Saturday, June 15, 2013

Inspiration Elevator challenge- Then and Now


Today Lola and I are flying away to a new life in Salt Lake City.
I already miss Brooklyn but I think this is just the kind of challenge I need.

This will be my last post for a few days.
I need to locate reliable internet service and set-up my brand spanking new computer- wooot!

On with the Inspiration Elevator challenge for June!

The purpose of this challenge group is to take our scrapbooking to the next level, to stretch our creative process and to grow as artists by embracing challenges that make us think, work and grow. You can view all of the challenges on my blog by clicking here or check our our new Inspiration Elevator Blog, here.

This month's challenge is issued by the super talented, Sue Sykes. Here's what she had to say in her very own words:

"I have all of my parents' photos stored at my place.  Shortly after I began scrapbooking,  my mom and I spent hours removing her photos from those dreadful magnetic albums and documenting dates on the back of them all.  So I will often sift through them and marvel at how much things change - and yet, they also seem to stay the same.

This month, I'd like to challenge you all to create a comparison layout or project - THEN and NOW.  It can be any topic; just document the parallels and differences between an event/person/place from the past and a modern likeness.  REMEMBER TO JOURNAL!! :)

Can't wait to see what you all create!"

I'm really sorry for the fussy photo. I may have to get my camera checked because
 it's really apparent that the focus is way off on this page.
I used Crate Paper and My Mind's Eye papers for this as well as ribbon from May Arts,
a Scrap FX ampersand, printed chipboard from Basic Grey,
Studio Calico Hot Dog mist to color the ampersand and vellum for the journaling. 
Coloring raw chipboard can be a challenge- I used gesso to tone
down the kraft color first then I covered with Prima ladybug ink but it didn't
look too great so I added a second layer of red orange mist paint.
Our Before journaling. I like that my daughter now has a page explaining how my husband and I met- it's something I've never covered before in a scrap page usually I just mess around with stuff and forget the story. Again- apologies for the terrible focus- I tried shooting this several times with no luck.

I have better photos of Dave and I from when we first met but I'm in the process of packing so I had to make do with images that were already in my "to scrap" pile.- This one actually really works because it's from our first visit to Salt Lake City in 2010 when we were just thinking about moving.
 I hope you will stop by and see what our designers on this adventure have created:

Have a great week!


  1. This is such a fabulous layout! I love all of the journaling!

  2. *squeal* I love all of the journaling! It's hard to use a busy paper as background but you made it look effortless! Love it!

  3. Oh this is AMAZING...I love how the journaling is sort of the background of the story..and what a wonderful story to tell! Best wishes on your new home!!

  4. simply stunning! so happy for your with your move and new home!

  5. fabulous layout with just incredible journalling, i love the way you told your story and the pretty elements on your page!

  6. Oh Michelle this is possibly one of my very favourites of the pages you've shown us. I love it - I love the story of how you met (I met Craig online too) and I love that it is documented in such a beautiful way. You make me want to scrapbook again.

    Good luck with settling in x

  7. Love!
    I have a real thing for journalling and love to read other people's stories, so thank you. And you totally rocked that patterned paper!

  8. FABULOUS! I love how you did the journaling!

  9. Love, love, love your journaling! I so need to do this for each of my kids albums! Wonderful layou!

  10. What a great page - and maybe it's my eyes, but it doesn't look out of focus on my screen. I think you did a great job working with that large flowered paper. Your vellum is a great choice for the journalling and this page will become a treasure for your sweet daughter. Moving isn't easy, let alone 1/2 way across the country. Blessings as you settle into your new home.

  11. Such a great page and such awesome journaling! I love the way you put it all together! My best to you as you settle into your new home :)
    Joanne xo

  12. Michelle, you are a genius with colour. I can't believe how that golden yellow, that orange-ish red and the mauve journalling strips come together in this stunning design. I am overwhelmed with envy at how you put all this together and with the stress of your life these days too. I am amazed! BEst wishes too as you begin this new part of your journey!

  13. OH I loved reading your journaling, thank you so much for always telling a story, incredible :) What a great layout..


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