Royal Battle Challenge: Scrapbook Page

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Hello everyone!

I've been feeling quite guilty lately of not doing any scrapbooking ever since I discovered stamping and all the cute images you can color in. I think I did two whole pages last year and this year, well, I think I'm on a roll because today's project makes takes me to two pages this year - and it's April!! LOL So, because I feel like a bad mama, I think I'm going to start doing a page a month from now on and while I'm at it, I'll include some stamped images since I'm all about coloring in now. ;)

If you're a fan of The Greeting Farm, then you know all about the Royal Battle going on right now. It's a HUGE contest TGF is running and the grand prize is just RIDICULOUS! Every week the teams produce a creation for that week's challenge and each Sunday everyone votes on their favorite three projects. Those with the most votes gets continue onto the next round. Even though the Farmers and Critter Crew can't win the grand prize, Jess is letting us play along anyway...just for the thrill of it!

So last week's challenge was to create a scrapbook page and I stuck up my hand to create it (being so guilty and all that). I figured I needed some new paper to be inspired by, so I popped into my local Michaels (since it's only 5 minutes away and my LSS is 30 minutes away) and found a really cute paper stack from DCWV called 'Bird Song'. It's got some great patterns in it and even some glitter paper, which is always good if you like a bit of sparkle!

Once I found the paper, I racked my brain, and hard drive, for some photos to match. (Some people pick the photos before the paper and I usually do that too, but not this time!) I found these photos of my little girl in our backyard at our old house. When we bought the house, we inherited a flower garden filled with everything from day lilies to rhubarb! When the sun was out we'd spend a lot of time out there and Syd would pick all the flowers her little hands could carry. *sigh* I miss that house... Anyway, once I had the paper and photos, I needed a layout. So I went to the one place I knew I could find one - Page Maps! If you love to scrapbook, this site is GREAT for creative layouts. I borrowed this one from the April Page Maps.

Having not scrapbooked in a long while, I used some techniques I frequently use on cards, but never did on scrapbook pages, like sponging, machine stitching, and adding dimension. I casually machine stitched around the layout with chocolate thread. I got brave and stitched the stems and leaves of the flowers too! It was a little tricky to maneuver around the page on my sewing machine but it worked out in the end. It just so happens that Stamp Something's challenge this week is to use stitches, so I'm submitting this project for the challenge. :)

I used a bunch of different TGF sets for this layout. The little garden helper and flower are from the Hope and Grace set, the mushroom behind Grace is from the retired Wonderland set and the little birdie (which I drew legs on) is from the also retired Pretty Anya set.

Well, it sure was nice to get a page done! Thanks so much for stopping by today! :)

The Greeting Farm
'Hope And Grace', 'Wonderland Rubber set - retired', 'Pretty Anya - retired'
Inks: StazOn 'Jet Black', Creamy Caramel, Pretty In Pink, Close To Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Sahara Sand, Morning Marigold, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Certain Celery, More Mustard, Regal Rose, Ruby Red, Cranberry Crisp, Distress Inks 'Frayed Burlap, Antique Linen, Tea Dye and Vintage Photo'
Papers: Strathmore Bristol Vellum, Bazzil Basics, PP - DCWV "Song Bird"
Access: Martha Stewart Edge Punch, Spellbinders Labels Two Nestibilities, Fiskars Decorative Scissors, Machine Stitching, Sponges, Dimensionals


MiamiKel said...

My goodness gracious, this took my breath away in the gallery but since we aren't allowed to vote there, I had to give you a WOOHOO! syd has grown!! Oh my! This paper is as lucious in real life, I agree, but this page is positively darling -mostly with YOUR darlin in it! Wonderfully done ..... should be in a frame on your mantle :) x0x0

Kim said...

I adore this layout, from the beautiful colors to the sweet little face on your daughter it is perfect!

Pegg S said...

Oh I voted for this and didn't realize it was yours until your post today :) So adorable I love it!

WickedPixie said...

I am so glad you put this up on your blog because I fell in love with it in the gallery, but I am a rule follower and I know I wasn't supposed to leave comments on it there so as not to confuse the tallying of the votes!! I love that paper stack and HAD to have it myself because I just knew it should be made into something beautiful and you have certainly done that! WOW! :-)Traci

Jessica Diedrich said...

Well I think this is truly AMAZING. How gorgeous! I have to say since the new SB team I am really pushing myself too to scrap more but it's been SO much more fun than I thought it would be! Good luck, girlie-you TOTALLY rocked this!

Danielle L. said...

I haven't scrapbooked in a long time but now I want to again! This page is AMAZING! So much great detail... and the pictures are CUTE!. :)

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