Saturday, June 15, 2013

Inspiration Elevator - June 2013

Welcome to our June Inspiration Elevator challenge.  Each month our group is challenged 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.  Be sure to check out our Inspiration Elevator Blog, to see all of our previous challenges.

This month's challenge is issued by the super talented, Sue Sykes. Here's what she had to say in her own words:

"I have all of my parents' photos stored at my place.  Shortly after I began scrapbooking, my mom and I spent hours removing her photos from those dreadful magnetic albums and documenting dates on the back of them all.  So I will often sift through them and marvel at how much things change - and yet, they also seem to stay the same.

This month, I'd like to challenge you all to create a comparison layout or project - THEN and NOW. It can be any topic; just document the parallels and differences between an event/person/place from the past and a modern likeness.  REMEMBER TO JOURNAL!! :)

Can't wait to see what you all create!"

For my 'Then and Now' layout, I decided to use photos of my niece, Emily, and her best friend, Megan.  These two sweet girls met in first grade and have been the best of friends ever since.  They have also been in the same class at school each year and this year they graduated from High School together.  I have never seen a friendship like theirs at such a young age and I wanted to create a page to document this special relationship.

I started with two photos of Emily and Megan - then and now :)  And then I just had fun creating!

I tried to bring in some techniques and elements that would compliment the fun, girly feel of the photos, without overwhelming the pictures themselves. 

For the background I began with a simple ledger style paper that I layered on top of white cardstock.  I cut out a middle section from the paper, distressed the edges and fit the piece back into place. This gave the background a nice focal point to work my design around.  I then added some ink splatters, did some stencil work and created a thin white border using a glaze pen.

I used a mix of papers, but most of them are from the new Crate Paper line, The Pier. The colors and designs were perfect for the look I wanted to achieve.

One of my favorite elements that I used is the cheese cloth behind my photos.  It adds such a wonderfully understated feel of texture to the page!

For my journaling, I decided to print my story on a tag that I then tucked into an embossed glassine bag.  I love how it looks on the page :)

Some twine, hand stitching, small wooden bits and messy machine stitching completed my design and I am really happy with how it all came together.

Thanks for a great challenge Sue!  Now, I hope you will stop by and see what the other designers on this adventure have created:


  1. WOW!! THis is a stunning page Joanne!!

  2. This is awesome! I love the stitched hexagons!

  3. Once again, Joanne, you've knocked it out of the park! Love the "sprinkles", the embossed glassine bag, the distressed edges... so beautiful!

  4. LOVE your stitching and the use of twine! This is one of my favorites! Awesome job!

  5. Oh my gosh..this is so beautiful..just like their story! I adore the cheese cloth...I am going to have to try that!!

  6. omgosh! This is just beautiful, head over heels love it!

  7. Beautiful page Joanne. I love the hexagons with it's stitching...such an awesome touch.

  8. Wow what beautiful girls and such a gorgeous layout, I love what you did with the hexagons!

  9. FABULOUS layout! I love the details!

  10. OMG Joanne! Love the stitched octagons and pieces of wood and buttons scattered about. Such a fun page!

  11. Gorgeous, Joanne! I love the colours and those stitched hexagons are way cool.

  12. Beautiful and feminime. The hexagons almost look like little beach umbrellas. Awesome page.

  13. Absolutely elegant and feminine, Joanne. I love the cheesecloth, embossed glassine bag and other special touches. Absolutely beautiful and absolutely a Joanne page!

  14. Joanne! I adore this design. The frame and the texture and especially the sewn hexagons. I adore it sooooo much!


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