Kristina's colour inspiration #11!

I've been so busting for Kristina to post another colour challenge, so when she did I was very excited, but also stuffed up with ANOTHER cold (my third or fourth this year!) AND with a workshop to prepare for.  I managed to play along though and am very excited with the result - this time it's a 12x12 scrapbooking layout :) Here, first of all is the colour challenge itself, taken from none other than my favourite place in the world - Ikea!


In posting the challenge, Kristina pointed out the use of white as a dominant colour in the combination, so I took that advice on board and came up with this!

I was SO excited to realise that the colours in the gorgeous tea set that we used for our recent biggest morning tea could all pretty much fit in with the challenge colours, so I scrapbooked our tea party!!

I think the absolute BEST parts of this layout are the pictures, so didn't really need a bunch of other stuff going on, and the use of white as the main colour really let the pictures speak for themselves as well.

The most exciting part for me is that I didn't actually use a pre-existing sketch for this one!  I just printed my photos, laid them out and let it happen from there.  Being fairly reliant on using sketches for my scrapbooking on most occasions, I was pretty happy that this came together relatively easily from scratch :)

For the Going Gray component of the colour combination, I had planned to mat the photos onto Going Gray cardstock, but the fly in that particular ointment was that I don't actually OWN any Going Gray cardstock.  Hmmmmm....  The next best thing I decided would be to use Whisper White with Going Gray ink (which I DO have!) sponged around the edges.  The effect is even better than I think the cardstock would've been, so I sponged the edge of the whole big sheet of white too, just to tie it all in :)

The embellishments are Pretties sponged in Rose Red and So Saffron ink with some different sized half pearls (also from the Pretties) stick in the centres.  For the leaves, I folded a piece of Old Olive CS, fed it through my crimper and cut out, well....leaf shapes! 

 Here's a close up of the title, where I used my Jumbo Outline Alphabet with the polka dot patterned paper from the Rose Red Prints Pack.  The "party" word is from the recent Sale-a-bration set Lots of Thoughts.  Another smaller spray of Pretties and crimped leaves keeps the theme happening :)

For the background of the title, I scalloped the edges of the card with my small corner rounder (guide removed) then punched little holes in each scallop with my 1/16" circle hand punch.  I love the old-fashioned effect this gives it!

The photo corner in the top left uses a similar idea, but in this case, after I had scalloped the edges of the cardstock, I then used my photo corners punch (the larger one of the two) and punched out a photo corner keeping the scallops intact!  

This is something that I actually came up with in the moments before drifting off to sleep last night, and had I not been exhausted and up to the eyeballs with cold and flu medication, I would very likely have got out of bed and made it right then!  That is something that I do with frightening regularity, as quite often I will have an idea just as I am going to sleep, and then I can't sleep for thinking about it, so I have to get up, do it and get it out of my head so I can sleep!  Does this happen to anybody else, or am I just strange?  Perhaps don't answer that.....


tea party layout:
Stamps: Jumbo Outline Alphabet, Lots of Thoughts (retired)
Paper: Whisper White, So Saffron, Old Olive, Rose Red Prints DSP
Ink: Rose Red, So Saffron, Going Gray
Accessories: Pretties Kit, Small Corner Rounder , 1/16" Hand Punch, Photo Corners Punch, Crimper, Stampin' Dimensionals, Stampin' Sponges

I scrapped!

I have been meaning to scrap this photo of my little one Sophie for a number of months now - ever since I saw the photo for the first time and immediately decided that it was scrap-worthy!  Not sure why I've been putting it off for quite so long, but a couple of days ago, armed with BH&G Scrapbooks etc (issue Feb/March 2008 p 78 if you're interested!!) I sat down and did it in not much more than an hour!

Another thing I haven't done for a while (aside from scrapbooking itself!) is to use Garden Green in anything!  Well I did that too!

The patterned paper at the left of the page is Polka Dots and Petals stamped in Staz On onto Naturals Ivory cardstock and coloured in with an aquapainter and ink.  I coloured a couple of extras and punched them out using various sized circle punches and stuck them on the lower right to balance it all out.

The flowers are from the Pretties Kit and coloured using sponge daubers with Ruby Red and Cameo Coral Ink, and I whacked a Very Vanilla button in the middle tied with Linen Thread.

The top and bottom borders are scalloped using the new, smaller corner rounder punch with the guide removed.  The words that are stuck onto the photo are not really visible, but they are from So Many Sayings, and say "happiness", "joy", and "absolute bliss" - perfect sentiments for this picture of a little person running barefoot in the middle of a gorgeously green park  I thought :)

Here's a bit of a close up of some of the detail (and I just realised that now you can see the words too!):

sophie in the park 12x12:
Stamps: Polka Dots and Petals, So Many Sayings
Paper: Garden Green, Ruby Red, Cameo Coral, Gable Green, Naturals Ivory
Ink: Staz On, Garden Green, Ruby Red, Cameo Coral, Gable Green
Accessories: Pretties Kit, Buttons (Earth Elements & Neutrals), 1", 3/4" & 1/2" Circles Punches, Small Corner Rounder Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals