Friday, October 21, 2011

123 and how I was inspired...

It's funny how inspiration for layouts 
sometimes just sneaks up on you and after initially thinking there is no way you could manage to create something all of a sudden things just fall into to place.
When the 123 october challenge was announced I really thought 
no sorry I can't make any of those criteria work together.
1) Gold
2) 'You'
3) Leather/suede and lace
For starters I have very little gold products and the other criteria
leather or suede and lace, well i didn't have any of the leather or suede either.
The word 'YOU' was probably about the only thing I could manage!
So it went on the back-burner and simmered away with me thinking
I'll probably just not do this challenge this month because
it seems too hard.
I remembered I had this gorgeous butterfly with gold glitter and rhinestones.
Is it Prima, I'm not sure it was in a RAK?
Great, a butterfly at least it's something but hardly enough 
for a whole layout! So it sat on my desk for a couple of weeks and occasionally I 
would think about doing this challenge, maybe some gold paint on white card stock?
Nah that didn't appeal.
Then I got my Scrapbook Nook kit 
and it was filled with sparkly gold My Minds Eye lost and found papers!
but I still didn't have a firm idea of how to use any of it.
So it sat in it's 12x12 ziplock bag for a week or so.  All alone and unused :(
until I pulled it out earlier this week.

I liked this striped paper it reminded me of
some decadent Victorian or Edwardian wall paper and I remembered a previous layout I had done using MME
paper that was set out with randomly placed frames. It just so happens
that at the crop I went to last weekend I got a packet of Kaisercraft picture frame rubbons
as part of our welcome gift. Perfect! 
Everything was coming together to give me
the inspiration to create a layout based on a wall covered with picture 

I used some gold elastic cord I found in my stash to hang my picture to the 
'wall' using a Brad to anchor it, scattered the rubbons around.
Painted some raw chipboard gold for the title, added my butterfly and 
a flower. Then came the lace.  All done!
Well nearly!
I was still missing the leather or suede and while searching through
some things I found an old pair of denim shorts I had once used for the 
denim and the tab on the back was made of suede type fabric.
so I ripped this off and added a layered sticker quote to it and I had another 
picture for my wall.

And the moral of this story - umm apart from me being completely obsessed with scrapping!! lol
No?! how about if at first something seems impossible give it time and 
you just never know what you can achieve.
Have a great weekend!


  1. Gorgeous layout, Leonie. Love that MME paper. Take care xx

  2. I would not put any challenge past you Leonie! You've done a fantastic job!! Got some of those papers is my stash too... love MME.
    Have a lovely weekend. xx

  3. Sometimes the hardest ones become your favorites when they are finally finished. At least it’s like that for me. This one is a favorite for me! I love the idea – and you created it in a perfect way!

  4. I just love this one...& I may have to steal your idea with the frame rub-ons...I have a whole sheet of them that have been testing me for eons!! I love how yours look here! What a gorgeous photo this is too! :)

  5. Wow!! This is absolutely delish!! Stunning work!

  6. Woah! This is totally amazing, Leonie!!! I love it! How cool is that - the way you "hung" the photo - very very clever! Love your work! :D

    BTW - I think you have more gold than me in your stash... or maybe not now - cause you used it... LOL!


  7. leonie I just love this layout love the colors so rich very stunning love the frames!