November Memorabilia Challenge | The Results

It’s time to reveal the results from my weekend challenge! A few years ago my entire family came to my house for Thanksgiving and my brother and sister-in-law really wanted to do a Turkey Trot. She found one close by and my Dad and I didn’t want to miss out on the fun. After all, we are from Spokane, Washington and participated in Bloomsday every year (how I loved those t-shirts!). Β I’ve never been a runner, but I can walk with the best of them!

Challenge Results

I didn’t take a lot of photos that day, but I did save my number so I knew the runners tag would be a big part of the page. But in typical fashion, I always design without thinking about how much space I’ll need for journaling. I thought about just adding a tag behind something and telling a longer story, but that didn’t feel right.

I ended up using a small journaling tag and to keep the balance on the left, added a few die cut leaves. I love that I finally had a page for this cute Imaginisce Apple Cider paper (sorry, it’s discontinued). And I just picked up some Doodlebug twine and thought that orange color was the perfect shade. How cute is that twine???

This was my first chance to use the new autumn Gathered Twigs distress color. I love it. Never thought I’d be excited by a brown ink, but this one is so nice. It’s a really earthy tone. I love vintage photo because it has some red to it. Walnut Ink is another favorite for when I need a really dark brown. This one fits right in between and I know I’ll be reaching for it often.

Challenge Lessons Learned

  • My attempt at a two page layout with this one was a huge fail. I didn’t have enough photos to make it work and the more I struggled to figure it out, the more I disliked it. It’s totally OK to stop in the middle of the process if it’s not working. I decided to scale down three photos, print them smaller and try a photo block on one page instead. Much better.
  • These photos are a few years old. Sometimes it takes that long for a story or photos to inspire me. But I never worry about it and I never force myself to scrapbook something just to get it done. The memory or subject has to speak to me. Since Thanksgiving is coming up, it felt like the right time to get this memory documented.
  • Now that the page is done, I do kind of wish there was more room for journaling. I think I do have more to say about why this was not so unusual for us and how Bloomsday was so much a part of my life growing up and how fun it is to be in a big crowd walking through the streets of a city. I may have to go back and add some journaling tags after all.
  • I really did some stash diving with this layout. I’ve had the die cut leaves in my stash for probably 8 years. Β I’m an advocate of getting stuff out of your stash when you know you are never going to use it. At the same time, plain die cuts like this are classic. If it’s neutral, you may eventually find the right use. Don’t be so quick to throw out the classics.
  • I’m not as thrilled with how the glimmer mist splatters turned out on this one. I think I like it better with the more opaque mists. Maybe if I had mixed this color with some paint it would have been a better effect. I added it last because the page felt like it still needed something. I didn’t want to sew on it, I didn’t want to add more embellishments, so I tried splatting some mist. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.

I hope this challenges you to pull out some memorabilia and document your own memories with something you’ve kept from an event.

Thanks for stopping by today.

28 Comments

  1. Tammy, I love how you recorded the 5K! This is a perfect piece to be inspired by…my DH ran the Chicago Marathon years ago and I still have those pictures in boxes…sigh. Thanks for the idea πŸ™‚

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    • You are welcome! I knew it would be something others might have around so the more inspiration we can get out there, the better! πŸ™‚

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  2. Love how you saw something that wasn’t working for you and turned it around. I like that you downsized the photos to fit your page. The layout turned out great!

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    • Thanks!

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  3. Before you even said it I thought, wow I really love that twine! πŸ™‚ What a great layout!!

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    • Love the twine. I just picked up a few more colors the other day. Like I needed more…..

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  4. Love how the runner’s tag is the perfect title! I also like your photo collage and how you stacked your page elements.

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    • Exactly! Makes the layout so easy! πŸ™‚

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  5. Great layout! Cant wait until I can make one of those.

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    • Thanks! It was fun.

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  6. You’re a terrible enabler. πŸ™‚ Now I have to go see about getting those new distress inks.

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    • Oh, you are so welcome! πŸ˜‰ Really, I couldn’t be happier with these three fall ltd edition colors. You will love them, trust me!

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  7. I love how you incorporated memorabilia on your page. I’ve run a number of 5Ks, but could never make the page the way I liked with the running number. You’ve inspired me to try it again! I also love that twine. I use it on a lot of projects!

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    • I thought it was going to be easier to work with but it really is big. The only way it was working for me was to partially cover it up. It eventually came together though, so do give it a try again! πŸ™‚

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  8. The leaves do not look like they were from the past. I guess some embellishments are timeless!

    great job!

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    • Oh yes, super old. I can’t tell you how happy I am that they finally made it on a page! πŸ˜€

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  9. love this page–the leaves are awesome

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    • Thank you! πŸ™‚

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  10. I love the use of the tag you kept from the run πŸ™‚

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    • I save everything!

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  11. I have my race bib from the one and only 5K I’ve been in hanging on cork board for two years. This post totally inspired me to get it on a layout-love it! I always get such great ideas from your blog.

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    • Thank you! I’m so glad you were inspired. I do love to document the memorabilia along with the photos. πŸ™‚

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  12. I like how it turned out! Yes, it can be a bit harder to design a layout around such a big keepsake. Your layout actually reminds me very much of a layout I did for a run. It has almost the same type of photo block! It’s hard to get good pictures of a run/race!

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    • I remember your layout! Made a mental note at the time that I had to get this one done. πŸ™‚ So glad I can finally cross it off the to do list!

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      • I actually had a different one in mind that I’ve never blogged about! It was that same race but a year earlier (I did the layout before I started blogging). I should find a picture of it and send it to you, the resemblance with the rectangle block is uncanny. Great minds think alike!

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  13. What a nice layout. I love the use of your runnning/walking number πŸ™‚
    I learnt about these new limited distress inks to late πŸ™
    I would love to get my hands on them πŸ™‚

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  14. I like how you used the runners tag! Such a great idea to use non traditional things on a layout.

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  15. Love your layout! We are a running family and I have yet to do a layout for any of our runs…you have inspired me to do so. πŸ™‚

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