Saturday, October 1, 2011

ScrapFIT Reveal: The Journaling Goes Round

ScrapFIT Workout #53:
It is time to get up and get moving, or is it time to sit down and get scrapping? Either way, there is a new workout for the month of October over at ScrapFIT to help you get your creative juices flowing. Here are the details from the challenge site:

#53-  The Journaling Goes Round and Round
Its important to add journaling to our layouts so generations after us will know the details and feelings of the pictures.  For this Workout I want your journaling to ‘go around’ the outside of something.  It can go around the outside of you page, around your photo or even around an embellishment.  Show us how you journal around! 

Open air markets, vegetable section
The Background:
When we were in Thailand this summer, Kevin really wanted to find some silk Muay Thai kick boxing shorts. When we were shopping around the street vendors, we did find him a pair, and we also picked up a pair for Isaiah. When we returned home, they wore their matching Muay Thai outfits, proceeded to box or rather push, and thus this layout was born. Isaiah actually really enjoyed putting on some boxing gloves and learning to punch. At the end he even attempted some kicking and posed naturally for the camera. 

My Reveal:
My Muay Thai Guys
I combined different lines from Bella Blvd., but was drawn to their pet collection, Tail Waggers & Cat Naps and the boy line, Man of the House because of the masculine yet bright colors. 

There were some printed words that matched my theme, so I used a section as a word collage. I was surprised that Uncle was on there already, so I highlighted that along with a few others by placing a Glam Rock in front of them. The strip was a stark white while the other colors were a cream base, so I stippled some ink from various stamp pads using a paint brush. This made the white blend in better with the other colors. 

I wanted some 3-D embellishments, but didn't buy any that came with the line because those are always the most expensive part of a collection, so I made my own. I punched out various circles, stacked some together and hand stitched around the edges. I left some plain and  made some hollow and then layered them. 

For the title I used three different sticker styles. To bring the circle motif to the top of the page, I placed the first word inside one circle using tiny stickers, and had a small cluster of circles for the beginning of the title. 

To incorporate the challenge guideline of making the journal go around, I printed out my journaling in strips and arranged it around the central photo like a frame, so it looked like part of the design. I find that journal blocks sometimes stand out too much and detract from the layout's artistic merit. But I also want to incorporate the information and thoughts and feelings along with the photos somehow. I thought this challenge was an interesting way to combat that problem for me. 

Here is one last look at Isaiah in his Muay Thai splendor. 

Keep Your Eyes on the Prize:
If you'd like to workout with the rest of the gals over at ScrapFIT, just link your entry to today's post by October 31 to be eligible to win the following kit from The Paper Bakery Kit Club, which is a monthly project based club with detailed instructions. 

Happy boxing, or
Happy scrapping,
either way it is a workout...


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