Sunday, March 20, 2011

All Things Lovely and Green

Well, darnit, I meant to post this on St. Patrick's Day because that's what our current challenge at How Much Is Too Much was celebrating. Our challenge is called "All Things Lovely and Green," and Elizabeth challenged us to use:
  • at least 10 green things on your layout
  • 3 sheer embellishments
  • 5 label stickers or journaling spots
  • 3 different stamps
Here's what I came up with. I was so happy to finally scrap this Polaroid of Farzad in Las Vegas with a guy dressed up as The Mask character. Such a garish green face--and so hard to scrap!

It was the perfect opportunity to use the fun Sassafras Lass monsters. The oval frame is cut from the same monster paper. I trimmed a monster out of the middle and used the frame, tied with some baker's twine.

The sheer elements in the back are really old Maya Road sheers. And I cut another little monster out and popped him up with a pop dot. The green dots are called metallic dots and they're by Colorbok. The labels are really old, too--by Creative Cafe, from their very first collection. The word stickers on my page are by K&Co., and the brad, which matches the monsters is, of course by Sassafras Lass. That grid stamp in the background came in a Studio Calico kit, and I used green embossing powder.

The chipboard letters are also really old, by Scenic Route. I don't usually use them because they're kind of large for my 8 x 8 pages, but overlapping them helped me to conserve space. The green labels are by Luxe Design. They're kind of ugly, but the green color went well with the letters, and I covered them up with my title and the monsters. I added some of that triangle paper that's behind one of the monsters inside of some of my letters. The scallop stamp is by Sassafras Lass--it's pretty old, too. Using old stash makes me happy! :)

The faq stamp, which I embossed with black powder is also by Studio Calico, and the fabric brad is a Sass one, too.

I trimmed the banner from a Sassafras Lass paper. I can't get enough of banners these days--they add such a touch of whimsy to a page, and this page screams whimsy, I think. I read somewhere some people complaining about all the banners they're seeing nowadays, saying something like they were pointless unless they were on a party page. But can't you say the same thing about flowers or stars or any other thing people use to embellish their pages? Unless we all start loading Jolee's theme stickers on our pages, banners are a sort of generic embllishment (not that there's anything wrong with Jolee's--please dont' flame me, LOL).

I am white-space-challenged, and whenever I have empty space on my page, I have this strange urge to fill it up, even though I really, really like how white space looks. I added a punched border in the same kraft paper as my background to give an illusion of empty space that wasn't really empty. Sick, I know.

At the last minute (and I mean last minute--right as I was picking up the layout to photograph it), I added the laser-cut frame, which I picked up at my local scrapbook store. It was a small piece leftover from another layout, and it was sitting there on my desk. It was just the finishing layer I needed, and I just tucked it into everything that was already stitched down. Love when serendipitous stuff like that happens!

Thanks for reading about my page!  I hope you'll come over to HMITM and see what the other team members made and that you'll play along in this fun challenge. We recently added a perk to our "How Awesome Is Too Awesome" winners--if selected for our HAITA gallery, you'll have a chance to be a future guest designer for an upcoming month.


smdluxe said...

wow! What a fun layout. I love all the dimension and the little do dad embellishments that you used. lol Beautiful job!

Lynette said...

Such a fun layout. Again you have created so much dimension and layers...amazing.

Lynn said...

how fun and what cool eye candy!!! and that photo is priceless.

BabyBokChoy said...

The details, my goodness the details!! You are so good with details and photographing them too, and again, monstrosity, swoon.....

Audrey Pettit said...

Ooh, how fun this is Debbi! I am always so amazed at how much detail you can get on your pages, especially with your 8x8 format. Loved reading about your scrapping process. Smiled about your white space comment. I happen to love all you extra added touches. And I love banners, too. Think they are adorable. :)

Tanya Tahir said...

This page is just amazing!! I love the fun challenge too!

Helen Tilbury said...

Gorgeousness! HOpe I can get to play at HMITM one day!! Keep trying but these challenge sites are all so appealing ;-D

Helen Tilbury said...

Hi Debbi, yes I'm back! Crazy I know but I didn't have the time yesterday to concentrate on all your wonderful details! Gosh it must take you forever to dig through all your stash to find everything & it always fits so perfectly you must have the most awesome collection of albums. And I am kinda intrigued that they are all 8 x 8, so unusual but also very cool...I have probably said this before but it's the truth, even though I am not "white-space challenged" LOL I am very inspired by your work & the effort you go to & you motivate me to do all kinds of things on my layouts, that before I may not have been bothered with! So thanks!!

Trish said...

I have SO much to learn from you. Every time I look at a page of yours, I am inspired. Wow...

Lou said...

Love all of your layouts!! Had a scroll down... gorgeous all of them! Love your blog!!
Lou x


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