Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Lasting Memories Challenge #35

Good morning-

This is the last week for submissions for the Lasting Memories DT call.  I've been faithfully making my pages and keeping my fingers and toes crossed.  Just kidding, if I don't get picked that's okay, at least I am getting some pages done.  I really needed this boost and am so glad I found Lasting Memories.  Even if I don't make the DT, I will still be playing along over if you are in a funk when it comes to scrapbooking, please go to Lasting Memories and join in.  The girls over there are wonderful and very incouraging.  Each week they have a different challenge, sometimes it's a sketch (like this week), sometimes it's using certain product (like bling), you just never know what each week brings.  I look forward to Sundays, that's when they announce the current week's challenge and then I mull it over until Monday night or Tuesday and get right to work.  Okay, okay, enough of my blabbing, wanna see what I did this week?

So again, as I said before this week's challenge is a sketch and this is what I had to work with.

Since Sunday was Easter and it was Bella's first Easter here with us, I couldn't resist scrapping her...hehehehe, been doing that alot lately.  So I went to print a darling picture of her, but there is something wrong with my won't print the true colors.  I cleaned the heads, swapped ink cartridges, etc and I am at a loss.  I think I wasted more ink than anything tonight...ugh.

Here is the original picture:

So, I remembered a technique I saw a few hundred years ago on how to turn a black n white picture into color in certain areas.  I changed the picture to black and white and printed it on glossy white photo paper and while it was still a bit wet, I used a q-tip and my chalks and colored in the frog green and a little bit of the pail in pink.  (Those were her Easter presents, and a swing, but I don't have pictures of that).  I was pleasantly surprised it worked as well as it did. 

Here is the chalked version and it does look better in real life, but I am very pleased with the outcome:

I used my paper pack from Sam's club in blue and pink.  I used my fiskar's border punch to punch the white cardstock and then layered the pink cardstock ontop of that.  From my stash I added some shiny green foil like paper that I used as the inside strip of the pink and I embossed a piece of lavender with my cuddlebug folder and highlighted it with my purple stazon to layer that inside the green foil.  Basically if the picture were in color these are all the colors used. 

Bella's dress was white with itty bitty blue flowers, so genious me...hahahaha, I gotta boast every once in a while.  I used the rest of my photo paper from too many mishaped picture printing and blue stazon and inked a flower pattern onto it.  Then using my SCAL I cut the letters for Easter in Black Rose font and also punched 4 flowers. 

I found a tutorial here on making some flowers and decided to try it with success, but omitting the water usage. It was really simple and fun, so much so, that I am going to make a bunch more...hahahaha.  Because

I can't seem to have a layout without bling of some sort I added a beaded blue on white strip to the top and bottom of the border.  Again, very simple but meaningful.  Here is the entire layout, Love it!!!
So that's it for my Miss Bella and Easter and I hope to see you next time again. Remember, I love comments, so if you are so inclined to leave me some I will be forever greatful.


  1. OH that is a an adorable little girl! And the flower looks so pretty!

  2. Love it! I like all the different techniques you used. Thanks for joining us at lasting Memories.

  3. OMG!! GORGEOUS! She is SUPER cute!! Love the techniques you used as well. Thanks for the shout out to LM, so sweet of you and glad you look fwd to Sunday! Thanks for joining us at Lasting Memories and good luck!!

  4. I love this what a great job!

  5. Hi, Brenda! So sorry you didn't get selected but your layout looks wonderful, and that flower is fabulous!

    Bella is just too adorable!!!

    Belated Easter wishes!

  6. That's really cool that you took a problem and turned it into a solution (a couple of times!!)... I love your flower, and I've never heard of the chalk on the wet photo technique before -- thanks for the neat idea!! :)

    Good luck in the DT challenge -- I look forward to seeing what you create next!! :)

    Amy :) at

  7. Hi Brenda! Be sure to visit Lasting Memories today :)

  8. OMG, I made it. I am a member of the Lasting Memories DT. Can we say YEAH!!!

  9. WELCOME ABOARD! Glad you made it! Looking forward to working with you!

  10. Adorable! I love the sepia photo! Thanks for joining us at Lasting Memories. Congratulations on making the DT - we are thrilled to have you!



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