Saturday, 1 November 2014

A short trip into the realms of scrapbooking

Servus, dear crafty friends and followers!

Today sees a real "first timer" being presented to you by me due to the challenge we were given by lovely Kerstin from Scrapbook Dreams over at Our Creative Corner



She is hosting this month's challenge and has chosen a scrapbook oriented theme - which was a real challenge for me. There are other options than doing the usual scrapbook LO, but I always try to rise up to any challenges given...and I know two to three scrapbookers out there whom I really admire for what they are able to create with designer papers, colours, layers, arrangements, textures and pictures. So I visited their blogs and took some really close looks at their work (to find out how they do what they do...Boy! I can tell you: they definitely know what they're doing and there's so much more to it than meets the eye at first sight!)

So I ask you to be kind with me (and my try on doing a scrapbook lay out)...please???!!!! ;)

Kerstin's challenge description can be found over HERE (as can be found the inlinkz collection to enter this month's challenge by).

"Magical Nature Moments"

are what Kerstin wants to see. "For this challenge use a favourite photograph and add some special colours, moods and effects" she says. (hop over to OCC for all the exact details, as this is just a kind of "subtitle"...but I think it describes the nature of the process pretty well, so I borrowed this line from her ;)

The challenge is up until November 28th and this month's prize sponsor is Nicecrane Designs. So don't miss the chance to win some of their beautiful digital image bundles. 

But now on to my scrapbooking experiment:




I chose a close up image of a common wild flower as my focal image as I love taking close ups of almost anything there is in nature. The close ups always reveal a smaller universe within the large one. 





 You can see traces of white Gesso which I applied randomly to the background paper with a palette knife.

 I added some stamped stitching as well as some metal embellishments and loads of die cut elements to build up as many layers as I could to embed the image in. The gorgeous metal bumble bee is from Retro Kraft Shop and most of the dies used are Sizzix and X-cut. Designer papers are from 7Dots Studio and Tim Holtz stash. 




I finished my LO off with some chit chat stickers which I blended in around the edges using Distress markers. 






As I am definitely not the person to tell you about how to do a lay out, I just leave you with some more images and invite you to hop over to Our Creative Corner and find out how my wonderful teamies did. 
If you haven't seen my latest spotlight tutorial over at the OCC yet, you'll find it HERE







Hope to see you play along with us soon!
Hugs and happy crafting,
Claudia xxx


15 comments:

  1. Beautiful layering with design papers, love your take on the theme. Its beautiful

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  2. Ich freue mich ehrlich, dich zu so einer wunderbaren neuen Kreation angeregt zu haben. Das Experiment ist dir super gut gelungen, eine harmonische Farbkombination mit einem tollen Detailfoto und perfekt dazu in Szene gesetzten Stanzelementen, Gorgeous!!! LG Kerstin xx

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  3. Hello Claudia,
    I really do not know why you were worried about creating a scrapbook page......the palette is just stunning; Green has such a calming quality and the eyes love it. The design and composition is of course perfect because whether you acknowledge it or not you have the talent.
    I think the page is beautiful.
    Smiles:)
    Sue

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  4. You should make this the first of many, fabulous Claudia.
    Love
    Amanda x

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  5. Amanda's right Claudia,make sure you create more of them,it's brilliant ­čśŐ

    Big hugs
    Donna xxx

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  6. Love the layout you have made. Great work. Thanks for showing Anneke.

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  7. Das sieht total klasse aus!!!! Mir gefallen die Farben so richtig gut!!!! Echt herrlich!!!!

    LG!

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  8. Wow!!! So that's how you do a mixed media layout my friend! I just love the composition and the way you've grouped lots of wonderful elements togther. The touches of grunge along with the drips make this perfect for me. (I need to get a move on and try this out!!).
    Juliaxxx

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  9. Well My Friend... this is magnificently created and to think you stepped out of your box... wow... I think you just don't know how large your box is... LOL... this is GREAT and so very masterfully done, as your work is always created with the most and best designs... I love this... I love the coolness of the green, but then the wildness of the picture... so very wonderfully compiled and created into a wonderful page... I love it Claudia... it is a wonderfully exciting page... layers are perfect for this and all very well done... oh how special art is in your experience... Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie

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  10. Claudia this is an incredible creation!!! Every little detail is perfect, your photo is amazing and the layers that you've created are wonderful! BArbarayaya

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  11. Wow, stunning lay out, gorgeous layering of al the papers!
    groetjes Karin

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  12. Very interesting color... Love the metal bits a lot. :)

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  13. Hallo liebe Claudia,
    das ist ja echt phantastisch geworden, gef├Ąllt mir seeeehr gut! Du bist einfach eine K├╝nstlerin! Du solltest ├Âfter LOs machen!
    Liebe Gr├╝├če
    Evelyn

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  14. Wow Claudia scrabbooking kannst du also auch und das auch noch sehr gekonnt, ein Traumteilchen. Gef├Ąllt mir so gut wie du das zusammengestellt hast.
    Ganz liebe Gr├╝├če, hoffe dir geht es soweit gut.
    Sabine

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