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Friday, 1 March 2013

March Scrapology Layout Challenge - Peeking Elements!

Hello everyone - welcome to Spring - a new month, and a new layout challenge with Scrapology.  This time, our lovely Lynn has set the challenge using peeking elements - something she has done beautifully with her page, which you can see on her blog here

 Sometimes it is good to ring up the changes, and do something a bit different.  That is why I decided to flip through my elephant photos and scrapbook a page for my elephant album.  Hardly can call it an album - it is only my second layout thus far! but I know it will be a great vehicle for those miscellaneous papers and techniques that I probably won't use on my little boy pages of my sons.  I probably do have older paper than the Urban Lily Frolic paper I've used here - but it is so cathartic to know I am using them up in a layout that I am actually finally happy with. 
Whilst I love dimensional and textural layouts, I refrain from doing them in reality because of the difficulty of fitting them into albums.  So I decided to interpret Lynn's peeking elements in a slightly different way - with less depth and a different theme. 

It will be no surprise to regular readers that I love bright, happy zingy colours and that is why I will love scrapping my elephant photos - I love fitting the theme to the subject of the photograph and that includes finding perfect patterned papers to accompany.  When reading artist Helen Crowther's inspiration for her painting of the elephant - combining her passion for conserving tropical rainforest and its inhabitants with her painting - I decided to go with a jungle theme.  I think the large black and white motifed Urban Lily paper works well here. 
I struggled to make some "peeking elements" until I decided that the jungle flowers needed some trailing tendrils and smaller flower buds.  The Bo Bunny "Flutter Butter Willow" paper is double sided - and the small circles on the other side of the "jungle" side were perfect for the buds. 
My friend Sherri die cut me some of the small Sizzix elephants many years ago, when I first started scrapbooking - they are perfect for this album, and it just goes to prove that my justification that things do come in handy is always redeemed!  I wish I had that die - reminds me then, off to start a new elephant hunt on Ebay ......

Cardstock:           DCWV Christmas cardstock stack
Patterned paper:  Urban Lily Frolic "Just Add Color" collection 2007
                            Bo Bunny "Flutter Butter Willow"
Dies:                   Sizzix Small Elephant Die
                            Die-namics "Leafy Flourish"
Alphabets:          Mod Designs Alpha Gels
                           Decadry Rub-on Alphabet black
Other:                 Doodlebug Paper Posies, MM Snaps

What will you have peeking from your layout?  Do join in with the challenge and show us ....


  1. My goodness I'd forgotten all about that die, wish I hadn't sold it but it was bought in the zoo album phase. You've put it to good use and you LO is really lovely. I'll have to look at the challenge as I feel a scrapbook phase coming.

  2. Gorgeous!! and btw.. I have a cricut circus cart that has elephants and all sorts of animals... lmk if you want to use it ;)

    L xx

  3. This is gorgeous Ali, love how you have cut and lifted the flowers, how vibrant it is and how perfectly everything matches your photo! You have all sorts of posts I haven't seen, how have I missed them all? I only go blog hopping about once or maybe twice a week and only look back a couple of days so you are obviously only posting when I am not looking lol. You really need to time these things better Ali ;)

  4. Or this punch???
    Love the page!You have matched the papers to the elephant perfectly :) It reminds me I still have lots of Rhinos to scrap!

  5. Brilliantly bold, joyful page - I love it! :o)