Monday, January 11, 2010

30 minute layouts and American Crafts

Before I post a new layout today I just wanted to thank all of you who have participated in the My Scrapbook Nook blog hop so far. It's been incredible to see the response we've gotten, it's so fun to have so many people coming to visit my blog and great to have SO MANY comments. You still have until the end of the week to do the blog hop if you'd like, so head on down to the blog hop post for all the info you need!

I know that many of my blog readers love to scrapbook, and perhaps you don't have as much time to scrap as you would like. I know that's the case for me most of the time and I wish that I could scrap faster so that I could get more done in the time I DO have.

Well, guess what?? American Crafts just posted a challenge last week on their blog where we only had 30 minutes to complete a layout. 30 minutes??? I hardly ever finish this quickly so I decided to take on the challenge. I actually got two layouts done in less than 30 minutes each and will share both with you here with the first one being my entry for the contest:

This is my day she came to me after we'd been sorting through some things in her bedroom and she found this old Halloween costume, put it on and said, "I'm pumpkin pie!" Isn't that just the cutest thing? I had to take some pictures because I knew that it would be a fun scrapping topic and it just happened that these pics went perfectly with some American Crafts products I had on hand.

Supplies: American crafts paper, journal spots, chipboard, dimensional stickers, felt flower, foam Thickers.
Other: Fiskars Apron Lace punch, floss, adhesive pearls.

The other page I also made in under 30 minutes ( I know, I can hardly believe it myself. I really need to do this more often!!) For this I used some pictures I got of Hailey the day after Christmas. It's rare for us to get snow in Lubbock so we were excited to have a TON of snow on Christmas Eve day. Hailey had a BLAST playing with it and I, of course, was right there with her to catch the action.

Materials: American Crafts paper, dimensional stickers, foam Thickers, foam flower, journal spots, paper flower. Other: Fiskars border punch, adhesive pearls.


So there you have it. You don't have to spend a lot of time on a page for it to turn out cute, and I love that I was able to use some of my cute American Crafts stash for these. Anything for a chance at a Thickers prize pack, right? Wish me luck!!

p.s. in case you wonder how I got them done so fast- using  journal spots and rub-ons and ready-made embellishments really speeds things up. It takes a few seconds to do a punched border, I didn't ink anything- are you surprised???- and I really had to work like a crazy woman to get them done in time. It also helps to have a bit of a plan ahead of time as well.  It's a challenge for sure but refreshing, too, to keep things more simple and get more pages done. 


Erica Hettwer said...

Good luck! Both layouts are adorable! :D

Michelle said... make it look so easy! Good luck

Gina said...

Those are both sooo cute! I really like the snow one.

Danielle said...

OOOOOOoooooo! A Thickers prize pack! I really like the pumpkin pie one. Very cute!

stephanie said...

wow! I can't believe those took you under 30 minutes!!

Janelle said...

I am so impressed you could do them in 30 minutes! I tried the challenge too and my "30 minute" layout ended up taking me an hour! Guess I will have to keep trying!

Sherri said...

Those are both fabulous. I really love the layered look that you usually do, but these are quite refreshing. Both in under 30 minutes? I'm in awe!

TraceyT said...

Too cute...both pages.

laterg8r said...

both are lovely :D

Lydia said...

Oh that pumpin layout is so sweet great photo!!

Rebecca said...

SO, co cute. I made myself complete one in 30 minutes...I started 30 minutes before the kids got up from nap!! lol

Mara... said...

What a great idea, 30 minutes layouts!! They are both super cute, the Pumpkin Pie layout is especially darling!!