Thanks for stopping by today! It’s time for me to reveal the results of my September Weekend Challenge! This month, I needed an easy challenge that would help me get a few pages done quickly. I was really inspired by Shimelle’s Starting Points here and here and they made for a perfect challenge.
I used Shimelle’s starting points as a base for both layouts. In fact, I created my backgrounds pretty much exactly as she laid out. But once I added my photos and started playing around with embellishments and placement, my completed layouts look nothing like Shimelle’s.
Supplies: Cardstock – DCWV Mariposa cardstock stack yellow, Lemon Flower 4×6 stack green. Pattern Paper – Echo Park For the Record Newsprint, Borders, Advertisement, Vintage Linen, Fancy Floral, Dots and Stripes Metropolitan 6×6 black. Embellishments – American Crafts Thickers Honey, Cosmo Cricket Tiny Type Green, Black and Yellow, Quickutz Journal dies, Pebbles Blue Chips, Black Petaloo flowers. Tools – Colorbox Charcoal chalk ink, Bic Mark-Its black.
I used 2 4×6 photos on my layout and used the space to the right of my photos for a long title. I also added a large journaling block at the bottom, then added embellishments, forming a visual triangle that ties the layout together.
I’ve had the idea for this layout for a long time. When I went to Europe last year, I picked a specific trip because Florence was one of the stops. I studied Michaelangelo in college and I was anxious to spend some time there. Unfortunately, it was only a few hours and I barely scratched the surface of what I wanted to see. I wanted more time. I’ll have another layout about all the activities I did experience in Florence, but this layout uses the background photos that didn’t make it on the other layout.
Supplies: DCWV Linen Closet Stack grey. Pattern Paper – Bo Bunny Ad Lib Improv, Wild Thing, and This N That,. Embellishments – Bo Bunny Ad Lib stickers, Cosmo Cricket Tiny Type turquoise, Doodlebug Candy Shop white glitter letters. Tools – Crystal Stickles and Colorbox Charcoal Chalk ink.
This layout was so much fun to work on because the papers are so bright and fun. Again, I followed Shimelle’s background almost exactly, but that’s where the similarities end. I also used a large photo, but I pushed it up to make room for my title. I cut the embellishment squares from one of the sheets of pattern paper in this collection. The squares gave me a place to scatter some phrase stickers. Because some of my sticker letters were glittered (the word “goood”), I added some Stickles to each of the squares for additional glitter accent.
I didn’t have enough time to finish the journaling, but I plan to make a tag to insert behind the photo. I love this photo of my parents with my nephews and the journaling will be about how much fun they have together.
Challenge Lessons Learned
- It’s good to get some help once in awhile. I love pages that are totally of my own creation, but sometimes I just don’t have the energy (or time) to create them.
- Creating a base from these starting points was easy and simple. I created the backgrounds one night watching TV. I think this is a great task you can accomplish when you are tired but don’t feel creative. I didn’t have to think to arrange the blocks of pattern paper. The next day, I finished layouts when I was feeling more creative.
- Just because you use a base like this to start from does not mean your layout will look the same as the original.
- This was a fun challenge. Because the backgrounds were so easy, I focused more attention on the embellishments and I’m thrilled with how they turned out.
Thanks for checking out my challenge results. I hope this inspires you to issue your own challenges!