They say, "Immitation is the highest form of flattery."
I know I can say for myself, as well as for the rest of the Creative Team, we are all thankful for our position on the team. We know there is so much talent and inspiration around, especially on our very own boards. So we thought it would so much fun to pick out some awesome layouts from the gallery that we could scraplift.
You'll see that some picked paper layouts and even layouts in different orientations, as well. Sometimes you might find that you want to copy it almost exactly, while other times its just small bits that stick out to you. But no matter what, you can always find inspiration in the gallery!
Brittney (milmomma), Jenn (SarahWhithers) and Sara (Keling) each selected three different layouts to lift, while Cassandra (mommybruno) and Laura (Art_Teacher) also decided to join in the fun.
Brittney's first choice was a page by GlitterQueen99, "Birthday Girl." Brittney said: "I love GlitterQueen99's wonderful layers and couldn't resist scraplifting her layout 1 Year Old. It was really inspiring to do scrap my daughter's recent 4th Birthday. I love this weeks reveal, scraplifting the lovely work in the ACOT digital gallery." The end result was "Happy Birthday Ali."
Happy Birthday Ali, by milmomma Birthday Girl, by GlitterQueen99
The second layout Brittney decided to lift was Ayla's "Little Spectator." She shared: "I just adored this layout by Alya, and couldn't resist scraplifting her for our feature on scraplifting ACOT's amazing gallery." You'll notice that Brittney did a scrap and flip, turning the layout design 90-degrees to make it her own.
Sweetheart, by milmomma Little Spectator, by Ayla
Brittney's third layout is a lift of a beautiful page by JD's Mom. Brittney shared: "I couldn't resist JD's Mom's lovely layout. It was so beautiful and perfect. I used it to inspire this page about my little prima ballerina."
Ballerina, by milmomma Layout by JD's Mom
Sara (Keling) hit the gallery and was totally caught out by this cool page by Moodyjudy. She said: "I think the elements were what first caught my eye - how well Moodyjudy had used them to cluster around the main element. Of course, the fact that there are no photos, just journalling, inspired me to do a journalling old page, too."
Put a Smile On Your Face - Retrospect, by Keling Proper Equipment by Moodyjudy
Sara's second layout is a lift of fong33's layout, "Family." She said: "The photo in this page is what totally captures you, in Fong33's page. In my page, the photo may not be so hot - it was actually taken by my 8 year old - but it is a great glimpse of my funny furbaby, Abby, who loves to cuddle under the covers!"
Kitty Kuddles, by Keling Family, by Fong33
Sara's third layout is a lift of half of a double-page spread by keeshaobrien, highlighting a week in her family's life. Sara said: "I LOVED both sides of this page, but chose to do just one side. I've always liked grid-like pages, but what is especially cool is how she's got all these fun bits and pieces pickinging out from underneath. I decided to highlight some of the photos I've taken over the last few months to go with stories I wrote for the newspaper."
News-Hound, by Keling 2011, by keeshaobrien
Laura (Art_Teacher) lifted this adorable page by scrapperatheart. She shared: "For this reveal we were to scraplift someone from the GP. I chose this gorgeous layout by scrapperatheart: Recipe for Success. I think it is amazing and I hope I did it even half as well as she did!"
I've Been Good, by Art_Teacher Recipe For Success, by scrapperatheart
Jenn (sarahwhithers) also did three different scraplifts. Her first is a lift of a layout by GRACEpunches5. Jenn shared: "For the digi CT reveal this week we're scraplifting you talented ladies out there! Where else can we get such awesome inspiration other than the ACOT gallery?! For my first page I've scraplifted GRACEpunches5 and her page called Childhood Memories (which you can also see above). I loved her use of whitespace and 3 small pics, so I did it too!"
You Make Me Smile, by sarahwhithers Childhood Memories, by GRACEpunches 5
Jenn's second lift is of killarney_rose's paper page, Zu. Jenn wrote: "This digi CT reveal is all about scraplifting, and we've decided to scraplift from the fantastic ACOT gallery. For this page I scraplifted killarney_rose's page Zu (which you can also see above). I loved how she had her papers and pics set up, so I had to give it a try!"
Naptime, by sarahwhithers Zu, by killarney_rose
Jenn's third page is a lift of an 8-1/2 by 11 page by M'Lee, called "Simon". Jenn said: "I loves how she had her pictures arranged, so I gave it a shot!"
Gwen, by sarahwhithers Simon, by M'Lee
Cassandra (mommybruno) lifted an adorable page by WriterLady, "Fun Facts". Cassandra explained: "I chose to life Writerlady's Fun Facts LO, because I just so loved the look of it, especially the worn PP held down by hinges. (Don't even ask how long it took me to find hinges in my massive pile of digi supplies, LOL!) I also lifted the photo and element placement. I used clear flair to replicate bubbles. I love how my LO turned out! So thank you, Writerlady, for the awesome inspiration! That's the great thing about scraplifting - so many ideas to be shared! TFL!"
Bubble Love, by mommybruno Fun Facts, by writerlady
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Every month, Jennifer (sarahwhithers), sets us a challenge to create a layout based on a recipe in the Countdown Challenge.
Just like a regular recipe, you need to use one of these, and two of those, to pull together a layout. The challenge can be hard, sometimes, especially if your asked to use something like nine different patterned papers- it often forces you to look outside one particular kit into kits from other designers to pull together coordinating papers and embellishments into a eye-pleasing page.
This week, the digi team decided to put each other to task. Jennifer (sarahwhithers), Brittney (milmomma) and Sara (Keling) each put together a recipe to share with everyone, and then we each created a layout with that recipe - sounds like a lot of work, doesn't it!
Recipe #1 - Brittney
"Yes I know its a lot but I love busy layouts ," Brittney said. "This weeks reveal focuses on Recipes, nope not the ones we use for cooking. Similarly these recipes are made to come up with a great page. For me this is the hardest challenge , being told what I have to use is the worst, even when I make the recipe!"
1-animal (Or you can replace this with 1 metal if you really can't do the animal)
3-doodles or stitches (no mixing, 3 doodles, or 3 stitches )
5- ribbons, rick rack, string, etc
7- floral (leaves, flowers, etc.)
Jenn created this lovely page of her furbabies. She used "My Pet" by Sweet Digi Scraps and "Spring Cake" by Mye De Leon, as well as a freebie template by Isabel Mendez.
Sara (keling) said, "Whew! What a challenge!" She used "I Didn't Do It" by Sweet Digi Scraps, "Boys & Girls in the Band" by Kay Eflin, "Resolution" by SAS Designs, "Rock Out" by Sweet Digi Scraps, "A Mighty Jungle" by Tallula Moon Designs, "Messy Stitching" by Amy Teets and "Gone Wild" by Sherri Tierney.
"I used the photos of my son with the class pet to take on this recipe that I came up with." Britney used "Everything's Nice" by Serene by R.W., "Kids and Pets" by MC-Designs and "Bad Sewing Machine" by Traci Reed.
Recipe #2 - Sara
"Recipes are such a challenge to me - there easy to write, but hard to put together, especially when you're looking for 9 coordinating papers from different designers' kits."
1 - Metal
2 - Papers
3 - Fonts/Alphas
4 - Ribbons/Ric-rac
5 - Flora (leaves, flowers)
6 - Photos
Cassandra (mommybruno) created this great page and said: "The fun thing about using recipes to build a layout is that they challenge you. Four ribbons was a lot for me to use on a LO about my son, but I managed to incorporate them in a way that isn't girly. And like with any recipe, I just have to tinker with the ingredients! I added stitching and a word art. I love how this LO turned out! Thanks for the inspiration, Sara!"
Britney's page features a baby shower. She said: "With this weeks reveal focusing on recipes, I have to say I loved Sara's the most. It flowed well as soon as I started it. Sometimes the right pictures go right with the recipes and that helps." Britney used "Electic Comfort" by Bella Gypsy Designs, "So Happy Together Alpha" by Shawna Clingerman and Jenn Barrett, and "All My Heart Alpha" by Shawna Clingerman.
Laura (ArtTeacher) also followed Sara's recipe. She said: "For this reveal, I chose Sara/Keling's recipe of 1 metal, 2 papers, 3 fonts, 4 ribbons, 5 flora, and 6 photos. I found a template that used 6 photos and with a few alterations, this is the layout I came up with. I really love recipe layouts because they help me come up with things I wouldn't normally do!" She used a free template by Dani, "Snow Day" kit by JennCK Designs, "Dear Santa" kit by Sweet Digi Scraps, a metal tree from Lindsay Jane Designs' "Christmas Traditions" kit, and the fonts Calamity Jane Bold, Calamity Jane Regular and Angelina.
Jennifer's page, "Party Animal" used "U Are the Star" by Laura Burger.
In using her own recipe, Sara create a page from the Pickin' On The Square in Newnan, GA. She used "State Fair" by Hot Flash Designs, as well as alphas from "Jingle Bells" (Red Glitter Alpha) and "Mischief Maker" (Felt Turquoise Alpha), also by Hot Flash Designs. The G-Clef is from the Sweet Digi Scraps' kit "Rock Out."
Recipe #3 - Jennifer
1 - Word art
2 - Pictures
3 - Papers
4 - Strings/Ribbons
5 - Buttons
6 - Lines of Journaling
7 - Elements of any kind but must have the color RED in them
Brittney's said about Jennifer's recipe: "This weeks reveal is a huge challenge to me. Jennifer's recipe wasn't too bad for me since I love scrapping with red! :)" She used the kit "Rock Out" by Sweet Digi Scraps.
Sara found Jenn's recipe a bit challenging, because "I don't like red! That's why I went with a Christmas page! The journalling is a 6-line poem about Christmas I found on the web." She used "Christmas Words" and "Dear Santa" by Sweet Digi Scraps.
Using her own recipe, Jenn features her furbaby, Gwen. She used "Pieces of Me" by Amy Teets, "A Brand New Outfit" by Mye De Leon and wordart is "WordArt" by Jennifer.
When it comes to challenging layout styles, three usually top most people's lists - White Space, Busy and Mixed Patterns. This week, the Digi Creative Team decided to combine the three and offer you inspiration of these three challenging layout styles.
Fall = Raking, by sarahwhithers
Jenn says: "I always find a white space layout works best when you have a bit of clustering going on. It makes the page look full, even though you have that large amount of white space."
Pickin' On The Square, by Keling
Sara says: "When thinking "white space", the space doesn't have to be white - I've used a blue background. I do recommend that you stick with a solid background, as opposed to a pattern, and that you should leave at least half the background open, if not more."
Love Hate Relationship, by milmomma
Brittney says: "By keeping my pictures small and everything to the outside I gave this lots of white space."
30 Years Young, by sarahwhithers
Jenn says: "For the CY Reveal this week, we're making up some troublesome pages for you. This one is using a full page or no white space. I find I like to keep things clean when I fill up a full page, a template, a grid, it keeps things organized without losing your pictures in the mix!"
September 2010, by mommybruno
Cassandra shared: "I used to have a lot of trouble filling a layout, but using a grid really makes that so much easier. And it keeps a full layout from looking too cluttered and confusing. Go grids! LOL! TFL!"
Trick or Treat, by milmomma
Brittney says: "I love filling up a layout! It gives me a chance to feature lots of papers and elements, but keeping them clustered help keeps it from being chaotic."
Life is Sugar Sweet, by Keling
Sara says: "Busy papers tend to give the illusion that you've filled every space on a page."
Rakin' In The Fun, by milmomma
Brittney writes: "This week with the troublesome layouts reveal, I found this one fun. Used all patterns and no solids. By keeping most of them small I've kept it simple."
Snuggle, by sarahwhithers
Jenn says: "I always find it easier to work with patterned papers when you layer them or put into small pieces. It gives a really neat, mixed effect!"
Wild Ponies, by Keling
Sara says: "When mixing patterns, the best thing is to use papers from the same kit. Designers put a lot of effort in making sure all the items in a kit work together, so trust their judgement!"
The Funky Bunch, by Jenn Kellams
Jenn writes: "This is a photo of my nieces and nephews. I love them and they truly a 'funky bunch". They are so much fun to be around though!"
With these simple instructions and download links, you can create any number of designed party accessories, including an invitation, a name tent-card, a party bag and a thank-you card ...
April is national Stress Month, so this week, we thought we'd celebrate the ways we de-stress ourselves. To add to the fun, we all tried to find ways to use distressed elements in our pages too!
You Go Girl! by FairyMouseMom
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