I thought that it was time that I share my 2015 Masters Entries and my thoughts about them.
I had decided as part of my New Years Resolutions that I would apply this year. My first time. I was excited and scared at the same time. I didn’t tell anyone my plans, I didn’t want to have to meet expections or share my disappointment if I didn’t get a look in. I thought about this a lot before the tasks were actually released. Silly I know as you don’t know what the tasks are until they are released but I had a really good idea for an off the page project. When the tasks were released there was no Off the Page project. Arrrrgh!
The tasks this year were –
- Scrap a single layout a 5×7 photo that must be engaging and have eye-contact.
- Scrap a layout using at least three photographs.
- Scrap a layout that includes Bling (Interpreted your way)
- Incorporate a budget saving technique to your layout. This could be through extending the use of a product or upcycling.
For the first time ever, I thought about each task, sat down and planned. Usually I would just print a whole heap of photos and see where they take me but this time I was serious. I highlighted the core things that I needed to focus on. Then I highlighted the due date. Then I got started.
I knew what photo I wanted to use for the 5×7 so I went and got that printed. I only have a Picturemate printer so 6×4 is the largest I can print at home. Then I started putting together my layouts. The first task I started was the Bling. I had the layout idea in mind but didn’t know what photo to team it up with. I actually had two ideas but when I put together the first idea it turned out better that I thought so I didn’t even worry about the other one.
I didn’t finish one layout start to finish like I would normally but I worked on all tasks at once. The second task I started was my 5×7 photo. I knew the background that I wanted to create and bought some distress stain at the Brisbane Scrapbooking expo just to put it together. The background is a reflection of what I remember about the day the photo was taken. I was having maternity photos taken that day and the photographer (who is now like a friend as she had photographed our family every six months over the past 2 years) was talking to me and then all of a sudden she said to me, “Stop there. The light is perfect.” I looked up through the trees and mottled light and green leaves it what I saw. I love the way the background turned out on this one.
The next was the Upcycle challenge. I remember there was a past challenge that had a similar theme and I remember thinking I don’t have those things at home. I would have to go buy them just to upcycle them. I didn’t want anyone to think that about my entry. I wanted to choose something that everyone had access too. There is a trend at the moment for the “Packaging Technique”. Packaging is something everyone had access to but I didn’t want to do something that is being done. So I decided that I would use the packaging in a different way. I would use it as paper. I needed to create a background. I decided to use the outside of some alphas. The part that you would usually throw away. I cut it up and stuck it to a piece of cardstock then covered it in a few layers of gesso. I wanted to mute the colours. Once it was covered I coloured it with inks and then highlighted different letters in different colours. I used the packaging as a layout within my paper cluster under my photo. I stamped it with Stayzon Ink so it didn’t just get lost amongst all the other layers.
Finally, after a weekend away, I decided on three photos from a trip to Cooly Rocks that I would scrapbook. Two a very similar but focus on what the layout is about – Licorice Legs. I decided to go a bit grungy with this layout. I knew how I wanted the background to look and I had a few goes at creating it. I just couldn’t get the colour right. I’m glad I did because I wouldn’t have been able to create the finished layout I did with the other attempts.