MSR – Challenge 3

So Week 3 of the MSR challenge was a ‘Mystery Box’ project. We had 7 cooking items in the box, which we could use by assigning them a corresponding scrapping item on our project. The ingredients were pastry; flour; pasta; (we’re a little carbo heavy in this meal) sugar; meat; oil and mixed herbs. The idea was to use 7 elements in making our project (4 cards, a layout or an OTP) and then to EXPLAIN how they related to the original ingredients. eg  ink = flour (or oil) because it binds the other ingredients together or Kindyglitz = sugar because it is sparkly and sweet.

It actually was a lot harder than it sounds – I normally use way more than 7 types of item on my page – and I put them together without thinking about it. Having to stop and think about what I could add and being limited to only 7 was very challenging. It meant that my final layout would be somewhat simpler than I would normally do – and for that reason I thought to use a paper range that was suited to layering – this would let me put more detail into the layout just by using the different patterned papers.

So I chose to use the stunning Bo Bunny Timepiece range – even though (or maybe even because) I had just done 3 layouts for the IPC newsletter with it (look out for them soon). Normally I don’t want to look at a range once I have done 3 layouts in a short time – but working with Timepiece is effortless – there are so many things you can do with it. It helps that 2 of the 3 previous layouts were male ones – so I could still think girly for this one.


I’ve used the reverse side of the Villa paper for the base of the layout. Over this went my ‘must use’ paper from the range – the stunning Moments. If you have used these papers before you will have spotted that I have actually cut this sheet down. The cut is hidden underneath the photo and tag and allows me to use all of the wonderful pattern on this paper and still cut it down smaller than the base sheet.

A couple of pieces of the reverse side of Timepiece and a few strips of the Stripe provide a soft contrast to all that lush redness. The journalling tags are from the Cut Outs paper and the watch face is of course from the aptly named Tick Tocks paper.

I’ve overlaid 2 of the journalling tags, pop-dotted them for dimension and then added in a definition I found on the internet for tranquility – which is also the title of the layout. I embellished the watch face with one of the red rhinestones from the Jewels pack.

Although the bracket punch is more one I use on masculine layouts – the bold colours in this range make using it an obvious choice – it really does set off the stripes well.  A few more rhinestones for decoration and you have a very pretty top edge.

All the straight lines were getting a little harsh though – so I softened the top edge here with one of my decorative scissors. To fill in some of the empty space and to connect the different parts of the layout I added in some stitching in a contrasting colour. I’m very happy with the way it turned out.

The Sugar and Spice kit I bought as part of the MSR comp included these white flowers – a spray of some sort of carnation/rose hybrid and some white Kaiser Blooms. They were just perfect to add in here to soften the page a little – can’t have a girly page without any flowers can we? I uhmmed and ahhhed about giving them a shot of colour with some Glimmermist – but that would have taken me over my 7 items – so they stayed white.

Loving these watch faces from the Tick Tock paper – have used them on all the layouts I have done and still have plenty more on the page yet to cut out. The smaller of the two got a coat of Kindyglitz, as I had originally intended using the glittery 3-D sticker – but again that would have meant more than 7 items – so I simply made my own glittery watch with the ingredients I already had.

For my title I used – Tranquility – one of my new SO chipboard titles. They still have some in stock – so check them out here. It’s an A2Z Scraplets title and Julie has outdone herself with her recent title additions – just love them. It was the first thing I thought of when I was thinking about what to use with this photo of Madame lost in thought swinging on a swing. She tells me she likes swinging – it’s very peaceful – her mind is “having quiet time”.

The photo is one from a shoot I did whilst her brothers were playing soccer. She had wandered down to the playground near the field and was lost in her own little world – dancing about and moving from swing to swing. The joys of a distance lens – for the most part she had no idea I was taking photos of her. I love the candid photos you get from this sort of shoot – unplanned and natural expressions – so much of the subjects own personality comes through in the photos.

It is a lovely photo in colour – her clothes are black and white – against a vivid green grassy background. The green clashed with the paper though – so b/w was the way to go. I must admit it makes a stunning b/w photo – not sure now which I prefer.

To embellish the title I simply gave it a coat of Bisque ink (Versacolor) and whilst the ink was still wet, applied some Kindyglitz and dried it with my heat gun. You end up with a lovely sparkly golden colour – very pretty.

The majority of papers in this range have their patterns around the outside edge of the paper – so I’ve simply more or less filled in the bits that had no pattern and left the pattern that is there to make its own statement. The bottom of the layout got one of the pieces of Timepiece, a bit of punched out Stripe and some more stitching.

Too easy. The layout is fairly empty in terms of me filling it up with bits and pieces as per usual – but the gorgeous patterns of the Timepiece range don’t really need any extras to make it look good.

So that’s my Week 3 challenge. We’ve had a lot drop out from this week for various reasons – a shame – as it is always the more the merrier in a comp.

The challenge for Week 4 is to make a mini album – gulp – so that will be very interesting for me to get done in such a short time space. There is nothing mini about the time needed for them at all and I am already committed to getting someone’s birthday party organised for this weekend and taking her to see Walking with Dinosaurs. She is very excited about this, as they have been doing dinosaurs as their theme all semester at school. It may have to be a very mini – mini album indeed.


Mother’s Day Class layout – Kaiser Chanteuse

So here is the layout that we made last week on class night. Well, to be honest I think they just looked and chattered and the actual making of it has happened since – but the intent was there. 🙂 Excuse the bit of a lean – with the punched edges I had to put it up on the glass shelves and not on the carpet (since you wouldn’t see the edges there) – and I must have taken the photo a little crookedly.

I’m not going to go into too much detail here – since you can always buy one of the couple of kits that are left – but just to look at some of my favourite bits on the layout… Love this tag with the fussy cut flowers. I got a bit carried away there with the cutting out and pretty much cut up the entire sheet of flowers. There’s enough for a few more layouts before I need to cut up anymore.

The alphas are so cool too – I’ve applied one of the rubons to the letters, which was a bit of a painstaking job, but well worth it.

And the other tag cluster. This is such a stunning tag – the yummy browns and that stunning Chandelier. Kaiser really got it right this time with the tags. Usually there are a few that I would never use, but this time the whole booklet is just to die for. Loving the little silver heart and key charm too – Mary has them in stock in store now – with other new charms – and there are some gorgeous ones to choose from.

We had a great time chatting in the chatroom on the night and I can’t wait to see the ladies put up their versions of this layout in the gallery. Preparation is underway on what might be the next kit/class ladies – so stay tuned…

I have the 3 Timepiece layouts finalised for the newsletter – so keep an eye out for that shortly. Loving this range – so easy to work with and the colours are just stunning together. I got extra of the papers I thought I would like and I have used them all already – so it is back to the store for more.

Now that they are done I can focus on the Week 3 challenge for MSR. No idea what I want to do yet and only 3 days to ‘do’ it in – so this one will be interesting.