Saturday 11 May 2013

Glitter Girl challenge: 2 for the price of 1 x

A couple of weeks ago Glitter Girl's challenge was to put together one small kit of supplies and to make 2 layouts from it. There was also the challenge to use one set of old photographs and one set of new. I have waited a while to do this one as I wasn't sure which new photo to use, but then Chelsea ran the London Marathon and the photo inspired me to scrapbook again.

So here is Glitter Girls's video:

So I pulled together a kit which I actually tried to base on the colours of the photographs, perhaps a slight cheat but amazingly it worked really well and I didn't use anything not in my small kit. Go me! I chose two patterned papers which I thought would be great as backgrounds, some washi tapes, letter stickers and embellishments. I also used Amy Tangerines letter stamps and also her embroidery stencils which I am loving.

And here are my two layouts:

Chelsea's London Marathon layout................

Mum's 70th birthday party layout.........................

The first is the layout using the new photograph of Chelsea after running the London Marathon. She ran it in about 5 hours and she says she'll probably never do it again. I'm of the opinion that perhaps she might but watch this space. So I had chosen the vintage orange polka dot patterned paper as the background mainly because orange is the strongest shade in the photograph. The contrast the strong orange I chose a graphic vintage cream paper with a slight hint of orange as a large matted piece and mounted the photo onto a pale blue polka dot print. I then added some orange and blue polka dot washi tape to ground the embellishments.

I found these stickers with banner shapes on a Jillibean soup sheet and the bunting is from another sticker range. I added in some blue and off white twine to make the celebratory bunting in the top corner along with some word stickers and I stamped using one of Amy Tangerine's stamps. I then added my title using the Amy Tangerine letter stamps in blue and some blue and orange letter stickers. Finally I had a brainwave. When I had got the Amy Tangerine embroidery stencil I remembered it had a cityscape skyline on it which when I looked again reminded me of the Isle of Dogs which is one of the places the runners enter as part of the marathon. So I used that design and the twine, as I couldn't find the right blue shade of embroidery thread. I actually love the way the twine turned out.

I then used some little orange accents and it was done.

The second layout is using the photos taken at my mum's 70th birthday party and the album I have been making. I am looking at the album now and I really want to start all over again but my mum won't have it so I'm working with what I got.

So the story of the background paper is simply that it is a garden and on the day of the party we spent the whole time in my parent's lovely garden in brilliant sunshine. I chose 3 photographs of my mum's girlfriends which matched well and stuck them across the page. I then added a border using the same blue polka dot paper I had used in my previous layout and added a strip of pink dot paper above which I punched using a Fiskers punch.

I used the same polka dot blue washi tape for my accents and then added stickers from the same sticker sheets. The bunting is actually from exactly the same sticker sheet and miraculously there were three pieces perfect for a small bunting on the corner.

I added blue and pink letter stickers and then added the embroidered flower and some pale pink pearls to add a bit of pazzazz.

Out of the two I have to admit the Marathon layout is my favourite. It just seems to work so beautifully. And on another note, I had a lovely email from Two Peas in a Bucket to say my Red Arrows layout was one of the Glitter Girl challenge winners for April. I was so surprised and very pleased. Thank you Two Peas.


  1. Love that first layout,Jo...great colours and the stitching really makes it.

  2. They're both lovely but I think the first is my favourite. The colour choices just stand out so beautifully. Lovely twine stitching too.

  3. I really LOVE the marathon page - such summery colours and fab bunting!

  4. Oh and congrats on the prize!

  5. the Marathon page is my favourite too big congrats on winning a prize Jo xxx

  6. Congrats on the win, way to go :)

    I like these layouts and a great idea to make up the kits, in my book, anything that gets us scrapping is a win

  7. Congrats on the win. And two lovely bright LOs

  8. The stitched cityscape is just perfect for this layout! I love the colours too. Great job!

  9. I love the marathon layout!!! It is so fantastic, and I'll put it in my inspiration file.
    I cannot imagine running 26 miles, even as I watch my team mates train for it. It is as much a mental challenge as it is a physical one - to just be with yourself and doing the same thing for five hours!

  10. Both pages are just full of joyous colour! I love that happy bunting - just right for such a great achievement. And the pinks and blues are a lovely contrast for each other in the page below ...


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