Out of all the challenges I bookmarked this week to do I only got two layouts done this week. But I managed to cram seven of those challenges into this one!!
My main focus was HMITM #75 where we had to use 5 patterned papers, stamps, brads/eyelets, and 5 other embellishments. This is a Debbi Gaydos sketch. Some of the other blogs I played for were Double Dog Dare Ya (create your own embellishment with paper and brads) and Creative Therapy where we were asked where do you go to find your center? Unfortunately I don't go on vacations, or have a sitting chair or a sun porch to relax in so I chose my Mother's cooking because of what I feel whenever I take a bite. Brings me back to growing up and living a stress-free life. And that's enough therapy for me!
SUPPLIES: Patterned paper: Cosmo Cricket, My Mind's Eye, Creative Imaginations; Cardstock: Bazzill Kraft; Brads: Making Memories, Queen & Co; Rub-ons: American Crafts, K&Co; Stamps: Autumn Leaves (flourishes), Art Impressions (dots), Savvy Stamps (flowers on chipboard); Letter stickers: American Crafts; Chipboard circle: Maya Road; Button: Foof-a-la; Tab sticker: Creative Imaginations; Paper ribbon: K&Co
I won the first catalyst for my Gone layout (see my original blog post HERE). It totally made my day!!! How cute is that picture? It's such a cool challenge, go play if you haven't already!
I made this layout for the challenge. It was to use a deep yellow, brown, green, and orange. Yummy!! I was searching for pics and this was just PERFECT! They are not looking at the camera, but I love it anyway.
SUPPLIES: Patterned paper: Scenic Route, Making Memories; Cardstock: Bazzill; Letter stickers: Making Memories chipboard alpha, Doodlebug, and Reminisce; Phrase stickers: Junkitz; Die-Cuts: Making Memories, Scenic Route; Buttons: Foof-a-La
I was unsure about adding journaling, the arrow spot was so empty and somehow looked unfinished, so I drew the journaling lines and just started writing. Now I don't know if I should of left it alone. Oh well, too late.
I love my mailman for bringing this to me today.
I love my husband for buying it.
I love these products and the companies that make them!!!
My 5th Avenue journaling pages and Garden Party!
More American Crafts Poolside and Fieldhouse.
Doodlebug stickers and Bazzill chips inspired from Studio Calico.
I am into the decorative brads now so I got some really cute ones.
Now, I SERIOUSLY need to start scrappin' !!!!
I got my shipment from Rocky Mountain Hobbies the other day.
Can't wait to play with all these goodies!
I also received some more goodies from the Making Memories 5th Avenue line. I love this line! I couldn't decide between Elizabeth and Sophia, so I got both. But I have more of Elizabeth's line because of the pink! And I saw the Blossoms & Buttons in use at Studio Calico this month so had to get that, too!!
And now for the browns. Not as exciting, but I ordered some Basic Grey, they are very subtle so maybe it'll make a baby page or something for my little girl. And some older papers from SEI and MME. Why? I don't know. I had liked them when they first came out and never got them. But I am super excited over the embellishments I got!
And more is coming today!!!!
All of my layouts are created based on at least one challenge. So yesterday I bookmarked 16 challenges that I want to play with this week. I then planned out how I was going to incorporate different ones onto each layout. So it's actually 17+ challenges since that is a challenge in itself!!
I was excited to find a new one with some girls from A Million Memories called Creative Therapy and this is their first challenge, though the preferred word is catalyst: Something that you lost. It could be something good like weightloss, or terrible like a person, or heartbreaking like a friendship.
I did lose something, or thought I did at the time.
I had a best friend in high school who I never kept in touch with after I started college. She had left for Europe. I regretted not maintaining the friendship because I really missed her all these years.
At the time I was contacting classmates for a possible HS reunion. I had found several of my friends as well as my one other best friend and it was so great talking to them, but I couldn't find her.
So in my depression, I made a layout.
The day I posted the layout to Two Peas, someone told me I should Google her name.
I did so immediately and found a comment she left on a website. I emailed the owner of the site and she told me that Christine was a very good friend of hers. Christine was in Italy.
Imagine my surprise!!!! I was THRILLED and told the the woman she must contact Christine and forward my number and email. The next day of posting that layout there was an email from my long lost best friend.
I found her!
And it was GREAT!!!
So this was the layout I made at the time. I used Color Combo #42 and combined it with HMITM #54 (4 PP, 11 embellies), OLW #11 (Gone) and a couple of other Two Peas challenges.
SUPPLIES: Pattern paper: Sassafras Lass, Around the Block; Cardstock: Bazzill (Java, Green Tea); Chipboard letters: Creative Imaginations; Fabric letter, brad, oval metal tag: Making Memories; Alphabet stickers: K&Co; Chipboard phrase: Scenic Route; Journaling card: 7 Gypsies; Transparency frame: My Mind's Eye; Chipboard square: Imagination Project (Gin-X); Felt flower: American Crafts; Decorative tape: Heidi Swapp; Elmer's Paint Pen; hole punch
Supplies: Patterned paper: Collage Press (background), KI Memories (lace CS), Making Memories (spiral journal), American Crafts (bird); Chipboard: American Crafts (letters), Fancy Pants (swirl), Maya Road (scallop and cirle frame), Heidi Swapp (heart); Rub-ons: Fancy Pants; Calendar sticker: Imagination Project; Misc: Green crystal, Paper Glaze, Embossing powder.