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Sunday, 1 July 2012

July Scrapology Challenge - Y is for Yarn

This month, over at Scrapology, we are once again looking to a fabulous layout by Gabrielle Pollacco, "You make me smile"  to scraplift. 

I particularly loved her colour choices, and the use of all the different materials and textures.  Whilst Gabrielle's work is known for her stitching and her distressing, I think the main point of interest on this layout is all the gardening embellishments, which are so cute! 

My starting point for this layout was the choice of papers.  My friend Heather recently gave me a collection of Daisy D vintage papers, which I am determined to use up so they don't malinger in my stash like most of my other supplies!  I cut half an inch off each side of the Lullaby Stripe paper and then inked around the border before stitching it to the Bazzill Dotted Swiss cardstock below. 

This adorable photo of Henry at just over two weeks old is another in the series by Lisa Roberts, a local photographer.  I have now scrapbooked the bulk of these pictures and it will be sad to see them end - but there will be many more waiting in the sidelines, of course.  I did originally paint and distress a matt for the photo, but it was somewhat distracting.  So I pulled a generic piece of check blue paper from my stash - I think it was from a paperpad my mother-in-law bought me when I first started scrapping - and then double matted with with cream cardstock found in that colour scraps bag. 

Funny how things look different on the screen - the large journalling block looks nearly too heavy for the layout, whereas it doesn't look that bad irl.  Still - it is my philosophy these days to use what I have on hand and not to buy additional things for layouts - so as the colour matched perfectly, I decided to use it! 

The quote is beautiful and was enough with this matching photo of Henry. 

"Reach high for Stars lie hidden in your soul. 
Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal. "

Pamela Vaull Starr

I filled the gap between the photo and the Fancy Pants "Delight" Notebook Journal page with some more Daisy D's paper.  I added the ruler ribbon to emphasize the "reach high" aspect of the poem.  I used the Rhonna Farrer quote rub-on against some plain cream journalling patterned paper from my scraps bag, as I felt the maroon lines would be too distracting.  All other embellishments used were either from the Daisy D's collection, or found by rifling through my stash.  I thought the "wish" skipping stone went perfectly with the dark background of the photo - yet another thing I must have had for eight years from when I first started scrapbooking.  In fact, I think I remember buying these from Artbase on my first ever trip to a scrapbooking shop. 

Seeing as how our challenge was to use yarn, I had yet to incorporate it into my layout.  I took the string off a antiqued label from a Rusty Pickle bottle of buttons and glued it to the scalloped journal paper.  I still didn't think it was anchored, so I found two silver heart sequins, which I have coloured blue with a Promarker, and then glossy accented them to the page.  Hopefully it doesn't look too much like an afterthought! 

.  Bazzill Dotted Swiss cardstock, Papermania Natural earthtones cardstock (cream photo matt)
.  Daisy D's Lullaby Stripe and Nursery Alphabet patterned papers, large photo corner sticker, photo
   anchor sticker, yellow dotty file folder sticker, green dotty son sticker
.  Creative Imaginations cream journalling stripe patterned paper
.  Fancypants "Delight" Notebook Journal, "Powder" lace wrap, "Harvest" Fashion sense pin
.  Rhonna Farrer Rub-on Expressions
.  Making Memories "Animal Crackers" velvet brads
.  Queen and Co heart sequins
.  Rusty Pickle distressed string
.  Artemio "Boy" felt teddy bear and "baby" word
.  Teresa Collins "Ruler Ribbons" for Junkitz
.  Nostalgiques Paper Buttons by Rebecca Sower
.  Artistic Scrapper Skipping Stones by Shannon Watt
.  Sassafras Lass Paper Whimsies "Shindig"
.  Chocolate brown felt heart - unknown

It would be great if you would consider joining us at Scrapology and having a go at this month's challenge! Thanks for stopping by.  :)


  1. Ali this is a simply beautiful layout. That photo is gorgeous and you have really done it justice. Love it!

  2. Lovely take on this months challenge Ali and the photo is so beautiful.

  3. Gorgeous page Ali. Might have a look at the challenge as I looooove Gabrielle's work :)

  4. This took me back to how I felt as a brand new mother of twin boys Ali. Totally overwhelmed by the emotion of the awesome responsibilty I felt for the two precious little souls in our care.

    This is gorgeous and, if you don't mind, I've got just the photo that I could use for that quote. xxx

  5. Beautiful layout Alison and a gorgeous photo too x

  6. Such a wonderful, wonderful page Ali.....a truly beautiful photo xxxx

  7. Your layout, as usual is stunning, the photo though, priceless.what a beautiful photo. X