Thursday, February 17, 2011

Troubles in Scrappy-land

This week, I've hit a few bumps in my scrappy road.  I was on such a paper scrappy high that it's not a surprise.  ;)

I did this LO for Dawn's February challenge over at Skrap 'n Chat:

Oops - I see I took the picture crooked!  *blush*

The challenge is to use purple as your background colour and I knew this picture would be perfect for it.  Not only is purple Auntie's favourite colour but her shirt was purple too.  My original plan was to put five eyelets down along the bottom of the blue border.  However, my Crop-o-Dile wasn't big enough to put the eyelets where I wanted them.  Shoot, now I need to get me a Big Bite!  ;)  Plus, when I put the eyelet in, I squished it and then it jammed in the Crop-o-Dile.  I learned from one of my Peeps (over at Club CK) that you can't squeeze it too hard or it will wrap up around the Crop-o-Dile.  Lesson learned.

So I had to change gears.  I added the fibre, which I like a lot and then the two buttons on the purple strip.  My favourite part about this LO is the stitching around the circle.  I used blue and pink thread and I love the look it gives it.  I knew it needed something up on the left side and ended up deciding on the button and ribbon but I'm not 100% happy with it.  And I had to put something in the circle so I added the date tag but it's not the look I was going for.  However, I'm trying to take Karen Grunberg's advice to simply "embrace imperfection".  So, I'm calling this one done.  :)

I did this LO as a combination of two challenges.  It was for Tash's "Life is Like a Box of Chocolates" challenge at Skrap 'n Chat and Susan's weekly challenge at Club CK. 
For Tash's challenge we needed to include a photo that shows love, some hearts, foil and a drizzle of chocolate (brown).  I wasn't sure how I could make it work but I like how the heart in the title stands out because it's brown.  I couldn't find foil per se so I used that shiny gift wrap that you can get instead.  And I love these photos of Aidan and Derwin - you can see how happy they are with each other.

Susan's challenge is a recipe challenge.  This was my first time doing one but it was lots of fun.  The choices were:  hearts, a border punch, pink or red cardstock, bling or glitter, a journalling tag, a piece of ribbon and handstitching.  We had to use 5 of the 7 options.  I obviously used red cardstock, a journalling tag and lots of hearts.  :)    I don't have much red patterned paper, especially for boys, so I went with a strip of cream and red for my border but it turned out fine.  I used stickles on the foil hearts and I handstitched the "kisses" and the xoxo along the left side.

I was reflecting this morning on how many challenges I have going on right now.  There are so many great ones out there that I'm feeling a bit ADD trying to get to them all.  However, they've been so inspirational and motivating.  I need to find a good way to manage them all - right now, I'm using the sticky note system and it's OK.  I know I won't be able to get to all challenges right now but I'd still like to do them so I think I'm going to start keeping a notebook of the challenges so I can always refer back to them. 

This will be it for a few days on here as some great friends of ours are coming to visit us this weekend.  We haven't seen them in nearly two years and they'll be heading overseas for another posting in July.  Have a scrappy weekend!


Jennifer DeWolfe said...

Great layouts for the challenges Dana! You have been a challenge addict lately ... good for you. I find I have been try to get on board with too and I also keep track on a post-it note. In fact I had to go buy bigger post-it notes because there just wasn't enough room for all I wanted to do :)

Shanon said...

I need to do more challenges! I really love them but never seem to get them started before the deadlines. Of course I could still be inspired by the challenge but....I get easily distracted by other things.

Great job on the LO's!

DanaMK said...

Since I've started doing the challenges, I've been so much more productive. They're just so fun and make me do things in ways I might not normally do. I'd love to see some of your stuff that you make. Shanon, that's where the month-long challenges are nice. You have lots of time to get them done.