Phew, this week has been very busy for me - and to top it all I have been feeling pretty bad - full of flu & all 3 kids at home have been sick too - so it has been a week of running around to doctors & pharmacies, all when I am not feeling wonderful myself, and I have have met a scrappy deadline every single day! Well, the good news is that I AM FEELING BETTER :) and I am very happy with my achievements this week - a good feeling!!
I have made it onto another design team - SCRAP-IT-LAH - well I actually found out weeks ago but I've learnt how to "hold it in" now until I'm allowed to announce it! You can read all about the announcement HERE and if you don't know about Scrap-it-Lah challenge blog now is a good time to add them to your reader/blog roll & check out their MONTHLY CHALLENGES. We have a great challenge coming up for you for June (I know because I have just completed my layout & sent it in - you can check back at the beginning of the new month - remember to look here for the latest challenge - which will be up after the 1st of June).
Scrap-it-Lah is a Malaysian challenge blog & I am so impressed with the Malaysian/Singaporean/South East Asian region scrapbooking style that I felt compelled to apply to this DT. I have done some of their challenges in the past & they are always excellent - like this one for example - look here! Yes, that high standard is what you have to look forward to & I do hope you will play along with us at Scrap-it-Lah!
Now onto the rest of my week! It started on Sunday with the reveal at Bird is the Word - the new word being Life/Live/Living- you can see the reveal here and here is my layout! This challenge is still open for 3 more weeks & the Sun/Sunshine challenge is open for another week still so get those entries in!
Scrapbook Challenges (you won't find it in the forum though as it was part of a fun weekend organised for the Design Team only - the DT Olympics - so it is on the Design Team Blog). We were put into 3 teams of 3 & I was "runner" no. 2.
I had to follow a sketch & had to mist, hand-journal & alter a piece of chipboard (see top right) I misted that swirl :) but it was fun nonetheless & I did win a lovely sheet of Basic Grey Bling in one of the other challenges.
I used mostly October Afternoon 5 & Dime for this page because of the speed challenge - using all one line definitely helps - and I now store my latest products ALL TOGETHER in 12 inch bags - papers AND embellishments & it's been the best move I've ever made in my organisational life - WAAAAY EASIER...
Backing paper - October Afternoon - 5 & Dime - Butterscotch
Fussy-cut paper - October Afternoon - 5 & Dime - Lemon Drops
Blue printed paper - October Afternoon - 5 & Dime - Rock Candy
Stickers, chipboard, punched circles, all October Afternoon 5 & Dime shape stickers & Chip 'n Stick
Green Grosgrain Ribbon - American Crafts
Baby brads - stash
Brads - SEI
Chipboard - Enmarc
Martha Stewart Deep Shell punch
Making Memories gold staples
Chipboard Alphas - American Crafts Thickers Sunrise
Doubled up my new punch there because I am just CRAZY FOR IT!!!
Next up I did this layout for Sketchy Thursdays, which I combined with this gorgeous palette at The Colour Room .
You still have until Wednesday midnight EST to enter this sketch at Sketchy Thursdays.
I used American Crafts stash for my layout & the chipboard frame is sponsored by Imaginarium Designs who are currently sponsoring Once Upon a Sketch & sending us free chippie ALL YEAR LONG - woo hoo! If you want to purchase any of their awesome designs go to Seriously Scrapbooking - they are Australian based but chipboard is light & flat & they will ship it to you anywhere in the world!
Craft & printed paper - American Crafts Splendour
Pink printed paper - American Crafts - Blithe
*** both are double-sided papers & I used both sides***
Chipboard Frame - Imaginarium Designs
Paint - Making Memories - Daiquiri & Lemon
Glitter - Stickles - Shabby Shutters
Chipboard Swirl - Enmarc
Chipboard Alphas - American Craft Thickers - Hardcover
Text-print alphas - October Afternoon - Hometown Summer
Pearl brads - American Crafts Elements - Letterbox
Metal roses - American Crafts - Dear Lizzy - Enchanted
Chipboard Flowers - American Crafts Noteworthy
Decorative hatpins - Little Yellow Bicycle
Mini stickers - Making Memories - Tiny Alphas
Doily - Little Yellow Bicycle
Sprayed with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist - Snow Queen
7 Gypsies Gaffer tape
Golden ribbon - American Crafts Peachy Keen
Gold staples - Making Memories
Border stickers - Crate Paper - Emma's Shoppe
Yellow scallop sticker - Doodlebug Fancy Frills
Deep Shell punch - Martha Stewart
I simply cut my printed paper & flipped over the bottom section to the revese side - which is the craft cardstock.
Then I used masking tape at the back to hold the pieces together at the seam.
I derived my title from the iconic 1983 song by Spandau Ballet - GOLD - (A - because my youngest daughter has incredibly shiny, golden hair) and (B - because she is like gold to us).
I am also entering this at City Crafter Challenge Blog for their "I've been Framed" challenge that closes at the end of the month so you still have a few days to enter this one too!
I experimented with some creative composition for these photos - for the first time ever - I've seen others do it & love the look of it! (ie:- not showing the whole face/body etc...)
I am certainly enjoying my computer journaling at the moment & have seen that I don't like the hand-writing fonts as much as the typography fonts (particularly the old typewriter fonts - being my favourites).
Can you spot the strip of 7 gypsies gaffer tape there under the ribbon? I just needed something to make it stand out a little more - and HOW BEAUTIFUL is my new MS punch - just can't get enough of it!
Next I'll share this week's Colour Combos Galore layout but you can take a peek at it here. I also sent in my DT layout for the upcoming sketch at Once Upon a...Sketch, which will be revealed next week so I can't share that here yet - but if you haven't completed your take on the last sketch yet you only have a few more days to do so so check it out here & get cracking to be in line for some tremendous prizes as per always at Once Upon a Sketch!
You can take a look at my DT layout for that challenge over here ( haven't blogged that yet!) and REMEMBER there is a MASSIVE giveaway going on at Once Upon a Sketch too - a whole May Nook kit up for grabs so get on over there now you hear me?!