Monday, July 15, 2013

Inspiration Elevator - July 2013

Welcome to our July 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, Lisa Moen. Here's what she had to say about her challenge:

"I have been thinking lately, that I have only done one layout of my childhood and realized that maybe some day, my kids or grandkids would enjoy looking at a few more pages and learning about my siblings, my parents and I.

So my challenge for you this month is to create a page about a childhood memory of yours. It can be a good, a bad, a funny, a photoless or whatever you choose kind of layout. Just remember to add journaling to tell the story behind your childhood memory.

Can't wait to see your projects!"

I really wanted to use photos on my layout, and since I only had a few to pick from I decided to create a layout about my older sister and I.  We are very close in age, the oldest of 6 siblings, and many of my early childhood memories are of the two of us together.  We have always been close so it was nice to do a layout documenting the special relationship we have.

I had fun creating the background for my layout using a white hexagon placemat from Jillibean Soup.  I cut the placemat down to the size and shape that I wanted to use and then I put different patterned papers behind some of the hexagons.

Because I was working with older black and white photos, I wanted to keep the color scheme fairly neutral.  I limited my colors to white, orange and shades of grey.  I also wanted to work with a design that was vertically aligned, so I kept my elements towards the center of the page.

I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the title, bird and arrow.  What a fabulous machine the Cameo is!  

Story cards from Technique Tuesday by Ali Edwards provided the background for my photos and journaling.  They worked perfectly and I was even able to use Ali's handwriting font for my title and journaling! I love when everything works together like that ♥

Finally, I added a bit of a border around my page with some machine stitching.  Overall I kept my design very clean this month!  No ink or paint or anything messy.  I like how it turned out :) 

I hope you will stop by to see what the other designers on this adventure have created.  They are an extremely talented group of scrapbookers and I am sure they will inspire you with their designs.


  1. Your very clean design is lovely. I love the play of patterned papers under the hexagon placemat and the sweet labels beside the photos. And what a classy colour scheme! Beautiful!
    - Ann Jobes

  2. This came together so beautifully!! Love the color scheme and journaling card, too. :)

  3. Girl, you rocked it! Love that you used 2 photos and your colors make them shine! Also love your hexagon background!

  4. Gorgeous layout, I love the hexagon mask, and such sweet photos, love that yellowy gold too!

  5. Very sentimental "down-memory-lane" page. Very sweet.

  6. Joanne! How ca your design be so artistic and flawless at the same time? Your use of those papers in behind is ingenious and our single arrow detailing the journalling is brilliant. I am in love AGAIN!

  7. love the crisp clean look of is a stunning layout! you rocked this challenge!

  8. Clean or messy, your style always rocks! Love the colour palette on this! So many great details... again! <3

  9. Joanne, this is just gorgeous! Such fabulous colours and the layout is fantastic. The stitching looks wonderful and the journalling is touching. I just love it.

  10. A gorgeous page Joanne!! I am loving it!!

  11. I love the honeycomb background. It is sad that we don't have more childhood photos. I am also one of 6 children.


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