Friday, May 17, 2013

"Mommy! Watch this!"

This is the last of the 14 layouts I made for National Scrapbook Day challenges.  (I made 11 of them on NSD and the remaining 3 the next morning before Grandma delivered Trevor to me.) Not knowing what the challenges were ahead of time, I didn't preplan any pages... with one exception.  When I printed these pictures, I thought the jumping picture desperately needed a speech bubble with Trevor yelling, "Mommy!  Watch this!"  So I found a die cut and had him write those words in his handwriting before he left for the weekend.

When the challenges were announced, one of the first I tackled was Scrapbook.com's "You Spin Me Right Round Baby" challenge, which required us to make a pinwheel and add it to a page.  I made a pinwheel, intending to pair it with the picture of Allison, but it wasn't working for me.  I thought the colors of the pinwheel worked with the colors of the corn bath, so I built this layout around it.

 
I would never have put a pinwheel on this page if not for the challenge, but I love how it turned out. The challenges really pushed me outside my comfort zone and stretched my creativity.  More than anything, that is what I love about National Scrapbook Day.  My calendar is already marked for May 3, 2014 and I'm counting down the days. 

10 comments:

  1. love the torn paper here! great job

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  2. Love love love love this!!!! Loving that thought bubble and the pinwheel!!!

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  3. Cute! I always love the way pinwheels look on pages others create but I haven't attempted it yet! Mostly, I think, because I don't know how to make a pin wheel!!!
    Love that you had Trevor write in the thought bubble for you!

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    1. Pinwheels are REALLY easy. Here's the tutorial at sb.com that went along with the challenge:
      http://www.scrapbook.com/videos/4013.html

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  4. The pinwheel evokes a farm windmill to me. Fits in nicely.

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  5. This is my favorite of all the ones you did on NSB!! LOVE it -- particularly that you included Trevor's writing in it. Brilliant idea!! :) I think you need a NSD sooner than next May!! LOL

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  6. This is so cool! The speech bubble is awesome. I can't believe you got that many layouts done in one day. Wow!

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  7. wow; you really cranked out the layouts... love this layout and pinwheels are fun for sure.

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  8. Super fun! I love the speech bubble with his own handwriting!

    P/s: There are so many online challenges that you would do great in. Why wait a whole year to play along??

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    1. I do lots of other challenges during the year, particularly Fiskateers challenges, but there's something about NSD that really motivates me. It feels different. I think part of it is that I can justify spending literally every waking moment scrapbooking that day, whereas on other days there are always other things with a higher priority. The freedom and celebratory feel makes me more productive.

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