Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Three Ring Circus Chosen layout

It was a hard pick this week with all the fun layouts posted but this picture has to make you smile when you see it. The chosen layout belongs to Judy Villareal Papa and not only is the photo adorable but I really like the tickets and the bullet points on this.
Great layout and you are now in our HAITA Hall of Fame (see tab at the top).
I'm sure hoping to see more of her work.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Belated HAITA Winners

Somehow, our February How Awesome Is Too Awesome winners were never posted. Here are our choices.

Challenge 164 - Hot or Cold: We love Karen Williams's interpretation of this challenge! Such a fun, quirky mix of patterns and elements on a wonderfully designed page:

Challenge 165 - Love Is in the Air: We chose Sharon's adorable layout. She did a fantastic job including all the required elements, and we just love the whimsy of her well-designed page.

Congratulations, ladies! You are now in our HAITA Hall of Fame (see tab at the top). We apologize for the delay.

Challenge 170 - 'Behind the 8 ball' {April 25 - May 8, 2011}

Despite all the 'negative talk' about scrapbookers trying not to feel like they are 'behind the 8 ball' when it comes to their albums, I think we have all felt that way at one time or another. The challenge this time is to use...

8 patterned papers
8 rubons
8 brads
8 stickers
8 word title

Have fun with the number 8!

Here are the pages from this month's guest designers...

Krissie Sweetman - I started this layout three times!! I eventually settled with a websters mini-pad (6x6) and some matching cardstock. The photo is very old (he is now almost TEN!) but this photo somehow missed out on being scrapped. How is that for 'being behind the 8 ball'- eight and a half years behind!! I wanted to record this as it was great when I would have company on the sink while I washed up at night. Bubbles and mess followed, but so did lots of giggles and happy memories. I used 8 papers, 8 stickers ('Remember'- is it cheating to use alpha stickers???), 8 word title (after comming up with 800 7-word ones!!), 8 rubons (including the year beside the photo) and 8 brads (including the big bracket ones- aren't they fun??) Thanks for another fun challenge girls xoxo

Emily Pearce - More photos by my 6 year old - self portraits this time. i struggled trying to squeeze 8 of everything onto my page!! but i love how it turned out. thanks for the challenge

And now for our design team's layouts...

Janet M - Loved this challenge although when I first read it I was thinking WoW this is going to be interesting to fit on one layout but I didn't have any trouble getting them all in and I'm really happy with my results.

Anna-Karin: This was fun Elizabeth! I was happy to use some really old rub-ons. The 8 word title took some thinking, I usually have rather short titles. By mistake I used 9 stickers, oops. The title translates ‘This must be the world’s cutest little Easter man’ and I used some photos from Easter last year. Thank you for this great challenge!

Elizabeth: I would agree with you all, this challenge got me thinking! Some of my layouts come together easily, but this one took some work. :P Not that it is a bad thing. I think I had the added pressure because I LOVE these pictures of our youngest, so I wanted to do it well. My title got cut off a little in the scan, it reads 'We love your two little teeth, baby Brock'. I have 8 stickers, plus lots of letters stickers, the rubons are the green circles and the inside of one of the flower stickers.

Debbi T: This was a tricky challenge for me--but very definitely fun since I love a challenge! That's my mom, and this page is going into my book of silly family photos. The eight word title was tricky. This quote I wanted to use actually read "humor is staying in touch with your inner clown," but that had nine words, so I just substituted the word is with a colon. I was playing with the May Work in Progress kit, which didn't have any stickers or rub-ons, so I dug into my stash, and I was very happy to use some really old rub-ons--I have a ton of them and always forget to use them. I used rub-on letters and letter stickers, but didn't count those for my eight items. Thanks for the awesome challenge, E!

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!

Thanks for checking in!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

How Awesome Is Too Awesome? #168

We are pleased to announce Fi as our HAITA winner for Challenge #168 (What's in a Name?). We adore her gorgeous design and amazing attention to detail. The colors, the beautiful photo, the journaling all enhance the story Fi told on her exquisite page!

Congratulations, Fi! You have been added to our How Awesome Is Too Awesome? Hall of Fame!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Challenge #169 - Three Ring Circus {April 11 - April 24}

Janet here with this week's challenge: Three Ring Circus. It feels like a Three Ring Circus sometimes and I'm sure that's true with most of you.

  • This week I want you to use a picture that is humorous with:

  • 3 circles or rings on it

  • 3 bullet points and

  • 3 patterned papers

  • Anything you use keep it in the number 3 ( photos can be any amount).

Have fun with this one.

We are delighted to have two guest designers this week! First up is Emily Pearce. Here is a little about Emily, in her own words:

Hey everyone My name is Emily, I'm a self confessed scrapaholic, paper addict, friendly family paparazzi & challenge stalker! I love every minute of it, and especially the friends i have made from this awesome craft! I've been hooked on scrapping for about 8 years, ever since i made an album as an 80th b'day pressie for my Nana. I live in country NSW with my Hubby Jason, and My 2 children Jaxon 10, and Jayda 6, who are more often than not, the stars of my layouts! Thanks so much for asking me to be guest designer this month! ...xox you can check out my blog here.

Emily's layout: Its always like a circus at my house, infact the name of my blog is "welcome to the circus!" these are pics taken by my 6 year old daughter! I have used 3 of everything on the page, 3 word title, 3 diff alphas, stickers in lots of 3 as well as the rings, bullet points and pp's!

And our second guest designer is Krissie Sweetman, and a little about her, in her own words: Hi, my name is Krissie. I am happily married to my soul mate and together we have three beautiful babies- two boys and a little princess who definately rules the roost at the ripe old age of 21 months! I am a proud addict of all things paper, and scrap time is 'my' time. It's the perfect hobby with little ones at home, and sometimes they join in with me which- although messy, is all the more fun. I am a 'clean' scrapper I'd say. I like neat lines and pretty and co-ordinating products. I am constantly trying to push myself to try new things- and accept new challenges. That's why I came onto this site, and why I am so excited to be invited to Guest Design!! Here is a link to Krissie's blog.

Krissies's page: The hardest part of this challenge for me was what I thought would be the easiest- the circles. I had SO many ideas, but after I picked my photo and papers I just couldn't tie in the circles! So I used small circle stickers in the corners and behind things... sneaky :) I used three papers, Sassafrass (front and back) and a Kaisercraft teal one that suited. My bullet points are in the (3) tags up the top, and then I added 3 diecuts (one I scrap-gutted to use in two places), three different apha stickers, three Border strips, three hand-written spots, and used doodling three times as well. What a great challenge- thanks for having me!!

And now for the HMITM design team's layouts... Janet M I did have fun with my own challenge , the hardest part is picking a picture because I have so many to choose from. This is a picture of my youngest grandson, the best way to tell which one of the grandson's it is would be to find the one avoiding the camera.

Debbi T: This certainly was a fun challenge. I saw the Graphic 45 Le Cirque paper at my LSS and immediately thought of this challenge. I had no idea what I'd do with it, but with a crazy family like mine, I had plenty of pictures to choose from! In addition to Janet's list of threes, I used 3 pictures, 3 buttons, 3 bits of baker's twine, 3 labels, 3 colors of puffy paint, 3 kraft word stickers, a 3-line phrase sticker, and 3 paper elements (the words and border strip). I have several volumes of scrapbooks that I call "The Book of Silly," and I intend to use this page as a title page for one of the albums.

Anna-Karin: I really like the idea of using three of everything. Apart from the three patterned papers, three circles and three bullet points, I also used three chipboard pieces, three question marks, three felt arrows, three journaling blocks, three cut out owls, and three small and three big circles stamped on the main journaling block. The circles were stamped on the three circles and on the main journaling block, masked and then the text and notebook stamps were stamped on top. The title of the layout translates, ‘The thinker’, and the journaling is about this photo and different developmental milestones and likes at 3 months. Thank you for this awesome challenge Janet!!

Elizabeth: What a great challenge, Janet! I loved the elements in threes. I did end up using 3 photos, 3 papers, plus 3 papers for the circles, 3 stars, 3 different letter stickers, 3 buttons, 3 diecut journaling blocks, 3 brads.

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!