Hope you all had a great weekend. I went to the Scrap Expo in Melbourne on Friday. I caught up with the ever lovely Leonie Neal-Dawson there. She and her friends were heading off for a scrapping retreat weekend. I'm so jealous! Met Jasmine Shea who I follow online but had never met. People are so much nicer in real life - just like layouts!!!
For the first time, I'm finally able to post a Master's Challenge layout on my blog. I'm enjoying these challenges so much! Basically, each sponsor gives us a supply of goodies and a description of what we have to create - in this case, a single layout. The sponsor for the first challenge was Stampin' Up! The papers we received were gorgeously retro and one of the stamps depicted a girl and a boy in an old fashioned wagon. This stamp triggered off a vague recollection that I might have a photo of something like that. After a bit of a search I was thrilled when I found it.
Here's the layout:
I was really pleased with how this layout turned out. The colours in the photo matched the papers beautifully and, although I'd like to say the style of the papers is older than me, it's probably not that much older! I drew on the flags and banners theme in the papers to create my own. The flagpole is made from a skewer and I put a small kink in the flags on it to give the appearance of movement. I had fun making a double layer of banners, raising one lot above the other with foam tape.
Here are some close ups:
To colour the stamped image, I used a wet brush and just used the Stampin' Up! ink pads like paint. It was so easy and worked really well. The inks are colour coordinated with the papers so it's hard to go wrong!
I hope you're enjoying checking out the Masters Challenges each month in Scrapbooking Memories mag. I think we all have a ball making them!