Saturday, October 27, 2012

Three Challenges in One LO

It has been a whirlwind two and a half weeks.  On October 10, I left for DC for the SGK 3-Day.  I was able to hang with my friends Michelle and Joe (who had just gotten engaged), then met a whole bunch of new friends over the weekend, and then Sunday night I got to have dinner with Nicole, Craig, their kids and Kathy and Craig (some friends from college who I don't get to see very often).  It was quite the fun and exhausting weekend, and Monday proved to be exhausting as well as I spent 10 hours in the Newark airport even though time-wise I could have driven home and back again in that time.  I was just toooooooo tired to trust myself to do so.

Then when I got back, it took me an entire week to recuperate.  I slept so well, even through some of my DD's fussing, which I don't normally do.   I got nothing done that week crafting wise or other.  Then what did we do, well we proceeded to jump in the car and drive to Lehigh for our first football game of the season (in person).  We did this even though we knew we had to drive back right after the game in order to get DS back for his First Communion Class on Sunday morning.  So during the drive home, what proceeded to happen -- we hit a buck going 65mph!!!!!  ARGH!!!  That was quite the juggling of things trying to figure out the logistics of how to get home.  Luckily we were able to ask for and get an extended cab flat bed truck so we could fit all four of us (with car seats) in the truck.  Luckily we have AAA Plus - which gives us 100 free miles of towing.  We ended up paying for only 5 miles!!!  Whew!!!  Of course at least 2 of that was because we asked the tow truck driver to take a detour past our house so we could get our other car so we could get home from the car dealership.  Well worth it!!!

So this week I've been dealing with the insurance company and everything.  Luckily we have a rental rider on our policy (learned that one the hard way from another accident), so we have at least had two cars this week (and will for next week also).  They ended up totaling the car (which was mine - CRV), so today we are going to look for a new one.  Not really what I wanted to do right now, but we got a good settlement considering the car was 7 years old.  So I think we'll do okay and be able to get a car/SUV that I want.  I would like to get another CRV, as I'm convinced that it was the car that made sure we were as safe as we were - any other car the same size or smaller would have had the windshield blown in with what happened.

Anyway, this past week, even with all that going on, I did manage to get some crafting in (thanks to the fact that I'm not working).  However, this one LO took forever to do - much longer than usual.

So the three challenges that I combined were my monthly Focus Group for CC (we had to create something that Pinterest inspired), the weekly challenge on CC (use a neutral and 3 brights), and the weekly challenge for the Paper Girls Challenge Blog (this one was picture inspired).  The one LO I did was about my DS's swimming lessons last summer.  With this LO, I could have used many different themes, but chose this one because those were the first of the many pictures already printed that I picked up.

So the inspiration from Pinterest was a one page LO that I found by Jessica Sprague.  I loved the large circles for the main photo.  And it went with the circles on the picture inspiration from Paper Girls.  As for the neutral, I instantly thought of the Kraft Funday paper from MME, and knew that would work with this theme.  However, when I looked at it, I knew it would have to be used as a supporting paper, not the main paper, like I was originally thinking.  Mainly because I didn't have two pages that matched, and I am anal about my main papers matching on 2-page LO's.  So here is the inspiration LO:

And here is the LO I created from it:

My focus picture was smaller then her's, so I double matted it.  I used orange, blue and yellow as my bright colors for CC, and pulled the circles and orange from the picture for PGB.  The only issue I have with the LO is that I think I made the background a little busy for the title.  But the basic cardstock was too plain.

So the products used were:  Bazzill yellow cardstock, Bazzill blue cardstock, Bazzill orange cardstock, MME Kraft Funday paper, MME Kraft Funday Happy Days twine, MME Kraft Funday Everyday wood banner, MM circle cutter, Sassafras cameo brads, AC thickers regards, MM creative letters DOTS, SU Brilliant Blue ink, SU Circle Circus stamps, 1.5inch circle punch, 1inch square punch and SU scalloped border punch.

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