Challenge Team Highlights from the First Two Months of 2011

On this final day of February 2011, we are now two months into the year and already a third of the way into our current Challenge Team’s six-month tenure! This seemed like the perfect opportunity to pause for a few minutes and share a few of my favorite scrapbook layouts created during these first two months by our talented team of everyday, real life scrappers!

"Sportsmanship" by Rebecca Kuchenbecker (MamaBee)

"Sportsmanship" by Rebecca Kuchenbecker (MamaBee)

It’s always tough for me to choose a layout to share from Rebecca for two reasons … she scraps a LOT and I love it ALL! This one caught my eye because of its playful board game design – a perfect match for the story. The journaling also provides a cute glimpse into little Jake’s personality. Though I’ve never met him, I feel like I know this little guy from all of the layouts his mama has created about him … and in my mind, that’s exactly the reason for scrapping these things in the first place.

"Home Repairs" by Melanie Riordan (melrio)

"Home Repairs" by Melanie Riordan (melrio)

This layout by Melanie has the feel of a personal home improvement idea book, similar to what I’ve done at various times to save my own decorating and remodeling ideas. I like the collage-type feel to this page, as well as the way Mel jotted down what she’d like to do “if there’s enough money & time” … I can definitely relate to that!

"10 Things" by Sarah Brown (sarahbhb)

"10 Things" by Sarah Brown (sarahbhb)

I’m a big fan of personal pages that offer a glimpse into parts of people that we might not otherwise have no idea about, which is what attracted me to Sarah’s page with her list of “10 Things.” The black and white photos combined with colored three-dimensional embellishments also adds interest to this layout.

"Snowman Face" by Alyson Hall (aly321)

"Snowman Face" by Alyson Hall (aly321)

Aly’s cute snowman layout just says “January” to me with it’s fresh, bright colors and playful layering. Our Team Leader is a pro at perfectly placing embellishments and creatively framing her subject … and this page is no exception. I love that she captured this everyday after school moment.

"Not Done Yet" by Rachel McPeek (teachermom)

"Not Done Yet" by Rachel McPeek (teachermom)

Rachel’s list totally had me giggling, mostly because I have said so many of the exact phrases myself as my “reasons” (aka excuses) for why the more boring stuff of life isn’t done yet. The great titlework totally caught my attention … a great example of a photo-less layout, too.

"Magical?" by Kate Lewis (knlchevys)

"Magical?" by Kate Lewis (knlchevys)

Another one that jumped out at me in the gallery, particularly because of the bright, eye-catching colors. I love this unique approach to scrapping a Disney memory and the way this page lets us peek inside Kate’s head.

"What Do You Love About Your Everyday Life?" by Julie Ann Shahin

"What Do You Love About Your Everyday Life?" by Julie Ann Shahin

Julie decided to ask her friends to answer the question “What do you love about your everyday life?,” which was our prompt for Weekly Challenge #7. So clever!! The thought bubbles are a perfect complement to her approach and the titlework and scattered embellishments pull it all together. Cool paper layout!

"5 Grandsons" by Paula Moore (paula)

"5 Grandsons" by Paula Moore (paula)

I love Paula’s idea to collect all of the grandsons’ photos alongside the grandparents in this layout. I also really like the combination of a simple, modular style with scattered embellishments – it gives it a great balance. And the clever titlework… the icing on the cake.

"Water Experiments" by Lydia Tarbox (ltarbox)

"Water Experiments" by Lydia Tarbox (ltarbox)

“It’s only water…” Lydia writes, reminding herself that her guys are learning, despite the mess they are making. When it comes to capturing the everyday, real life of a mom and kiddos, it doesn’t get much more real than that. I really like the fun color combination here, too, as well as the fun framing.

"Surprise" by Michelle Huegel (editorialdragon)

"Surprise" by Michelle Huegel (editorialdragon)

Michelle’s layout is one of my absolute favorite real life layouts for several reasons … first, the design is just plain cool. The fun little embellishments and springy colors are great, too. But the thing I like most is the honesty in the journaling. So many moms would be afraid to actually admit to some of the feelings shared here, but I’ll bet there are many, many who have felt exactly the same way at just such a moment. So glad Michelle shared this with us…

"Life's Dreams: The Bucket List" by Vieve Garner (Vieve)

"Life's Dreams: The Bucket List" by Vieve Garner (Vieve)

Bucket lists are always fun for me to read and I love how Vieve incorporated her thoughts about her list as well. The cool framing, photo cropping and thought bubble all really add to the overall story. It’s also fun to see a few of her listed items already crossed off…

"Toefood?" by Melanie Richie (mellybird)

"Toefood?" by Melanie Richie (mellybird)

This page by Melanie is probably one of the best designs using dialogue that I’ve ever seen. I just love everything about it – the use of the round photo circles, the highlighted words in the journaling, the layering and color scheme, just a few carefully placed elements. And so funny, too… a great addition to my “to lift someday” collection and a fun way to round out this set of Challenge Team layouts.

A big THANK YOU to all of our Challenge Team members for your continued inspiration and dedication to Log Your Memory!

Be sure to check out our Layout Gallery for even more scrapping inspiration… from our Challenge Team as well as your fellow LYM members. If you see something that grabs your attention, be sure to leave a comment for the artist who created it. And of course, we hope you’ll share a bit of your own inspiration with us as well by posting your own creations!

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