I have been getting my crafty on these days and have managed to finish another scrapbook page for 2011. Hey, I’m already into February folks, so at least I’m making progress. I used a couple of challenge sites for inspiration on this one, including the June Stuck?! challenge for the sketch and the June Scrap Our Stash Tic Tac Toe challenge for a few of the elements. I tried a few new techniques for this layout and added all kinds of stuff that shimmers and shines, although some of the metallic elements like the foil heart, metal “together” embellishment, and glittery paint don’t translate well in the large photo.
I tried a couple of new techniques for this scrapping page, including paint and metallic texture paste. . . both of which scared me to death. These were the only two sheets of this paper combination I found in my stash so if I messed it up I would have been back to paper hunting all over again. Thankfully my paper didn’t warp too badly under the paint and my texture paste rose and leaves turned out pretty cool. Thankfully “untidy” was the look I was trying to achieve.
The Stuck?! sketch was a fairly simple one to follow this month (my first time for this challenge site, I might add), and I just happened to have the perfect pictures for this page. Picking and placing the elements was the time-consuming part, because I’m so new to this layering technique and the whole balance thing can be tricky. In fact, I didn’t have an appropriate flower to go with the large rose on the background, so I finally decided to make my own. It’s a simple process and I really like the look of these less than perfect little flowers; plus, if you create them loosely enough, you can really squash them down so your page isn’t too crazy bumpy.
As far embellishments go, some of those were dictated by this month’s SOS Tic Tac Toe Challenge. I chose the top row across to complete my page this time, which included the color red, buttons and ribbon. Although my page is mainly pinks, I added a couple of red hearts to the mix. The ribbon dressed up the top tag and I scattered some white buttons about the page to top it all off.
I think the finished product is simple but sweet, which is the look I was going for so I’ll count it a success. I also hope you get inspired to do some scrapbooking of your own and maybe even join me at one of these fun scrapping challenge sites.