Monday, April 4, 2011

Inspired by colour

Here it is, the March colour palette for the monthly ScrapChat challenge ...

Could this photo and palette be any more inspiring?  Honestly?  Maybe because kraft cardstock is the current trend, perhaps because red is a colour which features in so many of my photos of Max, possibly because I love stitching and the textures in the photos?  Whatever the reason, I was truly inspired by this colour palette and photo.  This is the layout I created, albeit late, for this challenge ...

Max's red sofa

I have used way too many products to list them all individually, however, included are products and patterned papers from Basic Grey's Max & Whiskers collection (how could I not LOL?!), handmade felt flowers, a Unity Stamp, various mists and ink, Sizzix Originals die Flower Layers #4, Sizzix Bigz die Frame Back, Ornate #6, Prima flowers, Making Memories felt alphas, and a pom pom paperclip from Switzerland.

This was such a fun layout to create.  Want to know why?  I 'lifted' one of my own layouts which my buddy Kylie from {Yillup Designs} (see HERE) turned into a sketch for me.  Following is the original layout and the sketch (thanks K!!!) ...

A celebration of LOVE
as published in Creating Keepsakes issue 15.3

and the sketch

Having the sketch meant I could sit back and relax whilst creating my layout Max's red sofa.  Don't get me wrong.  It still took the better part of a day LOL!  I am quite possibly the world's slowest scrapper.  Honestly.  I really like to take my time and pay attention to the smaller details like, in this instance, making my own felt flowers.  They were a fairly simple process, but I took my time.  I used a lot of mists to alter the colour of my Prima flowers, I did a little stamping on the background cardstock before starting all my layering; I sat outside during the one sunny moment of the day (!) to distress and sand the edges of my patterned paper; I relaxed as I chose my embellishments, some themed and others just for fun (like the gorgeous red pom pom paperclip I bought from Switzerland ... a very yummy textural element don't you think?).  Oh and yes there is journaling.  Would you expect anything less from me?  At the top left is a journaling tag from Little Yellow Bicycle's Say What?! Journal Tablet range (this one is from the Dog 'tablet') which can be pulled out and tells the story of Max's red sofa.

All in all it was a really enjoyable layout to create and has inspired me to keep creating.  Oddly it even inspired me to cook dinner LOL!  Perhaps the tea towels in the photo used for the colour palette had something to do with that?  Whatever the case we had linguine with a delicious, tomato based meatball sauce.  Yum!

Thanks, yet again, for your help with the sketch K.  Hugs.


  1. Oh Alz I so love the max's red sofa it is so eye catching. You are scrapping up a storm.

  2. Wow Alz your mojo is on fire!!!!Love the LO on Max's red sofa.