Confession of a Challenge Junkie: I've been waiting a few days for May to hurry up and get over with. It was a great month, I had a lot of fun with paper and paint, but I also started to find myself very drawn to a few specific challenge sites. That's only a problem because the month was ending and there was NO way I was going to meet challenges that close to deadline. Instead, I made a list of my Absolute Must Do's and Just In-Casers. Sunday morning, I was in Scrappy Challenge Heaven, and the DH was willing to let me obsess and play with my paper and inks for most of the day. He's the best!
That brings me to what I'm going to share today. I have gained a little more interest each day in the site, Scrap Our Stash . For June, they are issuing a Monochromatic Challenge. THAT rocked my bobbysocks because I LOVE making monochromatic pages. It's a really comfortable way to play with a lot of different elements but still keep focused on the photo. It's also usually how I give myself permission to play as much as I want. Ergo, this:
To keep in line with the challenge at Scrap Our Stash, my five pre-packaged elements include wooden smilies, sequins, stickers, buttons and enamel accents. The overall design was inspired by a sketch challenge at Scrapbook.com (and I'm SO thankful that I can combine the two!):
I moved the photo to the left and changed the direction of the strip elements:
The top-left and center elements are pretty basic. I colored the Freckled Fawn (total coincidence!) smilies to match the page; though I look forward to using them bare someday. I cut the rocket ship sticker in half to use on either side of the photo. I used the enamel arrow to point out the journaling to the right.
The bottom cluster includes a tail and banner, attached to the plane, It's actually part of the branding strip that was at the bottom of the airplane patterned paper. I tried to get the strip to blend in more with the page by mixing water and a Tim Holtz marker as a fake watercolor treatment.
Beyond that, the background was initially going to be a bright white/ modeling paste brick pattern. After I had looked at all of that white for a few hours, I just couldn't stand it anymore. It was distracting me, so I started attacking it with every red ink in my stash. I brushed a Distressed ink over the surface, then used a wet paint brush to spread the color. That helped, but it was a little too pink. More must be better, right? I then tried a Prima chalk ink, which deffinitely helped add more red. Still, I remembered that I needed to add splatters (a twist at sb.com) so I sprayed the background with mist. Bingo! Then I pulled out that same brush from before, dipped into the mist and splattered my lil heart out. I was going to add a final light coat of glitter glue to select bricks, but I had decided I was done. Done I shall be.
Curious about which products I used? Since I'm entering this page in two challenges at scrapbook.com, here is a link to that gallery. Most products are listed there.
Thank you for looking! Thank you for the metric ton of inspiration. This was fun; exactly as it should be.