>> Tuesday, July 6, 2010
There are a lot of really great scrapbooking challenge blogs out there and one of my new favorites is These Are a Few of My Favorite Things. Most challenge blogs are based on the model of providing a sketch, possibly with a twist, and having participants submit a layout based on it. I love playing along with sketch challenges, in fact virtually all the pages I have done lately have been based on sketches. I find they are such a great way to jump start my creativity and give me a direction for my layouts.
What I love about the These Are a Few of My Favorite Things challenge is that instead of providing a sketch, their challenges provide a prompt about, you guessed it, your favorite things. In recent weeks it has been toys, shoes, books, and this week's prompt, my favorite store.
I know for myself, it is really easy to get focused on scrapbooking cute pictures of my kids. And while that is important, I think it is really important to be including pieces of me and of our everyday lives in the albums as well. Including "favorites" pages has been on my scrapping-to-do list for a while now and I am hoping that playing along with these challenges will help me actually accomplish this goal.
This week's prompt was perfect for me since I absolutely love our local thrift store and already had some pictures I had snapped of some of my favorite thrift store finds - vintage crafts supplies, including my vintage button stash.
And since multi-talking is always a good thing, I based my layout on sketch #55 from Twisted Sketches. This one was actually pretty light on supplies. I used some more of my favorite October Afternoon patterned paper from the Fly a Kite line, and I actually used one of my thrift store purchases, a sewing pattern from 1954, as the background for my page. And of course I had to incorporate some of my vintage buttons.
October Afternoon patterned paper
American Crafts cardstock, thickers
Ck Stenography font
Vintage buttons, sewing pattern, cord