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This weeks release by Scotty Girl Design – the Eire Mini Kit – features a St Patrick’s Day/Ireland theme. I think that this is by far the most “themed” product I’ve ever used on a page. I’m not used to sticking primarily to one kit so being on the team has been a great creative challenge for me. It actually helps to get pages done when I stick to a kit rather than foraging through my supplies and trying out lots of options for paper and embellishing.

Peace Corps Anniversary by Heather Awsumb | Supplies: Eire Mini Kit (New this week!) by Scotty Girl Designs; Cut It Out Clipping Masks by Robyn Meierotto; Elemental Snippy Alphas by Gennifer Bursett

Peace Corps Anniversary by Heather Awsumb | Supplies: Eire Mini Kit (New this week!) by Scotty Girl Designs; Cut It Out Clipping Masks by Robyn Meierotto; Elemental Snippy Alphas by Gennifer Bursett

The layout was inspired by the Criss Cross Scrapbook Coach class at Masterful Scrapbook Design. As it says in the journaling, St Patrick’s Day always reminds me of Peace Corps because we arrived in Joburg on our way to Gaborone on March 17, 2005. I was flipping through old Peace Corps pics recently so when the kit came out I remembered that I had this picture from our mid-service training that was held exactly a year later – March 17, 2006 – and we celebrated with a St Patrick’s Day themed party.

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The assignment: Make a page with a BRACKET foundation. Take the ideas from the Scrapbook Coach Bracket class but implement them in a page that doesn’t look a lot like any of the pages in the class. You know how much I love Scrapbook Coach classes so this was a fun one for me to push me to design something similar but without actually using the classes as guides. Here’s my page:

Hello 2014 by Heather Awsumb | Candid by One Little Bird Designs; Sentiment Spots No 4, Pinned Tabs No 2, Vintage Milk Caps No 1, Ric Rac Basics No 1, Curled Journal Spots No 6, Flagged Dates No 5 by Katie Pertiet; Pronuncial by Just Jaimee; Up to Date by Jen Allyson; I Heart Stories by Ali Edwards; L'Amour Sparklies by Flerg

Hello 2014 by Heather Awsumb | Candid by One Little Bird Designs; Sentiment Spots No 4, Pinned Tabs No 2, Vintage Milk Caps No 1, Ric Rac Basics No 1, Curled Journal Spots No 6, Flagged Dates No 5 by Katie Pertiet; Pronuncial by Just Jaimee; Up to Date by Jen Allyson; I Heart Stories by Ali Edwards; L’Amour Sparklies by Flerg

These are photos from New Years Eve in Madagascar; one of my favorite parts of the trip. I used the pink, navy blue and green from our clothes as inspiration for the color scheme and stamped out “2014” using them. Then, as I was looking through my supplies I saw that the color scheme of the “Candid” kit by One Little Bird was very close. Through the power of digi (aka an Adjustment mask) and a little tweaking of the green in the striped paper I had the perfect match!

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My Life Philosophy by Heather Awsumb | Supplies: This Year 2014 Kit by Scotty Girl Designs; Woodside Jangle Element Pack, Striping Graphic No 2, Thin Classic Frames No 1, Frame Hangers No 1 by Katie Pertiet; Hello Story Week 1 Digital Downloads by Ali Edwards; Ribbon Bits 3 by Patti Knox

My Life Philosophy by Heather Awsumb | Supplies: This Year 2014 Kit by Scotty Girl Designs; Woodside Jangle Element Pack, Striping Graphic No 2, Thin Classic Frames No 1, Basic Paper Alpha White, Frame Hangers No 1, Ric Rac Basics No 1 by Katie Pertiet; Hello Story Week 1 Digital Downloads by Ali Edwards; Ribbon Bits 3 by Patti Knox

I almost started with a black and white photo because I found the strong orange difficult to work with. Once I found a patterned paper with a similar orange in the pattern, though, I decided to go with the color photo. I can’t explain why but I very rarely work with black and white photos. For the layout I started with the third lesson of the Scrapbook Coach issue “In a Block” for the placement of the papers and border but then went my own way for embellishing.

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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.

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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:

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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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Funny story: I started this layout tonight after dinner as the family was sitting around playing an informal game of “Joe Name-It” I started the layout using a picture we took this afternoon and a different kit. I was stuck on paper choices so checked my email, saw the brand new One Little Bird release (gorgeous, as always, and on sale for 30% off until Monday at The-Lilypad), purchased it on the spot and the layout came together effortlessly after that! Of course, the Scrapbook Coach: Diagonal issue also come in handy (this is based on Lesson #4). I guess you could say this is literally “hot off the presses” ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Family by Heather Awsumb | Supplies: Winter Song, This and That by One Little Bird; Family Pet by 3 Paper Peonies; Postage Strip Words, Haunted Woodlands Element Pack (ribbon, recolored); Ephemera Stacks by Sahlin Studio; Life Stories Christmas by Kristin Cronin Barrow

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It’s been awhile since I’ve done a layout with the Scrapbook Coach classes – this one is from Half and Half that was put out I think sometime in September:

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Tulip Festival by Heather Awsumb | Supplies: More Than Just Mom by Shannon McNab; Torn Journalers by Gennifer Bursett; Hadleigh Element Pack, So Fine Element Pack, Basic Tags No 2 by Katie Pertiet; Little Miss Sunshine Add-on Alpha by Zoe Pearn; Forever Young by One Little Bird Designs; Worn Tops DIY by Lynn Grieveson

My productivity has been down recently, likely thanks to the warmer weather, so I’ve really only been creating for my CT duties and a few other random pages. Ironically, I find that I buy more supplies when my productivity is down. It’s not really a conscious thing, but my “New Supplies” folder gets pretty large when I’m in slumps like this.ย This layout is one of those rare occasions where the supplies led the story for me. I saw someone use this kit and fell in love with the flower paper. After I bought it I then went about looking for a story appropriate to using flowers. The tulip festival was an obvious choice ๐Ÿ™‚ Even though the paper isn’t tulips, the theme still works for me.

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