time that I was named with a short name insted of a name with 8 letters! The letters that really made me think was the two N's. My letters used:

M=Maya Road mist
A=Acrylic paint
I=Indie Girl (Sassafras Lass) Paper
A=Adhedsive chipboard
N=New stuff
E=Echo Park Paper

I think this challenge was fantastic - and I'm so glad I did another BOM-layout :)

And here are the layouts created by the HMITM design team...

Debbi T: I've scrapped about my name before, so I decided to take a different angle for my page. I challenged myself to use the letters in both my first and last name, and here's what I came up with:
D - doily
E - Echo Park (which was perfect since I was working with the April Work in Progress kit, which featured Echo Park's new Playground collection)
B - brads
B - banner
I - ink
T - ticket
E - embossing powder
H - heart sticker
R - rhinestones
A - anchor and arrows (I couldn't decide, so I used both)
N - numbers
I - insects (I was scratching my head trying to think of a second thing for the i, and it came to me that I could use insects, for this thing that bugs me--get it?)

Janet M- This is a great challenge and I enjoyed doing it so much , the only thing I had trouble with is finding any manufacture or embellishment that begins with an N so I went with the Nature look. J- Joliee's and Jenni Bowlin studio- butterflies. A- American crafts Thickers N- Nature E- EK success border punch and embellishments T- Tags and some Tim Holtz ink. Thanks for the fun challenge - it was great. I got my 28 things plus a few more on, I have a lot of rub-ons scattered in the layout.

Journaling is: Janet- like it, love it, hate it? It's a name that I didn't like when I was younger I always thought my middle name would have been better spelled a different way though. I've grown to like it, for one thing nobody usually mispronounces it, they usually can spell it right and not that many people have it. While Janet may be the legal name my favorite names are mom, grandma and granjan. Well worn, well used and always sounds good to my ears.Nicknames I've had though the years, some have lasted longer than others. Probably the most unusual one is the one my father gave me when I was little and he called me wigeon, which is a type of duck. I have no idea where, why or for what reason he gave me that nickname but I did love it when he called me that, maybe it was because I used to follow him around all the time when I was little like a duck does to a mother duck. I'm even comfortable enough to have people call me Jan now. I figure as long as your not calling me late to dinner you can call me anything.
Elizabeth: I totally loved this challenge! At first, I was a bit apprehensive, but once I came up with all the elements, putting the layout together was fun. It was liberating to have the elements spread out on my desk and find a way to put it all together. These were my items... E - Echo park journaling spot (framing my photo) L - label sticker from Jenni Bowlin I - ink around the journaling tag Z - zig zag rubon A - alpha stickers from Basic Grey B - Bo Bunny paper E - eyelets T - thread in the butterfly trail H - heart cardstock Thanks Debbi for the unique challenge!

Anna-Karin: This was so much fun Debbi! I scrapped about various nicknames I have and wrote journaling about them underneath every flap. I also used things related to the names on top of the flaps. My newest nickname is ‘Anka’, which means ‘duck’. I was practicing words with my little nephew on the way back from having fed some ducks, and he thought that ‘Anka’ was a very good abbreviation of my name. He uses it all the time now. Pretty funny. For the letters of my name, I used the following items: Alphabet stamps, Nature Elements, Numbers, Animals, Key, Arrow, Ruler, Ink and Newsprint. Sorry about the crocked photo of the layout.

Amanda - This challenge was fun and...challenging! haha I had THREE As in my name so that got tough, and like Janet, I could not think of any N products. So here's what I used: A - Alphabets, M - Melody Ross Soul Food papers, A - Apple Glimmer Mist, N - Numbers (on sticker), D - Diamond Stickles and A - Adhesive. And I have way more then 28 items (if you count them all individually). So fun...thanks, Debbi!

We hope you'll join us for this 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!

HAITA for #167 green challenge

Thank you to all our participants last challenge! I loved seeing your layouts, lots of lovely green! This week's winner of HAITA 'How Awesome is Too Awesome' is Emily Pearce! Congrats Emily! Here is Emily's awesome page:

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Challenge #166 How Awesome is Too Awesome?

Thanks for all who played along with us on Challenge #166! We loved ALL of the entries! The layout that was chosen for the HAITA gallery is from Krissie:

We LOVE all of Krissie's flowers and her layering effect! Thanks for playing along and we hope to see more great layouts from you for our future challenges. :)

Monday, March 14, 2011

HMITM #167 All things lovely and GREEN... {March 14 - March 27}

Having St. Patrick's Day during my scheduled post period, I couldn't help but focus on my favourite colour GREEN! For the next two weeks you are challenged to use...

. at least 10 green things on your layout
. 3 sheer embellishments
. 5 label stickers or journaling spots
. 3 different stamps

I can't wait to see what you create!

We are excited to bring you our first Guest Designer of 2011, Marianne Jensen.

Here's a bit about Marianne, in her own words:

Hi - I'm Marianne from Denmark, Europe. I'm 30 years old and live in a small village with my husbond-to-be, his son and my little daughter. I work as a teacher - and when I come home from work, I like to spend my time playing with the kids and be outside in my garden.

I try to scrapbook every day and now I have been scrapping for about 10 years. I started scrapping after a vacation with my brother in June 2000, where we took a lot of pictures - and I didn't wanted to just put all of them in an album with out telling the storys behind them.

And here is the page Marianne created for this challenge:

Marianne: When I first read this challenge I wasen't sure that I would be able to find 10 green things in my scrap-stash. But I started out with the picture of our two children - and the little deer-stamp. I'm not very good at using stamps - and it was a challenge to find two more stamps.

For all the green things I used some mist and some paillettes like a banner.

I think this was a great challenge that really made me think.

Janet M : Loved this challenge and what a fun one to do. Mine is a little different as I went with a summer theme with my dd and her dog Stella. I did miss the three different stamp - I used the same one three times but I did use different colors of ink. My 10 green things were more than easy and I got carried away with them. My sheer things are the wave, bubbles and the little bird.

Debbi T: A fun challenge indeed, E! Gave me a chance to dust off some oldies from my stash and gave me the excuse to scrap this fun picture of Farzad in Las Vegas with the guy with the garish green face. Once I got started, I think I went over the number of green things and exceeded the three stamps, but that's what HMITM is all about, right? I was thrilled to use up some of these ancient Maya Road Sheers.

Anna-Karin: This was lots of fun! I love green (and my stamps) and scrapped some photos from two walks in my favourite forest. I used more than 10 green things (all the stamped images and the jewels), 3 clear buttons which were coloured with alcohol ink, 5 labels cut using Spellbinders dies, and went totally overboard with the stamps and ended up using more than 20, oops. I stamped trees, grass and animals using green and brown ink on the kraft cardstock. Thank you for this great challenge Elizabeth!

Elizabeth: I LOVE scrapping with the colour green, so that was a breeze for me. Stamps, on the other hand, are not so easy breezy beautiful for me. :) but I did manage to put 3 stamps on the layout. I used some really old transparencies to frame a few of the pictures in my collage.

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 our cool Mr. Linky below! Or share your layout on the 2Peas thread. We can't wait to see what you create!

love, Elizabeth