Sunday, October 16, 2011

Scrap the Girls - October

I've been planning this layout for ages now and when the Scrap the Girls October challenge came along I finally found the motivation to get it done! The challenge was to use the word 'love' in your title and to use distressing ...

Love her doll
published in Creating Keepsakes Vol. 17 Issue 6 

You can find the Scrap the Girls October challenge HERE. Thanks for a fabulous challenge Marelize!

I also drew inspiration for this layout from Cliff Richard's Living Doll song lyrics. When I look back at all the 'posed' photos of me as a child I get the distinct impression my mum gained a lot of pleasure from making my clothes and dressing me up in outfits, doing my hair and putting it in big bows. I started to feel like a walking, talking, living doll! I remember how much I loved doing the same with my dolls and how much I had loved and treasured my dolls and so figured my mum really must have loved her living doll. (By the way, my mum only had one daughter amongst four sons!!!)

I've used another of my Alz Sketchz to create this layout ...

Alz Sketchz - What you see

... which my buddy Kylie (heh K!) of {Yillup Designs} fame (see HERE) made for me from my original layout ...

What you see
products used:
cardstock - Green Tara handmade embossed mulberry paper; patterned paper - My Minds Eye Quite Contrary Little Boy Blue, When I Grow Up - Owl be There, Curious - Who Loves You, Curious accessory sheets; American Crafts Thickers - Rockabye - Foam - Leaf; My Little Shoebox alphabet stickers - Turquoise; Kitty Robot owl button; chocolate Zig Writer; Making Memories staples; Colop date stamp; Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Crushed Olive, Tumbled Glass, Pumice Stone; Kaiser acrylic paints - Seabreeze, Mud Puddle; VersaMagic chalk inkpad - Jumbo Java; fabric

I'm not entirely sure what to do with myself now. Scrapping is a very emotional (without the hysterics LOL) activity for me. When I scrap, I scrap from the heart. Just now, trying to not deal with losing Max (because to deal with it I think would kill me), I'm sort of trying to not feel any 'real' emotions if that makes sense. It feels as though if I allowed myself to tap into my emotions too deep, I'd find the box of emotions relating to Max which I've set aside. I'm guessing if I hadn't been planning my layout Love her doll for a while, I wouldn't have been able to scrap it. On another note, a local florist is selling my cards (yeah!) and has requested (surprisingly I thought) a lot of Christmas cards so perhaps I'll get stuck into those? Then again, I do have an awfully large number of challenge notes and sketches printed so perhaps I should sit with those tonight (whilst I'm pretending to ignore the rugby on the TV) and see if any of them jump out and inspire me and then, feel do-able. LOL, what to do???

Anyways that's just about enough rambling from me today. I hope you're all having a fantastic weekend.  :)


  1. OMG Alz this is just stunning, I love everything about it. Simply beautiful.
    You look such a little cutie too, a real living doll.

    I love that sketch as you know I've already used it.
    Hugs xx

  2. ALZ this is amazing and fantastic seeing you creating!... really love the STG layout! its really beautiful.

    Oh and I recognize the people in the below pic, I adore that layout, has lots of meaning and very special to me! xxoo

    hope your going ok hun xxoo

  3. I love what you've done for the STG's challenge Alz! Those Prima papers are gorgeous and your layout looks fantastic! Thanks for giving my challenge a go. xx

  4. Brilliant layouts! I love your one for STG, the softness of it, those papers & flowers with the b&w photos are gorgeous! :)

  5. Great Layouts. Love the soft tones in the STG page and all those gorgeous flowers, divine