Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Layout #61 - Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge and an Award!

Lots of krafty goodness on this layout! I don't think I've ever used so much kraft paper in my life, but I'm liking the tone-on-tone result. With those pops of colour, my girl's baby blues really shine! I'm sad to admit I don't know when these photos were taken, I think she was 4 years old by her hairdo, but she could have been 5. I should have written the date down as soon as I got the pictures printed, but I'll just have to look back in my calendar(s) and see if I can get a clue! I made some lollipop flowers for the first time ever, and I love 'em!!! Very cute and fun, I'll definitely be doing that again. And I made my own background paper by first Glimmer Misting the cardstock base, then stamping a background stamp in Walnut Stain Distress Ink, followed by a brushing of Perfect Pearls. You'll just have to take my word when I say this layout looks better in person!

Here's the sketch for Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge:
I rotated it around the y-axis (haha, going back to my calculus days, who knew I had so much useful knowledge stored upstairs!) to fit my GORGEOUS, STUNNING, ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL My Mind's Eye paper, and added some frou frou flowers and keys. The little pink rosettes were from Ailis's Rapunzel Barbie's hair - they fell off and of course being the hoarder I am I kept them. We were also supposed to use a dress-up theme, the colour purple, and something hidden if possible (I guess my keys are kind of hidden).

Supplies: unknown kraft and specialty paper, My Mind's Eye patterned paper, Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Grungeboard, and Perfect Pearls, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist, Close to My Heart background stamp, Basic Grey fibers, Spellbinders die, Specialty Imports and Prima flowers, buttons and rosettes from my stash

And now onto my award!!! I was reminded at the Creative Accents crop the other weekend just how much my style has changed since entering the blogosphere. I was sitting with a couple of girls who scrapped very much in the style I used to scrap: get your pictures out and crop them, match them up with some paper, stick them down along with some matching stickers and title, then add some journaling. They were able to get 15+ pages done in a day, and that is great - for them. My style these days is very much influenced by what I see online, and I love the change! It may take me several hours (or days!) to do a layout, but I love the creative challenge of each and every layout, and I love to use new techniques or products just for fun! So when my friend Roz awarded me with this award (thanks, Roz!) I had a hard time choosing five people to pass it on to! There is just so much inspiration out there!!!

Liebster is a German word that means beloved or favourite. This award is for blogs with fewer than 200 followers.
Here are the rules to accept this award:
1. Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you.
2. Reveal your top 5 picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
3. Copy and paste the award on your blog.
4. Have faith that your followers will spread the love to other bloggers.
5. And most of all - have fun!
So, after wracking my brain, I came up with 5:
1. Alison Day's Designs: we truly lead parallel lives, it's amazing we haven't crossed paths in person before!
2. Carole's Crafty Corner: a great gal I met through December Daily, I love all her British sayings and snippets of her life!
3. Scraps by Sarah: a fellow DT member who cracks me up with every post!
4. A Scrapper's Life: Theresa from Scrapbooker's Anonymous, great layouts and inspiration!
5. Finally Scrappin': Lea from Scrapbooker's Anonymous, also great layouts and inspiration!
If I didn't choose you, don't feel sad, it's because you've either already got the award, you've disappeared from the blogosphere (where are you, Hollie and Mel?), or you have more than 200 followers - or I know for a fact that somebody I gave it to will pass it on to you! So, that's it for now, Brenna and the puppy are sleeping, so maybe I should make myself presentable while I have the chance, I do actually have to go out in public today!



  1. You totally deserved that award Roxy!! You rock when it comes to creativity and thinking outside the box! Love the layout, the lollipop flowers are so cute!

  2. Hey Roxy - this is GORGEOUS - loving the layout, and loving the photos - great job. I'm loving how your stuff has evolved too. And - I don't know the other 3 ladies, but LEA and THERESA are awesomely inspiring scrappers and human beings - great choices! Thanks so much for playing along with another Freaking scrappy challenge ... always good to have you hanging out!

  3. Absolutely love your layout hun, The kraft paper is a stable on my table.. love how you have incorporated all your elements and wee one is such a cutie!! WTG and thanks for playing along at another freaking scrappy challenge

  4. Aw, thanks Roxy! You're right about the parallel lives - maybe we actually are the same person only living in parallel universes which somehow weirdly connect through our computers.

    Or maybe I've been watching too much Fringe!!

    Love this layout! Kraft is one of my favourites too. It's so versatile. I love how you dolled it up with all the stamping and misting - very clever! It's funny you talk about your style evolving. I've seen that in your work too. Much more layers and embellishments and techniques now than even a year ago. I think I was heading in that direction myself but have been sidetracked by this whole Stampin' Up! business thing. I need to get back to actually scrapping for cripes sake!!!
    Oh, and about your workshop ... never say never!!! If I'm coming your way anyway I'll let you know. Just sayin'!

  5. Thanks Roxy! I'm really touched that you chose me to receive your award :) Now I need to give some thought to who I can pass it on to! I didn't realise that I was delivering "British sayings" just commenting as anyone would ;) Love that you love it though!

    Fabulous layout here Roxy, you're right, Ailis' eyes really do stand out with that blue - they are an amazing colour! Love kraft too and your lollipop flowers are so pretty!

    Hugs, Carole xxx

  6. Gorgeous layout! :D Thanks so much for your lovely comment on my blog! What's with the under 200 followers rule... LOL! That's a bit "followist"! ROFL! Thanks for the lovely thought - made my day!

  7. Such a cute lo! So sweet! Tks. for playing along with us at AFSC!

  8. Completely gorgeous Lo!! The dressform and the colours work so welll together and the photo's are very cute.

    Thanks for playing with us at AFSC. xx

  9. Gorgeous layout love the key cluster Thanks for taking part in the challenge

  10. Hi there. Thanks so much for the blog award. you are so sweet. I've been so busy that I have not had time to do much surfing. I hope to get caught up this weekend. seems now until Christmas is super crazy.
    Hope you are having a fabulous weekend. =)