Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Always Create (OUAS Nov 1st Challenge)

Today, i am sharing with you a very special layout i made for the November 1st Challenge on the Once Upon A ...Sketch blog.  The journalling criteria required me to add at least 2 SENTENCES on WHEN i started scrapping and WHY?

This is the sketch that they provided as inspiration:
The journalling reads: 
"I have always been a very artistic person, either it be drawing, writing poetry or crafting.  In 2004, when i lost my father to brain cancer, i wanted to pay homage to his life in some way and the idea of a scrapbook came from a friend.  Not only was scrapbooking the perfect way to ease my grief, but it quickly became a new way for me to express my creativity."

And i could have added that scrapbooking was probably one of the best things to come into my life at that time when i was trying to deal with the loss of my Dad... Ever since, i have enjoyed every single aspect of this craft and i feel at my best when i create.
To create this layout, i used a mixture of products, including Creative Imaginations papers, Imaginarium Designs chipboard (flourishes), Dusty Attic chipboard (fancy window frame and 'always' title), Maya Road chipboard ('create' title), Prima and KaiserCraft flowers, as well as some eyelets, twine and thread.
To give them their shiny almost metallic look, the ID chipboard title 'always' and the flourishes were covered with 2 shades of Liquid Pearls "Gold Pearl" and "White Opal".  On the title 'create' and the rest of the chipboard pieces, i sprayed some Glimmer Mist "Coffee Shop".  Each letter was embossed with the Cuttlebug using a flowery border.  Then, i rubbed some "White Opal" on each and resprayed with Glimmer Mist.  I wasn't too sure how it would all turn out but i like the outcome :)

Hope you enjoyed looking at it as much as i enjoyed creating it :)


  1. Beautiful take on the sketch! I love your elements and colors and the photo as well! Just a really fresh and beautiful page! Thank you for joining us at OUAS!

  2. Great take on the sketch! Lovely details and elements.

  3. Great page and I just love all the detail you put in your page.. Thanks for playing along with us over att OUAS ...

  4. Your father is proud of you to carry on his legacy through scrapbooking. This LO is very touching and beautiful!
    Thanks for playing along with us at OUAS!

  5. Beautiful and touching layout....
    Thank you so much for playing with us at Once Upon A...Sketch!

  6. Nicole, your layout is so beautiful and your journaling is awesome. Thank you for playing along at OUAS! ~Gerry~

  7. WOW!!! I LOVE all the details in your layout! You did a hard work on this! Beautiful!!!Thanks for sharing your work with us at OUAS!

  8. This is simply beautiful, as is your heartfelt journaling. Tks. for playing along with us at OUAS!

  9. This is awesome!! I love it! Thanks for playing along with us at OUAS! :)

  10. Hi Nicole
    Love your layout and the way you used the Imaginarium Designs Chipboard! the finish on the florishes is just beautiful, you are a very talented Lady!