13 April 2010

Just grab it...

and scrap!!  Manon set a challenge over at Scrap Boutique ~ to pile up the stuff on your scrap desk (even if it's only scraps), and use that stuff to create a layout... 

This is what I started with on my desk:


The paper is a really, really old Sassafras Lass design; I used the other half of the sheet to make this card a few weeks back.  There is always orange ribbon of some description on my desk; I've used it on a few projects recently.  And then some twine, paper doiley, corrugated cardboard, and 3/4 of an old book page... floating around from a few different projects.  Flowers - just grabbed some of them that were stacked up in the corner ready to be put away, not too sure how well matched the colours are!  The dragonfly pin was pinned into a block of polystyrene foam, sitting on my desk with the others I made a few weeks ago.  The only things I added were the base cardstock (very old stash ~ Basic Grey 'Motifica') and some alphas (two different green foam Thickers - slightly mismatched but I think it still works) and Carolee's Creations mini alpha stickers. 

The other criteria was to use a photograph with some 'incidental' people in the background.

This is what I ended up with:

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And a couple of detail shots:

The second layout is another guinea pig layout. I pretty much used the same process - pushed some scraps into another corner of my desk and used what I had floating around.   It's based on a sketch by Em Straface at Scrap Boutique.  I personalised the sketch a bit (so I could use all of the last favourite piece of 'Origins' - good excuse, I think!); hopefully it's still close enough to the original to qualify! Em's other criteria was to use 'pop dots' - I used lots of those under the circles to add some dimension.

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  1. Oh wow, firstly what a wonderful idea to use up scraps but secondly the two layouts are truly gorgeous, of course Ginger's layout is my fave, because I had a guinea pig and think they are just so divine, but had a chuckle at the title. too cute.

  2. Wowser girl - they both look unreal!!

  3. and quite frankly, Karen my dear, that top page is probably my very favourite of yours to date.

    it's GORGEOUS. unbelievably so. well, believably, because you do great work, but you know what i mean.

    it all just looks so.... YUM.

  4. WOW, WOWO, WOW, THESE ARE FANTASTIC! Scrapalicious.

  5. Oh I love that there is always orange ribbon on your desk, its my fav colour! In fact I love that fact just as much as I love these layouts! that dragonfly pin is TO DIE FOR!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Those guinea pig layouts are sooo cute! Love them!

    You've done a great job with the provided sketch and the paper choice is perfect - the layout is so crisp and happy. *lol* at the title!

  7. Wow gorgeous! Thanks for linking to my candy and good luck! Kim

  8. Fabulous layouts Karen. And thank you so much for your kind words on my blog today. Much appreciated.
    Lesley x

  9. Hi
    I love the layout! I have been browsing through your blog and I love your beautiful creations.


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