Friday, 22 May 2015

123 Challenge Blog Guest Designer

Hi there!

I was so thrilled to be offered a Guest Design Team spot over at 123 Challenge Blog this month! Here are the requirements for the May Challenge...

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I was quite pleased when I found out that the word for this month is 'Baby' as I have a huge pile of baby photos of Eleanor that is increasing by the day!! At first I wondered how I would include beige into my layout... I decided that I would use it as an accent colour, with pink as the main colour, and a bit of yellow thrown in as well. And banners... well that was the easy part... my 10 year old daughter recently pointed out that I include some kind of banner on nearly all of my layouts!

So here is the layout that I created...
"Life is Beautiful"

This is my little Eleanor, looking super cute as always, at 10 weeks old!

How awesome is that Heidi Swapp patterned paper?!! I decided I wanted to use the 'life is beautiful' as my title, so I positioned my photo and embellishments around this so as not to cover it up.

I started my layout with a bit of mixed media... I used some texture paste with a Kaisercraft doily stencil at the bottom of my layout behind the photo to give the background some added interest. I then smeared and splattered some pink Tim Holtz distress ink around.

Here are some closeups of my layout...

Here you can see my banner which I created using a Die-namics die. In this cluster on the left of my photo I included a Heidi Swapp acetate butterfly and heart, a D-Lish doily and paper flowers, a BasicGrey resin flower, and a Making Memories word sticker that I've had in my stash for many many years. I really love how this little cluster of embellishments came together!

On the right of my photo I've included a D-Lish flair, a Simple Stories sticker (with the word 'baby') that I've mounted with foam tape, and another Heidi Swapp heart.

I journalled straight onto my layout in the top left corner. You can also see that I included a couple more stickers at the top here from Simple Stories and Making Memories, and also  a strip of washi tape.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog and taking a look at my layout! If you haven't done so yet, why don't you pop on over to the 123 Challenge Blog to check out this challenge and take a look at what the design team have done with it! And there's still time to create your own layout and link it up on the 123 Challenge Blog for the chance to win a prize from Scrapbook Fantasies!

Thank you so much to Alicia and the team at 123 Challenge Blog for having me join them as a guest designer this month!



  1. CONGRATS on the GDT!! This is gorgeous! LOVING that photo, the banner and the butterfly!!!!

  2. What a pretty layout! I love how the background is the title - awesome work!

  3. Oh this is the sweetest layout!! that photo is adorable! and thanks for guesting at 123 challenge blog this month.. your layout is beautiful..