We decided on a virtual swap as we are an international team and what with delivery times and costs, it seemed a better way to go. So we were asked to compile a list of ten items that we would like to "swap" with our partners. The idea was that it could be five generic items and five specific items. With or without photos. Or we could even make such a specific list that we could provide links. Then it was our choice as to exactly how we would interpret the list - maybe purchase the items or counterfeit them or just find these items in our stash.
Once we received the list, our challenge was to then create a layout based on the items. I tell you, this was a lot of fun and I will be doing this again in the future with some of my scrapbooking buddies across the ocean!
I sent my list to Margie and she has done wonders with my list! Go on over to her blog (here) and see what she did (and she's included the photos I sent her). I do believe Margie managed to get every item onto her page! My list to her was:
- white cardstock
- patterned paper with a gorgeous mix of soft aqua and coral colours and an on trend design. Something like hot air balloons, clouds, maps or chevrons. eg. What's Up by BG
- A chipboard alpha. eg Amy Tangerine Thickers - Goodness
- Some pearls or bling eg a yellow pearl swirl from Lost and Found by My Mind's Eye
- Flair buttons/badges eg the badges available from Studio Calico
- Stick pins
- Tape of some sort
- Assorted die cut shapes eg. the What's Up collection bag of mixed die cuts
- A stamp or stamped image of some sort
And then I received my list from Rebecca:
- A Polaroid-frame shape (either a cut-out shape or something pre-printed that looks like a polaroid print)
- A marker/pen other than black
- An office supply item (something not specifically marketed as a scrapbooking item)
- A pattern paper background (instead of a cardstock background)
- Paper with some shade of orange on it
- A scrap of paper from your scrap pile that's smaller than 6x6
- Twine or floss
- Flock (or something that's already pre-flocked)
- Something that makes a glossy finish (UTEE, glossy accents, etc.)
This was a great list and really made me stop and think about what to use and how to use it. I managed 7 of the items missing out the flock, the brads and the paper background as I was determined only to use my scrap box for the whole layout with a cardstock background. The challenge to use paper with some orange in it pushed the whole colour scheme and I love it. I don't think I have any orange left any more as I've also been using it on cards this month. I scraplifted myself which made things move along easily and decided to change things up a bit by clear embossing a butterfly onto the vellum envelope. It's hard to capture in a photo but let me tell you that it's gorgeous IRL!
Ps. sorry I'm late posting this and I'm sorry for the peculiar spacing! I have no idea what is going on with this.