Well, hello, hello, hello and welcome to the second Crop Circles Blog Hop. (Check out the first here, if you are so inclined.) Crop Circles is a wonderful group of paper crafters, scrapbookers, mixed media mavens and all around amazing ladies; I am so happy to be in their company. A lot of the group is based in Newfoundland, and some, like me, grew up there and have family, friends and plenty of other links back. If the projects in this hop are as good as the first, you have a lot of inspiration ahead of you! As with any good hop, there is a prize! 🙂 Leave a comment on each post to enter; you have until April 12th.
My project is a bit of a mess. If we’re being honest here, as scrappers, we never love every page. There’s even a photo floating around Facebook that says, “Not every page has to be a masterpiece,” and it’s true. Would I love every page to be a masterpiece? Would I love to channel my inner Shimelle Laine (my scrappy idol ;)) every day? Of course! But does it work that way? Umm, no.
I started out with a random idea and a few odd products. I had saved the covers of a broken notebook because I loved the design – a colourful chevron. I had also pulled some pieces from an Amy Tangerine day book. I figured some Amy Tangerine Sketchbook paper would make sense, so I pulled scraps from that line as well.
Perhaps the products got in the way of the plan, I’m not sure. I knew I wanted to use the notebook cover (a thick see through acrylic) but it was a bit of a challenge. Using it to mat a photo was fine, once I convinced my trimmer to cut it. I also ran a piece of it through my Big Shot (twice). The adorable die from Wplus9 was just asking to be used.
I jumped in after that, with no plan past the die cutting, oops! I used a second translucent piece, from the daybook, behind one photo, since the larger one already had the notebook piece, and kept playing with other layers.
At this point, I was still enjoying the colours together; I liked the vibrancy and playfulness. (Not sure when I changed my mind …) I was having a hard time using the die cuts, so I cut a piece of the green paper you see above to back the translucent pieces. That made each piece stand out just enough. It was at this point that I made a fatal “stick before you think” error and then had this to deal with:
(Insert your favourite pseudo-curse word here.)
That, my friends, was annoying. It was already late, the page had already gone off the rails a little and taken many detours so this was just the last stop. I cut my background page into pieces (saving the work that was already done but getting rid of that little mishap) and backed the whole thing on a piece of Stampin’ Up! kraft resist wood grain paper. (I added distress ink in Squeezed Lemonade and Spiced Marmalade first.) Since I was so done at this point, I chose a title that is simple and slightly boring, added a few Elle’s Studio bits and walked away.
Supplies: Amy Tangerine for American Crafts paper and daybook, Stampin’ Up! paper, notebook cover, Wplus9 die, Sizzix Big Shot,
Dear Lizzy for American Crafts chipboard stickers, Tim Holtz distress ink, Elle’s Studio tags
Now, here we are, a day later, very close to go time for the hop and I have only this to show you! Yikes. I had high hopes, friends, of completing a second spring layout to share, but the universe had other plans. Such is life.
I’ve posted layouts I don’t love before, I’m not really afraid to do so. And it’s never about fishing for compliments, it’s about admitting that we all have them, stashed away in albums and we all wonder what someone else would do with them. So maybe that’s the point, then. It happens to the best of us! Not every page is a masterpiece. What would you have done with this page?
Your next stop is Catherine, who probably does not need your help! 🙂 Enjoy.
Here’s the full blog hop list; you won’t want to miss any of these projects!
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