Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Inspiration Elevator - August 2012

You may recall from last month's challenge that the purpose of this challenge group is to take our scrapbooking to the next level, to stretch our creative process and to grow as artists by embracing challenges that make us think, work and grow.

This month our challenger is the very talented Lisa Moen. Lisa, like most of us, doesn't always take the "perfect" photos. In fact, sometimes, the imperfect is all you have to tell your story. This month Lisa challenged us to use those imperfect photos to tell a story. Here's what she had to say about her challenge:

"I was digging through some old 1980's photos the other day and realized how bad some of the pictures were. Cameras have come a LONG way since then!

I have lots of pictures I haven't scrapped because they were/are poor
quality pictures and I am sure you have pictures like that too. So let's dig out those blurry, bad pictures and tell the story behind them! My challenge to you this month is to use a bad photo and journal about it."

This was a tough challenge for me! I will often delete my bad or blurry photos, assuming that I will never use them. But I did find a special photo of Mr. B and myself from a few years ago. We were visiting Mackinaw City, Michigan and before we left for the day, we stopped by the lake shore to take a photo. The sun was setting and the fog was rolling in and it was almost impossible to get a good picture. It was such a wonderful day though, that I decided to keep the picture and now I am glad that I did!

Here is my layout:

I had fun creating a multi-layered background, using a variety of papers. I also added an accordion heart that I created using this tutorial from Jayne Morgan.

A paper doily seemed to work well with the feel of the papers and photo...

...and some washi tape was the perfect addition to my layered design.

A fun little cluster along the top border gave the page balance and there you have it! A page with a blurry photo that I actually like!

Here's the list of my IE friends, who have been working all month to create gorgeous and inspiring designs. I do hope you'll pop by each of their blogs to see what they have created and perhaps take a moment to leave a comment for them.

If you would like to take on this month's challenge, please do so! Just leave a link in the comment section below and I will be sure to take a look :)


  1. Oh Joanne, I am so glad you like the outcome. I love what you have done! The accordion heart, layers and washi tape are awesome!

  2. Gorgeous, love, love, love the color palette you chose. The accordion heart is amazing, have to check out that tutorial and adore all the layering, washi and inking!

  3. WHOA! This actually gave me shivers! The photo IS perfect and the bridge and the fog and the perfect. Your design matches perfectly. The yellow and greys bring out the foggy day. I love your little doily, and the brads and the stitched journaling. I love this. Is it too late to submitt it to CS? It's a fav.

  4. Oh Joanne, this is just stunning!! I adore all the little details.

  5. WOW!! Um.....WOW!! That's all I got! This page is incredible Joanne!

  6. Your elegant design and colour palette is perfect for this photo. I love that you credited Jayne's tutorial, and that upper cluster is fabulous. I also love how you stitched across your journalling strips.
    Beautiful work and a layout to treasure!

  7. Wow! I love the feel that this photo has...kinda of a foggy haze that goes with the hazy background. Your elements are so perfectly placed! Gorgeous!

  8. Wonderful layout, the papers are perfect for your photo. love the heart and the doily with this collection. Great use of washi tape too!

  9. JOANNE!!! This is so beautiful! I love love love all your accents...especially how you used the washi tape...I am so challenged with have inspired me!

  10. Another great layout Jo! I love your paper choices and all your layering. I really have to try this Washi tape. I really like how it looks!

  11. *squeal* This is gorgeous, Joanne! I love the colour palette, the finishing details and the stitched journaling! And the photo works so well with it all too! Great job!

  12. Joanne - I found this on Pinterest - I love it! Such a beautifully balanced layout. I'm off to check out the rest of your blog now. Well done!

  13. Fabulous layout! Beautiful colors used!


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