October 13, 2011

True XOXO Blog Hop!



Welcome to the True XOXO blog hop! I was challenged by fellow design team member, Michelle Hernandez, to use a chevron pattern, yellow thread, red rubber stamped image, and NO cardstock as the background.

I searched every paper in my stash and I did not have anything with a chevron pattern. I had no choice but to create my own. First I thought about diecutting then I realized there was something better. I took a pink rickrack (velvet) ribbon and colored it with a quick swipe of yellow PanPastels and sprayed with a fixative to ensure the powder would not rub off.  You have to get a good coating of fixative on what you are working with. Even with paper, I find that the PanPastels like to come off. Once the ribbon was adhered to a clear page protector (my background-- there is no white cardstock...I photographed this against a white board), I stitched the protector with yellow thread.   I used Basic Grey scraps from a 6" paper pad to create the strips and used a date stamp as my image in the challenge. After random Sassafras Lass buttons and a few rubons, I almost had the layout completed. One of the very last things I ever do is place my photos. I cut open the back side of the page protector and slipped the photos in.

The grand prize for this blog hop is an opportunity to become the guest designer for December. Here's what you have to do to qualify for the chance to win:

* Visit and comment on each of the True XOXO designer's blogs.
* For every layout you scraplift from this blog hop, you get an additional chance to win. Be sure to post your layout(s) on the True XOXO blog.
 
As an added BONUS, I have included grab bag prize. The pack so far has over 50 different  ribbons (Maya Road, Making Memories, Crate Paper, etc.), gold and silver chain, an Arount the Block clipper and clips, Basic Grey trim, clear elements, decorative tape, two mini wreaths, vintage pins, metallic thread pack...and let me tell you I will throw in more because I know those Priority flat rate boxes and be packed with stuff  and you'll be sure to find things that you won't at scrapbook stores! I collect things from the craziest stores.


So comment here and make sure I know how to get in touch with you. Good luck! Now hop on over to fellow designer, Ana Oxendale-White's blog.

40 comments:

Darlene S. said...

How innovative are you! I love that you used a clear page protector as the background! The ricrak looks great in this color. I didn't even know you painted over it! Very very cool! :)

Lisa Watson said...

What a wonderful LO Alaina!! So creative to use a page protector and not any paper!!

Zackalor said...

This is such a fun layout, Alaina! I've never used a page protector as a background, but now I'm inspired!

Jennybean said...

I love the ric rac!

KateB said...

am popping by to leave all my ex-mates some love...you rocked her difficult challenge that's for sure!

mustangkayla said...

What a fun layout! Love the colors, stitching and design!

WillieburgScrapper said...

Alaina this page is so beautiful! From the yellow sewn borders, the beautiful lighting that highlights your details, the design- wonderful take on the challenge- pined onto my chevrons rock board.

WillieburgScrapper said...

Wait- I just read your entire post- clear page protector as your paper! AWEEEESOOOOME! Scrap DIVA!

Khristen said...

I think the clear page protector knocked this one out of the park. how innovative! Love the colors and the ric-rac for the chevron pattern: genius!

Carrie's Corner said...

What a very creative way to meet the challenge requirements! Page protector was a fabulous idea!

Carrie
cau0617 at yahoo dot com

scrapqueen141 said...

What a new idea (for me that is) to use the page protector as your layout base. Interesting. Love it!

TracyM said...

your creativity is so impressive! I may have to "scraplift" that fabulous page protector idea

Miss Jaster said...

You are a genius! Love the chevron w/ ricrac and the page protector as a background.... so scrap lifting you!

karen In Houston said...

Wow your layout is amazing and took some creativity to create it, and it came out great.
Your blog candy is super fantastic, I sure would love to win....
karensneedle@sbcglobal.net

anazelia said...

beautiful and wonderful job with the challenge. I have no idea what a cheveron pattern is.

antenucci said...

Love how you used the pan pastels to color the ribbon!

Amy said...

I love the no background paper idea!! Very cute & creative layout :)

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Marie said...

In love it! Specially the no background thing!

LisaM said...

You rocked Michelle's challenge! I would have never thought to use a page protector as a background, so clever!Love your layout!

Tara Rios said...

This is my first blog hop and wow love that I came across your page and was able to see how great your layouts are.

Tara Rios said...

This is my first blog hop and wow love that I came across your page and was able to see how great your layouts are.

Cheryl said...

Hi Alaina,

fantastic improvisation with the page protector, and I love the yellow colours on the page. Your ric-rac chevron idea is brilliant too!

Cheryl x

Anonymous said...

Nice Layout and looking forward o winning ha prize.

krafybre@yahoo.com

Loobylou said...

I love the fresh colours on your layout. I'm thinking a 12 x 12 piece of acetate would be a fabulous background

Nicolle Kramer said...

Awesome LO and challenge! Love the clever no cardstock background..:)

misty said...

Great layout and what a fantastic RAK~!

Christa Uttley said...

Wow! Using a Transparency! And sewing it is genius!

Erika Taylor said...

I'm loving all the elements on your layout. So colorful and full of whimsy. Love it

Toodles
Erika

Jeaunes said...

I really love the layout that you made, it really is stunning! Especially love the orange rick rak, it came out stunning!!!!!!!!!! Very creative and innovative layout!

Sherri said...

that's a pretty layout. nice use of ric rak!
squirrelcpa @ hotmail. com

Andrea Fogleman said...

I love the idea of the clear page protector as the background! Thanks so much for a chance to win.

LisaM said...

Here is my layout with chevron on it: http://lisasscrappyhideaway.blogspot.com/2011/10/finally-some-scrappy-time.html

Anonymous said...

At first I thought no cardstock??? Are you kidding then I thought ohhhhhhh pattern paper.... then you pulled he rabbit out of the hat and did a page protector!!! How ingenious, I also love stuff that is not from a LSS store and rick rak is my all time favorite! Hugs Alesia
scrapaholicaef@yahoo.com

wustaz said...

I lifted your layout!! thanks for the awesome inspiration.

Lindsey said...

Alaina!! What a great start to the hop!! Brilliant and creative challenge interpretation to boot. Well done!

xoxo
Lindsey

suscu said...

Wow, what an job on the challenge ! The layout is so beautiful.

stampinART said...

The ricrak is a fabulous chevron shape. Thanks for the new idea on how to look at the ribbon!

Jasmine said...

No cardstock!! What an idea...boy am I glad to have been led to this blog. Thanks for the fantastic idea!
Jasmine

Anonymous said...

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Thankyou soooooo much for the inspiration and getting me out of my ol' comfort zone. Hugs Alesia scrapaholicaef@yahoo.com