Thursday, December 31, 2015

010116 Archi-scraps January Challenge

Well, another new year - another clean slate - another opportunity to resolve to improve...

Use watercolours. 
I don't mind if I do!

At first, I was thinking of something artsy & challenging.
I can really spend a lot of time thinking about this stuff without doing anything, lol.
I found this fab yet easy-peasy technique on Pinterest:

As usual, my vision took a few detours. 
I wanted to use these photos with this quote.

I tried a few combinations with the doily paper I created but wasn't happy with any of them.
And that washi in the first photo left a nasty sticky residue, sigh...

Do you ever reach that point when you have to stop forcing something to work & move on?
(That happens to me a lot - I guess you could call me a random scrapper.)
I reluctantly put the photos & sentiment away & went in search of a new image to scrap.

I still loved the doilies, though, so I decided to fussy-cut them & make a banner.
That would help me knock out another Whimsical Musings prompt #181 - be inspired by banners.

Well, the fussy-cutting went well, but my banner idea went South... sigh.
 I started all of this so early & was now getting nowhere FAST!
Here's the image I chose (which of course I forgot to photo until the page was done)
I went downstairs to scan the original so I could adjust the exposure.

This was where I was heading but was not liking the colors with my doilies...

I continued to sub in papers until I was happier, then went to check them with the photo.
Yet that impish little photo that had run off & hid somewhere - seriously???

I had just about given up & was going to throw a card together but decided just to go to bed
& work it all out in the morning (well, later in the morning as it was 2 a.m.)

Amazing what a good night's sleep will do for your creative brain.
Also what it apparently can do to cause an impish little photo to reappear - whew!

Without further ado...

Although this photo is truly one of my all-time faves, I'm not sure how crazy I am about the layout.
I added some hand stitching for texture & a custom stamped border lifted from my uber-inspiring scrappy friend, Susan. Visit her blog Little Things, Big Days for a mega dose of creativity.

Even my photographs turned out poorly.
I hope you have better luck than I did!
Please share your creation with us at Archi-scraps.

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. This is kind of like a scrappy version of "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" with all the twists and turns it took! I think your layout looks great - the doilies are very pretty, love the stamped border and that sweet photo of your girls. Sometimes there's nothing you can do when you hit the creative wall than take a break - glad you got some sleep and were able to find your inspiration in the morning. Wishing you and your family a blessed 2016!

    1. Thanks, Susan! This was a torturous process, and I'm not even 100% on the result - but finished is better than perfect. I meant to give you a shout out about that stamped border - I am giving it an edit to include it. You are such an inspiration to me on how to add those fab details. Happy New Year! May 2016 be inspiring & scrappalicious :D

  2. This turned out so completely sweet - fab!

  3. I have scrappy days like that! Glad it turned out fine in the end and the banner prompt will come sometime later! I really love those doilies though and the way you cut them out and used them is ideal! I have to say though that the fourth photo of the original layout rather caught my fancy! Sending love!


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