Monday, March 7, 2011

monday...Trailmakers March Challenge 1

Can you believe that it's March already? I certainly can't! To celebrate the 3rd month of the year, we over at The {Paper} Trailmakers have a fun challenge for you!

To celebrate our 3rd month of the year, our first challenge will be all about 3's!! The challenge will be an anything goes except you must include these 3 things:
1. If you submit a layout - you must use 3 photos. If you submit a card - make 3 different ones. If you do an altered project - it must be 3-D!
2. Use 3 different papers. (can be cardstock, patterned paper, or a combination)
3. Use the number 3 somewhere on your project. Can be in the title - the journaling- anywhere and in any way - can be the number itself or can be spelled out.

So, having said this, here is my layout for this challenge:

Supplies: cardstock: Bazzill; patterned paper: Graphic 45; chipboard: Thickers; flowers: Prima; glitter: Glimmer Mist, Stickles; ink: ColorBox; tools: Cuttlebug, Cuttlebug Baby Face Alphabet, Tim Holtz Paper Distresser; punch: Martha Stewart; other: handmade flowers, handmade white thickers, 3D paint

I used two pattern papers and one cream cardstock, all from the kit and of course, and my three pictures. I went with a more subtle look for this layout and concentrated on the soft pastels colors of the Graphic 45 paper.

I did some more fuzzy cutting (I love these flowers!) and even made my own flowers following Gabrielle's tutorial! I stickles the cut outs, fairy and Prima roses with Diamond stickles to add some shine to the layout. I used some 3D paint in white to give the layout a touch of elegance (white 3D paint reminds me of pearls).

Finally, to satisfy the number 3 in the title or journaling, I added the quote "it takes 17 muscles to smile & 43 muscles to frown". The word smile I made using the yummy yellow and pink Thickers that come in the March Kit and the rest of the quote I made using my Cuttlebug and some glittery foam. It's so easy and cheap to make these yourself!

Finally, this is a close up of the top right corner. I also handmade the larger pink flower and used Glossy Accents, a clear button and an image from the pattern paper to make the center of the flower.

TIP: Take some time and hand stitch on your button-your layout will look more professional if you do!

I can't wait to see what you create for this fun challenge! Here is the link for when you are ready to share your project with us over at The {Paper} Trailmakers!


  1. This is simply sublime! Love the flowers you created and the one with the bubble center!

  2. Awesome, I really love your layout!!! I like the frame around the picture and all the flowers


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