Monday, 16 July 2012

A Challenge you say... well WHY not!!!

Recently my craft desk has been tidy which means my Mojo is around more and I scrap more!

This afternoon's LO was in response to my BFF Suzy suggesting I take part in the Merly Impressions Layout Challenge this month which is to create a LO about why I scrap, including the words 'why I scrapbook'. 

Ok, good challenge but then as if that wasn't enough, I decided to challenge myself further by not using any patterned paper at all!  I must be mad considering I've just spent what seems like an eternity sorting out some of my older scrapbook kits to the point where I now have a Expedit square  full of beautiful patterned paper!  GULP!  Too much stash <----  hmmm, is that even possible???

Anyhow, here's my challenge LO, Why ...

So although there is no patterned paper in sight, I used lots of my favourite things at the moment instead - a Crafters Workshop Template used with Dylusions ink sprays (these are just pure lush colour in a bottle), the misted result cut out and machine sewn onto the LO, the netting from a mixed cheese bag from the supermarket, washi tape, a wood veneer heart which just happened to fit a stray heart I had on my desk from some Basic Grey paper (oooh, okay there is some pp but it is only a small amount - oops!), a strip of fab rips, a film strip die cut that I've been hoarding for a long time which house the miniature photos I printed, twine & some Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap all topped off with good ole corrugated lettering!  So even a little bit of recycling going on here too!

The six mini photos are a mix of myself, hubby, Kyle & Madison and you'll see why when you read the journalling ... "I'm often asked what is Scrapbooking but rarely Why?... For me, its my chance as a mother to record those memories that my otherwise be forgotten so that one day, Madison & Kyle will look back and reaize that they are the reason why I scrapbook now!"

So thank you Suzy for your suggestion and thank you Emilie for setting such a thought provoking challenge.

Until next time...


  1. Oh wow! Your layout is stunning! I love the mini photos and the sprayed squares!!! I am very pleased you found our challenge inspiring and I hope to see you again take part! Thanks for playing along with us and good luck!!!

  2. Hi Allycat,

    Thank you for taking part in the Merly Impressions Challenge, love the film strip, your layout is brilliant.

    Chrissy xx

  3. This really is a stunning layout and I love the journalling x

  4. Love the layout, torn tissue works well too.

  5. Lovely work Ally - good to see you back at it :)

  6. Your sense towards the art work is absolutely brilliant, specially the way you represent your work is tremendously outstanding...