Friday, September 12, 2008

Design Team Project

I have no idea why this pic is sideways......

Today I had to turn in my DT project at The Dream. Great minds think alike - because no sooner had I arrived than my design pals, L and J were in the door as well. Everyone had come to turn in their latest and greatest.

Every single one of us were chosen for distinct talents. One gal for her Quick cuts and her masterful ability to work with the smallest of details. Another for her clean lines and use of paper in her layouts.
L of course is the layout DIVA - as she proved once again by coordinating yellows with pinks and browns. And when given the challenge of making her page "interactive" she used a chord, traditionally used for shoe laces, to hang three chipboard cupcakes which could be flipped over for journaling. WHO THINKS LIKE THAT? asked Laurie.

Next in the door is J, who brings an incredible acrylic book she's entering into the Zutter DT contest. Along with her mini album - every page simple and clean. The pictures are the clear stand-outs. Hers is the kind of work you look at and then want to scoop up all the product to try it at home. Minimal journaling. It's all about the pictures.

So, there were three of the team-member's projects I got to feast my eyes on today. I had to pick Shay up so I didn't stick around for the love-fest over my project (ha ha). But I included pics for you below. Let me warn you. It's a throw down unlike anything you've seen before. In fact, I don't think the pics convey all the throw-down-ness.

I was given a 6 page acrylic album (12 pages front and back). TWELVE - as opposed to the 2 page layouts a few of my team mates had. What-EV!!!

I was also given a stencil, two galaxy markers - blue/silver and white. Some white jumbo buttons. Two pages with a winter scene and two diff. colors of bling card stock. No WAY could I make 12 pages out of that alone. That was like giving a starving person a cup of chicken broth for dinner.
So I figuratively put on a mask and snorkel gear and went scuba-diving through my goods.
Fished out every monochromatic bit my little fingers could find. Ribbons, acrylic tags and embellishments, bling of course, inks in the whole range of winter blue and white. And of course, my sense of humor.

Where would I be without that?????????

I had to be resourceful when putting this together because I had NOTHING, I repeat NOTHING to print out for a winter album.


No snowmen/women, no sledding, no snowball fights?

Double gulp.

No pristine pics of snow falling even? Not even deer tracks on my back porch or the dog leaving his fresh, yellow imprint in the snow?
Triple gulp.

I went through my catalogue of winter-y pics. Until finally settling on a singular moment. One moment I took pictures of over and over again because it made me laugh. The subject: my husband. Every year, on his birthday, it snows. Some years, worse than others. This particular year, he was plowing the driveway and not making much progress when he notices our neighbors bring in this super jaxxed up snow removal truck. Poor Rick. And so the theme took on a life of it's own.

Initially, you'd look at the cover and think the book will be about all things white and fluffy and sweet about winter. But it's about my poor husband struggling in the snow. On his birthday. While Shayna and Caesar look on from the warm comfort of their home.

Now, I'm trying an experiment. Because Blogger keeps booting me anytime I upload more than 4 pics, I've started a shutterfly web thingy. Click on it and let me know what you think. Yes, I noticed that some pics uploaded sideways. I'm just not savvy enough to correct it at the moment.

Hopefully, this will work. The name of this is titled "Insomniac Studio" because it's my reserved name on Etsy, should/when I open my online store. So, Click on this linky and tell me what you thinky:

1 comment:

Scraphappynicole said...

so I am at my moms house and her computer let me see the beautiful creation. I love, love, love the picture of Shay with Ceasar. I love the lil things framing the picture. I love the last page of the book too. The cover ROCKS. How did you like those pens? I have been wanting to try them for some time. Rick looks like a professional snowblower. He can out rock those big boy trucks any day! Love the papers you used for this.