The challenge this week was to create a "30-minute page with just one product line". (And you should wander over to ScrapHappy to see Lain's awesome American Crafts page)
Well, I'll admit, I was a little grumpy about this challenge. I store my supplies according to type (PP by hearts or flowers or christmas themed, all buttons in the button bin, etc.). In fact, may I confess that I THROW AWAY THE PACKAGING and I often have NO idea who made what product. Since starting this blog I have had the worst time figuring out which manufacturer made what so that I can share my pages. So, I WANTED to do the challenge, but I mumblegrumbled through my search of supplies to see what I had.
I found a great quote from Pebbles Inc. that I had even stored with the photo I wanted to use it with. Cool. Now the search for matchy matchy paper. I discovered that while I DO have some Pebbles Inc. paper in my stash, I do not have any that matches the quote. In fact, I would go so far as to say that it clashes horrifically oh my word ewwww with the quote.
But! Cardstock doesn't count, right? So I told myself as I reached for some nice pink cardstock. Then I grabbed some scraps lying on my table for a border. THEN I had this great idea to stitch flowers inspired by the one on the quote. I sketched them out and was only 10 minutes into my 30. Piece of cake!
Ha! Do you know that great book "If you Give a Pig a Pancake"?
If you want to stitch some flowers on a layout you will need some embroidery floss.
If you use embroidery floss you will need a larger needle to fit it through the eye.
If you choose a nice large needle it will not be sharp enough to puncture the heavy cardstock; so you will need a nice sharp needle to punch the holes.
If you use a really sharp (and tiny) needle you will start puncturing your finger repeatedly and will need a band-aid and a thimble.
If you need a thimble you will not be able to find one for about 20 minutes.
If you search for the thimble your timer will go off and you should take the entire project into the living room and stitch while you watch ER.
If you try to stitch while watching ER this layout will take you over an hour, thus disqualifying you from the challenge.
If you're disqualified anyway, you may as well jazz up the layout with some ink (Hero Arts) and spiral punch (EK Success).
If you jazz up the layout you will fall in love with it in all it's simplicity.
Here it is:
Isn't it pretty? It looks even better in person (less crooked for one). One day I will master the art of taking photos of my pages so I won't have to say that any more.
As much as I love this page, I have not met the criteria of the challenge, and I can't stand failure!
Pebbles Inc. worked once, can it work again? I have some cute Baby Boy papers and stickers and a little boy with no baby album (He's 3. I'm getting to it)
THIS page only took me 20 minutes. That's including the time it takes to cover up my journalling mistake with hand cut stars. And I really, really love it.
All Pebbles Inc. Except the cardstock and the Hero Arts ink again. I couldn't resist the ink.
I am loving the results of this challenge. I think I'll continue "challenging" myself all week.
Let's see what you can do!