Tuesday, October 22, 2013

A Young Dragon's Journey (T-Tues + CPC + OUAS)

Hi, everyone!  It's once again Tuesday, the day to share a cuppa on Elizabeth's blog.  The temps are getting cold here in Minnesota; we're on the cusp of winter.  To warm myself up the other day, I had a bowl of spicy Thai noodles and a cup of hot coffee at Java Lab, a coffee shop in Minnesota's capital city, Saint Paul.  And for dessert, I had raspberry mousse, which was almost too pretty to eat.  :)


So, what kind of creative things have you all been working on lately?  As for me, I have a layout to share today.  It was inspired by two sources.  The first bit of inspiration comes from the blog Child's Play Challenges, where the image prompt is the cover of the old Disney movie Pete's Dragon.
 
Image source: http://childsplaychallenges.blogspot.com/2013/10/classic-movie-challenge-petes-dragon.html

My family is so heavily involved in kung fu that when I hear the word "dragon," I think of Chinese dragons.  Dragon imagery figures into kung fu moves a great deal, so I chose to scrapbook some photos of my son testing to qualify for a new kung fu belt.  I also used a lot of green and purple/pink on my page, inspired by the colors of Pete's dragon.


The rest of my inspiration came from Once Upon A...Sketch.  Their prompt this month is the sketch shown above, coupled with the topic "The Journey..."  Instead of writing about a physical journey from Point A to Point B, I filled my journaling with remarks about my son's journey of personal development as he advances through the levels of his kung fu club.

Supplies: purple striped paper from Vintage Street Market; die cut negative circle paper (reused as mask) from Graphic 45; all other paper from October Afternoon; doily from Royal; black alphabet stickers from Doodlebug; orange alphabet stickers from Bella Blvd; all other stickers from October Afternoon; faux brads from Craftwork; chalk from Stampin' Up; ink from Hero Arts; stamps from My Mind's Eye; watercolor paint from Angora; colored pencils from Empire; pen from Zig.

Here are a few detail shots...

Check out those moves!



Lots of circle motifs.



Lots of journaling.



Lots of paint, colored pencil, chalk, and stamping.

Thanks for journeying through this blog post with me!  :)

ETA: this layout was chosen as a "favorite" on the Child's Play Challenges blog.  Hooray!  :)

23 comments:

Halle said...

Very nice layout. I know absolutely nothing about Kung Fu. :) I broke out the winter jacket today...winter is seeming to come early this year...either that or I'm just getting old and cold.
Happy Tuesday!

Heather M said...

Great layout! Love the doilies! Thanks for playing with us at Child's Play from a SE Minnesota girl.

~*~Patty S said...

Your layout is so nice and meaningful!
Your noodles and dessert certainly look tasty...
we are embarking on much cooler weather here in Virginia now too...
perfect for soups and casseroles and hot drinks.
Hope you had a Happy T Day
oxo

yyam said...

How cool is this! I LOVE the colours and the way you've incorporated the circle motif!

Patricia said...

what au beautiful work!!!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

It was interesting to read how you were inspired by both prompts and how they led you to your finished page.

The page is wonderful--full of texture and layers! Happy T Day!

Val Thorpe said...

First of all I am blown away by people that manage to combine challenges... :D I can't :/ I love how it combines perfectly too. Great colours... sweet photos and my absolute fave...lots of journalling. I don't know much about it either so it was nice to read. Thanks for playing along with us this month at OUAS. Please remember to load your layout on our OUAS FB page too. :D

Doreen Vasquez said...

Great job w/ all the challenges! Love your take on Pete's Dragon, it is always interesting to see how players are inspired by our challenges! Kung Fu is something I never would have thought of yet I get how it fits!
Thanks for playing w/ us at CPC!

Spyder said...

I love the embossing bit or die cuts at the top ...and I was a fan of Pete the dragon.... Hope you had time to stop for T!
(Lyn))

Dianne said...

Awesome lay out! love the color combination...and the photos will be something to cherish. my son is 28 now and I can't believe how he has changed!

Lynette said...

Well done on combining challenges. Great color scheme and I love your journalling.

Devra said...

I love hearing the stories behind the inspiration. Beautiful page. Thank you for playing along at Child's Play Challenges

Tracey Sabella said...

Denise, what an amazing boy page. Love how you trimmed down the doilies to look more like sprockets!! And, wow - the journaling of your son's journey fills up the page so beautifully!! Thanks for joining us for the October Once Upon A…Sketch Challenge! I hope you’ll stop by our Once Upon A…Sketch Facebook Page to share your layout there. ~ Blessings, Tracey

Garden of Grace

Jane said...

Very clever take on the dragon aspect of our challenge - it works very well as does the colour combinations you have used for your page. Thanks for playing with us on CPC.

Lisa Rukin Swift said...

I can't decide if I should comment on the yummy looking food first or the wonderful layout. :)

Eila Sandberg said...

Hey Denise! Lovely having you playing with us at OUAS again! Know absolutely nada about Kung Fu but can feel the energy in the photos, he seems very focused on making the next belt. Good job I say! Wouldn't mind that pudding either, looks delish! Waiting for the first snow to come any day now. Love all the painterly effects on your page and the journalling of course, gotta love it! Thanks a bunch for sharing this with us at OUAS! xx

Steffanie said...

Wow! What wonderful details you have going on here. And such an great take on both the Pete's Dragon inspiration and your son's personal journey. I love it! Thanks for playing along with us at CPC!!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

So fun!! Your lunch is making me hungry! : 0

Adele said...

Wow. So. Much. Awesome. You've really done great work with this LO. So many fabulous elements. Love the slightly inked doilies. Very pretty. And you made a potentially very girly look work for a very boy page. Super mad skillz! Thanks for joining us at Child's Play!

Kay Fatula said...

What a creative twist to this months challenge. Those are some awesome action shots you got of your son to capture his developmental Kung fu journey! Thanks for joining us at OUAS,

Denise van Deventer said...

Cool page Denise and love those kung fu shots of your son and his journey to the various belts! Love how you have used the doilies so that they actually look like cogs! Super! ;-)

Deanne Clarke-Saunders said...

Awesome layout!!! Thanks so much for participating in our CHILD'S PLAY challenge!! Hope to see you again for our next challenge!!
~DEANNE~
A Little Bit O' Paper

Nata I. said...

динамично , ярко! весело смотреть! чудесная страничка- вклад в детскую историю!