Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Live, Love, Scrap: IE April Challenge

You may recall that the purpose of the Inspiration Elevator challenge group is to take our scrapbooking to the next level, to stretch our creative process and to mature as artists by embracing challenges that make us think, work and grow. You can view all of the challenges at the Inspiration Elevator Blog. 

This month we are celebrating our anniversary with a BLOG HOP! So be sure to hop from blog to blog below as some of our designers are offering prizes! We also welcome Katherine Sutton as a guest designer to Inspiration Elevator! Katharine has Guest Designed for us and her fabulous style will inspire you to take your scrapbooking to a new level!

Now for our Challenge:

It's a 2-part challenge since it's created by Christa and Ann!

The first part of the challenge is to use a selfie. We are all a part of social media to some extent, so selfies are everywhere. "Call it another trend in narcissism, or call it art, but the "selfie" has become a mainstay of our virtual identity." 
Here are a couple articles for taking a good selfie, if this makes you uncomfortable (as it does for me - A)

The second part of the challenge is this: 
Every month the reveal preamble begins with: 
"You may recall that the purpose of this challenge group is to take our scrapbooking to the next level, to stretch our creative process and to grow as artists by embracing challenges that make us think, work and extend ourselves."
So this month we'd like you to share something about scrapbooking. It could be why you scrapbook, what you love best, what you get out of it, your most amazing experience or, where you see your craft/hobby/art in the future. 

Remember to hop around to the other blogs and see what out designers have created and what prizes are up for grabs! (Be sure to read the instructions as each designer has her own requirements to win!)

Lisa Moen  ( You are here!)

The hardest part of this challenge was, I hate to admit it- the selfie! I hate having my picture taken, too many wrinkles and age spots and taking it myself, well that's just not easy when you have a big Canon Rebel camera! LOL! So, I did use an editing program, but just for a few spots :)

I used Fancy Pants Memories Captured and Collecting Moments along with a Sketchabilities sketch. On my white my background, I added a few torn book pages with Gesso and added some water color. I then used a stencil and light modeling paste and added a few different colors of water color. To create my green  circles, I used an ice cream pail and some acrylic paint. I also added a few more splotches of green paint throughout the layout. The flourish is from Creative Embellishments and I used the same green acrylic paint and then sprayed it with Glimmer Mist.

The tag on the left side holds my journaling: There are so many reasons why I scrap, but the 3 biggest reasons are:
1. Recording family history- it's important to me.
2. The friends I meet along the way- scrappy girls are the best!
3. The creative outlet- it's so relaxing, a great stress reliever, at least for a little while:)

Here are a few close ups:

In honor of our anniversary this month, I will be giving away this RAK:


All you have to do is leave a comment here and on the Inspiration Elevator Blog or the Inspiration Elevator Facebook page and be a follower of my blog on Blog Lovin' and on Google Friend Connect. You can find both of these on the right hand side.
Sorry, but with international shipping prices, I will only be shipping to the United States.
I will randomly choose a winner on April 21st. The winner will be posted here on my blog. 
I hope you feel inspired to play along with our challenge this month, and when you do, please share it using the linky tool on our Inspiration Elevator blog and/or our Inspiration Elevator Facebook page. We'd LOVE to see what you made!

Now off you go to Lisa Spiegel's blog to see her take on this challenge.


  1. This is absolutely fabulous Lisa!! I'm right there with you on the selfies!! LOL That would be the hardest part of the challenge for me, too.

  2. I love this Lisa, so amazing. The colour choices your multi-media choices, the way your circle gathers it all together. Of course, I love your photo too. Stunning!

  3. Great dynamism in this page- the colors are fantastic and I love all the texture you've added- it's really blending together well and making my eye travel all over the page.

  4. what a great page Lisa, love your selfies and fun background colors!!!! great reasons for scrappin too!!!

  5. Gorgeous Lisa - I know what you mean about the selfie and scrapping a page of yourself, but yours is gorgeous :)

  6. Lisa you always do such gorgeous background work! Love how you edited your selfie and used it more than once, too!

  7. I love your layout with all the gorgeous techniques you used and the perfect title! Plus, you selfie is fabulous! Well done :)
    Joanne xo

  8. super photos.. great background work.. and fun amazing details and design

  9. Wow Lisa, your layout is absolutely amazing! You did a beautiful job!

  10. Wow Lisa, this came out absolutely amazing! Love all the different textures and its a great picture of you too. :)

  11. great selfie! those are hard but you did good.

  12. Lisa, your selfie is wonderful - love those glasses on you! Great artsy background, too! What a great page about what your art means to you!

  13. You have a terrific blog and great ideas!

  14. great selfie layout! love your background work and your journaling is spot on. fun RAK - thank you for the chance. :)

  15. Really cool artsy background!
    P/s: I'm not adept at selfies either...lol

  16. Love your beautiful 'messy' page Lisa!!


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