For this week's issue challenge, Erika asked us to do a layout in 15 minutes. Yes, 15 minutes. If you know me, I am a sssslllloooowwww scrapper. I take forever to choose the papers to go with the pictures, then the embellies and then putting it all together. Paper layouts take me much longer than digi ones but I'm still not speedy with digi layouts. I still like to play around with the elements and then the shadowing.
So this challenge was an anxiety-provoking challenge for me but I wanted to give it a shot. I chose the photos and the digi kit ("Leaps and Bounds" by Julie Billingsley) ahead of time. I chose them a couple days ago and then let it be. I sat down and started the timer. I decided to forget about layering - not going to happen when I'm pressed for time. So I went with a simple photo block and then the starburst, the buttons and the title. I fussed around with the alphas to space them evenly and then line them up properly - I couldn't let that go - it would have driven me nuts. I see the blue button is a little off but oh well, it's not too bad. I couldn't let this layout go without journalling. Yes, I'm a journalling junkie but I have to tell the stories to go with the photos. There are layouts that I don't feel need journalling but this one wasn't one of those.
And you know what? I'm really happy with it! I need to do this more often. :)