Saturday, 17 April 2010

Party on! And on...

The party continues over at Shimelle's! The Darling Doctor took The Children for a long walk this afternoon, freeing me up for some serious scrapping time (woo-hoo!!) So I've managed to get a few more challenges done - here goes...

One challenge was to use a background of four patterned papers. I pulled out my collection of pp and my collection of 'photos to be scrapped', looking for some kind of match, and the snow photos from January won! Here they are:

I stitched the squares to some dark blue textured cardstock with a zigzag stitch, then matted the photos onto white cardstock, securing them to the background with a straight stitch. I played around with different placements of the photos but angles seemed to work best at not hiding too much of the patterns. I then die-cut the letters from more white cardstock and stitched some straight lines across each word to hold them in place. Finally I added a few details about the snow in white gel pen around the edge of the title block.

And hang on a minute! I used my own handwriting, which was another of Shimelle's challenges!

Next I turned my attention to the scraplift challenges. I've never tried a scraplift before and wasn't quite sure where to start, but in the end I picked Shimelle's second layout on this post as it seemed quite simple and my style is definitely simple! In fact, I simplified it even further to make it work for me.

I kept the three basic sections for the background: text on the left (patterned paper in my case), photo top right (pic of The Mother taken by The Girl), patterned paper bottom right; I picked out the circle and heart on the left; I used an inked chipboard swirl and a flower sticker to recreate some of the elements from the bottom right; I added a strip of measuring tape as per Shimelle's layout and a border of brown ric-rac instead of gems (on account of having very few gems); the title, again inspired by the original layout, consists of rub-ons on scraps of card trimmed down, and chipboard letters inked to co-ordinate. I'm rather pleased with this layout :-)

I was on a roll by now! Having coped OK with this scraplift I took another look at the second challenge from last night, which also involved a kind of scraplift - this time, using the layout as a sketch. (I couldn't manage to incorporate any woodgrain though Shimelle, sorry!)

Again it worked better for me when I simplifed things. I used a large photo I printed onto vellum a couple of years ago with the idea of scrapping this poem (never quite got around to it, ahem!) The Father took this photo of an eagle when he was living in Alaska. I used some more of the patterned papers from the Snow layout and a strip of ribbon which I ruffled; the vellum was attached with brads at the top and with tape hidden by the ribbon at the bottom. I made a large flower from scraps of the papers and another brad, and a couple of small ones from more scraps and a couple of pearls. Instead of all the rows of embellishments I went for the lines of the poem (which may not be quite right, but this is the version in my memory!) The title (the first line) is made from rub-ons and die-cut letters - which do NOT want to stick! May have to stitch over them! The other lines are handwritten in white gel pen again - which means that this layout also fits the handwriting challenge. That's multi-tasking for you... ;-)

Right, which challenge to do next?

*Edited to add the words of the poem (as they are in my mind, anyway!)

A bird in flight with wings spread wide
Is soul of man with bonds untied.
Beyond the spade, the plough, the hod,
A bird flies in the face of God -
Yet I, with reason bright as day,
Forever tread the earthbound clay.

Spike Milligan 


Amy said...

Mel, you have had such a productive weekend! What a great shot from The Father and the colours compliment the whole calm flight theme ... gorgeous!

Unknown said...

You are on a roll! Great looking LOs and some super photos.

Crafting Queen said...

wow three great pieces. Fab. Anesha

Lizzie said...

I love the Bird in Flight layout! It's just fabulous. The photo is good to start with, but you've just made it awesome!
I'm sorry, but I can't read all of the poem (duh.. short sightedness...). Could you tell us what it says?

Sian said...

You are partying hard! I love all the texture you've got going on in the snow layout :)