Monday, September 15, 2014

Go Big or Go Home

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 me!  Here is my challenge for you, in my own words:

GO BIG OR GO HOME: Scrapbookers as a rule use what photos they have on hand or if you are designing, 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 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.

I must say how disappointed I am that I could not get my layout completed.  I am working with a large picture of Adriane that my friend Laura Pastrik took at our final recital. It isn't your typical dance photo but shows her motion and it really speaks to her movement and dedication to long hard hours of practice to achieve this beautiful routine. I've shared it for you at the very least and plan to post the layout when I can.

Please stop by the other designers blogs and see what they have created with these large super-sized photos.

Until next time, keep doing what you love.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Inspiration Elevator August 2014: 30 minutes or less!

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 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.

Whoa! This was a crazy ride! I tried to stay true to the challenge but really keeping an eye on the time. I admit to going over at 34 minutes but the phone rang and it sure is hard to keep focused while on the phone!  None the it is!

 I had taken these photos on our Dance Photo night with Dolly\'s iPhone 5C and she has this great filtre on that blows my mind. I had Blacks photo print them in 4x4 square size. The papers from Simple Stories Good Day Sunshine line really inspired and the photo colouring worked out perfectly.

I didn't procrastinate at all just chose the wood grain piece with the title on to save time I usually spend on the Cameo cutting. Time constraints dictated a quick title which I loved! The wood veneer sun  is panted with water colour and I blew on it to haste dry time. I admit it is was still wet at photo time! (All wood veneer is by Studio Calico.)
The brads are from this line and added a few flair pieces from American Crafts #summer line.
I LOVED LOVED LOVED this challenge. I find that Jayne is right: I do procrastinate and sometimes put things off because I feel I have to give SO MUCH to each page. My BFF Ann and I always joke that we "give birth" to each and every page. We love the end products but it can be a real labour of love. It's a terrible place to be when you truly love your craft. So, I vow that I will try to give a bit LESS to the process and a lot MORE to the enjoyment. Thanks Jayne.
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
Now it's your turn to get creating about what is in your bag, and share your blog link at the IE blog. We would love to see what you were inspired to make!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

July Sketch and Crafty Challenge at Two Scrapbook Friends!

Happy Canada Day to all my scrappy friends!

It's my turn to inspire you with a sketch and a challenge for the month of July at Two Scrapbook Friends!

Here's PART ONE of this month's challenge; the SKETCH. It is very simple but should inspire you to add lots of personal touches and make it your own!
 PART TWO of the challenge is to use a nice BIG NUMBER on your design. Last year my hubby and I celebrated 19 years of marriage and my daughter thought of this title based on one of her favourite TV shows "19 Kids and Counting". 

 So, must use the sketch and the crafty part of the challenge to qualify.  

Please remember a few simple rules:

1.Enter as many times as you like as long as each NEW project shows an interpretation of both the Sketch and Crafty element.
2. Each creation will gain you one entry in the draw to win. (Please enter a double page layout as only one entry).
3. Projects must be linked up using the tool at the TSF blog in order to be entered to win.
4. Projects must be entered no later than July 31st, 2014 by 11:59pm.

Until next time, keep doing what you love!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

There is Sunshine in My Heart

Good Morning scrappy pals!! What gorgeous summer weather we are having and it looks like the Canada Day weekend (etc) is going to be amazing! I admit that long weekends really help me get y mojo going rain, snow or shine! Something about that extra day free of life's rat race makes me feel freeeeeee! Truly! So even if the weather's good I open a window or head out to the deck and create a summery page! Here's one I created with Simple Stories Summer Paradise from Two Scrapbook Friends...see if you cans pot my piece de resistance!

Yep! It's that super weird (yet very characteristic picture of my Dolly) AND the sequin heart! The title from my Cameo really was the starting point. You know how that happens right? You have a cute picture but can't figue out what to call the layout and start paging through your online files and VOILA! Inspiration. The Blue and red are really dynamic. Take a closer look!
I sanded the title to to get  beachy weathered feel:
And it seemed apropos to add a Sunshine (duh!) and a cloud with rainbow sequins to round out my theme. The paper lent itself to a banner perfectly. Be sure to pop over to the store to see if you can get your hands on this line it's summer and fun all in one!

I hope you get your mojo flowing this week and enjoy the sunshine too. Until next time, keep doing what you love!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Remington Saving Grace

We got our sweet new puppy on February 14, 2014. I was in the middle of a severe case of pneumonia and couldn't really take the time to train our rambunctious new family member. Many of you know how heartbroken I have been over the sudden loss of BoBo our first Boston Terrier, so Remy really saved me. He made me smile and he was a soft warm fuzzy little body in my lap. We decided to call him Remington Saving Grace.  (not that my husband agreed AT ALL!)

So here is a layout I made using the Bo Bunny Happy Tails line for Two Scrapbook Friends.
I loved the background paper with the subtle stamped images and the title on the chipboard frame. I used a variety of letters and a chipboard phrase to create visual interest. The washi and the twine are fun too!
I also included the date of his birth in the same letters as his full name. This element of repetition leads the viewer to know see the important elements of my design.

I hope you are inspired to scrap you favourite furry friends! Until next time,  keep doing what you love to do!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

You Colour My World!

Good day, bloggeritas! Dance season has just finished up and we are returned from our summer vacation in Walt Disney World, so I wanted to share with you a few designs I created for Two Scrapbook Friends with SIMPLE STORIES Summer Paradise.

My first of a few designs features our newest family member, Remy. Many of you will recall my sadness over the loss of my Bo-Bo and Remy has done lots to help our family heal. He is a WILD doggy and I understand this is a sign of great intelligence! But whatever the reason behind it, he keeps me on my toes and fills my days with laughter. I had hoped this design would help me to remember this stage of his life where his exuberance often out weighs his commonsense!

The plain white background allows for contrast between the bright colour palette and the sharp black accents. The wavy part in the middle is actually set into the two white halves of the design and framed by the black/washi border.
I added the black afterwards..can you tell? and the journalling is on an old stamp. My kids tell me they truly appreciate my handwriting o their pages so I am trying to do more.
Finally, I really tried to draw attention to my witty (yes, I am awesome), title ad play on words. The colourful letters are cut from old scraps that closely matched the palette of the Summer Paradise line.

I hope you enjoyed this design and my selfie + dog photo! There may be more.....

Until next time, keep doing what you love!