Her idea was a simple one. Gather together a group of different crafters and send them a scrapbooked page layout which they then scraplift and pass on to the next person. The very clever part of this idea was that only the sender and receiver would see those layouts and so until today no-one has seen any other layout than the one they received. So we are just as excited to see what we've all come up with.
So I received my layout from Alexa who primarily uses digital media to make her layouts and here is her page:
I looked at this and thought ''What shall I do?'' As I was thinking, I came up with the title in my head ''The patchwork of a life'' and from there the page came together. I took Alexa's hexagonal theme and made some hexagonal picture shapes on Photoshop which looked like this:
I also found an advertisement which used hexagons in a similar way:
The next part of the process for me was to choose the coloured papers and other elements I wanted to use. I chose some papers from my scrap basket which I think are from an old Sassafras Lass design, some coloured mists, some chipboards shapes and gems. Because I had already chosen the title, I knew I wanted to include some stitching onto the design and also some hand stitching. Here is my finished layout:
I only used 3 pictures in the end but they are ones I really love. The central picture was taken when I was a year old, the top left picture is me and lil sister playing dress up at my grandparents and the third is of me at age 19 years at my grandparent's golden wedding. I chose to layer the large photo with a yellow lace patterned paper and the other picture of myself I layered on a pink paper at an angle like the advert. The final picture I used within a small selection of patterned papers like a patchwork quilt. I used the smallest zigzag stitch on my machine and a pink variagated thread to machine stitch the pieces down. I did use a small piece of sticky tape in the centre of each shape to adhere it to the page first. I also used 3 shades of mists to make paint splodges in the top right hand corner of the layout to emulate the circular shapes on the advert. The colours I chose were pink, yellow and gold.
I used letter stickers in differing shades to pick out the colours of the patterned papers and also used my Amy Tangerine embroidery stencils to write the word ''Life''. I also added in some embroidered hearts from those stencils to maintain the patchwork and stitching theme.
I also added in some Jenni Bowlin pink and yellow butterfly stickers and some pale pink pearls.
I also wrote a small piece of journalling about the bloghop and how I designed the layout.
I hope you have enjoyed seeing the layouts and the process I used. The next page can be found over on Jacky's blog. I'm excited to see what she has lifted from my page.
Here is the full list of blogs if you've started here:
Miss Smith journalofcuriousthings.co.uk
Missus Wookie mrswookieswanderings.blogspot.co.uk