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Sunday, January 8, 2012

Resolutions, Challenge Me Happy and White with One

I have 2 new layouts for 2 challenge sites where I have yet to play.  This first one is for Challenge Me Happy and they are having a Scraplift challenge.
Here's what I made...

and click here to see the layout by Trina McClune that we were to scraplift!  I just bought the Crate Random collection which is most of what you see here.  The flowers are by Websters and Prima.

This next layout is for White With 1 which was more of a challenge for me than I thought it would be.  It's hard for me not to incorporate more color.  But I used it as an opportunity to dig into my stash.  The color to use with white is lime green and they also ask you to use buttons.
It's really scattered looking and I'm not sure how I feel about this one yet.  You might see a redo of it in the future.

I've been reading scrapbooking and crafting resolutions this week and thought I'd make some for myself.

60 layouts (easy)
12 cards (not easy)
6 altered items (doable)
start an art journal and try more mixed media techniques

I've been interested in art journaling and mixed media for awhile but just wasn't really sure where to start.  But I came across this thing called Creative Jump Start hosted at Nathalie's but I found it at Mandy's blog and knew this was something I needed to check out when I saw what she created with toilet paper of all things.  After looking into it, I realized that I don't need to know how to start but just need to start.  It's not about finished masterpieces but trying new things and finding what works and what doesn't.  So I grabbed an old kids book, put some gesso on it and started.  I hesitate to show what I made as it's not pretty... at all... but here it is.
I did some inking based on Dina Wakely's first prompt at Creative Jump Start, which is to warm up.  She has some really great tips you should sign up and check it out.  Oh and the workshop is FREE!  Anyway, I did something with mists and paint and realized that I need some new paint colors, a lot of new paint colors!  The painted blobs looked like different things to me so I drew in what they looked like, and I can't draw.  I was wondering if this was a complete failure and my DD walked by and asked if she could see what I was doing.  I showed her and she said, "Wow, that's just cool!"  So I wrote what she said on it and look at it as my first experiment and am looking forward to trying more.

30 comments:

Linda Jordan said...

I absolutely love your scrapbook layouts, especially the first one, the flowers are so gorgeous!!

I love that you are giving art journaling a try & I love what you came up with. I hope you stick with it & come take a look at my art journaling posts & resources page!!

Linda
http://lasteve1.blogspot.com

Deb Hickman said...

Fabulous LO's. I love the fun colours and I look forward to seeing the art journal.xxx

Linda B said...

Lea, I'm so glad you did this post. I'm doing the Creative Jump Start also and really loving it. I started a journal the first day and am mostly doing the Dina Wakley (I have GOT it get her stamps) idea with the paper scraps. Hope to post some photos soon but will post a TP ATC tomorrow.
Your layouts are fabulous... great work... I MUST stay tuned to your blog.
Hugs to my fellow Jump Starter!!!

Theresa said...

Hello!!!! You were right, that lo with the random paper is fab!!! the picture is wonderful and i think your embellie placement is perfect.
and I think the ww1 is great. not too scattered, but I know how it is when you aren't happy with a lo. =)
I agree with Marin, very cool. I love how you outlined the animals. can't wait to see what else you do.
Making Chk Noodle soup for the sick husband... you know how they get needy.. lol..

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Love love love all of these!!! LOVING the flowers on your lo's..... and loving the page you made with Dina's workshop!! She is soooooooooooo AWESOME!! I just saw her yesterday!! Totally amazing woman! :):):):):):):):):):):)

anne g-i said...

great LOs - I kind of like the scatterness of the 2nd (cool prompt) as a contrast to the sleepy little guy.

yeah for your art journal! it looks like fun - good, messy, painty fun! listen more to your daughter than your inner critic!

Debbie said...

Such creative layouts Lea! Absolutely love the first one using the Random collection! Like the art journaling! It's so artsy!

yyam said...

These layouts are fabulous! Just love how the colors pop! :)

Love that you are getting into mixed media...it's very therapeutic!

Julie J said...

Those LOs are gorgeous and keep up with the art journalling - you've made a good start.

jannekevanveen said...

it's beautiful thanks fot sharing greetings Janneke

Jessie said...

ooooh Lea the LO's are fabulous and I love your art journal!

Missy Whidden said...

Ooooh! I love everything I see here :) I love your take on Trina's layout...those flowers are so pretty! Love the butterfly, too. Your lime green & white layout is precious...love how you changed the colors on the photos, and the frame is perfect. I love the randomness of your art journal...it doesn't have to be "pretty" to still ROCK!! I love it!

Lizzy Hill said...

Thanks for visiting me:) I reckon art journaling will be 'your' thing.....for a 'can't draw' person you are FANTASTIC. Glad you showed:) That Crate range is pretty snazzy, too..& I LOVE the little sheep/fence on the WW1..but I see what you mean by scattered??? I like the ribbon & inside frames, too, they're COOL!!!:):)

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Lots of fun things going on there, love both your layout and I have to say I wish I have more time on mixed media art as well, I took the course and never have enough time to really practice!

Angi said...

Wow...gorgeous pages. Love the flowers.

Anne/Scrappefruen said...

Oh my! It's so gorgeous! Love your embellishment, specially the frame and the butterfly!

Thank you for joining us at CMH!

Kayla Renee said...

These are beautiful.
It looks like you sure have been inspired by the Creative Jumpstart. I wish I had signed up to that now!

xx

Roxy said...

Your layouts look fab, as always! Love the butterfly on the top one, and the white and green one is really cool, fresh and different! Gorgeous photo!!! As for your goals, awesome - I'll be watching and egging you on! And I've been following an art journal blog for a while ("a year in the life of an art journal", I think it's called?) but haven't taken the plunge. I looooooove what you did, I think it looks AMAZING!!! Your animals are so cute, can't wait to see more!!!

Sue Althouse said...

Don't know why I don't do more white with one pages, I always think they look so stunning! And do I see fussy cutting on the first layout - my hat goes off to you for that!

harbourgal said...

Fantastic layouts! I just love Crate's random collection and you have done a fab job with the scrap lift thanks for playing along with CMH

Helen Tilbury said...

Great layouts - the first one is my fave! And woohoo on the scrappy resolutions - you can do it! I'd love to do the art journal bit but I haven't got the time with all the layouts I prefer to churn out so I've decided to incorporate a bit of mixed-media into quite a lot of my layouts so I still get to play a little...

Adriana B said...

Great projects, all of them, love the WW1 one - love the frames and details, wonderful :)

lindy said...

Fabulous pages love the design of the Ww1....thanks for playing along at Ww1

Marie/Mison said...

Wonderful layouts!

Hannah said...

Beautiful layouts! Thanks for joining in the fun at CMH! :-)

Lisa Dorsey said...

Oh I just LOVE the bright colors on that first layout! That second layout is so very sweet! Thanks for joining us for the CMH challenge!

jennifer said...

Great projects! That first layout is Uh-mazing! I really love how you layered all the elements. x

norine said...

Love your LO's!! Thanks for playing with us at Challenge Me Happy!!

Paula said...

Both your layouts are fantastic! I love the use of the colour & b&w photos in the WW1 layout...fab design! Love your 'warm up' too, I've been enjoying the Creative Jump Start too, so inspiring!

Tanyah Payne said...

cute layouts! have to agree Im enjoying the creative jump start too! :)