Sunday, February 15, 2015

Farewell to Inspiration Elevator!

After some thought and consideration, the time has come to retire Inspiration Elevator. But before we go, we need to hold a big retirement party, so we've invited everyone who's been involved with Inspiration Elevator back for one last reveal, and to our delight most were able to accept! We are so delighted to have so many IE alumni along this month! Thank you to each of you for helping us end our elevator ride with so much fun and creative energy!

This month's challenge is posed by one of IE's co-creators and team admin, Ann.

This month's challenge is simple, but I hope, challenging as well. 
Here's the challenge: Inspiration Elevator launched on May 15, 2012 and at that time, we explained our purpose as, "Welcome to Inspiration Elevator! What a thrilling day! Today is the launch of Inspiration Elevator (IE), a challenge blog created by my dear friend Christa Uttley and me. We chose the name Inspiration Elevator because it is our intent to raise our creativity to heights through challenges issued every month. We want to raise our designs from the ordinary to the extraordinary. We hope you'll join us on our journey!


IE is a group of like minded scrappy friends who want to raise the bar in their own creative process through unique challenges that we issue to each other once a month. These won't be run of the mill challenges and we hope you'll join us each month and be inspired by the creative designs we've created." 

That vision has remained unchanged over the last (almost) 3 years. The challenge this month is to just create - no holds barred. Take some time, or challenge yourself to do it in 1/2 hour if time is tight, but think about what you'd like to create if there were no agenda, no design team requirement. In other words, create for you, and enjoy the process!

We hope you'll take the time to hop through and visit each of our participant's blogs, beginning with our guests, then our current team, and finishing off with our co-founders. Feel free to leave comments and lavish each one with appreciation for all that they each brought to the Inspiration Elevator challenge over the last 3 years!


I have been struggling to find time to scrap since I took over the My Scraps & More store.  But last weekend I went to a 2 day crop with the intention of scrapping WHAT I WANTED!

One of my favorite things to do  are challenges from manufacturers blogs or sketch challenge blogs.  And t just so happened that I recently got the October Afternoon Saturday Morning collection in the store.  On the OA blog, there was a challenge to use "12 squares", and I was inspired to do just that!



Instead of doing 12 squares that were all the same size, I did 12 squares of difference sizes.  I went through my stash and found some other OA papers from the Apple Cider collection, and some of the Tidbits, too, and added those in the mix.  I decorated some of the squares with little bits, punches, and flair.






Inspiration Elevator was always a treat to do every month when I was on the team!  It was always amazing to see the many different ways the incredible designers interpreted the challenges!

I'm so glad I got to be a part of it!

Stay scrappy my friends!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Hello 2015! Top pages of 2014

WOW!!  It's the longest I've gone without blogging in about 6 years.  Is anyone still out there?  lol...actually, I really MISS posting my memories on here that have gone along with each scrapbook page I have created.  Blogging sometimes can be tedious, but when I go back through and look at my posts and stories about my kids from a few years ago, it's so worth it!  So I am going to TRY and pick this up again on a regular basis.

As you may or may not know, back in January 2014, I took over ownership of the online scrapbook store, My Scraps & More.  It has been a huge learning curve, but I have LOVED getting in piles of products and shipping them out to others who love them just as much.  The store itself, Facebook page, Instagram, message board, gallery, store blog, and sketch blog take up a LOT of time, and that is why you've seen less of me here.  (PLEASE come join us at one of these links!!  We have an awesome DT and do giveaways all the time!)

HOWEVER, if you don't know, every Monday I post on the store blog...so if you want to see some of my recent pages, please stop by there!

ALSO, if you'd like to see some of my work WITHOUT all the chatter, please follow me on Flickr....I have been posting almost all of my work there!

It would take me forever to catch up on what I haven't posted in the last couple months, so instead, I am just going to share with you my favorite pages of 2014.  Many of them have not been posted, so I hope you enjoy!  These are in no particular order:









































 


















Stay scrappy my friends!  Hope to be back soon!

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