Monday, January 31, 2011


The past two days the retailers, designers, press, and manufactures have been and still are in Los Angles, CA for the Craft and Hobby Association Trade Show.  I did not go this time but I was there in spirit.

I decided if I could not go that I would certainly play.  Fiskateers and Two Peas in a Bucket on-line communities both have on-line crops going on.  I still working on several challenges but I thought I'd share a few from Two Peas in a Bucket's CHA's online social. 

The different challenges have some type of scrapbooking design element.  I love it.  What a way to learn.  The first challenge was "When in doubt wear red" a quote by Bill Blass.  The challenge:  to use predominately red in my design. 

The Story
I attended a jewelry party hosted by my daughter-in-law Vanessa.  She brought her neices C and K to play with me.  I played more than partied.  LOL  It was hard for C to not want to try out the jewelry.  Doesn't every woman?  I went over to the sale table and pulled up several braclets, necklaces and rings and put them on C.  LOL  She loved posing for the camaera and playing grown up.  C is only 2 years old. 

The Layout
What I Learned
It's not easy being red!  You certainly have to pick a black and white photo are a netural photo.  That much red certainly has an effect on the photo and the photo is what it's all about.

Another challenge was Accessorize!  "Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend."  The design element was about bling!  I opted to go simple and elegant on this one.  They are easier than the ones very invovled and time is of the essence.

The Story
I love recording my granddaugthers personality traits as she grows.  I picked two different expression and did some fun journaling.

The Layout
What I Learned
  • To use your stash.  The black is Moxie's graduation line from last year and the blue floral is from Heidi Grace several years ago.  It worked great.  I have to do more of this.
  • Simple can be fun and challenging.
The next challenge was Favorite Color/Color Combo.  The quote: "The best color in the world is the one that looks good on you" by Coco Chanel.  I was to use colors I love to wear and translate that to a layout.

The Story
This is one of my best friends Sudie from unKit.  Sudie, who lives several hours from me came to my son's wedding to lend support and a hand.  Best friends!  I actually I thought I had lost my mind doing this layout.  I wanted to add paint, ink, some bling all the stuff I love so much.  I made the decision to really let the colors of the paper shine.

The Layout
What I Learned
  • Still using the older stash.  The gold and aqua speciality paper is .....10 years old.  Good gravey!  The ribbon is from Basic Grey many years back. 
  • Going simple really allows my photos to pop.
  • I love using Becky Higgins handwriting font.
  • I like the creating the artsy layouts more!  But you learn by doing what you haven't done before.
The challenges on Two Peas are still open.  Deadline is Wednesday by midnight central time.  They will draw for winners and annouce them Thursday.  Here are the challenges:  CHA Winter Runway Online Social.  If you are not already part of the 2Pea community it only takes a few minutes to sign up.  It is one fun place.

Gratitude List
1.  my Jimmy who did not complain and even help me have fun with scrapping this weekend
2.  internet
3.  peace and quiet
4.  excitement of crafting
5.  that God is creative and added that to my life


  1. beautiful layouts. I love the one on top!!

  2. I love the red one~ I wished i had done the challenges on 2peas~didn't pay attention. I love watching a new Debby style develope. They are all lovely!!!

  3. Wow,Deb,both layouts are wonderful,thanks for sharing your art with us.

  4. These are wonderful! Especially that red one! I love the story and lessons learned from each. My lesson learned: dont purge your stash or wount be able to find that 10 yr old paper to make such a ROCKIN' layout! LOL!

  5. Love your layouts, especially the red one. So true that a little red goes a long way and you have to pair it with other strong colors! I've been stalking Two Peas all weekend for CHA stuff!


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