Friday, 4 July 2014

Explore

Hi Everyone,

Here's the "1 of 5" Challenge for July over at the SJ Crafts blog -


The idea is that you have to make a project using 
  • 1 of the 5 colours 
  • 1 of the 5 shapes
  • 1 of the 5 titles
Fun idea! Never tried this one before. Here's what I came up with ...


I decided to scrap this picture of my son Richard from 1982, when he was just learning to crawl and eager to explore the world around him. I have so many years' worth of photos to catch up on, but I now have a plan to speed things up by making a page like this with one or two focal pictures, then a Project Life-style layout to go with it, with more pics from the same time, as well as journaling and such. I have my shiny new Becky Higgins PL dies and page protectors to play with, so can't wait to have a go!)
My design was inspired by one of Shimelle Laine's brilliant Glitter Girls videos on You Tube, where she uses PL cards to create a layout. I kind of digressed quite a bit from her design, as you do, but it was a very easy page to put together, and it means I can use more cut-aparts from the same collection to create a co-ordinating PL layout, so I will definitely be using this format again.


For the 1 of 5 challenge, I planned to use yellow as my main colour, to echo my son's little onesie (although they weren't called that in those days) - but I also loved the combination of yellow and aqua with a little pop of red so decided to use all three on a white background. Here's what I pulled out to use ...


The Simple Stories Homespun Collection Kit and the Simple Stories Daily Grind Chipboard Stickers - different collections from the same company always seem to work well together. The collection kit has lots of cut-apart sheets ideal for PL layouts, as well as patterned papers, stickers, alphas and even some transparent overlays which I haven't tried yet. I love the bright but faded tones and the weathered woodgrain and as you can see, the colours include yellow, aqua and red - perfect! The chipboard stickers have a lovely vintage feel to them and include some arrows - ideal!

Then I added a few bits from my scrap paper box (I have promised myself to use these up), as well as a couple of coloured doileys from Papermania ...


... some Simple Stories DIY typeset stickers and the gorgeous wooden shapes and dots which are from the new My Mind's Eye Necessities Collection. Some Bazill Cardstock in aqua, lemon and white, just to keep my options open. Finally, I dug through my drawers (?!) for a few more possible embellishments and added them to the pile ...


Phew! Of course, I didn't end up using all of this stuff, but I love the whole process of going through my stash and putting a little kit together. Then of course I have to put it all away again before I start my next project - not so fun! :o)

So, I used Explore, Arrows and Yellow for the 1 of 5 Challenge - which would you choose? If you make a project inspired by this challenge, remember to link up over at the SJ Crafts Blog or on the FaceBook Page to show us what you created! 

Thanks for popping in today, see you again soon 

Annie :o)xxx

2 comments:

Jimjams said...

Lovely fun page - though that's a lot of stash pulled out for one page ... just think of the tidying away!!!

Michelle G said...

Lovely layout, busy yet simple all at once.