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3 June 2011

Scrappassion International Challenge Blog

I recently won a spot as guest DT on the Scrappassion international challenge blog for this month. Unfortunately however, this month is to be the last month that the challenges will be running. Because of the small number of participants lately, and other personal challenges faced by the blog owner at the moment, the decision was made to wind up the blog on June 30th 2011. But, before then there's still time to get your entry in for this month's challenge. Go here to read the full rules of the challenge.

The challenge is to make a layout inspired by this advertisement. You can choose any part of the ad - the layout, the colours, the angels, the butterflies, the words, the bottle, the swirls, etc. What part will you chose?

For my layout, I chose to focus on the fact that there were lots of rectangles, and I liked the 'explosion' of swirls etc in some of the pictures. The result is a layout about my Goddaughters' (yes they are identical twins) 21st birthday party with lots of rectangles (the photos) and an explosion of stuff in the middle around the cut out photograph of the balloons.
For the explosion part I cut out several flourishes with my Big Shot. I also added 'Happy Birthday' and '21' table sprinkles, some tiny mirror tiles, some beaded wire, and some curling ribbon. Around the large 21 chipboard numbers I attached some purple heart beads. At the top I cut a corner bling flourish in half and put half of it on either side of the photo. Everything I used on this layout is from my stash.

I hope you all have a go at this challenge too! I'd love to see what you make of the inspiration.

I also entered last month's challenge, but the blog owner didn't get a chance to upload it, so here it is.
The challenge was to create a layout using at least one handmade embellishment based on the tutorial given here to make felt flowers. The flowers were easy to make and turned out very nicely. Instead of using a button for the flower centre though, I used a bead.
The layout is based on a PageMaps sketch. For those spots where I didn't put a felt flower I used swirls grungeboard circles. I coloured the debossed parts of the circles using my Sakura stardust pens, then swiped ink across the raised portions of the circles. The title (mixed minis) and tall flowers are also grungeboard coloured in with my Sakura pens. The papers are TLC from my stash and the black tile letters in the title are from Kaisercraft. A couple of dragonfly brads and some ribbon from my stash, and the layout was finished.

The photograph is a black (or blue, depending on your point of view) flower wasp. We had lots of them buzzing around the ivy on our fence this year. Their wings are gorgeously iridescent.

Even though this challenge is finished, have a go at making some of these flowers - they're great!

Until next time, happy days!


1 comment:

Claudia said...

WOW, I love this page, it's so pretty, I just started scrapbooking a while ago and have been blank on ideas and inspiration, so finding ur blog was awesome,,,, ur pages are so unbelievable kool and gorgeous, I used to make only cards so going from designing and arranging a small paper to a larger one takes some getting used to.. :)
thanks for the lovely comment on my blog... :)
Claudia W.