Friday, June 15, 2012

Explore - Inspiration Elevator

Welcome to our second Inspiration Elevator challenge. You may recall from last month`s challenge that the purpose of this challenge group was 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 grow. This month`s challenge was issued by the very talented Laura Whitaker. Here`s a sampling of what Laura asked us to do:

``For my challenge I wanted to get back to the root of scrapbooking a little bit, back to the preserving of memories; to encourage you to look at your photos a little more closely. We all have cute photos of the sweet-faced children and beautiful family members, in our lives, that we can scrapbook. But I want to challenge you to choose a photo that tells a story or evokes an emotion, something a little different than our children playing or family members posing. We all have heard that a picture speaks a thousand words. Chose a photo that was taken from behind the subject, preferably one in which you cannot see their face. Maybe you have chosen not to scrap a particular photo in past because you couldn’t see the subject’s face very well, this is the perfect time to use that photo. Then the story will be the focus and not the face. Then tell the story that goes with the photo via your journaling. This way when our families look back at this page years from now, they will truly be reminded of the moment.``

What an incredible challenge! The Inspiration Elevator girls have been working all month to create gorgeous and inspiring designs. Here`s the list of my friends and I hope you`ll pop by and see what they have created and perhaps take a moment to say a word or two.

For my layout, I chose a photo of Jason and David standing next to Six Mile Lake. Were were camping there for a week and this was taken moments after we arrived at our camp-site.


I tried to create a scene on my page that reflected the environment that we were surrounded by. Everywhere we looked there were trees and water. It was beautiful.


Both Jason and David really enjoy the time that we spend on the water. I created this boat using an SVG file from SVG Cuts.


I love the rustic feel of my layout and to keep with the 'nature' theme, I die-cut some corrugated stars and scattered them on my page.


The title is created using chipboard alpha's and I adhered them right across my photo.


My journaling is an important part of my page, and also this challenge. I chose to hide it behind the photo. To reveal the journaling all you do is pull up on the tab, also made of corrugated cardboard.


I am truly enjoying my creations for Inspiration Elevator. I hope you are trying some of these challenges too.



  1. Awesome guy layout! Love your trees and canoe!

  2. Wonderful layout! I love how you did your journalling.

  3. I love the outdoorsy feel you recreated with the stars, tree, and boat - you rock the diecut machine! The woodgrain paper is a perfect background and the photo is a great starting point!
    I always think of you as a double-page girl, but clearly single page is no struggle for you either!

  4. Wonderful layout! The die cuts trees are a perfect complement to the photo and rest of the layout!

  5. Great page Carolyn! You truly are the queen of Silhouette!!
    Joanne xo

  6. Lots of great depth and your journalling i perfect. That canoe really floats my boat too!

  7. Love the colors of this layout, amazing diecuts...they are so cool! You amaze me with what you can do with your Silhouette!

  8. Lovely rustic feel to your page.....perfect for an outdoors LO.

  9. Great challenge ! And I love the layout!

  10. Beautiful layout Carolyn, love that you chose to document the bond between these two young men with a rustic scene. Your boat is super cute and I love the addition of the corrugated chipboard.

  11. Love this layout especially the photo, journalling and the wonderful die cut boat.

  12. This is so adorable! i love the die cut trees and your paint splattering!

  13. You definitely captured the woodsy feel here! I love it!

  14. darling page!! Love the scene you created!