Anna’s Craft Cupboard’s September 2018 Scrapbooking Colour Challenge is happening, every month they offer a colour challenge and a mini challenge. This months colour challenge was designed by Rachael Funnell. It is quite an unusual choice of colours this month and it has taken me a while to actually start my layout. I selected my papers but then battled with photos, several times I waded through my sorted photos to find something suitable. Finally, I came across some old photos of myself and my youngest daughter from 23 yrs ago!
I decided to use these photos based on the colours in the photos. I am a scrapper who works around colour and theme/mood, which is why I went with roses as an embellishment. The colour of my jumper in the image, black, and the rose fabric on the jumper inspired my choices. The roses on the jumper were stitched on by myself all those years ago after my jumper got scorched when drying near our wood fire.
I selected a range of papers which would work with the colour challenge and built up layers of paper under the mounted photo. I roughed up the edges of each paper piece using my fingernail.
I decide to go with a white background and splashed around some pink inks. I used a stencil and pink ink to add some texture, as usual, most of this mixed media ended covered up. I didn’t have any rose embellishments left in my stash and stamped some roses onto white cardstock instead to create some embellishments. Then, I decided that the black stamped image would look interesting in the background.
I spent a long time playing with my stamped roses, adding colour washes using oxide and distress inks, and then fussy cutting them. I slowly added the roses and some die cut leaves. Because it is so busy I went very simple and understated with the title, using only a small wooden text ‘Be You’ which I coloured black with a Copic marker. I thought it needed something else, some texture, and added the pleated, baby pink, checked ribbon.
I think the style works with the photo but generally, I am not a flower type girl, unless they arrive hand delivered by the bunch! This is why I enjoy doing challenge layouts, it often makes you step out of your self-imposed box and try something new or bring back something old. Onto the next challenge…butterflies, more girly pretties.