Kristine over at Creative Scrappers was having a contest. The idea was that she would post the picture we had to use in the layout. You might think that wouldn't be fun - or you might even think that you have enough of your own scrapping to do. However, this is a GREAT challenge! It opened a door WIDE with possibility. I absolutely loved it!
The first picture I showed is part of the bird on this beautiful Penny Lane paper. When I finished the layout, the bird was chirping to be covered with Liquid Glass, and so he was! I also gave him a gem for his eye.
In the second picture you get a little bit of the picture we were given. SO cute! What is better than two kids walking hand in hand without a care in the world? And I wanted to make that expression of love and caring the focus. It was easy to do with a matching Penny Lane frame, a Square Window Charm, and a covered chipboard arrow.
Finally, here is the complete layout. I used Penny Lane paper to double mat the picture, and then I gave it a two-sided scalloped edge. The bird was not complete without gems all through his tail. The other accessories to this page are buttons (felt & craft) with waxy flax through them (one also has a safety pin), ribbon, big brads, and edge anchors to hold the ribbon in place. I cut the tag "beauty" in a shape that I felt really matched that proud & beautiful bird on the bottom.
This was a fun challenge!! These layouts were kept secret until today and Kristine will post them for the participants of the challenge to vote on. I really like that we can't vote for ourselves. It is good to see beyond our own work and really critique someone else's! I am anxious to see all the others so I can take my time to look and vote.
If you are a scrapper and are not familiar with Creative Scrappers, you should really check out their blog. I have so much looking at others work and learning from them. I also love how they challenge us with new ideas and new products!