Thursday, January 1, 2015

I'm the January Guest Designer at Scrap Our Stash!

WOW!  Another honor from my New Friends at Scrap Our Stash!!

After being selected as one of the Top 3 Layouts for their  
they also invited me to be a Guest Designer for their  

Happy New Year to ME!  

First - let me tell you about the "CHALLENGE" - It is really quite simple actually - just use "something" that starts with each of the following letters on you layout - "T - W - I - N - E"  

Hmmm... so my brain started going in all kinds of directions!!  
Some of the letters were easy to figure out what I would use from my STASH 
- and let me tell you - after 10+ years of scrapping - I've got some STASH! LOL!

So - for "T" - of course "TWINE" came to mind - but then there was also the word "TEAR"....
and for "W" - I thought of "WHITE," "WIRE," "WASHI," and "WATER"
then for "I" - all I could come up with was "INK" but there are soo many possibilities with that one!
the letter "N" - had me totally stumped at first! BUT - I came up with "NUMBERS!"
and for "E" - I immediately thought of "EMBOSSING POWDER" 
- which I just used a few layouts ago, and hadn't used since "forever" before that!!

One night after work, I escaped to my little scrappy hole in the wall to look through my STASH to see what I could pull together and what photo(s) I wanted to use for this layout. (Well, it isn't actually a hole -it is a little space off of our living room, that I share with the a computer desk - and usually with our 2 Portuguese Water Dogs, Maggie and Tino, while I am in there too!.)

SO - I started to flip through my 12 x12 box of photo envelopes.  I wasn't feeling like doing a "Disney" Layout (GASP! - did I really say that!! LOL!) and that is mostly what was in the box.  I started to think about a layout I recently came across when I was looking at the layouts I had posted in my Gallery in .  It was a layout I did for one of their challenges back in 2010.  The challenge was to use a photo(s) of yourself, and list your 10 Favorite things at that time in your life. 

I then came across 2 photos of me - taken in 2011, at EPCOT, in Walt Disney World, while my husband and I were there to celebrate my 50th Birthday, (YIKES! - I am older than dirt!  How did that happen?) so I decided it was time to scrap them ( finally!) and decided the title would be "Me at 50."

I went through my patterned papers and pulled out some that I thought went with the photo, then rummaged through my box of chipboard and grunge board letters and numbers, for the title, pulled some washi tape out and let it all sit together nicely on my desk for a few days - getting to know each other, while I kept coming back - moving things around, adding "stuff" and taking "stuff" away -waiting for the "mojo" to kick in!  It sat that way for about a week before I started to play with it.  I even pulled out a stencil and some White Gesso, and Glimmer Mist too!!! 

If you are still reading along - thanks for sticking around - :-)
For that - you FINALLY get to see my layout:

This is me enjoying a Grand Marnier Orange Slush while in "France!" at Epcot!
(Maybe I should have titled it "Drinking around the World!"  LOL!)

Here is a close up of the Peacock Feathers I created with White Gesso, then Misted/Inked and outlined before adding some "Bling" to them too!

I was so excited to find the Vagabond papers in my stash - I think the floral pattern is a pretty close match - or compliments my shirt quit well - don't you!?  You can also see the TWINE used in the photo below.

For the Challenge - I used:
T = Twine and paper Tearing
W = Washi Tape, and White Gesso
 I = Distress Inks and Chalk Inks
N = Numbers
E = Distress Embossing Powder

Other elements used in this layout are:
Papers used: Kaisercraft Vagabond Collection "Nomad" and "Wonderer"
Prima Songbird Collection "Jotz"
Bazzill Cardstock for Mats
Tim Holtz Grungeboard Letters and Numbers
Teal High Heal Glimmer Mist
White Gesso
Crafters Workshop Scrapbooking Templates 6x6 PEACOCK FEATHERS
Distress Stains - Vintage Photo/Victorian Velvet/Tarnished Brass/Fired Brick
Powder Puff Chalk Ink - Mango Mai Tai 3/ Pink Cheeks
Colorbox Chalk Ink - Sea Crystal
Wink of Stella Glitter Brush/Pen "Blue"
Tuttie Frutti "Hemptique" Bakers Twine
Ranger Antique Gold "Goddess Gold" Embossing Powder
***Bo Bunny Modern Miss Chipboard and ***

I hope this layout inspires you to PLAY ALONG with Scrap Our Stash.  Seriously - it is LOTS of FUN using "STUFF" I haven't touched in quite a while.  You should try it sometime!

Wishing you all a HAPPY and SCRAPPY 2015!!

Thanks for stopping by~
((HUGS)) ~ Sherri