Friday, August 17, 2012


I have become a challenge junkie! I so love the prompts and motivations that challenges give, while also removing a layer of the decision-making process. Love having an idea to work from, and then finding a way to make it my own.

So, here's another challenge page, this time from the October Afternoon blog. This was Jill's challenge to use the name of a OA paper as the layout title, and also use the paper on the page. Tough one! I was totally stumped, so I sat down and looked through every sheet of October Afternoon paper I have. When I got to "buttercream", from Cakewalk, I immediately thought of some photos I have of Lady Bon-Bon's pudgy little (huge!) thighs. She had glorious fat thighs, soft and mooshy and white -- and really, a lot like buttercream! Plus, buttercream is a way nicer title for these photos, than "big rolly-polly thighs" would have been.

This is one of my most favourite recent layouts! Had a really hard time with it at first, but I am super happy with it. I am really disappointed the photos didn't come out well -- I actually photographed it over again because I saw how bad the first photos looked when I was editing them. But, the second ones don't look much better. Blurry. 
I dropped my camera yesterday and I'm a little worried it maybe got a little bit broken!

I used OA buttercream paper on the left hand side of the page. I cut up the confetti pattern from the 8* 8 Cakewalk pad and arranged the wedges to make a sunburst pattern behind the photos. 

I layered a whole bunch of old book pages across the entire layout. I am addicted to these vintage pages. I've already used up almost an entire novel! Such a great way to add some interest without adding too much pattern or contrast.
One of my favourite patterns from October Afternoon's Cakewalk line is that pretty small multi-coloured floral print (called Hula Hoop! how cute!) on the minty/aqua background. That piece is from the 8*8 pad

I've had these white chipboard frames from Technique Tuesday in my stash forever. They came in a 12*12 sheet, all nested together and included straight-edged frames like the ones I used on this page, and postage stamp decorative edge frames, too. I liked them so much I bought two sets! That was probably at least four years ago, and I've finally started using them this week. And of course now I'm worried I will run out! 

Love these OA labels. I need to get some more. I've used up almost all of the plain ones in my favourite colours. All of the confetti on this layout was punched from an 8*8 sheet of Buttercream patterned paper.

Typewriter journalling!

Pretty ray.

I mixed some plain round brads and glittery star brads in with the confetti.

Pink! Sunburst! Stars! 

Supplies: patterned paper (October Afternoon); tags (Avery, the Paper Company, the Paper Source); frames (Technique Tuesday); brads (Making Memories); label stickers (October Afternoon); punches (Fiskars, Martha Stewart); pen (Sakura); die cuts (October Afternoon).

Linked up at Paper Issues


sherry said...

LOVE, love, love this layout. The starburst, the frames and that sweet little Ruby Sky. She is a doll!

Erica Hernandez said...

Stunning, Ashley!

Staci said...

Beautifully done! Have a great weekend!

Lisa Rukin Swift said...

Gorgeous layout! I can't stop looking at all of the amazing details!

Katherine said...

Gorgeous page and so much detail

Jennifer Grace said...

Such a pretty layout, I love the starburst effect, and the Buttercream title is perfect!

I like the new blog look, it's fresh. But I feel like you need more 'stuff' in the sidebars - links to other places to find you (pinterest? facebook?) and links to sites you like, an 'about me' area etc. Otherwise it's hard for newcomers to get to know you. I guess you might have been planning to do this anyway! x

laura said...

Just too cute. I love the "paper rays" you cut.

Irma said...

what adorable photos! I think you did a great job! Hope your camera is OK...
Wonderful as always! I have the same addiction of using dictionary pages ;)