Sunday, February 7, 2016

February Challenge YOUrself "One Little Word"

Hello everyone!!
It is time for our February Challenge at the Challenge YOUrself Blog!

This month, we challenge you to not only include a photo of yourself, but also to chose "One Little Word" - as inspired by Ali Edwards. You can find all the Challenge Rules HERE!

This year, I am choosing the word "Believe."    The end of 2015, and beginning of 2016 have been a bit of a challenge for our family and we are hoping and BELIEVING that everything will work out as it should be, so BELIEVE is my "one little word" for 2016.

I checked my stash - and found a wooden "Believe" chipboard element from the Simple Stories Say Cheese Collection, and decided to build a layout from there. I chose a photo from our January 2014 Disney Fantasy cruise, and just "had at it!!"

This is a photo of my husband and I, at the adult only restaurant "Palo."
It is one of our favorite things to do on a Disney Cruise, and we are blessed beyond measure to have been able to enjoy 8 of them since our first in 2000!!
I combined "stuff" from my stash of Simple Stories Say Cheese 1 & 2 Collections and embellished the "heck" out of this layout  - what do you think?
I decided to really make my word "stand out" and covered it with Gold Stickles
- I really like the way it looks!
I LOVE layering papers and embellishments - the FUN Photo frames with this collection are awesome for doing just that!  I inked the edges - you can see the gold on the black one in this close up.  The shiny/bling Mickey Head is from my favorite On-line Scrapbook store  as are all the components in this layout!

I made some banners out of various paper scraps - a large single photo leaves little room to embellishing, and I think this layer of banners adds so much!

There was a lot of dark, empty space in the upper right corner of this photo, so I thought it was the perfect place to add some Simple Stories goodies!!

I pop-dotted many of the embellishments to add dimension to the layout. Behind this grouping was a wine cabinet, so I think they covered up that area perfectly!  This photo also shows how I double matted BOTH the photo, and the base paper with Red and Yellow Cardstock.  I think it makes the whole layout POP!

This layout has also been entered in the DoubleClick Skittles February "Be Mine" Challenge!
Be sure to stop over there to check out this FUN new Blog that I discovered!
Thanks so much for stopping by.  Please take a minute to think of your "ONE Little Word" for 2016 - and I would love to have you play along with us at the Challenge YOUrself Blog!
~ ((HUGS)) - Sherri!

Items Used:  ( all purchased at )
Simple Stories - Say Cheese 1 and 2:
  Chipboard Frames
  Wood Veneer
  Bits and Pieces
  Enamel Dots
  Self Adhesive Brads
Ranger Distress Stains:
  Broken China
  Mustard Seed
  Tarnished Brass
  Black Soot
Ranger Distress Ink:
Candied Apple
Ranger Gold Stickles