Saturday, November 16, 2013

The Half-Way Point

We are half-way through the month of November, and things are really about to start getting crazy, so lets take it one step at a time.

First, I wanted to remind that I'm hosting a Live 3 Scrappy Boys Crop on Thursday, November 21 at 9 PM EST.  There will be 4 main components of the crop: 1) a make and take project using the November 2013 Main Kit, 2) an impromptu scrapbook challenge (don't worry, I'm the only one racing the timer), 3) Inspiration for how to use your November Main Kit, and 4) A Giveaway!  One lucky winner will get this embellishment prize pack from 3 Scrappy Boys!

Melissa at Simple Sketches has a new sketch out today.  I love how she always pushes me just a little outside my comfort zone.  Usually, it's by tilting elements on the sketch, but this time, she included the dreaded circle.  I don't use very many large circles in my layouts.  I don't know if it's because I'm too much of a perfectionist, and I'm worried I won't get them cut just right.  In any case, I never cut a circle larger than 2 inches without being prompted.  

I started this assignment quite a while ago, and even posted my partial progress on the 3 Scrappy Boys blog 

Unfortunately, when it came time to finish this layout, I couldn't find it.  I know!  That's just insane.  How could I lose a layout.  I don't know.  I just don't have any idea where it is, so I couldn't finish it at last weekend's crop (the only time I had allotted to work on it).

Apparently, I was way off my game that day because in addition to losing the layout I needed to finish for an assignment, I also forgot to bring any patterned paper.  (Crazy!)  My only excuse was that I was really excited about some of the mixed media things we were working on at the crop that day.  Since I didn't want to let Melissa down, I went ahead and made a different layout without patterned paper.

The background is tiers of crumpled tissue paper, and I brought in color with cardstock and art papers I made using a gelli plate.  Isn't this a fun little layout?  I especially like the brass paperclips in each of the embellishment clusters.  It's such a small detail, but I love a touch of gold.

I still have something like 30 templates to give away before the month is out, so I better pick up the pace. Let's do 4 today.

You can download the first template here.

This template was based on a paper layout.  I did using my October 3 Scrappy Boys Trio kit.

I loved how the journaling formed a frame all around the page. Click here to download the next template, which is also based on a layout I made using that kit.

Here's another template based on my work for 3 Scrappy Boys.  I made this layout using the April 2013 Add On Kit.

Here is one last template based on a paper layout using my October 2013 3 Scrappy Boys Trio Kit.