Saturday, April 30, 2011

A Soft, Harmonious Palette at CCG!

We have a new challenge up at Color Combos Galore with a beautiful palette and a fun Designer's Challenge.

I had the perfect pictures for this challenge. Our sponsor this month, Nikki Sivils Scrapbooker, sent us papers from her It's Raining, It's Pouring collection, so we used those papers for this challenge. The blue paper in the background and the plaid papers are from this collection.

I read aloud to my students every day--gather them on the carpet for a good story. I have a bearded dragon named Leo who lives in our classroom during the week, and I take her out during storytime. Well, one day, I look up from my book, and this is what I saw... Fortunately, I happened to have my camera in my purse that day!

Here are some close-ups. I covered a BasicGrey chipboard element with old Chatterbox paper, which was the only paper I could find in my stash that had the exact green of the palette. Love the subtle textures on those old papers. The buttons on the punched stars are old Making Memories buttons that I stitched on with baker's twine. Those silver circles on the title block are called "metallic dots," and I got them from Jo-Ann's in a bunch of different colors. The letter stickers are by Webster's Pages--love them because they're small. I tried to use elements on my page to support the "literary" theme, and I thought the Heidi Swapp ledger chipboard letters were perfect for this. I outlined them in pen to make them stand out.

I found some burlap in my stash which went with the taupe color in the palette, and I also thought it reminded me of the rough texture of my dragon. I tore a dictionary page that had literary words, added a spiral notebook punch, and used a typewriter font for my journaling--to further the literary theme. I found a trim in my stash that had a similar burlap-y texture.

Here's a shot that shows I adhered the stars for extra lift. I outlined all my elements with a fine-line pen to give them extra texture and dimension. That larger brad is an old MOD brad, and the smaller one is by BasicGrey. I used some old Heidi Swapp photo corners on here, too.

I thought a metal bookplate would be a perfect embellishment--you know, for the literary theme. I was going to leave it open and then thought of adding something dark to balance the black letters in my title. I found these ancient Making Memories brads in my stash. The patterned brad is by BasicGrey--love the edging on the new brads BasicGrey is making these days. The "U Make Me Smile" is a cut-out from one of the Nikki Sivils papers, and that thermometer accent is from Pink Paislee's Hometown collection. It's in the May Work in Progress kit, and this piece was sitting my desk leftover from a layout I was working on and the "Easy to Read" caught my eye and struck me as funny and the perfect addition to my page--you know, the lizard with all the words piled on her.

I thought this sticker, by Creative Imaginations, was hilarious for this page:

You should hop over to CCG and see what the rest of the team made with the Nikki Sivils papers--so fun to see all the different takes on this challenge. And be sure to play along to be eligible for the prizes provided by our sponsor, and you might be spotted and faved for our Gallery Faves!

Thank you for stopping by today and reading about my layout!


Murphy's Law said...

i love the colors and the lo just rocks. love all the eye candy!

LG said...

Stunning work as always! You are very talented and you continuously inspire me and many others. Thanks for sharing

FiKenward said...

Is their no end to your creativity. I love how each of your pages really reflect your style and love for this craft. Your pages always seem to evolve with the challenges and the products made available but I can always spot your unique style. Thanks for sharing another wonderful layout. xox

Ella Swan said...

Absolutely LOVE this one Debbi! Your page is awesomeness. Hope I get to play along this week...time is flying by - we have had visitors 3 weekends in a row & my weekends are my most productive time (start to resent the visitors then have to remember that life should come before scrapping!) but I live in hope that I can sneak my entry in tomorrow :) Starting to get a bit trickier now with the DTs - can't combine them all with other challenges etc...Love all your lovely touches - also have lots of those Webster's alphas because they are such a handy size. Hope you are having a great week :)

Eila Sandberg said...

Hi ya! Just a quick one between mascara and getting dressed for work. THANK YOU for visiting my blog and leaving lovely comment! As I wrote on CCG, I cracked up in hickups and red-faced giggles when seeing the photos and reading the story. Totally hilarious! I always look forward to your pages as I know they will be choc-a-block with amazing unique details and fabulous products used oozing inspiration for the rest of us. TFS! xxx

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