Weekend Challenge | The Results

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:

Challenge Results

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?

24 Comments

  1. oh wow–your lo is amazing! i love the black and white phot0s–they are killer! great job!

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    • Thanks! I’ve been trying to remember to print more b&w photos. They just go with everything and sometimes removing the color can help hide flaws you’d see if you printed them in color.

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  2. Oh Tammy, this turned out great!!!! I have a hard time with challenges too. You did a great job tweaking this one and making it work for you!

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    • Thank you! I guess maybe since I’ve been doing my own thing for so long it’s hard to follow any rules. But it’s fun to give it a try. Back to doing my own thing now…. 🙂

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  3. I really like the way your layout came out – the black & white photos are perfect with all those happy colors. I enjoy challenges in my scrapbooking; they get my creative juices flowing. I used to only start with photos for a layout, but over the past year I’ve started with products, a story I want to tell, a sketch or challenge and really enjoyed mixing it up.

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    • Isn’t it interesting how different your pages can turn out when you use a different starting place? I always started with photos first but I’ve slowly added story first pages too. And only when I really want to work with something specific do I start with product. It’s definitely more challenging for me.

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    • 😀

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  4. I think I had the same frustrations as you did when I was trying to work on a layout last night. None of the ideas seemed right to me. When I finally had something I thought would work, I couldn’t get the pictures to look right and fit with the idea. I finally had to give up because it was getting late. Dealing with something frustrating like that can make one not want to go back and try it again. I think I’m going to have to admit that this layout will have to take 2 pages so I have room for what I want to do.

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    • Sometimes walking away can help! It is frustrating because you want to be productive and get something done but when you stall in the design….ugh. I think that’s one reason I do so many 1 page layouts – I can actually complete them in one sitting! I hope you worked it out.

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  5. I love your layout! I do find some challenges difficult. Especially, when it involves a sketch.

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    • Thank you! You are lucky not to need the design inspiration. That’s where I struggle the most.

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  6. This is fantastic. Your nephews are lucky little guys. I liked your thoughts on challenges. I usually find that they are great for getting me out of a slump.

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    • Exactly! 🙂

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  7. Great job!! I love the combinations. I joined a monthly kit club to challenge myself use items that I would not normally use. It was hard as some of the paper was really bad but after it was done it was a good layout.

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    • That’s my fear with kit clubs – half a kit full of stuff I can’t figure out how to use. Well, I can do something but if I don’t end up liking it, what’s the point? As long as you love it in the end, that’s what matters. 🙂

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  8. Nice layout, so sweet.
    Do I shake up my process? I don’t even think I have one, teehee. I am just happy when I get a layout done 🙂

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    • As productive as you are Tracy, I’m sure you do have a process. Especially with the mini albums – they take me forever to finish! It seems like you can start it, finish and film in all in the course of a week! 🙂

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  9. What a fun layout! Love seeing the photo series & that cool punch of black that frames the page. One of my favorite parts of the post is how you broke down the challenge and commented on what worked and what didn’t. Also really loved seeing those great close-up images – sure helps see the details.

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    • Thanks! I keep trying to focus on process – take that angle. I love seeing the detail shots too. That’s the best way to see exactly how something was done so you can learn how for yourself. 🙂

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  10. This is a great layout! I love to do challenges bacause they do cause me to get creative…but trust me, in process, there are times when I think very bad thoughts about those same challenges LOL!

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    • Oh, I’m so glad I’m not the only one! 😀 I’m usually pretty excited to start and then half way through I’m thinking, enough of this frustration! LOL. As long as you love the end result, it’s all good!

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  11. Another fantastic post. I’ve been working through my own personal evolution with challenges. At first, I wanted to try them all, then settled on a few favorites. I’ve also learned to see the deadline as just a suggestion and will still attempt a challenge past the deadline if it’s something I really want to do. It’s been a growth of my scrapping process to start with a sketch, a product, a journaling prompt, a color. Forces me to think outside the box and stretch my creative thoughts. I think the key is to make the challenge fit you and not try to do it the other way around.

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    • Thanks Sue! I love that – making the challenge fit you. Best to just use it as a suggestion, right? But still be true to you unless you really want to strech. That’s great advice. 🙂

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