Sunday, November 7, 2010

CropChocolate Challenge #1 is having their online crop this weekend and I have been feverishly trying to complete the projects, update it to my blog and give my DS some mommy time. It is a lot but I think I am doing ok. 
I have two completed projects and would like to share them here.

Challenge #1 was to complete a layout based on an advertisement. 

I have to admit that upon first glance this layout did not inspire me to do anything but wait for the next challenge. Since I had planned to participate, I decided I had best get my thinking cap on. I had some fall photos of DS from 2005 that  I had been planning to scrap for Lyn's fall challenge (never did) so I thought it is now or never. This is my take on the inspiration piece. 

The paper I had planned to use was from the Karen Foster Designs Autumn pack. I selected the paisley print as my background although it is paper weight. 
I took that to the ScorPal to imitate the grid lines on the inspiration piece.  I started with a half inch border on all sides and then divided the sections. I edged all of the lines using Memories Direct black pigment ink cube. 

The inspiration piece had what appeared to be a watermark title in the background and I decided to imitate that by stamping AUTUMN. I used the KI Memories alphabet stamps along with Tim Holtz Aged Mahogany Distress Ink which I embossed with clear embossing powder. This was my first time using the Fiskars stamp press and I think I like it. My entire word would not fit so I had to stamp the U and the N separately. Then I took the entire piece and misted it with Glimmer Mist Red Suede. While I was at it I misted the two mulberry leaves.

Next I needed to prepare my photos. After measuring the inside squares and rectangles I cut my photos down to size. I decided to mat only one of them. I cut the striped paper, distressed the edges with my scissors, inked them with Memories Direct red ink cube, dipped each side in clear embossing powder and heated it. I cut a complementary circle for the geese and sprayed with Red Suede. I then edged the circle with Aged Mahogany.

After affixing my photos I went back into that same fall stash to find embellishments suitable for the layout.

The rubon letters were perfect for this piece. I used the corner photos to bring cohesion to the date. Speaking of the date I used the black sticker letters that came with the kit. The glittery stickers are from Miss Elizabeth's (the brand sold at the Dollar Tree). I added red rhinestones to the page title and the flower and acorn cluster.

The rest of the rubons were placed where I felt they had the most impact. I love this set from Karen Foster. This is a well-put together kit. I really did not have to go outside of what was available to make a delightful fall layout.

I love this quote:  "Mother Nature's favorite season".

I love this challenge in that for no other reason, it got me to crop those fall photos from five years ago. That is the beauty about not doing chronological scrapping. I can scrap whatever photos suit the moment. Out of the hundreds that I take only a select few are actually printed. From that I narrow it down to five for a page layout--one or two page. 

Well, I am off to work on the next challenge. It is an Easel Card. Sure wish I could have submitted the one I did over the summer. It was a Shaker/Easel card. Oh well, this one will get me thinking outside of the box also.

Of course it will be lovingly done in ink.
Until then.


  1. You were one busy lady this weekend & I like how this layout turned out. Makes me want (almost to get back to making layouts. Thanks for sharing

  2. I love how these two projects came out...Beautiful! And those pictures are PRECIOUS!!!!!!!

  3. Vee, this is just so pretty! Really makes you "feel" like it's fall!