Our main purpose here at IE is to challenge ourselves, each other and YOU to take the creative process to the next level; to inspire growth and change in our scrapbooking beyond the mundane. You can see all of Inspiration Elevator's previous challenges at our blog and catch us on Facebook . We are thrilled to welcome back as a guest designer with our team, the very talented Christine Meyer! This month's challenge is issued by the creative Christa Uttley. Here is her challenge for us, in her own words:
GO BIG OR GO HOME: Scrapbookers as a rule use what photos they have on hand or if you are on a design team, whatever pictures allow you to best showcase your lines or express your paper lines. This month's challenge is to be very deliberate about your photo choice because we are going BIG! Bigger than 8x10 if you can do it. Recently, I saw a friend using a 12x12 she had printed at the local Costco and was stunned at the power this GIANT image had on her story telling. (If you'd rather not spend any extra money on your photo then scrap those large baby pictures or a wedding shot you have lying around.) Think scenic vistas or think about all the details that go missing in your world and blow them up. Be brave! Here are the MUST DO's: Must be at least 8x10 in size. We want this GIANT photo to take centre stage and tell the story in a big way.
When this challenge was posted, I immediately thought of a photo I had taken of my daughter doing something really neat, learning something new and really starting to master it, but the photo is on her iPhone and we weren't getting it off the phone with good enough resolution for a photo this size.
We had been camping earlier this summer, during one of the coldest weeks of the summer, and I had a few photos from our week, so I looked at them with this requisite in mind, and decided that this one would enlarge nicely. Then I had to decide what I was going to do with it...
The hardest part was deciding I would cut into that lovely large photo and once I had decided I would cut it, I had to decide how. I had some PL style page protectors out and was thinking about various configurations, but decided to keep the page as a 12 x 12 and build on and around the spliced photo. I think cutting into 3 works to add some expansiveness to the background sunset, and also plays on the 3 motive of the photo - 3 friends in the focal point.
There's less of my mixed media happening, because most of the background is taken by the large photo. The foreground of my photo is quite dark, (maybe not as dark as the photo of the photo makes it appear), but still dark, so I built onto it, to help keep the focus on these 3 friends, rather than on a big black splotch in the foreground.
I used a sheet of Simple Stories paper to help tell my story. I fussy cut the phrases and put them on wooden tags, filling the space beneath with scraps from the bar code strip. I added to the confetti in the artwork by adding a smattering of acrylic flowers and sequins to give the 4x6 PL card some dimension.
This postcard piece was perfect for my journaling, and I added some more sequins and flowers to the ones printed there. I also added a wooden sun, which I tinted with gelatos. Yes, my trusty gelatos made it onto this page!
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Thanks for joining us! If you'd like to play along, upload your design on our Inspiration Elevator blog!