Thursday, July 26, 2012

Guest Designing at Scrap it With a Song - I'm Not Perfect, But I'm Worth It

In May, my layout "I Love You More" was picked in the Top 3 at the Scrap it with a Song challenge blog and I was invited to be a Guest Designer for one of the blog's July songs! This week's song is "Every Girl Like Me" by Sugarland.

I decided to use a wedding photo for this layout and have actually used the same picture three times but at different magnifications (thank goodness for Photoshop). I slightly modified two lines from the song and have called my layout "I'm Not Perfect, But I'm Worth It". I used the July Sketch from the C'est Magnifique blog and papers by Fabscraps from my July 2012 ScrapThat! kit for the layout.
I followed the sketch fairly closely for this layout - though I did make the circle slightly smaller and used it as the top layer of my layered papers. I also replaced the single photo with the three layered photos. All the patterned papers are from the Fabscraps "Organic" collection - and the Tan cardstock is by Bazzill. I distressed all the papers and used a Martha Stewart edge punch for the border at the bottom of the layering.
I added some lace from the July ScrapThat! kit to the punched border - the lace in the kit was white, which didn't look great on this layout, so I inked the lace with DistressInk in Antique Linen. I used the small paper flowers from the kit and added my own Prima and Zva Creative flowers from my stash, as well as a Zva Creative Pearl Flourish. I wanted to add a little something extra to the flower cluster, so I threw in a lace bow (also inked with Distress Ink) and a Pearl stick pin (from a previous ScrapThat! kit). The larger letters in the title are by Doodlebug Design Inc. and were included in the July ScrapThat! kit; the smaller letters are from my stash.

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Materials Used:
Patterned Paper - Fabscraps "Organic" collection - Tree , Herbs, Garden, Lace; Tan Cardstock - Bazzill; Flowers by Prima, Zva Creative and I AM ROSES; Pearl Flourish by Zva Creative; Cotten Lace Trim; Hero Arts Woven Lace Ribbon; Distress Ink in Antique Linen; Loopy Lou Letter Stickers in Beetle Black by Doodlebug Design Inc.; Diva Shimmer Alpha Stickers in Black by Making Memories; Pearl Stick Pin; Memory Tape Runner XL; Glue Dots - Craft.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

I AM Canadian - The Paper Mixing Bowl July 2012 Challenge

Well, it has been a month since my last post. I was hoping to get a lot more scrapping done - but I recently got a new job and have been so busy with it that it was hard to find time to scrap! But it is time for a new challenge at The Paper Mixing Bowl - so I had to find some time to get my DT Layout done - and I am so happy with this one! Here is the recipe card from The Paper Mixing Bowl for the July 2012 Recipe Challenge:
Since July 1st is Canada Day - I scrapped some photos of my son from last July 1st, which was his very first Canada Day! I've called the layout "I AM Canadian" - and for my fellow Canadians out there, you'll recognize the title as the slogan/logo from a Molson Canadian beer campaign from several years ago! Beer and Canada Day - wow, am I living up to a stereotype or what?
For this layout, I used papers from Fabscraps' gorgeous Classic and Shabby Chic collections for my layering, as well as as a woodgrain page by My Mind's Eye as the base page and photo mat. I followed the sketch fairly closely, but did lots of distressing of all the papers and added some extra embellishments. I also changed the journalling placement - and tucked a die-cut circular journalling card behind the photo mat - which simply states " William's first Canada Day - July 1, 2011".

I used polka-dot, stripe and floral patterned paper in my layering to fulfill the recipe requirement of contrasting paper patterns. I also used some of the polka-dot and stripe papers to create banners in the top-right and bottom-left corners of the layout, respectively. In honour of summer and to create a star shape element, I used another patterned paper from Fabscraps Classic collection to create pinwheels for the layout. I added tiny pinwheels to the polka-dot banner and created large, double-layered pinwheels for the embellishments in the lower-left corner. I also punched some maple leaves from the different sheets of paper to create the maple leaf confetti that I added around the photos.
I added a Tim Holtz Idea-ology Bird Adornment and a Recollections Birdhouse to the embellishment cluster to complete it.
I hope you'll pop over to The Paper Mixing Bowl Blog and check out the July 2012 Recipe Challenge!

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today!
Materials Used:
Patterned Paper: Fabscraps "Classic" Collection - Rhythm, Red Stripe, Black Bird; Fabscraps "Shabby Chic" Collection - Stone Flower, Fleur; My Mind's Eye "Miss Caroline" Dolled Up "Living" Everyday Paper; Recollections Cardstock (Cream); Recollections Resin Embellishments (Birdhouse); Tim Holtz Idea-ology Adornments (Bird); American Traditional Designs - Square Brads; Round Brads from Stash; White Twine from Stash; Memory Tape Runner XL; Glue Dots - Mini and Memory Book.