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This week’s challenge at Document Life Workshop is “choose a past challenge.” As a new member of the team that was pretty easy because I had many old challenges to choose from! This time I chose “Use Wood” from back in mid-October.


Christmas Lights by Heather Awsumb | Supplies: Life Stories Christmas by Zoe Pearn and Kristin Cronin-Barrow; On the Go Element Pack, Almost There Element Pack by Katie Pertiet; The Good Stuff This Week Alpha by Mye de Leon; # Christmas Brushes and Stamps by Ali Edwards

Yes, this is the second Christmas page I used this kit on. I saw it and fell in and love and wanted to use it as much as possible. Actually, it’s only as I’m writing this that I realized that I used two papers in both layouts. Oh well. I started the layout with the idea of using the wood grain as the background paper, but it was a little too much so I decided to use it as one of the bands instead. Also, once again, I used Scrapbook Coach for my guide. It’s a pretty straightforward take on the lesson, but I added the star mist just because I liked it.

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This week’s challenge at Document Life Workshop is to document a favorite holiday memory. Follow that link to see what other team members created, here’s mine:


Peace Corps Christmas by Heather Awsumb | Supplies: Life Stories by Kristin Cronin-Barrow & Zoe Pearn; Assorted Patterned Tapes December, Astro Element Pack, Assorted Messy Stitches White No 4, Day Out Element Pack, Linen Buttons Winter Woods, Red Tab Alpha by Katie Pertiet; CC Wood Veneer Toolkit by Chelle’s Creation

I can’t believe that this was 7 years ago this month. Peace Corps still feels like yesterday to me. The layout is based on the Half n Half issue of Scrapbook Coach. It’s been awhile since I used one of those classes and it reminded me how much I enjoy them. I didn’t have a strong focal point photo that has a vertical orientation (or at least that featured people) so I tried to make the group photo stand out more by placing the title and heavy embellishment cluster over it. A new issue of Scrapbook Coach – Diagonal – just came out so expect something from me soon using that.

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The second challenge that I chose as part of the Document Life Workshop Creative Team was to “Use Autumn Colors.” I thought immediately of this page that uses autumn colors but is not a page about autumn:


WhatsApp? by Heather Awsumb | Supplies: Trailblazer by One Little Bird Designs; Corkboard Alpha No 1, Day Out Element Pack, Linen Button: Little Woodsy, Dog Park Element Pack, Cooked Element Pack, Basic Tags No 2 by Katie Pertiet; Little Miss Sunshine Add-on Alpha by Zoe Pearn; With Gratitude Brushes and Stamps by Ali Edwards

This kit by One Little Bird was an unusual choice for my topic, but I chose it because it was the most masculine kit that I have in my stash. (I find this kind of ironic because I don’t think of my life as super “girly” but the other kits all felt too girly to use.) I “workshopped” this page during Masterful Scrapbook Design Office Hours back in September but never shared here or in a gallery. The two changes I made to the page from the feedback I received was adding the orange button to the lower left because only having yellow there made it stand out too much. The other change I made was to the block of striped paper at the top. Before the far left side of the block had a bit of the yellow sticking out that, again, was drawing the eye awkwardly to that spot. Thanks to the power of digi the paper is just “clipped” to the block so I could nudge it to the left until the yellow didn’t show anymore. (Whereas in paper I would have had to either cut a new block the same size, or cut the block smaller to eliminate the yellow.)


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At the beginning of last month I learned that I was selected as a member of the Document Life Workshop Creative Team. I was so thrilled! For my first assignment I chose to use the November sketch. Here’s the sketch (click on the photo to see what other CT members did with it):


and here’s my take on it:


Mini Golf by Heather Awsumb | Supplies: Naturally Krafty No 14, Cooked Kit, Almost There Element Pack, Arrow Flairs No 1 by Katie Pertiet; The Good Stuff: This Week Alpha by Mye de Leon; Torn Journalers by Gennifer Bursett; Loop da Loop Melange Art Strokes 1 by Anna Aspnes

This was a great template to work with because it’s so versatile – you can add/remove blocks, make blocks different sizes, break boundaries to make it less blocky, etc. A few key changes I made to the layout include: making the gutters between blocks a little narrower, changing/removing some of the blocks, and changing the orientation of the title. I kept the basic visual triangle of elements. At first I had three red buttons, but then decided to add repetition through variety by making them all red and circles but different actual elements.

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