I was having a bit of a rough time last week. I was trying to start my first TAFE essay and everytime I tried it felt like I was hitting a bit of a brick wall. I was getting increasingly stressed as I was aware of all the other things I was needing (and wanting) to get done, and yet I kept on turning to life-avoidance mode. So I took a step back from the laptop for a couple of days, got the gardening done I wanted to do, did some cleaning, and turned to Scrapbook Challenges website to feed my creative muse. I pulled 3 challenges I thought I might like to try, and went into the vaults for some photos that might work with them. Over the next week and a half I managed to work around other commitments and get them all done!!! (and yes I have even almost finished that first essay!)
"By the numbers".
The brief here was to use 4 patterned papers, rhinestones, 2 stamps and a butterfly. All my patterned papers were offcuts from the stash, (2 are actually Christmas-themed, can you guess which ones?) I used the colours from the lined paper to determine what other colours to use. I felt that the rhinestones should really have a 3 somewhere, and I ended up using 3 groups of 3. I used 2 flourish stamps, and lastly my butterfly, which is actually challenge 2: make a butterfly by white-embossing onto vellum. This was one I have had on my "to-do" list since seeing a project in "Australian Cardmaking, Stamping and Papercraft (vol 16 no 12) by Jennifer Sweatman.
Product Challenge The brief here was to use (again) a minimum of 4 patterned papers, and using a punch to make a repeated embellishment. Computer journalling was also required.
This pages also ended up fulfilling another of my personal challenges: Challenge 4: make a page using nothing but offcuts! That's right, this page was actually made by sewing strips of patterned paper together! (see photo at right) The elephants used as embellishments were punched from paper that is now behind the photos, and the blue circles and Sizzixed heading were from a scrap of blue cardstock.
As with the other pages, the 2 patterned papers I used came from my offcuts. The title circle was cut out of the middle of the backing cardstock.
And did you notice, a few of those vellum butterflies fluttered onto this page too!