Do you like scrapbook challenges? Are they a form of inspiration or a source of aggravation? I always think that I want to participate in challenges...they always sound so intriguing, but sometimes I wonder...
As all artists, scrapbook designers are always looking for inspiration, and the internet is full of them. Pinterest and Sketch Maps are two of the more popular sites that offer scrapbook ideas and motivation. Another form of inspiration may be found in various scrapbook challenges. For example, the international scrapbooking community called Let's Scrap, not only offers weekly sketch challenges, with generous prizes dangled as motivation to participate, but also bi-weekly layout challenges dreamt up by talented Design Team members.
I was attracted to the current Design Team Challenge #160, posted by Tiffany Duvall (truly an "outside-of-the-box" designer!) because it combined a colored photo along with a black and white photo, and I happened to have the perfect photos to use. This stunning portrait by Edgartown photographer extraordinaire Eli Dagostino of my dear friend, artist Margot Datz, taken in front of an amazing mural she recently completed at the Old Whaling Church on Martha's Vineyard, was perfect for this challenge. This would be my "color" photo...
These are Challenge #160's requirements...to qualify for the prize drawing, your layout must include the following:
- A mixture of colored and black and white or sepia photos
- Flowers(can be on the paper, embellishments, stickers or the photos themselves)
- Hand written journaling
- A "Let's Scrap" sketch as inspiration
As much as I enjoy rising to challenges, they sometimes also frustrate me by requiring qualifying elements that just don't always "fit" into my artwork. I found a sketch that was perfect for my vision, though I only wanted to use the left side flipped on its side.
The layout was coming along exactly as planned. I had some great rubber stamps of columns and classic patterns that would add the architectural elements that I envisioned. I added a metal photo corner, stamped on a glorious chandelier in silver and added a 3-D title: Perfection. I was happy as a clam until I got to the challenge "requirements".
I was a bit stumped by the hand-written journaling requirement, because as much as I'm a fan, this page would be so architectural, that I would have leaned toward typed journaling, but oh well...I'll try to write very neatly. So now, I still have to add the flower and the buttons...none of which sound like the appropriate embellishment for such a sophisticated layout. (My scrapping buddy Evelyn even asked me, "So why did you pick this topic for the challenge?" -Good point)
I tried many different variations of buttons & flowers...here's where "the challenge of a scrapbook challenge" kicks in. How to keep the essence of this "story" intact while meeting the challenge requirements? First, I added these metal embellishments that would double as buttons & flowers, since they sport a flower relief on them. Great! I haven't compromised the integrity of the piece, but is there a better choice? What about using a Fleur de Lis for the flower and a small brad for the button? I like it. Classic, elegant...fits the piece. But what about adding just a touch of color? The resin buttons are gorgeous! The butterflies pick up the gown's color and the red rose accentuates Margot's lipstick. Hmmmm.... This certainly adds a touch of femininity to the layout. Does it make it more "Margot"? -Or does it distract the eye? Is it too much color? Let me try something else. This is pretty...the amber buttons add a touch of color and the beaded flower picks up a subtle hint of the gown. I like it, but is it adding too many types of embellishments? The metal photo corner was already glued down, and the title is of 3-D resin tiles. I do have another set of buttons that may be nice... Hmmm...I don't know...do I like the amber gems better? Should I just go back to the original metal buttons? I have to admit that I do miss the pop of color in the butterflies.
In my last post, To Re-do or Not to Re-do?" you all seemed to enjoy giving your opinion on which layout you liked better. May I impose upon you to give your opinion again? I am truly stumped this time, since I like several of the options equally, but which is best? So help me out, friends...what do you think? If we number the layouts left to right, and work our way down...
- Metal Flower Buttons
- Fleur de Lis
- Amber Gems & Beaded Flower
- Copper Buttons & Beaded Flower
- Butterflies & Rose
- Forget meeting the challenge requirements...leave well enough alone!
What's your favorite and why? Thanks for your input!
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