Sunday, November 7, 2010

Better Living Through Scrapbooking November Challenge 1

This week at Better Living Through Scrapbooking it is the “Bucket List” challenge. To join us all you have to do is create a layout or mini-album about the items on your “bucket list” (things you want to do or see before you “kick the bucket”). Then add at least 2 of the following additions to your layout or mini:

1. Use only scraps of paper from your scrap paper collection in the album.
2. Use photos printed from a royalty-free photo website such as Stock Xchange to represent the items in your album from your “bucket list”.
3. Use color mist such as Tattered Angels, walnut ink spray, or your own homemade color spray to add some color to your mini-album pages.
4. On the cover of your mini-book, use various rub-ons for the title.”

Punky Sprouts is one of our fabulous sponsors this month and they provided each Designer with one of their new albums to create our "Bucket List" mini.  Don't tell anyone, but (believe it or not) this is the FIRST mini I have ever put together in my entire LIFE (I guess I can cross that off my Bucket List now!).  For the additions to this challenge I printed some free images from a royalty-free photo website at Dreamstime.  I also used Glimmer Mist to add colors to some of my pages.

The felt roses that you see on the bottom right of my album I learned how to make from a tutorial on Lisa Johnson's blog, Poppy Paperie.  I would love to give you the direct link to it, but I can't find it!  At any rate, if you cruise through her blog you are sure to come across how to make those cute little roses.

The frame was actually printed paper from the collection I used, however I wanted to it one color, so I glimmer misted it with "SWAK" and then gave it a coat of Plaid's Mod Podge: Hard Coat, to make it firmer and shine too. I also painted the front, back and center chipboard pages with Plaid's Apple Barrel paint and sprayed them all with glimmer mist as well.

Working with canvas as the background of a scrapbook page was a first for me as well.  I had trouble thinking outside the box for this one, and realized that I really need to cruise around some blogs and see what fun things crafters are doing with canvas these days!

This photograph shows the beautiful buttons from our sponsor Charlene's Button Box.  While I loved all the buttons I will be working with this month, these were my absolute favorite!

Talk about firsts... this was also the first time I worked with acrylics... I've still got a lot to learn about those, but it was fun stamping on them and thinking of ways to make both sides look good.

I had fun adding some vintage sheet music flowers that I made, but I realized that in a mini album you can't have a lot of big fluffy embellishments because the mini gets too thick and the embellishments get smashed too. I plan to keep that in mind when I tackle my next mini.

Ditto on the smashed flowers here too! I should have at least fluffed it more for the photo, but I forgot! Sorry about that!

Okay... so to learn more about our sponsors, Punky Sprouts, Plaid, Charlene's Button Box and Discount Cardstock and so see the rest of our Designer Reveals, make sure to visit the Better Living Through Scrapbooking website and don't forget to play along with us too!

Sponsor Supplies Used:

Cardstock: Discount Cardstock "Kraft #80”
Embellishments: Charlene’s Button Box
Adhesives: Plaid: All Night Media “Pop Dots”, Mod Podge Hard Coat, Mod Podge Gloss
Paint: Plaid: Apple Barrel “Satin Cream”

Additional Supplies Used:
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink “Rustic Cream”
Patterned Paper: My Mind’s Eye: Life Stories Paper Kit “Pink Damask”
Ink: Ranger: Archival Ink “Coffee”, Ranger: Tim Holtz Distress Ink “Antique Linen”
Stamps: Papertrey Ink: Vintage Labels
Embellishments: Papertrey Ink “Rustic White Button Twine” Tattered Angels: Glimmer Mist “Old Lace”, “Glacier” and “SWAK”, Zva Creative: Pearls, Tattered Angels: Bingo Boards and Calling Cards “Outdoor”, Hambly: Screen Prints, The Girl’s Paperie: On Holiday Die Cuts “Travel Paper Cuts”, Webster's Pages: "Sparkers", Tim Holtz Ideology: Time Pieces, American Crafts: "Thickers Alphabet Stickers"
Other Tools: ProvoCraft: Cricut Expression Machine, ProvoCraft Cartridges: “Sweet Treats”, “Heritage”, “Tear Drop”, “Fabulous Finds”, “Life is a Beach” Fiskars: Border Punch, Felt from Stash, Papertrey Ink: “Ric Rac” Die Cut, “Fillable Frames” stamp set with die cut, Spellbinders: Labels One, Copic: Marker “T6” Lace,  Ribbon and other embellishments from stash

7 Scrappy Comments:

Kim said...

Beth, for your fist mini, this is AMAZING!!!!! I love all your deatails, most especially your music sheet flowers!!!!
Kim xXx

I sent you an email, did you get it?

Audrey Pettit said...

This is just gorgeous, Beth! Love all the detailing and the sweet photos. The sheet music is one of my favorite parts. :)

Kristina said...

You did such a fabulous job on this Beth! I can't wait to see it in person!!

Emora Designs said...

Beth, what a great mini! You did a fabulous job! I love your smooshed flowers, I think it adds character and makes your page look even more vintage! I love that album too!! Great job! I look forward to seeing the next mini! :)



Beth, you outdid yourself on this little project! So many details and each and everyone is so appealing! Just lovely!

Angi @ CokiePop said...

What an awesome mini. Love that idea for a bucket list. The details are so beautiful.

♥♥♥Jan ♥♥♥ said...

I am just finishing up my first mini too, wish I knew then what I know now, lol. Darling darling book, and your bucket list is so real and attainable too.

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