Sunday, September 11, 2011

Home Sweet Home {HMITM No. 180}

We have a new challenge up at How Much Is Too Much, and it was my turn to create the challenge. We're in the process of buying a new house (our street address will be 4936), so for this challenge, I challenged everyone to make a layout using...
  • topic: your home (could be your whole house, a specific room, your yard, etc.)
  • a house embellishment (could be prefabricated or handmade)
  • choose a room in your house and use the colors as the basis for your layout
  • 4 rub-ons
  • 9 buttons and/or brads
  • 3 labels or tags
  • 6 patterned papers
For my colors, I chose my dining room (actually, these colors show up throughout my house):

I used mostly green, cream, and yellow, with a little red, which shoes up in my china cabinet if you look closely. It's been raining for days, and I can't seem to get a decent picture inside my house these days, but here it is. I tend to use a straight stitch on my pages, but I wanted to do a more decorative stitch around the edge of my page because originally when I started designing my page I had a lot more white space. I've said it before, though--I'm white-space challenged. Probably because I'm working on an 8 x 8 canvas. At least that's my excuse. And I'm sticking to it, LOL!

The journaling is a little hard to read in my photo, so here it is: It's what I shouted when I saw it. We had been driving by our lot every weekend since we had signed the contract, and it sat unchanged. Just an empty plot of land. Dirt, grass, a few trees, and the promise of something wonderful. Then all of a sudden, all that changed, and we had a hole in the ground. Our dream home was becoming a reality.

Here are some details. I've been on a mission use some of my old stash into my pages. Most of the stuff on here is pretty old. The green background paper is really old Fancy Pants. The yellow sparkly daisies are cut from an old--and I mean ancient--K&Co paper. The leaves are by Scenic Route (I'll be so sad when I run out of that paper). For my house part of the challenge, I cut out the little birdhouses from an old paper I've had from when I started scrapping over a decade ago! It pays to hoard, does't it?! We had to use 3 labels on our page (I'm not counting hte "Stop! I need a picture) for one of those). The two square labels in the photo below are actually one label cut in half and layered.

The labels are pretty old--from Fontwerks (are they even still around?). And how I love those K&Co. fabric brads. So pretty with all the little jewels. I hoard them, too! The butterflies are from the internet, printed on photo paper and then cut out. That little green circular thing is also VERY old--it's by K&Co. Remember when washers were popular years ago? K&Co. made some word washer stickers--and yeah, I bought them--and they pretty much have sat in my stash for many years--but I am little by little trying to use these things on my page--just tucking them into a cluster of embellishments sort of disguises their old-ness, I hope! You can also see two of the other papers I used in the photo below--Cosmo Cricket (red) and Jillibean Soup (yellow). And you can see that my Heidi Swapp chipboard letters are brown and ot black the way they appear above.

On this next picture, you can see my two "fresh eye" additions. (In case you don't know what I mean by that--a while back, I discovered that it helps to wait a day to photograph my layout because I always find a way to add something to improve my page). I added the home definition sticker (by Making Memories) and the second birdhouse--I felt I needed some red on the left.

I hope you'll play along this week. It's a really fun challenge, and a good excuse to document your own sweet home!

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and reading about my page!


Ryzmomplus2 said...

Goodness... you always inspire me, and this is no different. Love the challenge, and congrats on the new house!

Karen said...

Love this! How exciting for you to be building a new home. I love the little bird house on your layout and the fabulous layers and details, you rock 8x8!!

BabyBokChoy said...

A hole is so exciting! Did you look at it and think that it was smaller than you thought it would be? Our builder told us that was a common 'reaction' lol. Awesome page debbi :)

Murphy's Law said...

ooooooo beautiful room and your page is gorgeous!!! love all the goodies and doesn't stash rock. holes are good.

Cindy Fortin said...

Very nice page! I really love the topic of it... It remember me of how much I was excited when we got our own hole a couple years ago!

Yolande (pronounced you-land-a) said...

A really fab challenge Debs. Your layout is so beautiful...I absolutely love the design, and I love the elective mix of papers, cut-outs and other embellies that you've used from your stash...nothing old looking about them...they all work wonderfully together! How exciting that you're building your dream house..good luck with all the plans. :)

Lynette Jacobs said...

I love your page...and I had such a lovely giggle because....the very first printed papers I bought was that K&Co daisy paper...and I still have it!

sandi said...

Wow! This is fantastic! I love, love, love the colors and the design is awesome...such an eye-catcher!

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