Monday, November 15, 2010

Better Living Through Scrapbooking November Newsletter Challenge

I hope you've had a chance to sign up for the Better Living Through Scrapbooking monthly Newsletter. If not hop on over to the Better Scrap website and sign up, you'll be glad you did! This month, as always, the newsletters is packed with fabulous tips, tutorials and a brand new challenge. 

If you hate growing older (or even if you don't), we want you to try to remember your birthdays for the good times you had. So this challenge is all about scrapping your favorite Birthday memory. To join our challenge all you have to do is create a layout about one of your favorite Birthday memories and then choose two of the following options to go along with the project:

1. Paint on your page using object other than brush (pencil eraser, q-tip, bubble wrap, etc)
2. Make an embellishment entirely from cardstock
3. Use multiple layers of cardstock for a photo mat - try ripping, using a border punch, die-cut machine, etc, for fun!
4. Journal on a shape
5. Use a very bright color palette - vibrant yellows, reds, blues, and greens!

For this challenge I combined photographs from the surprise birthday party my daughters planned for me when I turned 47 years old (back in 2008) with a fun layout featuring our sponsor's both Plaid and Discount Cardstock products.  I also used paint on the leaves of my flowers, dabbing it on with a squished-up paper towel, made the flower embellishments entirely from cardstock, and created multiple layered photo mats all on a bright color palette.

I cut the title from Cream Smooth cardstock using the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge and my Cricut Expression.

I created the die cut flower layers entirely from cardstock and dressed them up by stamping them with a variety of stamps from Plaid's All Night Media Ornamental Stamp Set in Coffee ink from Archival Ink. I gave them added dimension by rolling the leaves in different directions and popping them up with Plaid's Pop Dots. The leaves are hightlighted with Plaid's Extreme Glitter Paint (and when they say "extreme" they are not kidding... that paint has tons of glitter mixed in and goes on so smooth and pretty, even with a squished up paper towel).

I used the Ornamental Stamp set to highlight the journal block as well. I just can't seem to get enough of that samp set!

To see all the other fabulous Designer Reveals for this challenge be sure to visit the Better Scrap website and sign up for the monthly newsletter.

Sponsor Supplies Used:

Cardstock: Discount Cardstock "Cream Smooth #80 12 x 12”
Adhesives: Plaid: All Night Media “Pop Dots”
Paint: Plaid: Folk Art Extreme Glitter “Peridot”
Stamps: Plaid: All Night Media "Ornamental Rubber Stamp Set"

Additional Supplies Used:
Patterned Paper: Crate Paper: Restoration Collection “Slipcover”, "Ruffles", "Heirloom"
Ink: Ranger: Archival Ink “Coffee”
Stamps: Papertrey Ink: "Delightful Dahlia"
Embellishments: Crate Paper: Restoration Collection "Stickers"
Other Tools: Papertrey Ink: Die Cuts "Delightful Dahlia", "Beautiful Blooms II", Tattered Angels: Glimmer Mist "Dew Drop", Copic: Copic Marker "Y35", ProvoCraft: Cricut Expression and Plantin Schoolbook Cartridge, Dear Lizzy and American Crafts: Elements "Assorted Brads"

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