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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

January Challenge

Good morning everyone and I hope that this post finds you well!

I am currently away with my family on our holiday. Every year, in January, we meet with my extended family in Canberra for a catch up. When they all head home Jason, Brayden and I stay a little bit longer. We are in the caravan so it is relaxation to the housework, cooking is EASY and no commitments......what else could you want! Well, I do sneak in a few of scrapping bits and pieces......just in case it rains or the boys fall asleep early!!!

I am SO excited to share with you you know I set this month's challenge.....and I am so pleased what I came up with.

The challenge....was definitely a challenge that cleared out the cobwebs in my brain.....but I loved it! 
It was nice to do something different :0)

Here is the challenge....
RULE #1: Use the theme......"Looking forward, Looking back" (this must be used somewhere on your page).
RULE #2: Your layout must be a Non-Traditional Shaped Layout.

RULE #3: Use buttons

RULE #4: Use ribbon
RULE #5: Use one other embellishment

and finally......a quote for inspiration, which you may/may not choose to use this on your layout....
"I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination" (James Dean)

Well, if you have got through all of that, well done.....they call it a MEGA CHALLENGE! Hehehehe....:0)

Here is what I came up with.....

How gorgeous is this collection????
When I first received the pack from Jo it screamed wedding photos or photos from the family history. But, me being me......I didn't want to do that.
I wanted to share the story of my gorgeous man and his determination to lose weight....a legend in my eyes!!!

So I used the collection to try and make a 'man friendly' page.
I used some gorgeous Thickers for my title and the brackets. I have used several buttons and have gathered some of the gorgeous ribbon to make a flower.
How versatile is this collection....why not pop in and see Jo to get your hands on suits all types of memories!

Here is a close up of the journalling....

Card Challenge
As with the layout, I have stayed on the 'non -traditional' shaped theme for the card. You must also use parts of at least 2 patterned papers, paint, masking tape and at least one flower.

Here is my card....

I decided to relinquish and go with the wedding theme. Again using the gorgeous 'Little Black Dress' collection. 
I had lots of fun doing this card. I printed a heart shape from my computer to trace the outline, punched some circles from two patterned papers and have used acetate to create a see through front.
I swiped a small amount of black paint on the inside of the acetate and on the front used some small pieces of masking tape to place my message.

I used the 'Green Tara - Organza Rosette' ribbon....trimming them into flowers to cover the 'flower' part of the challenge. Click here to grab some from Scrapbookit.

I used some more paint and masking tape on the inside of the card as well as some of the stickers from the 'Little Black Dress' collection.

Well, I hope that you have enjoyed my post today....Really looking forward to seeing how you interpret this challenge....I certainly had HEAPS of fun!

Well, off to put my feet up......



  1. Simply beautiful Mel! Great Layout and Wow your card is very special, thanks for sharing this great range.

  2. Wow Mel, this Layout has come up beautifully and the card is pretty awesome!!!!!!! Well done. So loved this challenge and can't wait to see what everyone comes up with.

  3. Gorgeous work! Looks like a fab range! I love BasicGrey! You have set such a cool challenge! I really enjoyed it - such a great idea with the different shaped stuff!!! :D

  4. Your layout is fantastic've used these papers beautifully. How amazing is it to look back at those pics too. There is much to be proud of :) and as for your tricky challenge....wowsers hehe... I think I might give this a try. Enjoy the rest of the holi's beautiful girl x

  5. Thanks girls for all of your lovely comments - I loved doing these!!


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