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Mar 11, 2012

Pieces of Me II Layout

Hello once again fellow scrappers and bloggers! Today's page is one I did for the latest Once Upon A Sketch (OUAS) challenge. The challenge was to scrap yourself.

I realize that for many this can actually be a difficult task--but to be honest--scrapping myself comes very easy to me. I'm a very strong believer in leaving behind a legacy for the generations that will follow. What better way to do that than by scrapping yourself! Your quirks, your talents, your strengths & weaknesses. What makes you...well, YOU!

This is a part two of my first page 'Pieces of Me' done back in 2010 about myself. It was also very cool to see how much my scrapping style has evolved since then. One of them being my choice of color. I'm definitely more into brighter/happier colors now and don't do as many dark/vintage pages as I used to. For this page, I followed the same concept as my first page & made the main photo into a puzzle by utilizing Photoshop. As for the journaling--my first page consists of many bullet points each representing a 'piece' that composes the puzzle that is me. For this page, I concentrated on one main 'piece' or personality trait of mine which is my love for being a kid at heart and challenging those around me to do the same.

I used papers from Bo Bunny's Enchanted line.

This is the sketch provided to us by OUAS and what I used to design my page.

I took some inspiration for this page from a recent layout Irene Tan (Scrapperlicious) just made with the 'Enchanted' line titled 'Whisper'. The 'Enchanted' papers by Bo Bunny is all in black & white. I added color to mine by utilizing the tip Irene provided on her blog. With a small brush I 'painted' the large swirl in by swiping Worn Lipstick distress ink on a non-pourous area and then spritzing a bit of water on it. This mixture created a water based paint that I can then use to color my pages.

I then further added more pink to my page by randomly spritzing a bit of Pink Sprinkles Smooch on my page.

The butterflies on this page were handmade. You can find more butterflies like these in my small Etsy shop. Feel free to visit it here if interested.

I used a Prima vine and then randomly added a bit more flowers from my stash to it. I also intertwined a light pink pearl around it.

The charm hanging from the large mulberry flower I bought from an Etsy shop titled Beyond Charms. This store has several cute little dangle charms like this one that add a very cute touch to any project.

I once again stored my journaling in the form of a scroll. I think I'm in love with this scroll concept! I've used it in several recent pages. I just find it to be a really convenient way to store lengthy journaling and it also adds a really cute embellishment to your project.

Here's a photo of the journaling un-rolled. TIP: Always remember to leave at least one side unobstructed when utilizing a scroll to store your journaling. This way you can slide your scroll in & out whenever needed. For more details on how I made this scroll, you can refer to my "It All Began With a Promise" layout here.

The title was made with my Dymo caption maker. Most of the random mulberry flowers are from my stash. The resin cabochon is by Webster's Pages. The pen nib & glass vial are by Tim Holtz.

Finally a close up of the main photo--here you can better see the puzzle effect. I love my Photoshop!

Before wrapping this up--I'll share my journaling. It reads:

I consider myself quirky; most would call me simply crazy. What can I say? I simply love to have fun! I don't embarrass easily & I'm still a kid at heart. This personality trait is just one of the many pieces that make up the puzzle of who I am. I challenge those around me to stay young--to keep the child at heart--to remind them to laugh once in a while 'just because'--to be able to laugh at themselves & not take life so seriously.

So what if I challenge you to race down a flight of stairs with me--or to play a brief game of tag--how about we watch cartoons for a bit? I'm old school though--you can't beat toons like Bugs Bunny or Tom & Jerry in my book--how about I ask you to dance you really need a reason to dance!?

Most don't take my 'challenges' seriously. But the few who have end up considering that moment of silliness the highlight of their day!

Random question: When was the last time you thumb wrestled? For me it was last week.

So what if we are no longer children...yeah, yeah...I get this whole concept of us having to be role models once we are no longer children & have children of our own. But who's to say you can't be a little silly when they're not looking?

So I challenge you to stay young my friends & to be able to laugh at yourself once in a while. After all--life is so very short. Might as well enjoy it as much as we can--& let's face it, our most carefree time in life was when we were kids...

Thanks to all of you who stop by for a visit & enjoy the rest of the weekend...



I really love your layout =)

Cindy said...

Gorgeous layout, and I love the puzzle idea!!!

Heidi Williams said...

looks so awesome :)

Cindy Gay said...

You are just the cutest! And very talented. I like how you colored your swirl and tell me more about the photoshop is a digital kit or a function of photoshop?

Phillipa, said...

An absolutely stunning layout Kay!

Unknown said...

Oh my, Kay, this is totally fabulous! Love it!
Thank you! ~gerry~

Vicky Varvadouka said...

Awwwwwwwww...I cannot close my mouth...You are so creative and clever! What a great idea to combine the title with the puzzle pieces!!! Fantastic!!!!!!!!!!Thanks for sharing it with us at OUAS!

Chrissy said...

Fantastic work. Love the color and the tiny details. I really like how your photoshopped your photo too. Soooo cool!

Ella Swan said...

Beautiful work as usual Kay! Thanks so much for playing at Once Upon a Sketch with us again!!

Lene said...

this layout is AMAZING!! So many details - such beautiful colors. Love this one !

Thanks for playing along with us at OUAS!

phamil said...

Beautiful page! Love your floral details and the color combo! Wonderful job with this challenge! Thank you for joining us again at OUAS!

Pamela said...

This is beautiful!!! I love it! Thanks for playing along with at OUAS! :)

Sabrina Scrapbook said...

Beautiful layout!! I really love your page!! :)

FiKenward said...

Another stunning piece and I am loving that little rolled hidden journal number that you do on your pages. I totally agree that we as scrappers must scrap our self's and journal as well otherwise what is it going to tell anyone in years to come. You may be interested in this new blog that I just found

Irini said...

kay this is amazing I love the puzzle picture of clever love all the details!
Thank so much for playing along with us at Once Upon A...Sketch!

sandi said...

Wow! This is just absolutely gorgeous! Tks. for playing along with us at OUAS!

KellyCreates said...

Soooo amazing! Your artistic soul shines in these beautiful photos :) And I love the hidden scroll journalling!

Jeni O'Connor said...

Oh this is so awesome. I just love all the details and your journalling is fabulous. thanks for joining in our challenge at OUAS.

Natasha said...

GORGEOUS!!! Those colors really suit you!!! So much details and beautiful elements. LOVE IT!