Friday, July 22, 2011

My Mind's Eye Blog Challenge #25 - Layout

Hi, again!  Here's another post for today.  This one is for the MME Layout Challenge #25. The theme is "Celebration." 

I've made a layout of my eldest's 5th birthday celebration in his class, hence the big number 5 on it :)

Here it is:

Title:  5th Birthday

But first, a little story behind making this.  I've partially laid out the page and had been confident to finish it earlier than i thought, what with putting only the journaling, title and some embellishments i've already planned in my mind.

That morning, i've just brought my eldest to school when our dear helper called me.  My heart skipped a scary beat when she mentioned my youngest's name and i was like nervously scanning her voice with just the important Ink...stamp...LOL!  Was terribly relieved!  It turns out that while our helper was preparing milk which my youngest has asked for, said youngest then headed to the desk where this page has been on.  I've left there all the materials making this page confident that they would not be "especially interested."  Oh, yeah, my little one has been interested alright!  Have a look:

So, i've to think how to cover up the stamped areas.  I decided not to go through the whole length of covering up every little area since i'd just stress myself out.  And i keep telling myself that am doing this for the memory, and not especially for the prize (but thoughts of choosing which MME line i'd get are really tempting).  So, in the end, you can still see the "stampings" and it doesn't bother me much.  I even included it in the journaling :)

Here are some close-ups:
 Clockwise from Top Left:  Journaling spot- cover; journaling spot - second page; journaling spot - third page; journaling spot - base; the number 5 with Stickles on the edges.  I had to make it a very big number 5 to cover the stamped areas.

Bottom left:  cover of mini album;  bottom right:  unfolded accordion album.

It turns out that, thanks to the "happy accident" my youngest son has made, i was able to put more photos than i originally intended (with the accordion album covering up the reds under it) and am happy with my journaling spot (it turned out like a mini book heehee!).  i know it's not prize-worthy, given the sketch provided, but am more than happy with the final outcome.  What's important, and i keep telling myself this when i start getting stressed, is to document the memory, the event.  Karen Grunberg's Big Picture class Embrace Imperfection really help me a whole lot when i prepare my layouts.  If you think you overthink about it too, you might try to visit/sign-up (it's free!) *HERE*.

Material list:
The following are all from My Mind's Eye - patterned papers (Be Loved); die cuts (Lime Twist, Be Loved); ribbon (Stella and Rose), alpha stickers (Lime Twist).
Others:  photo turns (7Gypsies), brads, Stickles (Ranger), glue (Helmar).

Would love to know what you think :)

Thanks very much for dropping by!


Layout for MWL's #5 Challenge

Hi, everyone!  Am back!  :)  My apologies for my absence - been busy in an impromptu kind of way.  Went for a holiday/visit on impromptu with the family; my eldest had to skip school for a week too :)

Back to the topic at hand...this one  is for Made With Love's Challenge #5 (already concluded).  It called for:
"1) SET at least 6 manufacturer brands on a 12" x 12" layout. You gotta "use up" something for it to be counted so mists, inks and paints are counted but punches are not.
2) SCRAP the word "HAPPY" somewhere in your title"

Here it is.

Title:  A Happy Visit

This is about our above-mentioned visit to my parent's house and this is on the last day.  My son would be celebrating his birthday the next day so we had a mini cake-candle-blowing ceremony :)

I've incorporated a grid in this one, thinking i can place more embellishments than i usually do (and thus use up some of the stash heehee!) if there are smaller blocks in the layout and i don't have to think really hard of the element placement if it is just one continuous layout.  But that's just me - most of the time i overthink about placements :) 

Oh, for the grid, i traced the Dusty Attic 8x8 frame; made it really easy for me, no measuring done.  Hah! :)

Here are some close-ups:

My "consumeables" are the following:
1. Bazzill - cardstock;
2. Crate Paper - PP;
3. October Afternoon - PP;
4. American Crafts - PP;
5. Bella Blvd - PP;
6. Maya Road - chipboards, wooden peg, trinkets (birds, butterflies, heart);
7. Pink Paislee - rub-on;
8. 7Gypsies - stickers;
9. My Mind's Eye - bling;
10. Webster's Pages - alphas;
11. Pebbles - buttons;
12. Ranger - Perfect Pearls, Distress Ink, Stickles, Distress Stickles, Embossing Ink;
13. Tsukineko - ink pad;
14. Helmar - glue;
15. Studio Calico - baker's twine
16.  Lace from my hometown

Let me know what you think :)

Thanks for visiting! 

Enjoy the weekend!