I’m going to start off by saying I never really participate in challenges. I have done a few at 2 Peas during special events, by not many. I’m not the fastest scrapper in the world and if I’m working against a deadline, it frustrates me rather than pushes me. Being constrained with rules is not my idea of fun.
But I’m getting ahead of myself. Without further ado:
Supplies: Pattern Paper – Cosmo Cricket Chaplin, Ginger, Garbo. Cardstock – Bazzill Beetle Black and Cream Puff. Embellishments – Cosmo Cricket black tiny type letters, Tim Holtz Symphony tissue tape, Quickutz alphabet (discontinued). Tools – EK Success Flourish Square slim punch, Tim Holtz Scattered Straw distress ink, brad package from Hobby Lobby.
This is another example of one of my one page, short-on-journaling layouts. The one sentance journaling reads: “Our time together may be short, but we make it count!” Short and sweet and conveys exactly how I feel about spending time with these two boys.
This page was partially inspired by the page in this post from Nichol Magouirk. Scrapbooking is so much easier when I have inspiration to work from. I loved how Nichol added the tape to her photos. When I couldn’t figure out how to incorporate the tissue tape into my layout, I remembered this technique and it saved my page.
After several false starts, I finally realized that I wasn’t going to be able to pull off this layout without adding one little item to my list of supplies. Black cardstock. There wasn’t enough contrast between the scattered straw distressed cream cardstock and the pattern papers. No matter what I did, nothing was working until I added that black base. And then it all magically came together.
What I learned from my self-imposed challenge
- Challenges can help you get the creative juices flowing. After I was done with the layout I wanted to make a card and cover a notebook with all the scraps. I didn’t have time right then to do any of that, but it was nice that I wanted to. Since all the scraps are still covering my work area I’ll still be able to do the other projects. Tomorrow.
- Challenges can produce both positive and negative results. I was happy that I worked all the products into my layout, but frustrated that I had to add the black cardstock to make it work. For the Chaplin paper, I had to use the B side of the sheet. The large graphic numbers were not working at all, but the red graph was the perfect accent paper.
- Limiting yourself to certain products helps you scrapbook faster. I can spend way too much time looking through drawers trying to find some random embellishment that might work on the page. When I was forced to use the products in front of me and nothing else, I improvised and was more creative with what I did have.
- Don’t be afraid to change course if you need to. I had to turn my photos to black and white to get them to work. And the sketch I started off with just wouldn’t work. Plus I wasn’t going to be happy with this layout until I added the black cardstock. And that’s OK.
- I’m not sure I could ever be on a design team (not that I’ve ever tried or wanted to). This is the second time recently I’ve started a page with product (the first time is here). I love what I came up with, but it’s not the starting place I’m entirly comfortable with.
All in all, the challenge did exactly what I was hoping it would. I’ve got lots of ideas flowing right now for future pages. Sometimes, you’ve just got to shake it up and do something different.
Do you ever shake up your process? If so, what kinds of things do you do differently to get your creativity flowing?