Sunday, July 15, 2012

Alberta Bound

You may recall from last month's challenge that the purpose of this challenge group was to take our scrapbooking to the next level, to stretch our creative process and to grow as artists by embracing challenges that make us think, work and grow. 

 Welcome to our July reveal of the Inspiration Elevator challenges. This month our challenger was the very talented Audrey Yeager. Audrey noticed (as you may have too) that all but one of our members is a single page designer. Our default design is a single 12x12 design! For Carolyn Wolff her go-to is a double and so the challenge will be a bit different for her. That's why we love many styles and we all approach it differently! In fact, we have invited a valued guest designer to join us this month; her name is Scarlett Salamone.

Here's a bit of what Audrey had to say in her challenge this month. She even gives us a few tips and a link to a great blog for inspiration! 

" I take a lot of photos.  Right now, I have been using 2 or 3 smaller
photos on my layouts.  But truth is, I
have a lot of events where I would like to include a lot of photos on a larger
spread so that you can see the details in the photos to.  So I print out the photos with the intention
of putting them on a 2-page spread...
I just can’t get it.  I feel like I have a certain style, yet when
I sit down to create a 2 pager, it feels nothing like “me”. 
SOOOO, your next challenge is to create a
double page layout.  And I don’t mean
just any double page.  I want you to
really think about your style and your design practices for single pagers (the
first assignment helped us define our style, so think about those
elements).  Then take those ideas and try
to apply them to a double pager.   
are some ideas:
*Start by thinking of your canvas as a
12x24” size.  Before you even print
photos or pick papers, try to envision (or sketch out) a design that feels like
*Once you have a basic design, think about
the techniques that you love and where/how you will incorporate them on your
*Choose products that you would use for a
single page layout.  If you use white
cardstock as a base a lot of times, then use it on your double page.  If you mostly use patterned paper, then use
that.  And if you don’t have 2 of the
same sheets of patterned paper for your background, I REALLY challenge you to
use 2 different 12x12 sheets for the base of your spread!  (Kim Watson does a superb job of using 2
different sheets for her backgrounds…if you have CK magazine, look at some of
her pages.)
*Another way to approach this, (which I
personally want to experiment with more), is to create 2 single pagers, but use
the same papers in the same ratios.  The
papers and the photos will help tie your design together.
You might do this challenge and not be
happy with your first result, so I challenge you to KEEP TRYING!  Do a 2nd , double page layout and
try to learn from your “mistakes” on the first one.
Also, if you typically DO create 2 pagers,
then apply the same ideas to a single page spread instead.
As we create this month, if you have
thoughts about your process or are struggling, OR you are loving what you are
creating, share some of your ideas with us!!!
I can’t wait to see what you create!"

For my layout, I used some of the photos from the trip we just did to Alberta, love that!  I also used my Nikki Sivils Exit Here collection as it was perfect for this layout.  These pages are for my daughter's album and she likes 2 pagers with lots of photos so I tried to incorporate as many as I could.

I used an older sketch from Sketch Support, kinda sad they are not doing sketches anymore, I always loved her sketches.  I used my Beacon Zip Dry to adhere the bits and pieces.   I love the Zip Dry, it adheres so quickly and you don't need very much!

One of the pages:

The second page:

And some close ups:

I hope you will stop by and see what the designers on this adventure have created:


Joanne said...

Great layout Laurel! I love how your photos take center stage with a nice mix of fun embellishments!
Joanne xo

LisaM said...

Love your embellies Laurel! Fun 2 pager!

Christa said...

I agree with Joanne and really like your photo layout. The choices you made with size and position really add to the flow. The Nikki line is great fit too! Congrats too on the Pebbles DT gig! You fit them like a glove!

Cathy said...

This is so cool, tons of photos, fun is fresh and fun!
Love it!

Laura said...

love this! i love the collage effect you used with you photos, very interesting. And the products you used to reinforce your title and them are just too sweet!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Loveeeeeeeeeeee this!!! You rocked Nikki's Exit Here line! LOVING all the photos and love love love the cluster of goodies on the left!

Sharli Schaitberger said...

You Did It! Awesome layouts - they really do look like one page stretched to be 12 x 24. Your photos are fabulous and look really good collected like you did. Excellent work, Laurel!

Lisa Spiegel said...

Love this!! The different size photos really take your eye across the page as do your embellie

Bananastamper said...

Fab JUMP photo! I love all the bits and bobs you added and soo many photos!!!

bonnie said...

Awesome layout and fabulous the sweet details on the layout!! Hugs x

MaryAnn said...

Awesome Job on this double...I almost can't believe how many photos you got on it. And each page could stand alone too!
Wonderful layout.

Audrey Pettit said...

When I first started scrapping, I pretty much always made 2-pagers.......and now I can't remember the last time I've done one. it's been years. Great challenge! Love your spread. So awesome to get so many photos all in one place. Love the borders on the sides where you've tucked the journaling cards and pretties!

Ann said...

The Nikki line was ideal for theses photos and colours - like they were made for each other! Terrific work!
- Ann Jobes

Scarlett said...

Love all the photos you fit on your pages and all the bits and pieces tucked along the sides!

Sue Sykes said...

Love how many photos you managed to fit on this!! Great papers, too!

1CardCreator said...

This is gorgeous Laurel, love all the pics and how the pages coordinate.

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