Monday, February 17, 2014

Supreme Scrap Tournament Week 2

This weeks challenge is monochromatic, double page layout with at least one black and white photo that must span both pages. You may not have ANY black on the layout at all besides the black and white photos. Theme and embellishments of your choice. This one was a huge challenge for me!
A huge shout out to my girls (you know who you are) for all the quotes of inspiration on this one.
"Be it ever so Humble" caught my eye first because the homestead is just that, humble. 
I knew for this layout not putting pops of colour on the page was going to be hard for me. I was choosing between white and red when a scrap pal said "Imagine the texture with WHITE!" So I was sold. It was going to be all about the texture.

In the details:
I started out slicing each page in thirds so I could run it through my Cuttlebug with some Tim Holtz texture fades. The clocks were fitting for my vintage photos. I added some metal clock hands and everything got a good coat of white acrylic paint. I sat back and stared at it for a while at that point and wanted more texture so I pressed on some random spots of VersaMark ink and added grains of chunky white embossing powder.
 Oh, hand lettering. On the one hand I DETEST it...because it is hard and time consuming and nobody likes their own handwriting or attempts at copying a different font (which is what I did). BUT on the other hand...I like it because it is hard and time consuming and has my own handy work on it. LOL Silly, right? I always love the idea of hand lettering but when it comes to the finished product...well...I am less than impressed. Some day I hope to take a calligraphy class and work on this some more. It is something I have always been interested in and I do it often on my pages, to mixed reviews.
 Birch twigs for the flower stems, tiny miscellaneous flowers and pearls, soft gauge wire and cardboard for the fence. All painted white several times over.
 All embellishments were cut with Tim Holtz dies and embossed with white embossing powder. I went over the white embossing a few times to get that pebbly look.

For the birds I traced some tattoos off my computer screen (hey, you do what you have to do!) with a pen onto computer paper then I went over it with white liquid vinyl. After they dried I cut them out and adhered them with pop dots to give depth. I took this photo out in the sun to show the shadows on the birds. I adore them.
Being part of a challenge like this is just that, a challenge. It's about stretching your legs, spreading your wings, following someone else's rules while still being yourself. I honestly haven't put this much into a challenge in YEARS. The ladies on Team Canada are wonderful and I am so happy I jumped into this. I placed 5th out of 23 artists in my thread the first week! What?! I KNOW, right? It was exhilarating. Bring on the next round!

Monday, February 10, 2014

You just have to pay careful attention...and you will feel it.

This morning it was cold. Ridiculously cold. Run for the airport no matter what the cost is...COLD. -31C without the windchill and I. Was. Grumpy. I am not usually a huge complainer when it comes to the weather. We live in Saskatchewan. It snows here. It's cold. Get over it. There is really no use being all awful about it and bringing other people down with you. Well, you can ask my Hubs...I am bringing people down lately. LOL Namely, HIM. I just need a little sun, a little warmth. For pete sake, I just want to be able to sit on my couch in less than 5 layers of clothing without shivering. I was complaining about it pretty good this morning after taking the kids to school and I thought "I just need SOMETHING. Something good. Something that shows me the end is at least SOMEWHERE. I just want to feel a little bit of Spring happiness." I was literally mentally begging God because I had no fortitude left. And then I sighed and got up to get some more coffee. When I came back to the couch (with all my work spread all over God's half acre) I stopped at the window and...there it was. My little bit. At first I wasn't sure I was hearing correctly; the sweet sound was a little confusing. There were birds chirping in the tree right outside my window. It went on for a few minutes and it made me smile.
A couple hours later I had to dress up and trudge back out into the cold to pick the kids up at school. Don't get me wrong, I am not hard done by. I drive and I make sure I run the vehicle enough to at least be tolerable. But...I was still grouchy even though it had actually warmed up about 10 degrees since the morning. Still not was -21...-27 with the wind chill. I tried hard to continue in my grumpiness but as I drove past this big bush on 5th street I had to do a double take. Normally, this bush is very bare but today it was...somehow...bushy looking. Nice description, Kate. LOL But that is all I can come up with. It was still brown, but it was fluffy. So I slowed down and took a good close look and was really surprised. There were literally hundreds of small brown birds filling the branches of the bush with their feathers all fluffed out. It was really neat and I wish I had a photo to go with it. So when you are feeling really down; like there is no end in sight to whatever is getting you down...just pay close attention. I am sure He has something to lift you up. You just have to open your eyes and see it.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Supreme Scrap Tournament 2014 Week 1

It's ON, baby! I signed up to participate in an international scrapbooking tournament for Feb and March. Team Canada is going to BRING IT.  Here are my teammates: Alison Campbell Day (BC), Angela Lowe (SK), Christy Riopel (AB), Corinne Braun (SK), Corlann Alfred (AB), Dawn Marie Hueser (SK), Lynne Mizera (AB), Karen Mercurio (ON), Monique Bourgeois (NB), Peggy Oliver (BC), Tracy Depeel Penner (SK), Thelma Findlay (MB).

The first challenge: 1000 Steps From Home

Make a double layout or double mixed media project that shows where your live.
But it all has to be within 1000 steps from your home!!!!
For example you could make photos of your favorite tree, bus stop, house as long it is within 1000 steps of your home!

- You can not use any spray inkts!
- You will have to use at least 3 photos on your project (scrapbooking and mixed media!!)
- You will have to add a visible journaling of at least 50 words

This was not too difficult for me...everything in town is within 1000 steps from my house! With the recent move, I haven't created anything like this in a long time. So whether I win, lose or draw, the important thing is I am creating stuff that makes me really happy and that is the ultimate goal anyway.
I used pieces of a vintage map as my background paper and bits of cardboard for texture. I embossed and painted the cardboard and added mica flakes from Stampendous. The coffee cup rub on is from BoBunny, with some metal bits from Tim Holtz. Crackle paint, glossy accents, twine and some old burlap finished things off nicely.

Journalling reads:

Nothing in my town is more than 1000 steps from my front door. That is the beautiful thing about living here. Everything is close. Everyone is tight. Neighbours helping neighbours...just like the old days. We are vintage with a touch of modern convenience. You see it in the store fronts, the way the gentlemen hold the door for the ladies at the bakery. A smile, the tip of a hat. The  friendly service at the local grocery. It is all 1000 steps from home. Our little town. Our heart. Our love.

It's in the details:

 Some great pieces of corrugated cardboard embossed with Stampendous embossing powder, painted with dark brown acrylic paint and dotted with mica flakes.
 Wooden clock face painted with Rock Candy crackle paint.
 BoBunny rub ons for the coffee cup marks and Stampendous Mica flakes which I was pleasantly surprised with. I thought it would be a novelty item I wouldn't actually like using on a regular page...but I was wrong. It adds a neat element and texture that I really enjoy.
 "Small Town" is embossed with Stampendous embossing powder and also has a layer of Ranger Rock Candy crackle paint.
 I put glossy accents on our location and painted and embossed the arrow.
I love our local grocery store. They still keep the cool sign from years ago. I raised the second photo to give it some depth by putting 3 layers of pop dots on the corners.

Week 1 under my belt. Stay tuned. What will next week bring? Who knows, but Team Canada is ready!