Monday, September 10, 2012

MCT Designer Challenge - 3 "R"s with hostess Veronica

I love the idea of Veronica's challenge - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle - over on the My Creative Time blog (original post here).  Every other Thursday, a wonderful Design Team Member of MCT will be 'hosting' a challenge of their choice.  This fortnight, Veronica from VK Create has challenged us to create a fabulous project using at least one recycled item.  I knew straight away what I wanted to do because I have been tossing this idea through my head for quite a while.

I do all of my photo printing at home myself on my wonderful Epson Stylus printer.  The quality just can't be beaten!  Anyway, so I go through many packets of 4"x6" Epson photo paper, and in each packet is a piece of 4"x6" chipboard card. 

I have been saving these pieces of chipboard "just in case" for ages.  When this challenge came up, I decided to make a little booklet showcasing some of my favourite photos from a family portrait session from last November, and using these chipboard pieces.

Our family 'colour scheme' for the photo shoot day was green and black, but I also liked the photos in black and white.  So I selected this striped paper with the lime green together with a pale purple-ish tinge to it to set off the black and white photos beautifully.  I adhered the paper to the chipboard pieces and filed the edges down to make them smooth.  I used offcuts of black cardstock to mat the photos as well.

Once upon a time in my crafting life I had a real 'thing' for rub-ons.  I went crazy for them and bought up a whole lot of them.  Then my 'fad' passed and I was left with a whole lot of them (such is the life of us crafters, I reckon!)  Anyway, I wanted to jazz up the photos a bit and so I used some rub-ons to add sentiments to these photos.  I also selected some lime green and purple buttons, and used DMC floss threaded through the buttons for a bit of extra something.

I then bound the whole thing (all five pages) together with green organza ribbon I picked up on sale, and made extra bows with offcuts of white organza ribbon as well.

And there is my contribution to the MCT Designer Challenge for this fortnight.  Hope you like it!



What a beautiful project! And great way to use the chipboard too. Thanks for joining us in the My Creative Time Designer Challenge :)

~ Cassandra

Veronica Kietzman

What a GREAT idea, Deb! Isn't it great to finally have an idea for those random items we crafters just *can't* get rid of? *giggle* This is a great keepsake album - and fabulous photos, too! Thanks for playing!

- Veronica


This is precious and absolutely PRICELESS. I love the colors here and the pictures are SO cute too. Awesome idea and terrific job. Thanks for joining the My Creative Time Designer Challenge. Hugs- Glora

liz at liz's paper loft

fabulous idea! love the black and white pic's with the stripes! Thanks for joining us at My Creative Time ~ Designer Challege!

Cindy Beland

OMG this is such a AWESOME and BEAUTIFUL project!great idea and LOVE the nice pic's,Thanks for joining us in the My Creative Time Designer Challenge!!!:)

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