Monday, February 14, 2011

Layout: "Our Engagement" (Putting the Pen to Paper Mini Challenge)

"I love the idea for the mini-challenge because journaling is so important, and so often forgotten on our pages! 

Guest Designer,  Gabrielle's, beautiful Mini Challenge Layout
 For the "journaling only" challenge, I knew I wanted to scrap a page about my husband's proposal.  It is one event that I don't really have a photo of, and since it was very romantic, I thought it would go very well with my kit. 

My journaling was so long, and I tried several times to fit it onto my page in an attractive manner.  I originally printed one of the free journaling spots we were given very big, in the hopes of fitting it all in.  It looked funny, but I really liked the artwork on that piece.  So, I used the reverse side of one of my papers (it was lined), and wrote my journaling out on that.  Then, I cut out the flourish pattern from the journaling spot, and adhered it to my journaling block.  I used the Prima backing behind the journaling block, so I could include the rest of my story, which can be read by sliding the card out.

I used water colors and the Shimmerz to color in the floral design, and dotted Liquid Pearls along the flourish for a touch of bling.  I layered many pieces of paper to make the frame for my journaling block.  The alphas I used for my title were ones I had planned on using in my add-on, but had forgotten to include (Fancy Pants Road Show).  Everything else is from the kit.  Thanks for the awesome challenge!"

Detail of Gabrielle's Layout


  1. Great take on the challenge! I'm still brainstorming for this one. Very pretty and meaningful layout -- and that damask paper is in my kit, too!

  2. For those of you who are struggling with this one, I sympathize! I am not thrilled at all with my handwriting, and wrote it out at least three times before this. There is a spot I think I should have worded differently, too. I try to remember that the story is what is important about the page, and what my kids will be interested in when I'm gone. So, just get it down! Don't worry too much about perfect handwriting and correct punctuation. Those things are not as important as telling the story.

  3. I agree, Gabrielle. I'm finding as I'm getting older that it's so important to get the stories told. Hope to work on this challenge this week. You you did a wonderful job. It's pretty & meaningful.

  4. Beautiful! Love the tag/trinket/flower embellishment.

  5. Stunning layout Gabrielle. WTG on the challenge which is.....very challenging!

  6. Love the idea of journaling only on a layout. Your kids will be so appreciative! Love the tag too.