Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Fly Away, See the World! (CPC)

Did I pique your curiosity with yesterday's teaser photo?  Here it is again, but this time you can read on to see the full layout and hear the full story behind it.  Though I created this project with a design team prompt in mind, you'll see that the finished layout is full-on Denise style, with lots of upcycling and images from my life.

Now, I have a very ordinary life.  But sometimes magical moments pop up in even the most ordinary of lives.  Kind of like when Wendy flies off with Peter Pan...which just happens to be our prompt for Child's Play Challenges in June.  Are you up for creating a Peter Pan-inspired scrapbook page this month?  Here is our inspiration image...
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Okay, unlike Wendy Darling I have never flown off to Neverland.  But I did have an exciting mini-adventure when my family visited the Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth, Minnesota.  We discovered that a whole section of the zoo was dedicated to Australian animals.  For the first time in our lives, we saw real, live kangaroos.  It was exciting for the whole family, and we enjoyed snapping photos of the animals.  It was like taking a surprise journey to a land that we have only dreamt about visiting.

Supplies: background paper from Lily Bee; alphabet & label stickers from October Afternoon; decorative stickers from Bella Blvd; pens from Zig; Candi dots from Craftwork; thread from Singer; ribbon from ReStyle; button from JKD Studio; cardstock from Colorbok; gifted washi tape; upcycled items--produce netting, canceled postage stamps, customer loyalty punch card.

In addition to the overall "adventure" theme of Peter Pan, I also drew inspiration from the midnight blue background color of the prompt image.  I chose a bold sheet of dark blue dotted paper as my page background.

I let my enthusiasm for the Australian animals show by keeping the focus of the page on their photos.  They are clustered together in a triptych, and the embellishments on and around this triptych really make the photos pop against the dark background.

One of the unique embellishments on this page is the red plastic mesh.  I tucked bits of this mesh (which I upcycled from a bag of oranges) behind all the important parts of the scrapbook page.

Another unique page embellishment is the strip of koala stamps.  When I got a parcel from Australia in the mail recently, I knew that I had to cut off and save those adorable stamps.  I can't think of any page more perfect for them than this one.  I added some zing to the stamps by stenciling red stars onto them.  To do this, I used an old customer loyalty punch card (previously shown in this post) as the stencil.

This month's prize!  image source:

Now it's your turn.  Can you think up a way to make a Peter Pan-inspired scrapbook page?  Share your layout with us on the Child's Play blog; we would love to see what you come up with.  And just to sweeten the deal, one person who uploads a layout to CPC this month will win the lovely prize pictured above.  I'm not kidding when I say that it's lovely; I think that Kaitlin Sheaffer designs gorgeous papers, and I know that whoever wins the "Hello Again" paper pad is going to enjoy it.

That's it for me today.  After a streak of posting three days in a row, I'm going to lay off the blogging until next week.  But, as always, I love your comments, and I'll pay a return visit to all commenters' blogs.  See you again soon!  :)


Mary Jo Rhoda said...

Fun challenge!
And I love the stamp strip!
So cool on your page :)

Halle said...

Love the layout. I'm hoping to get to the LSZ this summer while we are there. The only trick will be that the kids and I won't have a vehicle...I suppose that's what cabs are for. Maybe I better look to see how far from Canal Park the zoo is. :)

Denise van Deventer said...

Super, cool page Denise! Love the photo's and a super event to remember! Hopefully, oneday, you will see them in Aus...on your trip there! ;-)

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

stunning layout!!!!