Thursday, February 24, 2011

My Wednesdays

On Wednesdays you can generally find me at my local (35 miles away) scrapbook store cropping with a good friend.

The store has started having layout contests again since Spring is coming. The store decides on a sketch to be used (kind of an outline for lack of a better word), then those who want to participate use that sketch to create a page. The store's customers then vote for their favorite throughout the month. When the voting time has expired, all the votes are tallied, the winner is announced and receives a small prize.

Prize or no prize, I just like entering the contests. It's fun to take a sketch and see what I can come up with. I used to sew a lot and, for me, going from a sketch to a scrapbook page is like taking a pattern (the sketch), selecting just the right fabric (photos and papers), buttons, etc (embellishments) and ending up with a new dress (page).

I created the page above last week from this month's sketch. Although I really liked how it came out, something just seemed off. According to the sketch there were only supposed to be 4 photos used but my page just wasn't coming together the way it should so I added a 5th photo. Now the store isn't really that picky about following the sketches exactly but I like to be as on target as possible. So that 5th photo really, really bothered me.

I just couldn't see where I went wrong. Finally it hit me. I had placed the top photo at the very top of the page and that threw everything else off. The photo was actually supposed to be placed down the page just a bit.

I could have let it go and entered my page in the contest but since entries weren't due until today I thought I'd give it another go when I was at the store yesterday.

The title of the page is "Lions and Rhinos and a Bear - Oh My!"
 This is the page I put together yesterday and it followed the sketch exactly. I like both pages equally well and had a very hard time choosing which one to enter.

In the end I left my zoo page to be entered. I can't wait to see everyone else's entries! After the votes are cast and a winner is declared I'll let you know how my page fared among the others.

On another note and because it does relate to this post - a week or so ago I visited Emmie's Ramblings and just enjoyed Emily's blog so much I became a follower. Little did I know that I would be her 50th follower.

Because of that she sent me a wonderful little package of goodies! On Tuesday there was a card in our post office box telling us that we had a package for pick up (our box is very small). Emily lives in Florida and I live here in Oklahoma so it never occurred to me that the package might be from her. I didn't get to the post office until after it had closed on Tuesday so I had to wait until yesterday to pick it up on my way to the scrapbook store. The package held a sweet plaque, a lovely scented sachet, a little butterfly wind chime and some scrapbooking goodies (brads, eyelets, embellishments and ribbon). Thank you Emily!

NOTE to Emily: The package arrived at the PERFECT time! I'm glad it was Wednesday before I was able to pick it up because it was in my bag when I got to the scrapbook store. The little black brads that were included were exactly what I needed to complete my Zoo layout. How great is that!!!!! I've had another page in mind to do for awhile now. I'm just waiting to get the photos I need for it. The orange ribbon is going to be perfect on the page. It's almost as if you knew what I was thinking. Thanks again!


  1. I love your zoo page! You have a great eye for photos and design. I hope it wins a prize!

  2. You are very creative, good luck with your entry!


  3. I'm getting kind of interested in scrapbooking. It looks to me that scrapbooking and blogging would work well together for me.

    You have two very well put together scrapbook pages.

  4. I wish I could scrap again. It's been about four years and I have my stuff packed away. And to think I had been all caught up.

  5. YAY!! I'm so glad you liked everything!! And I'm so glad you could use everything!!!

    Your scrapbook pages are AWESOME!! I love them!!

    Good luck in the contest!!

  6. Scrapbooking done this way shows a true artistic style. Great job. And how fun that you got some goodies from Emily. She's a sweet blogger.

  7. I can see where you had a time deciding which page to enter - I like them both! I hope yours is picked!

  8. isn't creating fun? whatever project I work on like crocheting or knitting or painting, whatever it is, it feels so rewarding to look at the finished project! Hope you win!! And how sweet that you received such a lovely package! So many bloggers are the nicest folks!

  9. What a wonderful surprise parcel to receive ... & just what you needed. I love the picture you created.

    TTFN ~
    Have a beautiful day ~

  10. I need to get back to my scraping. I miss it. I love the zoo theme.

  11. I love your scrapbooking pages and I just may have to steal your idea for a template...always looking for new ideas! Do you have an 'Archiver's' where you live? I always tell my husband that I have n vices except scrapbooking...don't drink, don't smoke, don't do any of that stuff except scrapbook!
    thanks for sharing...

  12. You're so creative, I'm holding a book giveaway over at my wee blog if you'd like a chance to win.

  13. Both pages look great. In the years ahead your family will love looking at them.

  14. I love your zoo page--scrapbooking seems exotic and mysterious to me. I've only tried to do it once for my son's high school graduation gift...and while on the whole it came out beautifully--there were some pages I just couldn't get to gel. That was my one and only scrapbooking try!

  15. I loved the pages and I hope that you get picked.
    I would like to get into scrapbooking. It sounds like it could be a lot of fun. My niece does it and I love what she has done with all of her photos.
    Have a great weekend.

  16. I love your zoo page. You have some talent there Granny!
    I keep saying I'm going to get in to scrapbooking. I have so many ideas already...I just need to make the time to get it done!

  17. This sounds like fun. One day I hope to have time to do this kind of thing.... I have in the past, but it seems there's not enough time in a day now. Soon, though. These are great!!

  18. Where is your scrabbook store? we don't have ANY in Tulsa. . . .so sad.

    Your layouts are awesome.

  19. I love challenges too but not so good with sketches. Good luck with the voting !