Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Scrap-it-Lah July Challenge - Football Crazy Boy {Crate Paper Toyshop} Layout







Yet again we are in another new month & that brings with it new challenges, including scrappy ones!  So here is my latest creation for Scrap-it-Lah!  You can read all about it here & have a look at all the other Design Team's work, which BTW is awesome!! 

So the challenge for this month of JULY is:-

1)  To use FIVE PHOTOS
2)  Photos must be a mixture of black & white & colour photos
3)  There needs to be VISIBLE JOURNALING on the layout

That's it!  Now if you can manage that you stand a chance of winning a fabulous RAK full of Bo-Bunny goodness.  To tempt you further here it is!
Now last month we had a total of THREE players.  Why?  When you can win a RAK like this, based on the merits of your work??  C'mon girls...you have the whole month to complete it too...

This little site needs your support.  Every month there is a GREAT challenge, the DESIGN TEAM are all just  AWESOME SCRAPBOOKERS and there are MERIT PRIZES every month - comprende?  Go Play!


So here is my entry.  You can click to make my photo bigger to read my journaling if you like.  I have had to block out some personal information pertaining to my son's football club, etc, but almost all the journaling is on show & I am happy with how I managed to fit in so much of it without it looking like an essay on the page.


Now you all know I am no huge fan of "Boy Stash" but if it's made by Crate Paper you can be sure that I will LOVE it, 'cos they just rock it all, everything they do is awesome, and this "Toybox" range is no exception!



I told my son Reilly a little story on this page, and that is very important in this day & age when scrap booking can turn into an art form where heart & soul is often left out in favour of proportions, etc.  My goal is to combine the two, not always easy but not impossible...



Working with one paper line {everything from the same line/range} takes all the time & guesswork out of putting a page together & I did this just before I left for my week away, so I needed to just get on with it & not faff around digging for stash. 



I added some new black canvas thickers & some Pebbles buttons & that's was it!  Then I computer journaled using 3 different colours, in keeping with the bright page.



I raised up some of the journaling for a bit of dimension & interest.  For this multi-photo layout I first converted a couple of my photos to black & white then I selected another 4 photos & put them all together in a Picasa Collage.  Once the collage is formed you can click & drag the images around to change the placement if you want, and also keep clicking collage to see all the different configurations of sizes within the collage.  Definitely very quick & easy & I doubt any other photo-editing program is so simple!


No blog-hopping for me today unfortunately.  I have been in my inbox sorting, replying, filing & deleting 500 e mails {as I had several I had to search for!} so things are looking slightly healthier there now, and now I have 5 layouts due in over the next 3 days & visitors arriving from Gaberone & Malawi tomorrow.  Eeeek!  I've gotta get outta here & back to my scrap counter!!   My visitors are staying a week so I really don't know how I am going to do what I have to do if I don't get it finished before hand but will try my best to sneak in here to keep up to date if poss!

Supplies:-


Printed papers:- Crate Paper "Toybox" Sports & Explore
Border stickers - Crate Paper "Toybox"
Buttons - Pebbles
Black alphas - American Crafts Canvas Thickers
Collage created in Picasa
Photo paper - HP Soft Gloss
Photo printer - Epson Stylus Photo TX 700 W
Font - Teletype

25 comments:

Pam Pritzl said...

Helen, this LO is just awesome! I love how bright and fun it is! The black title and asterisks really pop off of the page! I love how you made this masculine, I seem to struggle to leave flowers off of any page these days!

Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving that kind comment ... much appreciated! I'm over the moon happy to be designing for The Paper Variety ...hopefully that will lead to more DT's in the future!

Cheers-

Pam

Alison said...

Love the papers you've used for this LO....I am defs going to get a LO done for Scrap-it-Lah this month..though I too have visitors arriving in ten days time!
Alison xx

aussiescrapper said...

Oh wow 500 emails, oh my goodness, I just love this layout and have just added SIL to the challenge list, what a stunning prize. Melx

Rachael Funnell said...

Hey Hey Helen!!! Love it! Love it! Love it!
This Layout is Totally Awesome Helen... So much journaling.. Just Fantastic!!! My boy notice the Fox jumper your boy is wearing LOL!!! too funny.....
WOW! 500 emails.....
Good luck with the Scrapping thing.. Maybe not a lot of sleep for Helen in the next week!!!
Have a good 1!!!

Gayle said...

Hi Helen, thanks for your lovely comments you left me AND your support, it means a lot and is really appreciated. Your 'boy' page is stunning ( I would not know where to start with boys ), but this challenge sounds so hard...... 5 photos ! a mixture of black AND white ! AND journalling as well, what a challenge !

teacher jessy said...

I do understand on the visitor thingy, I will too try to finish all my Sb assignments before they arrive or else I will be in itching mode to run to the scraproom to do. Haha. I know u can do it! That layout is so good looking! Love how you played with the crate paper goodies!

topkatnz said...

That's certainly a great looking prize pack! I love the journaling on your page. You are great at scrapping the stories:)

Jasmine S said...

This is so fabulous. So bright and the photos look awesome. Love the red in his clothes against that range of papers and the couple of sepia pics. I cannot believe how many photos and journaling squares you have used yet it doesn't look cluttered at all. Great work.

Mitralee said...

Love your page! Isn't life crazy some days! I will play along with their challenge!

Stefanie said...

Beautiful, love the red/yellow colour combination, and all the journaling.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhhh I love love love love this! I loveeeeeeee the photos, the colors and that amazing journaling! :):):):):):):):):):):):)

Jolanda said...

Hi Sweet Helen,pretty work!!!I love these papers!
Have a great day!
xx

Fi said...

Great use of the photos and journalling, such a lovely masculine page.

Lynette said...

Great layout, great colour choice...you really have such a designers eye.

Pearl said...

That's quite a challenge but you make it look so easy as usual ! ;) great story there too .

p/s - re : my card stash - some are given away , some get sold but mainly to DD's friends and some are still in my stash . ;) Hoping not to buy too much paper again this CHA Summer season . That's why I'm using my papers more for cards.More practical.

Kerryn said...

Awesome work Helen!!!

Eila Sandberg said...

LOVE how you've managed to get in 5 pics and the wonderful journalling without it looking squashed in and busy! This is a super boy page and those Crate papers really are spot on for it! Gosh! that is a really generous prize pack! Today's MIL's 86th birthday so the entire day will be spent taking her on a tour to special places she wants to visit. Good luck with your assignments! know exactly what a scrappy war zone looks like he he ... xoxoxo

Milagros C. Rivera said...

love, love, love this page, such a cool boy!

sandi said...

This is just fab! Great pics of your son! You did a great job with the challenge! So many wonderful pics and lots of journaling...yah!

Yolande (pronounced you-land-a) said...

Great layout...love that you have managed to fit so many amazing photos and loads of journaling on your page, and it looks fab. :)

Tanya Tahir said...

Hi Helen, I love this layout, I love how you got so many photos onto the page yet it doesn't look at all cluttered. I love the way you did your journalling and not to mention, I also love Toy Box! Great work!

Lisa Amiet said...

WOW!!! The five pics just terrifies me LOL but you did a wonderful job! xoxo

Craftylicious said...

Hello Helen!! Love this layout!! all that journalling is amazing and 5 pics! my my that's a lot of photos to play with but u did wonderful my friend!!! :)nice pics of Reilly tooO!! :)

Diana said...

Amazing how much you got on that page, photos and journaling!

Sandy Ang said...

Fantastic the way you combined patterned and shapes on your busy. It's so well designed that the five photos just pop against the background. Hope you'll link it up to my Little Boy themed challenge here http://angsandy.blogspot.com/2011/08/sandys-challenge-5.html