Monday, November 10, 2014

Inspiration Station - The One-Hour Challenge

Hello, everyone! Aurélie here today to inspire you by being inspired. Now, I don't know about you, but for me, there's nothing quite like heading to a crop to get my scrap on. I just love the energy generated from a room full of scrappers papercrafting the whole day through. Since the beginning of October, I've been to three crops hosted by Isabelle and Let's Capture Our Memories and boys o' boys, I tell ya, the scrappy mojo has been plentiful. From day sketches, single-page layouts, double-page layouts, cards, mini-albums, you name it - my fellow scrappers and I have been having some good ol' scrappy fun. And in my neck of the woods, an LCOM crop is not quite complete without a one-hour challenge. Yes, that's right! A one-hour challenge. Isabelle gives us a sketch (that we can only look at when she says, "Go!") and we have one hour to design our layout. Sounds crazy, I know, but it's SO much fun! I have been known to have minor heart palpitations and shaky hands while participating in these challenges!! Hee!Hee! However, most importantly, I have realized that "sometimes", I really am too frugal when it comes to cutting my patterned paper, and that I really do fuss a "tad" too much on where I adhere my embellishments. When you have one hour to get 'er done, you get 'er done. No time to think twice about anything. As I mentioned in the October Inspiration Station, as Nicole Nowosad would say, "Cut and commit!" Hee!Hee!

This past weekend, I attended a LCOM crop and participated in not one, but two one-hour challenges. Once again, for me, it's not about following the sketch to a 't', but rather having a starting point to... get 'er done! Here are the layouts I created during the one-hour challenges:

Now, I will admit, I did take some time after the challenges to hand-stitch those straight lines as well as fussy-cut that chevron pattern. However, most of the elements were cut and committed in one hour. YAY!

What products do we have here? Most are from the Fancy Pants' True Friend collection (patterned paper, 6X6 paper pad, sequins, sticker fundamentals, label stickers, button set, and ephemera pack). I did add some Jillibean Soup Soup Staples III patterned paper along with some pieces from some Crate Paper and Echo Park collections. I also added a Pink Paislee circle grid, Maya Road chipboard hexagons wrapped in My Mind's Eye washi tape, Elizabath Craft Designs peel-off stickers, American Crafts alphas, Tim Holtz rubons, We R Memory Makers staples, a Wilton doily, and yes, stitching using my Bazzill Basics stitching template with some DMC floss (big shout out to my sister, Ginette, who had the perfect shade of orange floss!). Sketches by Becky Fleck over at PageMaps.

So, with this all of this in mind, I totally dare you to scrap a layout in one hour. You can ABSOLUTELY do it! Choose a sketch and a photo or two or three or... and GO! The clock's a ticking! Hee!Hee!

Happy scrapping!


Gisèle said...

Lovely LOs Aurélie, 1hour challenges are fun!

Beatrice Lawson said...

Two one hour sketches? Way to go!! And these layouts are beautiful! I saw the stitching and was like "no way, in one hour??" I feel better after reading you finished that part after the crop.... I am very inefficient at crops:-) I have so much fun talking and laughing, nothing gets done. I need to get with you guys for a crop - if only it wouldn't be a ten hour drive....

Cheryl Kosakura said...

What a great scrapbooking exercise. I need to try this because I am the slowest scrapper ever. I way over think each and every project. I love both of your layouts. They are so cool with all of the fum embellishments.