There's a lot of fun that goes on behind the scenes and from time to time there's an extra team activity that we'd like to share.
The challenge we were given this time is called "Scrap Crush" and goes like this:
- Choose your scrapbooking celebrity "Scrap Crush"
- Decide what elements, design features and style you admire so much
- Create a page using the inspiration from your Scrap Crush
- Share the layout during the blog hop
- The "Scrap Crush" will be revealed on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog tomorrow (Tuesday 21st)
There's a bit of a long story about my "Scrap Crush".
I have many scrap crushes.
So I was unsure who to choose. I fixed on one, and then found out that someone else on the team had also chosen them (I have the insider information *wink wink*)!! I then changed my mind and created a layout inspired by someone else, only to find out that this particular scrapper has stopped scrapping! I felt doomed! That's a layout I'll share another time.
For now, let's move on to my third crush. I wanted to select someone who is different from my own style to challenge myself to incorporate elements into my own page. So I went over to my Pinterest layout board and had a look around.
And I realised I already knew who I wanted to Crush on, I just hadn't formulated it in my mind. She is so on-trend right now and is über-creative and innovative. So from there I looked at her style and made the following list of impressions I get when I see her pages:
- long titles - sometimes acting as journalling too
- mixes of colours and designs
- lots of white and bright
- often uses die cut overlays, backgrounds or shapes
- tiny photos
- repeating designs
I have several Counterfeit kits on my shelf and looking at the mix of colours and patterns, I chose February's Runaway kit and added in a Cameo goemetric overlay (another story for another day as well - it's been a real comedy of errors today!)
Here's the page I created. Can you tell you I was inspired by?!?
Leave a comment on this post with your guess for a chance to win. We'll be checking all the comments on all the posts in the hop today for a small prize so make sure you don't miss out.
This page took me hours and hours to fill all the shapes with small pieces of paper and make sure that they didn't overlap into the next window. The result is actually really interesting and I have to say that I do like the eclectic mix of patterns and colours.
I didn't go for really small photos but had three Instagram shots that told a mini story about the most recent, rather dramatic storm that we had here in Germany and that I thought would work well with the mixed-up background. The photos were strong enough to stand out against all those colours but the whole layout has a windy, scattered, fragmented feel to it which supports the story.
I added in a gold doily to my kit to cover up a little mistake I'd made (part of the longer story previously mentioned) and then used a journalling card with a gold element for my short journalling and which helped to tie in the gold in the rest of the layout.
I noticed that my Scrap Crush still manages to allow the title, journalling and photos to really shine on her layouts even though almost every single layout is chock-full of colour and pattern and detailed, delicate designs. Even though I didn't have an especially long title, I mixed up the fonts to give it more substance against the background and the journalling is on an easy to read white card.
My Scrap Crush often has lots of dimension on her pages with many embellishments almost seeming to fly off her pages but I limited myself to adding a double mat behind the photos including one layer of real veneer which has some depth to it. I also included a few Prima flowers to the two text areas for dimension but also for the feminine feeling that my Scrap Crush has on so many of her beautifully detailed creations.
I mentioned above that this page took me ages to make. I'm a SLOW scrapper but even for me, this was toooooo long! I imagine that when pages take this long to make on a regular basis, my Scrap Crush probably doesn't create that many pages and is very selective about the pages she makes and what stories she tells. Or maybe she's a speed scrapper in private and only showcases these pieces of art in the public arena. This form of slow, (but it must be said, very therapeutic) steady scrapping is not something I can see myself doing very often but it was a very interesting exercise to do and I like the result! It's just not sustainable for me. Something to dip into from time to time perhaps. :-)
Now, don't forget to let me know who you think my Scrap Crush is in the comments and then hop along to Lynnette for more Scrap Crush fun and games. Here's the full list in case you get lost along the way.
Come back again tomorrow to the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog and also here to find out who were all our Crushes and to hear about my fun and games story!!!