Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Layout Challenge Inspired by Glitter Girl Episode #123

She's back much to the delight and relief of scrapbookers the world over.

The first problem our sparkly superheroine tackled upon her return was how to get back to scrapbooking after a long break.  Most apt for this Pink Crafty Mama.

Glitter Girl's advice was to scraplift yourself.  She chose a layout from her most watched video and created a new one inspired by this.  She challenged us to either copy her layout or scraplift one of our own as she did.  I chose to do both.

I also took up some mini challenges along the way:

*Use up some precious hoarded Cosmo Cricket papers
*Mix old and new, retro and modern papers
*Mix white and cream based papers

Completely Starstruck 


The first layout I did was a lift of the one Glitter Girl made.  The journalling doesn't make much sense since it's part II of a 4 part layout mini series.  The rest will come soon!


I used the Social Club collection to start off my paper choices.  Shimelle's first 2 paper collections seemed to mix well with it.  I made some choices based on my memories of the event.  The store had a fair amount of wood in the shelves and flooring and is one of the things that sticks in my memory about it, so I knew I needed to incorporate woodgrain and I also wanted to incorporate some kind of alphabet/book print paper somewhere on each of the 4 layouts since the story involves meeting an author.  


I tried to use typewriters in the embellishment clusters for the same reason or within the paper choices.  The CC papers worked well with this story since the bookstore was a kind of "old school" store with a slight retro vibe.  The inverted L-shape of my layout is less distinct than Glitter Girl's due to the extra journalling card required, but overall I'm happy enough.

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Build Your Own Barbie


My second layout also based on GG's example in Episode #123 uses the Upcycle collection which is one of my fave CC collections with its girly motifs and delicious pinks, yellows and aquas.  Likewise, the journalling will make more sense once I complete the layouts coming before and after this one.  It's about the "Find Your Style" Barbie event at Chadstone Shopping Centre.

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scrapbook layout shimelle laine glitter girl episode 123 scrapbooking cosmo cricket studio tekturek embellishment clusters

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My last 2 layouts were inspired by my own (which were based on GG layouts in the first place!).  My indifferent state of health means I often use sketches or base my layouts on other people's since I don't have the energy to do it all and I'd rather have completed layouts than completed sketches!

How Ardently I Admire and Love You


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scrapbook layout shimelle laine glitter girl episode 022 scrapbooking carta bella embellishment clusters
scrapbook layout shimelle laine glitter girl episode 022 scrapbooking carta bella embellishment clusters








"How Ardently I Admire and Love You" is my older layout.  I'm not entirely thrilled with it, but not dissatisfied. either.  The same goes for my lift for this challenge - "Designer Diva".  The size of my paper layers are probably what I like least.  This was inspired by Glitter Girl episode 022 "Sketch it in Your Style"

Designer Diva


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scrapbook layout shimelle laine glitter girl episode 123 022 scrapbooking crate paper dear lizzy embellishment clustersscrapbook layout shimelle laine glitter girl episode 123 022 scrapbooking crate paper dear lizzy embellishment clusters






scrapbook layout shimelle laine glitter girl episode 123 022 scrapbooking crate paper dear lizzy embellishment clusters
scrapbook layout shimelle laine glitter girl episode 123 022 scrapbooking crate paper dear lizzy embellishment clusters












The next pair are not only the same design, but almost a continuation of a story 18 months later!  I even used a journalling card with the same phrase without realising it but a very happy co-incidence.  "Little Lilya Loves Her Loubous" is the older layout.  I flipped Glitter Girl's design in episode 101 "Pile on the Pattern"

Little Lilya Loves Her Loubous



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scrapbook layout shimelle laine glitter girl episode 101 scrapbooking echo park embellishment clusters
scrapbook layout shimelle laine glitter girl episode 101 scrapbooking echo park embellishment clusters


scrapbook layout shimelle laine glitter girl episode 101 scrapbooking echo park embellishment clusters










scrapbook layout shimelle laine glitter girl episode 101 scrapbooking echo park embellishment clusters











I chose the background on the newer layout ("This Time Loubous by Choice") because it sort of looked like a Burberry print and in both layouts, I wanted to feature red and black for obvious reasons.  I was also pleased to have had enough letters to use the same red, glittery thickers for both although I may have had to use an "n" for a "u"

This Time Loubous By Choice


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scrapbook layout shimelle laine glitter girl episode 101 123 scrapbooking my mind's eye dear lizzy embellishment clusters

I have to say I'm not overly pleased with how the words "By Choice" look on the paper layers. but I couldn't be bothered pulling it apart for the umpteenth time and adding something under there...and I didn't want to cover so much of my layering.  I'm sure I had this issue last time too!

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Just as a side note (if you're not already asleep!)  I had a little mishap after I was almost finished with "This Time Loubous By Choice".

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My son (now 11.5) has shocked me before by referring to the journalling aspect of scrapbooking a few years ago but this incident was far more than I expected of him.

He heard me shriek a little as a bottle of gold mist threw up on my layout, and as I frantically searched for something to mop it up he came over.

The bit on the sticker came off fine and the rest wasn't as awful as I initially feared.

He said "Don't worry, Mama. It doesn't look bad. It looks like one of this cool scrapbooking effects"
Then he said: "you can always pretend it reminds you of me slopping my dinner around"

OK since when has he been aware of my efforts to consciously make product and design choices that reflect the story?

Granted this story wasn't about him (but a great many are ... along with the everyday and random) so I appreciated his attempt to relate the large drop to a plausible layout story.

What a strange little man! He has such a big heart.

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