Be You – ACC Colour Challenge

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 September-2018challenge 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 theIMG_3711 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.IMG_3712

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.

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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.41748703_1779864508802559_501826680399069184_n (1)

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