Week 6 - Maya Road & a Monthly Challenge

Hi everyone,

I hope you've all had a wonderful week. For my Northern Hemisphere audience I hope you're keeping safe and warm from the snow this winter (particularly those in the Northeast United States), and for my Southern Hemisphere audience I hope you're getting some rain to provide relief from this dry summer :-)

For the first time I have participated in a monthly challenge set by Artfull Crafts - this is the first time I've seen one as I only discovered this company after receiving vouchers for their craft store for Christmas last year (a great Christmas present!)

Artfull crafts do their monthly challenge a bit different to what I'm use to. They offer a theme and sketches. Well that's what they're doing this month anyway. The theme this month is 'Love' (it couldn't be anything else in February could it?), and there were two sketches. You can use the theme and/ or the sketches.

I used the second sketch:

and I stretched it to create a double page layout:

18 Days of Preston
Materials used:
Cardstock: American Crafts
Patterned Paper: Maya Road 'Life's Journey' 6x6 paper pad
Bracket shaped paper: unknown
Paper Doily: unknown (it's one to put on a plate under you sweet treats, not a specialised craft one)
Twine: Moda Vera 'Birds Nest'
Buttons: Beutron and from old clothing
Mini Alpha Stickers: Sam & Lucy Weave Extras
Other: adhesives, black pen.

And the Maya Road part of this post is that I created the layout using a Maya Road 6x6 paper pad. For me, as I'm sure is the same with many of you, Maya Road is a company that sells embellishments - wonderful embellishments, of many shapes and materials. But they do also make paper, although I'm not sure to what extent.

I think this paper is very cool and oh-so-fun. But it is highly patterned, which brought me to my next problem - how do I embellish my layout? I have done a banner across the top with some buttons and twine, but I'm not sure what else to do (if anything at all). I may do a button cluster or two. But at this stage, this is it :-)

I also made a whole heap of cards (that I haven't photographed) using the same papers and embellishments - I'm getting better at doing that, and if you don't already you really should start. It really is a wonderful idea to make a card or two while all the matching materials are still out - it saves a lot of time not having to match papers and embellishments all over again.

Enjoy your week, and please come back next week for my Week 7 installment.

Until then, take care.


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