Sunday, October 10, 2010

Better Living Through Scrapbooking Challenge

It's the second October Challenge at Better Living Through Scrapbooking, and I don't want you to forget that if you join in all four challenges during the month of October you are eligible to win some fabulous sponsor prizes.  After you are finished here, be sure to visit the Better Scrap website for all the exciting details! 

The week it is the all “About Me Challenge” So all you have to do is create an “About Me” layout.
and choose at least 2 of the following additions to the project:
1. Include at least one photograph of you (and only you).
2. Journal about yourself (i.e., your quirks, something you would like to change, your hopes, disappointments, etc.)
3. Use a traditional office supply on your layout.
4. Use foam adhesives or “pop-dots” to give elements on your page dimension.
5. Use an old book or magazine page as part of your layout.”

Now, for me, when this challenge came up I was really stumped as to what I wanted to do, it felt like I had done a lot of layouts that had something or other to do with me (more than I had done in all my years of scrapbooking) in the past two months. There was the one back in September that was about my quirks, then there was the "Baby Me" layout, and don't forget the hideous outfit I wore in a recent layout as well. So as I sat down to work on this project, I knew I just couldn't do another layout about myself which then got me thinking about why I scrapbook in the first place. With that in mind, this is the layout that was inspired from this week's challenge. "It's not all about me!"

I also chose several of the options that went along with this challenge. I used a photograph of me , wrote the journal about myself and why I scrapbook, and I used staples (a traditional office supply) to secure my ribbon to the layout.

To incorporate our amazing sponsor products, I painted the Gauche Alchemy cardboard with Apple Barrel paints and highlighted the journal block with the pretty rose stamp from the My Favorite Things stamps set.

To add a little something extra to the layout, I also created an easy handmade accordion flower as an embellishment. For the record, I do believe this is the most photographs I have ever included on a one-page layout before.

Clicking on the photograph to enlarge it will allow you to read the journal block... or you can skip the novel and go right to reading about the supplies I used.

Sponsor Supplies Used:
Cardstock: Discount Cardstock "Midnight Black” 80# 12x12,
Stamp: For the Luv of Art "My Favorite Things stamp set"
Papers and embellishments: Gauche Alchemy "Corrugated Cardboard"
Paint: Plaid "Apple Barrel: Light Leaf Green" and “Apple Barrel: Satin Cream”

Additional Supplies Used:
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink “Vintage Cream”
Patterned Paper: Jillibean Soup "Coordinating Old World Cabbage Soup"
Embellishments: Ribbon: Papertrey Ink Saddle Stitch “Spring Moss", Button Twine: Papertrey Ink Rustic Cream Button Twine
Other Tools: Sizzix Flower Die Cut, Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher with Staples, Fiskars Top Crest Border Punch, ProvoCraft Cuttlebug with Swirls Embossing Folder, Brad and Button from my stash.

6 Scrappy Comments:

Brenda said...

I would have loved to see another layout about you! It's fun to learn about team members! However, this one is wonderful, too!! Very clever!

Angi @ CokiePop said...

Love how you incorporated all of the photos around your journaling. Great idea. Love this.

Leah (*BeeCherryLady*) said...

Hey there! I didn't mind at all you coming by my blog...and I checked out the site! Thanks! I have a fantasy of joining more DT's but that will have to be in the when my babies are not babies anymore! LOL!
Thanks again for thinking of me and for coming by!
Hugs, Leah!!!


How wonderful! This is a very generous and giving page! Love all the photos of things and people you love! Well Done!

Kristina H said...

Great one Beth. I was really looking forward to seeing this one and you did not disappoint! I am going to have to try a layout like that ;)

Emora Designs said...

I Love this layout Beth!! I may just have to scraplift this idea! :)


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