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.
We are thrilled to welcome back as a guest designer with our team, the uber creative and wonderfully artsy Misty Russell!
This month's challenge is issued by the amazing Jayne Morgan. Jayne mixes classic styling with fun and funky embellishments and artistic mixed media touches. Here is her challenge for us, in her own words:
Time(d) to Change
It's no secret amongst my crafty friends that my biggest hang up when scrapbooking is procrastination. Being a perfectionist can certainly benefit the end result, but quite often, we worry so much about the outcome that we forget to enjoy the process! On a couple of occasions when I've had to complete a tight deadline for DT calls or assignments, I've been forced to throw caution aside and complete a page within an hour. This for me in itself is a miracle, but the most surprising part was that I not only thoroughly enjoyed the carefree process, but the end results have been some of my most favourite pages. Here's lies the inspiration for this months challenge - I'd like you to gather your photo's, papers and a collection of supplies you think you may need, hibernate to your creative space and take 30 minutes to create whatever you like.........not a minute more! Contrary to what you may think, the pressure is off here. Chances are the final result will not be your best ever project as the time constraint is a little extreme (!), but it's a well known saying that creativity flourishes when we are willing to take risks! Enjoy the process.
Isn't that quite the challenge, especially for me, when I can spend 1/2 hour waiting for a background to dry!
I chose a sketch, by Laura Whitaker, one of our IE alumni, and printed out my photo, gathered my supplies. And then I cheated. Not a big cheat - I applied a very thin coat of gesso to my cardstock and while it dried, I gathered up a few more supplies I thought I might want. I pulled all the water-based products, rather than acrylic, so that I could use a heat tool if necessary. I don't like hitting acrylic with the heat tool, because it's basically plastic, and it's nasty thing to start to melt plastic, right?
Onto my primed cardstock, I layered the Pebbles patterned papers - the colours worked beautifully with the colours in my photo. The longest part of the process was colouring the chipboard circles, which I accomplished with my trusty gelatos.
The journaling square is actually a piece of paper that came with a journal I received at a very recent conference I attended for my Thirty-One business, so it ties in perfectly with the photo, a picture of the company founder and me. You can see I used a pen for faux stitching on the layout - for speed. Yes, machine stitching would have taken me longer by the time I found the desired thread and squinted my eyes closed enough to get that teeny tiny hole in the needle threaded.
So when the layout was basically complete, I wanted something in the background. Covering up the photo and lower right detail, I lightly spritzed from very high with a black spray mist. Then, it looked too black. I got out a marshmallow (white) mist and spritzed with it. The 2 mists were different brands and must have different compositions, because the 2 combined to create this funky feathery effect. With that waiting to dry, and having messed with it enough, and basically out of time, I walked away from it. This is what I made in 30 minutes.
What do you think?
Will you rise to the challenge?
Here's a complete list of this month's participating designers! We encourage you to check out each designer's creation this month, then come on back and give the challenge a try yourself!
Meantime, if you've wanted to participate as a guest designer with Inspiration Elevator, just contact team lead, Ann at ann jobes at bell dot net
Now it's your turn to get creating - what can you make in 1/2 hour? Share your blog link at the IE blog. We would love to see what you were inspired to make!