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.
And this was a year full of wonderful and thoughtful challenges by my fellow IE members, beautiful inspiration in our blog hops and followers and personal growth in my scrapbooking as I've stretched myself for these challenges. The experience of Inspiration Elevator has seeped into all of my scrapbooking and I have found myself pushing myself a little more on my layouts...reaching for that next level of design and it has made me very happy. I am very confident in my scrappy style now and feel that my confidence can only help me in my scrappy work in the future!
Since the start of a new year often prompts usto look back and ahead, we thought we would do the same creatively. This month we were challenged to look back over the last year and share with you some of the designs that reflect some growth or success in our process.
So, without further ado, here are my Top 10 layouts of 2012!
I broke out my beloved stash of Sassafrass for this Inspiration Elevator challenge layout. (Those who know me know how much I love my Sass!) I also had a chance to use my brand new Silhouette Cameo to cut my title! I absolutely love how the title turned out and the layout in general...thinking about what I believe in and scrapping a photo of myself are not usually things I do but in this case, I think I created a beautiful layout! It's my favorite of the year!
Next up, this layout was from my Guest Month Designer month (February) at MME. This one I felt really pleased with as I let some of the paper and chipboard do the work for the foundation and I layered upon it. I especially liked how I used the transparency loosely over the photo. I got alot of very nice feedback about this layout, it was pinned many times on Pinterest and I even had a scrapper do an entire blog post where she lifted it...what an honor!
I created this for a Creating Keepsakes call. I have never done that, created specifically for a call, but I did for this issue and ended up having three layouts and a photo featured for it! This was the only Christmas themed layout, the others were for Hanukkah, and it was fun to have a Christmas layout picked up!
I created this one for one of the first Inspiration Elevator challenges. It is quintescentially a "Lisa" layout...sewing, glimmer mist, flowers, butterflies, doilies..hidden journaling...so ME. I liked it so much it was my blog header for most of the year!
I did this one for Little Red Scrapbook. I usually struggle with Webster's Pages but this layout was actually one of my top for the year. I managed to hide a little mini album with 20 something MORE photos under the photo on the left. The entire layout is done with iPhone photos, too...which were fun because of the cool effects I had a chance to play with, mostly in the car on the ride home! LOADS of fussy cutting and punching on this one...
This layout that was also featured on the My Mind's Eye blog during my Guest Designer Month of February. I tried really hard to layer...stamping, sewing, inking, chipboard, fussy cutting, transparencies...brads, journaling, etc...it has it all!
Here's another Inspiration Elevator challenge layout. I don't often do two page layouts but sometimes, you just have to and I absolutley LOVED how this turned out. The focus is still on the photos but I love how I embellished and titled it...and even had room for the story!
This one was done for Little Red Scrapbook. I was in my zone with tucking things under and in and pop dotting and misting...distressed edges...LOVE it!!
This one was also done for Little Red Scrapbook, with the theme kit. I love how the misting/masking turned out..the stitching and layering..a very me layout. :)
And last, but not least, this is another Inspiration Elevator challenge layout. I used some of my old Making Memories travel papers for this one...(I have been hoarding it for years!) and created a layout about my life's regret..which was pretty cathartic, really!! Both using the papers and creating the layout!
So there you have it, my top 10 layouts for 2012...would love to know which is your favorite!
I hope you will take the time to see what my Inspiration Elevator team mates chose as they reflected on this challenge.
As always, thank you for taking the time to hop with us and to leave a comment...I really appreciate it!