Monday, September 7, 2015

Challenge YOUrself #22 "Note to Self...." DREAM BIG!

OH BOY -  What a great prompt for a layout about "YOU!"  Who better to write a note to?

The September Challenge over at the CHALLENGE YOUrself Blog asks you to do just that while using this AWESOME Sketch too!


Click on this LINK for all the Rules/Guidelines - and come join in the FUN!!

So - I visited my Local Scrapbook Store SCRAP-A-DOODLE DOO last month, and picked up "Every Bit" of the new Simple Stories Collection "SO FANCY" - and I've been dying to use it!!  I thought this would be the perfect opportunity!  (If you LOVE the line too - you can click on the link above, as they are an on-line store too - and can ship it right to your home!)

Well, when looking through all the papers in the collection - I came across the "Mood Board" page and BAM!!  I thought it would PERFECT for the base page, and for my "NOTE" too!

What do you think?

Here are a few close ups for you:

I had this flower in my stash - "forever!"  I had made it using "Sticky Back Canvas" that I sprayed with Glimmer Mist.  I am so happy that I finally got to use it!   I added some embroidery thread behind it - I like this new "trend" and I plan to use it more often. 

I drew the letters for the "Note to Self" title on scrap paper, then cut them out, flipped them over, traced them on the back of one of the 4x6 cards from the "Snap Cards." I then cut them out of the final paper and inked them.  When I added them to the layout, I really wanted them to "pop" a little more - so I outlined them with a gold metallic pen, and then a fine black marker (as I did with the "dream big" that was already printed on the base page. (See below.)  I still wasn't happy and thought they needed a little more "pop" so I dipped a paint brush in Butternut Squash Glimmer Mist, and went around both sets of words.  Still not satisfied, I dabbed some Fossilized Amber Ranger Distress Stain on a piece of plastic, and then painted around the both sets of letters too.  The final "POP" was to doodle around all of the words with a white gel pen - finally, I was happy with the results!! WHEW!!!

The words "Dream Big" were already printed on the base page.  To make them stand out - I outlined them first with a gold metallic gel pen, and then again with a fine point black marker.  I painted around them just like I did with the "Note to Self" words - and doodled around the words with the white gel pen too.

I painted some more Glimmer Mist and stain around the "ampersand" sign on the base page - to give it a little "pop" too!  I pop dotted the gold and white striped heart.  You can see lots of layers in this photo!!

Here you can see a little more of the embroidery thread - tucked under some pop-dotted elements.  I love the little chipboard flowers too!!

 This photo was a selfie I took while on vacation in Myrtle Beach last December.  I used some kind of app on my phone to add the black doodle frame and "Enjoy the moment" text.  If you look closely into the sun glass lens on the left in the photo - you can see my hubby walking on the beach in front of me :-)

I love all the little paper embellies that come in the  "Bits and Pieces" pack!  I had fun inking them, and adding them to the layout with foam pop dots.!

Well, thanks for stopping by - that is my NOTE TO SELF - I hope you will play along with us at the Challenge YOUrself Blog this month! I can't wait to see what your NOTE is!!

((Hugs)) ~ Sherri

Here are the items used:
Simple Stories "So Fancy"  Mood Board | Besties
SS So Fancy "Snap Cards"
SS So Fancy - Bits and Pieces
SS So Fancy - Chipboard elements
SS So Fancy - Cardstock Stickers
SS So Fancy - Brads
SS So Fancy -Washi Tape
SS So Fancy -Clear Photo Stickers
Ranger Distressed Stains - Tarnished Brass, Fossilized Amber, Peacock Feathers, Picket Fence
Glimmer Mist - Butternut Squash
White and Gold Gel Pen
Black Fine Point Sharpie