Thursday, May 30, 2013

Manufacturer's Challenges

When I have time to scrap for "me", one of the first things I do is pick a certain collection or line of paper that I want to work with, and then go scope out that manufacturer's blog for challenges. Not only do I find some inspiration, I usually end up putting a dent in my stash, too! The other great thing is that many of them give away prizes and give you recognition like pinning your project to their boards.  It is also fun to see what others have done for the challenge as well.

Some of my favorite blogs that have recurring challenges are: My Mind's Eye, Lily Bee, and Crate Paper, to name a few. (And YES, I have done a challenge for each of these blogs this month!)

I worked with this month's sketch from the Lily Bee blog and a mix of their latest "Pinwheel" and "Sweet Shoppe" collections.

I don't usually work with photos this large (or if I do, there is usually only one of them) so I kept my page fairly simple.

I stuck closely to the design of the sketch, except I changed it to two larger photos (although you can see behind the photos I still stitched the four squares. I even dug into my stash and found some older Lily Bee products to use on my page, too (the journaling card and the chipboard buttons).

So next time you want to slash some of your stash, pick a collection, and head over to the manufacturer's blog to get some ideas and find a challenge or two!

Thanks for stopping by today!

-Audrey Yeager


Anonymous said...

Very cute layout. I love you bits of stitching and the squares you drew behind the photos.

Debbie P said...

Fabulous job on your layout! I love the stitching and what a beautiful pup!

Dawn Carlyle said...

Great idea - thanks for sharing!

Tamika said...

Super cute and I love getting inspiration on the blogs and pinerest, thanks for sharing!

Jean said...

How cute!!!

LisaM said...

Super cute page Audrey! Great idea to use the manufacturers challenges!