Thursday, February 7, 2013

Bonus Scrap for Help Inspiration

I have two pages to share today.  The first one uses the current palette from the Color Room. 

Supplies: zigzag paper by Kaisercraft; die cuts & all other papers by My Mind's Eye; chipboard letters by Studio G; ink by Hero Arts; corner punch & black pen by Creative Memories; glitter glue and white pen by Ranger; thread by Singer; upcycled map, rhinestone, sequins, & safety pin.

Did you know that Scrap for Help and The Color Room are cross-promoting each other this year?  Combining the two challenges is not required; it's just a fun option.

My journaling is a simple caption, which you see in the frame above.  The plastic "gemstone" that decorates this frame is recycled from a broken child-sized ring.

I also repurposed some old sequins and a safety pin as a dangling embellishment.

To illustrate the supposed site of the pretend mammoth dig (Siberia), I cut up a world map whose colors matched the TCR palette.

As a finishing touch, I also pleated a scrap from the map to make an interesting banner that houses the chipboard letters in my title.

And now for my second layout, called "Mardi Gras Morning," which is a "just for fun" layout (not for the Color Room)...

Supplies: floral paper by American Crafts; yellow alphabet stickers by October Afternoon; all other paper & stickers by Echo Park; thread by Singer; white pen, distress stain, & blue paint by Ranger; white & green paint by Plaid; watercolor paint by Angora; ink by Hero Arts; black pen by Zig; upcycled fruit netting, bubble wrap, tabletop confetti, & child's barrette (used as stamp).

Journaling: "We decided to surprise the little dude by setting out Easter decorations and decorating his toys with beads.  But he took it all in stride.  We found he had given his dinosaurs egg 'hats' and was cuddling his bunny while calmly reading."

Actually, I originally planned to use this page as my DT sample for Scrap for Help.  While I was working on it, though, I started to worry.  In many places, Mardi Gras/Carnival is a day of wild revelry.  Would people who saw this page think I was weird for letting my child participate?  I decided to make a different page as my DT sample for the Scrap for Help blog.  Later I finished this Mardi Gras page, to post on my own blog, where I can add this disclaimer: Don't worry, where we live Mardi Gras is a very tame, family-friendly celebration.

Along with a sprinkling of tabletop confetti, I used the plastic items pictured above in creating my layout.  Below are a few photos showing how I incorporated the plastic items into my layout.

My mixed media supplies had a party on this page, so I also have a few shots of all the splashes and splatters.

I had a lot of fun getting inspired by two of my favorite challenge sites: The Color Room and Scrap for Help.  I hope you've had fun looking at my layouts.  Thanks for visiting my blog!


Dani Cristina said...

Maximum that their LOs Denise!
The first enchants me the way you framed the map and journaling, the second I liked it so much, so much ...
You added details made ​​manually as you love :)!

Dana Tatar {datatar} said...

Fabulous layouts! I love your unique embellishments, textures and bold use of color. The safety pin dangle and the framed map are so fun! Thanks for the inspiration! =)

Carol L said...

I just love watching you spring into action with recycled items in your layouts! I love the gems, safety pins, and use of a map! They're all fabulous!

Patricia Roebuck said...

Such a fun and creative LO! Love all the details!

Nirupama said...

The netting is such a fun addition. Don't worry about people that might find Mardi Gras weird, if they are so judgemental they are not worth it!

Denise Price said...

Don't worry, I don't think anyone is judging me. Sometimes I just feel the need to add extra explanation, simply for the sake of clarity. I decided to do that on my own blog, since the Scrap for Help reveal post is already quite lengthy. Party on, dudes!

Patricia said...

very good idea with sequins.. beautiful!

Helen Tilbury said...

Love all your mixed media work & so much upcycling!!

Lydell Quin said...

Very cool. So bright and colourful! Great to see the extra page too! Thanks for sharing!

Ayeeda said...

wow, so vibrant and cool page! Thanks for playing with TCR:)