Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Color Combos Galore Combo 208 - Choose Happiness Layout

Almost time for a new release at Color Combos Galore!
The weeks turn around so quickly these days!!
If you want to be in with a chance to win a kit from Midnight Rooster, in the lucky draw for the month, then you need to get your layout in before noon EST on Thursday!
Most of us just play for the fun of it - before I made the Design Team I had played there for about 9 months anyway, almost every week, just because the community is incredibly active & supportive over there & the colour combos are SO AWESOME that you are enhancing your scrapbooking albums each & every week with a classy layout, so I hope you join in!
It's so addictive!!  Or addicting as some say!!!

Like everything in life though, there are some rules, so please pop in & read them FIRST.
In a nutshell, stick to the colour combo!
Sounds easy but you'd be surprised just how many people think it's fine to "do their own thing"
- it's actually NOT :)
You need to use colours that MATCH those above, of course, if you can't match them 100% exactly it's not a problem, but if you interpret Mulberry Tea as Bright Cerise Pink, Porcelain Pearl as yellow, Sugared Lilac as Bright Purple & Blue Fairy Dust as Shocking Turquoise, it kinda defeats the object don't ya think?!

Also please TAG your layout with the combo no. 208 (for example) & title it (for example) 
"208 Choose Happiness" so it ends up in the correct album when that collection closes.

I had the layout design in mind & knew exactly how I wanted my layout to look {and was dying to try it out} & it worked out exactly as I had it in my mind's eye! 
 Afterwards I drew up a sketch of it just for fun so feel free to snag it if you like it :)

I'm not big into the lavendar shades, hence don't have much of it in my stash (& I couldn't find ANY of that beautiful blue) so had to make do with the blue-grey butterflies, hence kept them to a complete minimum.

The optional technique challenge is to use PEARLS anywhere, anyhow, so I used these single pearls, adhered individually, and also painted some white cardstock with pearly paint too.

I bought that big, beautiful flower attached to a hairclip on a half-price sale over the weekend, painted it to match then dipped the edge of the petals into clear glitter & embellished it on either side with bits & pieces from my stash, Prima, K & Co, it's all in there somewhere!

Butterflies galore, I love them more than flowers actually, even in jewellery, I wear tons of butterflies!

Printing out a couple of photos to layer one behind the other is actually a pretty cheap way of adding a quick bit of wow factor (compared to the cost of embellishments) & is a pretty easy trend to follow right now...

I rarely make "pointless" pages - I like them to all have meaning, even if it's just to me/my family.  
This journaling (and the title) tie up to the pictures of my SIL, who is having a hard time "finding her groove" right now. 
 I've had those times in my life too but I've come through them stronger, and now my therapy is to keep myself BUSY, set myself GOALS that are actually achievable {not just pipe-dreams} & work towards making them happen, reassessing them regularly. 

 That's just how I cope with life so that little quote is my very own - 
a lot of people disagree with me but I believe we CHOOSE happiness & the more we mope about the worse we feel.  
There is no Utopia in this world & there will always be "less than perfect" circumstances we have to endure, but at the end of the day, 
a day spent being miserable is a day lost, unretrievable, 
& I'm not going to waste my life regretting or wishing for unrealistic things.  Amen!


Backing paper - Glitz Design - Afternoon Muse
Cloud paper - Sassafras Lass - Sunshine Broadcast
Cardstock - White Bazzill
Pearl Paint - L'il Davis - Metallic Shades - Pearl
Silver Rub-ons - Pink Paislee - Vintage Moon Accents
Giant flower & doily - stash
Pearls, Glitter & Butterflies- LSS
Alphas - Sassafrass Lass - Violet Glitter Alpha
Font (free from Da Font) Adine Kirnberg Script
Diecut flowers - K & Company
Paper flowers - Prima


Lynette Jacobs said...

Asolutely gorgeous...all of it. You nailed this one my friend.

Bernadine said...

Absolutely gorgeous. :)

Shayne said...

i LOVE this Helen. It is gorgeous. So feminine & pretty and I love how you have layered the photos - creates such an impact.


And i can't believe how much Chelsea looks like you (it's like looking at her in those pics!)

Alison said...

So soft and feminine....and the colour palette is rocked it lady!!
Alison xx

Mitralee said...

I loved this last week when I eyeballed it up on the CCG website. Those pearls! Are they real beads? WOW, it is so nicely laid out, reminds me of a bouquet. And yes, we certainly CHOOSE to be happy!

Lea said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Love what ever technique you used on the photos and the flowers are stunning! Thanks for sharing the sketch!!!

Diana said...

I completely agree with you on your approach to life and happiness.
What a cornucopia of flowers and butterflies! Sooooo pretty!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

This is beautiful, and I always enjoy your journaling, so fabulous!!!!

tania said...

flower magnificance!!!!
such a beautiful layout helen!

Bellaidea said...

Thank you for sharing :0 nice story :)
Thank you also for all nice comments on my blog and I will try very soon to send you info/email about page I`m on.
I`m so happy we will be on the same team!

Mitralee said...

On a side note I just went and read the rules and found out how to post multiple photos! Think of how much easier my life would have been if I had read that to BEGIN with, LOL!

Stefanie said...

Simply beautiful. I adore that you got so many pearls on your LO. I would be skimping and scraping but the extravagant adds a decadent delight to it all.

Eila Sandberg said...

Couldn't have said it better myself, AMEN!! Yay! this really is a cornucopia of splendour! love love love the close-ups so that I can really see all the yumminess! xoxoxo

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

This is GORGEOUS!!! I loveeeeeeeeeee the photos, the flowers and that doily!! You are AMAZING!! WOW! :):):):):):):):):):):)

Cathy said...

Such a stunning LO Helen.. those flowers look amazing and you rocked the colour palette!! Have a great day :))

Jasmine S said...

This is so unique and fabulous. Love the design of the papers (I just cannot come up with a word for the "shape".....what am I trying to say.....), oh well, you know I love it. The flowers, the doily, the pic and the touch of pearls. Love it.

topkatnz said...

Beautiful layout and very true words:)

Blossom inch said...

Oh my Helen this is such an awesome page with beautiful flowers, embellishments, crochet doily and what a beautiful pics too. Love the whole page totally and awesome color combination. Thanks for sharing and I hope you are well.

yyam said...

Ooh...super yummy! Love the lush layers with all the blooms! And how fabulous is that title work on that crochet doiley? Just brilliant Helen! :)

Leonie said...

absolutely stunning LO Helen. Such a unique design and that flower/embellie cluster is gorgeous. Cheers.

Vicky Varvadouka said...

Wow!! I love your take on that sketch and the cluster is unreal!!! Beautifuuuuuul work!!!!

Anonymous said...

Sooo wonderful LO!
I love your stunning design and so delicious colors! Your flower blooms and butterflies are fabulous!

jeanie g said...

Helen I just came to your blog for a look at the close ups and it's even more beautiful than seeing it at CCG. Thaks for the links and the sketch. Jeanxx

sandi said...

Helen this is simply gorgeous! Love your design...I can see that your imagination is just roaring away! Beautiful, beautiful!

Jessy Christopher said...

So beautifully done! I love the clustering and layering, wow! You are on fire ;)

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

That gorgeous cluster of flowers, butterflies and pearls is simply divine! Beautiful design and love the collection of photos..

Rachael Funnell said...

What is going on!!!!
I haven't commented on this 1 either?????
I think the blog is Eating my comments..... LOL!
I think the best thing is too just stop by every day!!!!
Another STUNNING layout...
Love the colors & well Everything!!!!

Kerryn said...

What a striking layout Helen! Absolutely gorgeous!