29 October, 2018

CKC Oct Challenge 1 and Layering with Shimelle

The first challenge for October what an interesting one.  You need to made a layout featuring your scrappy superpower.  Say what?  I'm not sure I HAVE one.  I know what I like and what I always lean towards.

Take a look at the blog post from Counterfeit Kit Challenge and see what you think!

My personally philosophy is more-is-more-is-more.  My style guru is Countess Violet.  I hope I'm just like her when I grow up! 

So what does that make my Scrappy Superpower?  Well I'm going to go with the things I do almost as the time - both based on MORE - layering and embellishment clusters.

I'm still going through some of the fun layouts Shimelle showcased in her layer on layer on layer class.  I love Shimelle's classes for inspiration.  I don't expect to learn anything new, but as I've said many times, my body isn't letting me do it all, so if "scraplifting" layouts from classes or using sketches means I get a story told, then I'm OK with it.

It took me a long time to be OK with it, but whatever gets you making, whatever gets your story told is fine!  Just give credit and it's all good.

That brings me to another point...there was a long hiatus between the start of my scrapbooking adventure and when I took it up again.  It's a story for another day, but it was the story - the journaling - that gave me my epiphany and put meaning to my pages.  You will ALWAYS find some.  Sometimes it's a lot and sometimes it's just a few lines when its one page from a series of pages where I break the story up.

Besides, with the crazy shenanigans in this fambam, there is ALWAYS something to write...so...

My Scrappy Superpower is using "All the things" (layers and clusters) and  word wielding (journaling)

I managed to use three of those acetate leaves that I made for CKC September's forgery.  I wasn't sure at first, but the next day I liked the layout more than the night before,  I don't even think I cheated either! 😲

This story actually did happen in Autumn, but you would never know to look at those particular photos with all the green, so adding all the leafty bits helped get that across.

I know we don't have squirrels running around everywhere in Autumn, bu it is relevant.  A certain NotPinkCraftyHubster based his internet handle on a type of squirrel back in the day since they have plenty in Russia.  I don't usually just pick random papers, colours, patterns and embellishments.

Yes I like lots of "stuff" on my pages, but I pick stuff that helps tell the story.  Finding the right bits and connections with the people or stories are things I really enjoy!

I even managed to use some of the glitter thickers from Go Now Go.  Glitter was the product focus for October in the Rediscover Your Stash Facebook Group

When In Doubt Smile!

Well that's all for today!  I still hope to finish my layout for challenge 2.  I don't think I'm going to make my own personal goal of 3 or more layouts this month (especially considering the ridiculous kit I pulled), but in the coming weeks I'll show you how I go through what's left and what to keep together as a kit to keep working from in the future.

Love, and speedy scrapbooking!


  1. I love reading your posts! Such a clever way to dub your superpowers. Fab page & I am also of the mind that what’s on the page should reinforce the story/photos.

    1. Thank you SO MUCH! Writing is something I have really grown to love, so I veryu much appreciate that!

  2. Alex: Wonderful story telling and scrap layout with your signature 'lotsa' layers and clusters!!! I also love the repetitions of the many colors over the whole spread, whether it is red or coral or muted terracotta or barn wood brown, etc.

    1. Thanks, Becca! I tried to stick to the colours in that multi stripe, otherwise I'd go mad adding more and more and end up hating it.

  3. A fantastic page! I love love love all the layers! Totally my thing!

    1. Thanks, Lisa! It makes me feel like I'm using more stash even if it it is just a small piece!

  4. And I totally get your love for Lady Violet!