Saturday, February 15, 2014

Inspiration Elevator Guest Designer and My Scraps & More GIVEAWAY!

You may recall that the purpose of this challenge group is to take our scrapbooking to the next level, to stretch our creative process and to grow as artists by embracing challenges that make us think, work and extend ourselves. You can view all of the challenges our Inspiration Elevator Blog, here. We are thrilled to welcome back Audrey Yeager this month as a guest designer. Audrey recently came into ownership of My Scraps & More online store, and has graciously offered a prize this month! Read on to find out how you could win!


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Our challenge this month comes from the very talented Michelle Hernandez. Here's how she expressed this month's challenge:

"Inspiration Elevator Challenge February- Phoenix Rising.
I'm going through one of the toughest times of my life right now. Huge changes, dashed expectations, embarrassing set backs- it's all overwhelming, all the time. I have the love and support of my family and my health- so it could be worst but still - it sucks.

Michelle's challenge for February:

Tell a story visually or through your journaling that speaks to your greatest challenge and most importantly how you dug yourself out. This should be a celebration of your faith, personal resilience and/or creativity. A story you'd like to tell your kids, grandkids or yourself when things get rough. "

This was a tough one for me, but I was thinking about what challenging things I have been through the past couple of years, and the thing that stood out was our move from Texas back to NY.  We thought is was a perfect oppurtunity, but it didn't turn out as easy as we hoped!  It's a LONG story, as you will see on my page!

I used a sketch from Sketchabilities and papers from Crate Paper Flea Market.  I knew I was going to have a lot of journaling, so I added an envelope to my page to tuck in my thoughts.

I began by spraying some mist on my background and letting it drip.  Then I splattered some white paint and stamped with a polka dot stamp and navy ink.  Then I stitched a circle with white thread.

Based on the sketch, I made a banner of sorts with a doily shape I due cut with my cameo, a pennant piece, and the envelope.  Then I layered some other bits and pieces along the banner, too.  I have a few packs of tiny clothespins but rarely use them, so I am glad I go the chance to on this page!

And for my journaling, I just typed my text in sqaures that would fit into the envelope and taped them together with washi tape.  I added a washi tape "tag" to pull it out from the top.  I told you there was a lot of journaling!

Now hop along to the other wonderful blogs to see some great stuff!

Michelle Hernandez
Ann Jobes
Laura Whitaker
Lisa Moen
Christa Uttley
Cathy Harper
Lisa Spiegel
Joanne Burton
Jodi Wilton
Guest designer: Audrey Yeager

We would LOVE to see you take up Michelle's challenge this month, so if you do, please share it at our linkup on the Inspiration Elevator blog.

So, how do you win the My Scraps & More prize? It's simple - leave a comment! I will choose one random comment from one random blog to win the $15 gift certificate to My Scraps & More!

Stay scrappy my friends!


LauraEva said...

what an awesome layout!

Miriam Prantner said...

This is such a cool layout! Love the stitching, the clothesline, the hidden journaling! This one is really special!

Joanne said...

I LOVE your layout, Audrey! The background with all the techniques is stunning and I love the whole banner idea for the design! Fabulous!!
Joanne xo

wendipooh13 said...

super cool page and LOVE the circle stitching!!! moves are always sooo hard, and never turn out exactly how you think they will.

Lisa Spiegel said...

I LOVE how you did this...the background with the circle stitching, the banner, the beautiful!!!xoxo

Ann said...

I love the way you did the banner with each photo on a different shape. Your background mix of media is wonderful, and that you typed so many squares is amazing. Thanks for joining us this month, and for your wonderful giveaway!

Unknown said...

This is an incredible page, gorgeous texture and layers. I love the way you taped your journaling square together! Thanks for sponsoring us this Month!

Meredith said...

Thanks for the chance to win! Meredith245 at yahoo dot com

Giorgia Rossini said...

I love your layout, and thanks for the giveaway :)

LisaM said...

Love your banner and how you did the journaling Audrey. Beautiful page!

Cathy said...

Love everything about this and thanks for the great giveaway, so great to have you back with us this month!

Michelle Hernandez said...

Whoa THAT is a long story! That is a stunning layout- wonderful stitching- great photos- really beautiful! Thansk for the extra inspiration in the form of a challenge RAK and it's great to have you back on the team for a month. :)

Tracey said...

Wow! This is just gorgeous Audrey!!!

Unknown said...

oh how rough!we moved from Maryland to Cali,and less than two years here we are moving back to Maine for the summer in hopes to stay on the East Coast here our heart is,thats the military life!Love the layout!great topic!

Unknown said...

We recently made three moves in three years, the most recent one being back "home" to Colorado after our first initial move 13 years ago. It's been a tough, long process so I get it! Love the banner.

Raechelle Bellus said...

This is stunning! What a fantastic design and idea for journaling.