Monday, February 27, 2012

Love The Online Crops!

On Friday last week my favourite Scrappy website, ScrapbookSteals, hosted an online chat/crop. Basically the scrappy community logs on to a live chat and we spend a couple hours chit chatting and watching a live video feed from their HQ in Salt Lake City. Super fun!
Anyways, during the crop we are given layout challenges to complete before the end of the weekend. I think this is the first time I've been able to complete all the layouts (Four!) in one weekend before the deadline.....well....nearly complete...

I put an order into my usual big Box/Bulk/Mega Store on Friday morning so that I could pick them up that afternoon for the challenges I had in mind....Here we are on Monday evening and they are still not ready! *argh, grumble, grumble, argh* So instead of sulking too much I went ahead and worked on all my layouts and have left a blank matte where the photos will eventually be!

Challenge #1 was to create a layout based on the uber talented Kristy Lee's Mid Week Mojo Sketch. Here's the sketch:

I loved the look of the sketch and loved that it included so many photos on 1 12x12 layout. As most of you know I have been working on putting together my Sister's Wedding Book. A task that I have absolutely adored working on! I thought Kirsty's sketch would be perfect for all the photos from the reception. I loved the sketch so much I used it twice to make a 2 page layout of the Entrances/Prayers/Speeches at the dinner.
Here's the left side:

Here's the right side:

Challenge #2 was to "Keep it Real". Create a layout that is real life, the nitty, the gritty not dolled up truth. For this layout I walked around my house and took random pictures of our kitchen, living room, bathroom etc (these are still waiting to be printed) and came up with this layout:

Challenge #3 was to "Scrap That Stash". To create a layout based on where all your scrapping takes place. With our basement flood from last spring in mind, I wanted to show a before and after of my Scrappy Corner. (Again thank you 1 hour photo printing for not printing my photos in an hour *ahem!*) So you will just have to visualize photos of a flooded dirty basement and then transforming the same space into my new crafty desk! LOL

Last but not least, Challenge #4 and I think my favourite! "Something"! You know the old proverb (right word?) 'Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue.'? Well we had to scrap it. I have been trying to come up with a way to scrap this for awhile and this challenge seemed like the perfect way! Back in October we had an incident with a certain toddler in our house shoving a popcorn kernel up his nose...long story and 2 days in and out of CHEO later the kernel was surgically removed and sent home with us as a souvenir. And thus my something "old"! For my "Something New" I used Authentique paper. It's a fairly new paper company and it's the first time I've used their products (which, FYI, I adore!) My other something new is the accordian flowers, it's a new technique that I've seen and always wanted to try. "Something Borrowed" is the hospital bracelet and Something Blue...well that's self explanatory ;)

I had so much fun working on all these layouts and I can't wait to see them with the photos! I promise to repost when they are absolutely done!

Monday, February 20, 2012

The Paper Girls Challenge #2!!

Hello again!!

I was so thrilled with how our first challenge went and loved to see all the beautiful layouts that people submitted!

Here we are with our second challenge, this time brought to you by Erica! Her challenge is to use a photostrip somewhere on a layout.

With that in mind I wanted to work on another wedding layout for my Sister's book. The use of a photostrip was perfect for using all the shots from The Garter Toss! It allowed me to squeeze so many pictures onto one page, I loved Erica's Challenge!

I'm looking forward to seeing all the entries! Want to find out how to play? Head over to The Paper Girls Challenge Blog, check out the rules and get crafting!

Monday, February 6, 2012

A Brand New Blog Challenge!

I am so excited this morning! Some of my fellow crafty friends and myself got together a couple weeks ago and planned to put together our very own Challenge Blog. Well the day is here when we're ready to launch it! Here is my first post as a Team Member over at The Paper Girls Challenge Blog! The nine of us all met online with a shared love of paper crafting and we want to share the fun and inspire others to join in!
Our very first challenge is brought to us by Judy, she provided this great sketch to work with:

Using the sketch, myself and our other Team Members created layouts. Here's mine! It will become another page in my sister's and brother in law's wedding album. I used a photo from when they were first engaged and went to visit where they would eventually be married. The larger photo is the happy couple in front of the same barn door on their wedding day.

If you want to join in and create a layout of your own then head on over to the Paper Girls Blog and find out how!