Sunday, August 7, 2016

Challenge YOUrself AUGUST "ART"

Where did the summer go???  I can't believe we are already in the month of August! I hope the summer has been treating you and your family well, and you have been able to carve out a little "YOU" time!  If not, here is your chance, because over at the Challenge YOUrself Blog, we encourage you to do just that!!

This month's challenge contains lots of inspiration.  The BEST part is - it is all about how YOU interpret it!  Take a look at the photo/challenge below. Maybe you are drawn to the colors, or a special memory on a rainy day? Maybe it is the couple walking, or the fall season, or a night time photo?  It is all about whatever inspires YOU! Just be sure to include a photo with YOU in it!!

The photo in the challenge reminded me of the AMAZING Casa Batllo', that we visited in Barcelona, Spain.  This building was on my bucket list to one day see and tour it, for 7 years! We didn't have enough time to tour it on our first trip to Barcelona in 2007. When we returned there in 2014, I made sure we visited it, and even pre-purchased the tickets on line before we departed!!  

Every inch of what was once an apartment building, that was designed by the amazingly talented and super creative Antoni Gaudi, holds something beautiful for the eye to see! The windows, the staircase, the attic, even the chimneys and balconies!

I drew my inspiration from the colors, and from the style of this work of art, and that fact that it is a piece of "ART."  Here is my layout for your inspiration!

This photo was taken by the staff there, as we stood out on the balcony at the very top of the building.
They had a camera mounted out in front of the balcony.  Let me tell you, my hubby wasn't very happy about standing  out on a balcony up that high, but he is a very good sport, and knew how important taking this photo was to me.  I LOVE all of the broken pieces of tile that cover the building - both inside and out!  Gaudi is credited with creating this mosaic style called "Trencadis" (mosaic made from broken tiles) and it can be found throughout his works in Barcelona.

Below you can see the arrow pointing to the balcony where we stood for the photo!  I made a pocket with the bookmark showing the picture of the full building, that I bought in the gift store, and tucked a journaling tag inside it!

The title "Casa Batllo'"  was actually the cover for the folder that the photo that we purchased came in.  Above you can see the journaling on tag that I tucked in the pocket.

I used various colors of Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Inks to color the chipboard elements on this page ( frame, hearts, swirl) - just randomly dropped them on.
I love how the chipboard came out. I think the base page - Paper House's Colorways "Sapphire" Collection was the PERFECT paper to use for the base!  I added a few Prima Flowers, some blingy gems, and enamel dots as added accents around the layout and called it a day.

I hope you enjoyed this little trip to Barcelona!  If you are ever there - please go see Casa Batllo' !

Please consider playing along with us at The Challenge YOUrself Blog this month!  I can't wait to see how you interpret this month's challenge, and what you come up with!

((HUGS)) ~ Sherri